That's important to Cornelia
Projects and Organizations that are dear to Cornelia's heart
"There are currently so many things to fight for or against. I am especially involved with women's and children's rights, with environment protection and biodiversity conservation. But that's just a fraction of a large number of projects that need help and support.
We cannot leave the responsibility for the world to others, because most often it is the ruthless people who rule it. We can all do our part to make the world a better place not only for ourselves, but for all its inhabitants."
Rim of Heaven Cornelia's Foundation
Maybe an initiative that encourages immigrant children to put their stories into words? Or an organization, that supports students to finish high school with a program focused on art and creativity? Or how about an environmental group, that makes a city more livable by planting trees? There is hardly any occasion, Cornelia and her foundation Rim of Heaven would not be open to.
Cornelia would like to help those who help others in creative, joyful and inspired ways. Maybe she can help to make their important work a little bit easier ...
Rim of Heaven is of personal concern to Cornelia. It fills her with joy to give back a little bit of what life is giving to her.
The foundation has four legs, on which it stands, we like to say: Visual arts, as Cornelia is an illustrator. Storytelling, as Cornelia is also a writer. Music, as Cornelia believes that to be the most powerful form of expression we humans came up with so far. The fourth leg is conservation, of wild beasts and wild places, and the attempt, to make children and teens aware how much they lose if all they
know are manmade things.
As an artist, Cornelia believes that without nature we don’t understand the circle of life on this planet and what inspires our creativity.
The foundation also supports young artists by an Artist in Residence project. Cornelia invites young artists, who stay for a week or maybe even longer in one of her guest apartments on her former Tuscan farm, to create together or to just get inspired by that place.
Southern Poverty Law Center Montgomery, Alabama
The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 by Civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. to ensure that the promise of the civil rights movement became a reality for all. Since then, they’ve won numerous landmark legal victories on behalf of the exploited, the powerless and the forgotten.
826LA Los Angeles, California
826LA is a non-profit tutoring center for students ages 6 to 18. It specializes in after-school tutoring, evening and weekend workshops, in-school tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. The students are encouraged to be creative and once a month one of their stories gets published and put into the store for people to purchase.
Sierra Club Foundation Oakland, California
The Sierra Club Foundation is the education and fundraising arm of the Sierra Club, one of the oldest and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. The Sierra Club Foundation's mission is to "help educate, inspire, and empower humanity to preserve the natural and human environment."
The Wildwoods Foundation Los Angeles, California
The Wildwoods Foundation is a non-profit youth services organization that provides ecology-based programs for Los Angeles schools. It teaches individuals to understand and apply the principles of ecology to achieve harmony in the communities. The Wildwoods Foundation was founded in 2000 as a response to the shooting at Columbine High School. That tragedy moved a handful of volunteers with the National Park Service to explore the possibility of expanding traditional outdoor programming to include the components of character development, personal growth and community involvement.
Jericho Road Community Health Center Buffalo, New York
Founded in 1997 by Dr. Myron and Joyce Glick, Jericho Road Community Health Center provides excellent medical care to all who come, regardless of ability to pay. In addition to serving patients from Buffalo, Jericho Road Family Practice began caring for a large number of refugees, many who had never seen a doctor or received proper medical care before coming to America.
Wildpark-MV Güstrow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
The Wildpark-MV is a public and nonprofit organization, which aims to present the visitors a respectful and sustainable relationship with nature. It combines local nature and animal welfare. All enclosures are designed as to meet the biological requirements of the animals and to come close to matching their natural habitats. One of the park's most exciting experiences is the wolf camp, which includes night walks, campfire, wolf stories and, of course, the Guestrow wolves close-by.
GO Campaign Santa Monica, California
GO Campaign was founded in 2006 by former attorney and Hollywood screenwriter Scott Fifer. His vision is "that we continue to meet the needs of children around the world in the most compassionate, efficient, and holistic way possible without encouraging dependency on aid."
The nonprofit organization is based in Santa Monica, California and raises awareness and funds to help orphans and vulnerable children throughout the world. The organization supports projects at the grassroots level that bring direct relief to children in need of education & vocational training, medical care, enrichment programs, and basic human rights.
Häusliche Kinder-Krankenpflege in Hamburg, Germany
The Häusliche Kinderkrankenpflege Hamburg e.V. (Domestic Children's Nursing Hamburg) is the oldest Pediatric Intensive Care Service in Hamburg, caring for sick children and their families.
Cornelia has taken on a patronage of the Domestic Children's Nursing to support their important work, so that the children can receive care in the comfort of their own homes.
Mission Blue Napa, California
Led by legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue is uniting a global coalition to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas – Hope Spots.
TreePeople Los Angeles County, California
TreePeople is a nonprofit environmental advocacy group located in Los Angeles. It all began in 1970, when 15-year old Andy Lipkis planted the first trees to help his smog-damaged hometown LA breathe again. He founded TreePeople in 1973, and remains its President today. Their vision is for LA to have enough tree canopy, healthy soil and clean local water by empowering communities and policymakers.
Refugee Aid Project, RAICES San Antonio, Texas
Founded in 1986 as the Refugee Aid Project by community activists in South Texas, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. RAICES is an acronym for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. It offers free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees. RAICES offers consultations for immigrants filling out residency or citizenship applications. It also offers legal services to asylum-seekers eligible for relief, victims of crime or Texas residents at risk of deportation. In 2017, RAICES staff closed 51,000 cases at no cost to the client.
California Wildlife Center Malibu, California
The California Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization that operates a wildlife rehabilitation facility. They provide care and medical treatment to injured, sick and orphaned wild animals (over 25,000 animals since inception). Once rehabilitated and capable of survival on their own, they are released back to their home in the wild.
Kinderschutz-Akademie Niedersachsen Niedersachsen, Germany
Children have rights! Children have the right to live in a safe environment, free from any type of discrimination. They have the right to an adequate standard of living, including access to safe food and water and medical care and education. They have the right to be heard. That's what the UN Convention on the Right of the Child says and to which the Kinderschutz-Akademie in Niedersachsen/Germany is committed.
wünschdirwas e.V. Cologne, Germany
wünschdirwas (Make a Wish) is a German non-profit association. wünschdirwas wants to fulfil the wishes of ill children, help them master the difficult time in Hospital and to help them not to loose the will for life. wünschdirwas finances its work through individual contributions, through dedicated patrons and sponsors. The volunteers talk quite open and empathetically with the children about their dreams and wishes, to get to know the children better and to give them an impression of the organization's work. When a child has confided his or her dream to wünschdirwas, with the agreement of parents, therapists and physicians they will go to any lengths to fulfill this dream. In 2007, Cornelia became the patron of wünschdirwas.