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.
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.
Los Angeles Community Garden Council Los Angeles, California
The LA Community Garden Council is a small non-profit project by a handful of paid employees with support from a wider network of local board members with ties to various organizations such as the LA Food Policy Council. Since 1998, LA Community Garden Council has helped build 38 community gardens and has offered gardening and community organizing advice to more than 125 community gardens in LA County. The goal at the Los Angeles Community Garden Council is to ensure that all people in LA County can grow healthy food in their neighborhood.
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.
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."
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.
The Book Truck Los Angeles County, California
The Book Truck is a non-profit organization that gives away free books to teens in under-served communities. Cornelia joined forces with bookseller and librarian Elizabeth Dragga to create this very special organization. The mission is to empower each teen to find the books that nourish their heart and mind, to build a community of readers.
Conservation International Arlington, Virginia
Conservation International (CI) is a nonprofit environmental organization that has its main offices in Arlington, Virginia.The organization believes "that human beings are totally dependent on nature — and that by saving nature, we’re saving ourselves. To that end, CI is helping to build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet."
CI employs more than 1,000 people and works with more than 2,000 partners in 30 countries and has helped support 1,200 protected areas and interventions across 77 countries, safeguarding more than 601 million hectares of land, marine and coastal areas.
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.
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.
Green Communication Initiative Los Angeles, California
Green Communications Initiative is a nonprofit public benefit corporation, committed to people consuming less. Communicating through arts, media, culture and education they are committed to actively benefit our environment. By supporting positive consumer behaviors and encouraging necessary change, by creating a dialogue between people and makers of green products about the way we consume them, they create a partnership for the stewardship of our planet.
Ecologia Youth Trust Forres, Scottland
Ecologia Youth Trust is a small Scottish charity that supports disadvantaged youth in many countries of the world to realise their full potential. Every child deserves a loving home, a family and an education so that they can grow up to become fulfilled individuals who make a valuable contribution to their society. The charity organisation works with local organisations that share their aims and values.
Bärenherz Wiesbaden, Germany
The German charitable trust Bärenherz (BearHeart) supports institutions for families with seriously ill children, particularly children's hospices. Bärenherz is a shelter that provides comfort and protection for families, whose children are terminally ill. The hospice offers advice, qualified and loving care, relief and comfort, from diagnosis to death and beyond.
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.
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.