About this project
First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to visit our KickStarter campaign. Over the past decade, Ray Majoran and Brian Klassen have captured numerous stories and images in the real-world (non-tourist) areas of places like India, Peru, Cambodia, Bahamas and Nepal. Each time they return from one of these trips, they find themselves in a restless state, wanting to do more for the people that God has brought into their lives. Consider Aruna, a 14-year old Indian girl who was about to be sold into marriage to a man in his 30s. Or Lakshmi, a widow who was abandoned by her family because she has HIV/AIDS.
In 2015, they came to realize that they could be doing more with the photographs and stories that God has entrusted them with (Matthew 25:14-30). Following a series of discussions, they decided to incorporate Compassion Gallery, not fully knowing what God would have them do, but feeling like they had to take the first step. Fast-forward ten months later—after numerous discussions, research and planning—they sense a peace that it is time to move forward with this project.
Our Business Model
We believe in giving back. Compassion Gallery brings to life images of His creation in hopes that we can both inspire the viewer, and provide financial support to some incredible organizations that are changing the world.
Once the Kickstarter campaign is complete, we will activate our business model which is as follows:
For every fine art print that Compassion Gallery sells, 50% of each sale will be donated to one of our amazing Partner Organizations. The buyer gets to make the decision as to what Partner Organization they would like us to donate the funds to.
For more about Compassion Gallery, and to read some of our Q&A, click here.
Fine Art Prints
Photos in our gallery are available in both Limited Edition Collector prints, and Standard prints.
ABOUT LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR PRINTS
Each Collector print is personally signed and numbered, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) from Compassion Gallery. The sizing and number of Limited Edition prints for a given photo depends on the specific photo. (Some photos are limited to 100 total prints, while others are closer to 500.) The cost for each print varies based on sizing and numbering.
ABOUT STANDARD PRINTS
We are pleased to offer Standard (non-Collector) prints for most of our images. Standard Prints are unnumbered, sized to a maximum dimension of 18"x12", and include a Compassion Gallery watermark in the bottom corner of the image. Please note that Standard Prints are not personally signed and do not come with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Our First Book: unOblivious
As part of the Compassion Gallery initiative, we've designed a 150-page photo-driven book featuring captivating stories from India and Nepal. Written by founding partner, Ray Majoran the book highlights stories and photos from Ray's last trip to India and Nepal, and serves as the first volume of books and stories to come.
The book was inspired by the question: Do we see the amazing beauty in the things that God has created, the people He’s brought into our lives, the situations He’s put us in? Or do we live in a bubble, oblivious to His amazing wonder happening all around us?
A CRASH COURSE IN COMPASSION
"Reading unOblivious is a crash course in compassion. The pictures, captions, and stories all work together to remind us of the 'pure and undefiled' religion that the church is called to embody. James 1:27 paints a picture of piety—of devotion to God—that is anything but oblivious." - Tom Ward, Advocacy Global
Funding Through Kickstarter
Now that Compassion Gallery is announced, we’re seeking your help to get it off the ground. Our greatest expense is unOblivious, the first of hopefully many books. Because it’s a rather large book (9” x 13.25”, hardcover), it’s not cheap to print and ship. In addition to the book, there are many costs associated with launching such a venture: Printing high quality samples, quality framing of those samples, fulfilling Kickstarter rewards, building awareness through advertising channels, social media and events, and so on.
Kickstarter funds will be roughly allocated as follows:
We offer 7 different incentives for our Kickstarter backers! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us.
1. GRATITUDE (Pledge $20 CAD or more)
As a token of our appreciation, we'll give you a shout-out in Compassion Gallery's first book, unOblivious.
2. PRINT + GRATITUDE (Pledge $50 CAD or more)
In addition to a shout-out, we'll send you a signed 12x8 Standard Edition print of "In The Beginning."
3. BOOK + PRINT + GRATITUDE (Pledge $100 CAD or more)
Continuing along, we'll give you all the stuff from #2, plus an autographed copy of unOblivious.
4. BOOK + LARGER PRINT + GRATITUDE (Pledge $250 CAD or more)
Now you're just being generous! We'll upgrade #3 by sending you a larger print of "In The Beginning."
5. 3-PACK + GRATITUDE (Pledge $500 CAD or more)
At this level, we'll send you a framed 18x12 Standard Edition print of any photo in our gallery, plus all the stuff from #3.
6. LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR'S PACKAGE (Pledge $2,000 CAD or more)
And finally, we get into the Collector's Editions of Compassion Gallery fine art prints! All of our Limited Edition Collector prints are signed, numbered, and come with a Certificate of Authenticity. Because you're getting in early, we promise you will be one of the first 10 numbers for the photo that you choose.
7. ULTIMATE BACKER (Pledge $5,000 CAD or more)
At this level, you're obviously totally bought into what we're trying to accomplish. As our way of saying "thank you", we'll send you two Limited Edition Collector prints of your choice, along with a whole kit of other stuff.
Samples from our Gallery
Here are a few samples from our gallery. You can view more on our website through our online gallery.
Risks and challenges
There is the potential risk of the book, unOblivious, being delayed if the printing quality does not meet our expectations. There is also a similar risk of prints not being matted and/or framed to our expectations. That said, Ray and Brian have a great deal of print-production experience, and have partnered with the very best prepress/printing facilities. We believe that these partners are more than capable of delivering a beautiful product on time, and on budget.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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