We donate a significant proportion of our operating profits to charity. Since 2007, we´ve donated over $5.5 million to good causes, including DNA and cancer research through SBL and educational research through the Fischer Family Trust. We also support a number of charitable projects working to improve health education and self-sufficiency in poor communities, and we actively support programs to help reduce Alamy´s carbon footprint.
In 2011 we launched the 100% Students project, giving students 100% commission from the sale of their images. We target photography courses and work with some of the best universities and colleges from around the world. It´s a great opportunity for students to learn about the stock photography industry and earn money while they do it. We hope that any money they make in this time will support their studies, heighten their passion for photography and ease their move into this industry.
We´ve been donating solar powered lamps to poor communities around the world since 2010. And in 2011/2012 we worked with International Relief and Development, a nonprofit humanitarian and development organization which distributed over 3,000 solar lamps.
Alamy donated to people in Haiti who were made homeless as a result of the earthquake of 2010. In 2013 we distributed 2,400 solar powered lamps which were sent to Southern India and distributed by the aid company One Million Lights. We offset business travel with our Solar Light Program, by donating solar powered lamps to poor communities around the world. Since 2010 we have donated over 10,000 lamps through a variety of organizations including International Relief and Development - a non-profit humanitarian and development organization - and the aid company One Million Lights. So far, solar lights have been sent to Haiti, Southern India and Southern Sudan.
Every year we support a number of charities local to our office in India. In 2015 we gave financial aid to cancer patients in need of medical supplies. Some of our team also spent the day at the Regional Cancer Centre in Trivandrum - a State-owned cancer treatment facility - where we organized for lunch to be served to all the patients and their families.
We’ve also been working closely with local schools in Kerala to provide computer facilities and financial aid. Computers were donated to an upper primary school in Kerala and this has meant that pupils can now study the IT@School Curriculum.
A team from Alamy visited Kanyakulangara - a Government higher secondary school in Kerala - and set up a computer lab to help children with learning disabilities work through their learning challenges. One of the students at the school is now having speech therapy sessions after we got her a hearing aid.
We sponsored an eye camp for the students from a school local to our office in India. The children came from economically challenged backgrounds with limited access to good healthcare advice. We funded glasses for the students that needed them.
In 2014 we provided computers and technical support for a new computer classroom at SMISH, a school for children with speech and hearing difficulties.”
Between 2010 and 2014 we sponsored a scholarship programme through the YPA which gave a young photographer financial support while they were studying.