May 31 - June 3, 2018

2017 Charity Partners

The Greenwich International Film Festival is proud to support a variety of charity organizations, with the proceeds from the festival each year going to these incredible charities. The 2017 Charity Partners are Family Centers, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Every Mother Counts, the SIMS Foundation, and ALS FindingACure.

To learn more about how GIFF has made an impact in the past, including past charity partners, please click here.

Formed in the spring of 2014, the sole purpose of ALS FindingACure is funding research to find a cure. The goal is to translate this funding into cutting-edge development tools, provide an open platform for neurological research material, understand disease heterogeneity to develop treatments, and promote early detection for those affected by ALS. To break down barriers to finding a cure for people with ALS, we support collaborative science through partnerships including General Electric, ALS Association and ANSWER ALS. General Electric Healthcare, one of our most important collaborators, has developed breakthrough technology to better understand the brain and spinal cord. In partnership, we bring their technology and knowledge to understanding ALS and accelerating therapy development. Our team of researchers is led by our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Merit Cudkowicz and is overseen by president Peter N. Foss. ALS FindingACure is a program of the Leandro P. Rizzuto Foundation and we are proud to report that 100% of donations go directly to funding research. ALS FindingACure is inspired by, and a tribute to, Christie Rizzuto, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2009 at the age of 41. It is Christie, and the many others like her, who drive our work. For more information, please visit

Every Mother Counts is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. Every Mother Counts informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take action to deliver life-saving care around the world. The organization is focused on raising awareness and funds to improve maternal health and reduce preventable maternal deaths by addressing three critical barriers to maternity care around the world: lack of transportation, education and training, and supplies. Every Mother Counts supports programs that improve access to comprehensive maternity care in Haiti, Uganda, Tanzania, India, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Nepal, Syria and the United States. For more information, visit

SIMS Foundation provides compassionate, reliable mental health and addiction recovery services for Austin musicians, music industry professionals, and their families. By giving barrier-free access to mental health professionals at low or no cost, SIMS offers life-saving services that enhance and secure the health and well-being of music industry professionals, ensuring the future of our creative music city. Over our 22-year history, SIMS has become a vital support service for the Austin music family. SIMS has served over 5,000 music professionals with quality care and our impact can be measured in the many clients who report healthy relationships, relief from depression and anxiety, recovery from substance abuse, and a return to productive music making. To learn more about the SIMS Foundation, visit

Family Centers achieves its mission of empowering children, adults, families and communities to realize their potential through programs spanning the continuum of life. Since its inception 125 years ago in 1891, Family Centers has grown to become a multi-faceted social service organization offering accredited health, education and human service programs that address the ever-changing challenges affecting residents of Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan. To learn more, visit

Maria Fareri Children's Hospital

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, is the children’s hospital for Fairfield County and New York’s Hudson Valley. The hospital cares for the region’s most seriously ill and injured children – more than 30,000 each year – and often draws families from around the nation, and the world, who come to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital for its renowned, advanced pediatric services and its healing, family-friendly environment. It is home to the area’s regional neonatal center as well as its only pediatric intensive care unit, organ transplant service, its most comprehensive pediatric cardiology and surgery programs as well as the only pediatric burn service from NYC due north to Canada. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital provides life-changing and lifesaving services each and every day and is cited annually for the success of its programs. To learn more, visit

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