About Compassionate Eye Foundation
Compassionate Eye Foundation was started in 2005 by successful stock and commercial photographer Robert Kent, it is founded on the principle that creative people as a community can and want to make a positive difference in the world. CEF is an innovative, volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that has built a community of passionate volunteers spread throughout the world. Comprised of individuals with varied and unique talents, members of the Compassionate Eye community share a common purpose: a commitment to making the world a better place.
Our Funding Model
Compassionate Eye Foundation is based on a very unique model. Photographers take pictures, Getty Images sells those images, and the proceeds fund education, health and sustainability projects worldwide.
The photos are taken during 1-day photoshoots in locations throughout the world from Vancouver to London. Talented photographers and crews including models, make-up artists, producers and techs donate their time to produce a variety of high-quality stock images.
The photographers donate the copyright for these images and they are uploaded to Getty Images. Getty Images sells the images to corporate media buyers, creative directors, and webmasters and the royalties are given to CEF. Getty Images also donates an additional share of the company's revenue from each licensed image.
Compassionate Eye grants the money it receives to worthy project partners around the world that fulfill the foundation's vision of improving the education, health, and sustainability needs of the developing world.
Our mission is to support, honour and empower those in developing nationsin order to expand educational opportunities, basic health services and tools for sustainable economic development.
What People Are Saying
"With CEF, your input makes a bigger impact on the ground… you get a lot more aid for the buck than just putting money in a tin."
— Steve Coleman, Photographer, London
"CEF is one of the most rewarding annual projects I work on each year, bringing together a generous and talented group of people."
— Katie Huisman, Photographer, Vancouver