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ArtBound co-founder Amanda Alvaro.

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The donor: Amanda Alvaro

The cause: Co-founding ArtBound

The reason: To fund art education programs

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A few years ago, Amanda Alvaro and a group of friends decided to put their love of art to some kind of charitable purpose.

"We were surrounded by people who were passionate about art but who didn't want to just write cheques to charities any more," Ms. Alvaro, who runs a Toronto-based public relations firm called Pomp & Circumstance, said.

In 2008, the group created ArtBound, a charity that works with other organizations to funds art education programs around the world. Since then, ArtBound has raised $450,000 and funded an art school in Kenya and a community centre in India. The charity has also launched a campaign that encourages others to start an online fundraising drive to fund art-related projects in Haiti, Afghanistan, Nicaragua and Canada. And it has arranged trips for Canadian artists to participate in some of the programs.

Ms. Alvaro credits her many friends and co-directors Dana Shalit and Reagan Zuzarte for helping sustain the charity. "We wanted to change the way young professionals do philanthropy," she said.

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