05/14/14

Rex Grantee BAYCAT on Community Connection and the Evolution of Philanthropy

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Villy Wang

BAYCAT’s Villy Wang says, “It’s not just about give us a dollar so we can support the underserved youth, but a unique model benefiting multiple stakeholders including donors, clients, nonprofits, small businesses and local communities simultaneously.”

We were delighted to see this Forbes interview with Villy Wang of Rex grantee BAYCAT, who discusses how philanthropy’s evolved from constant begging to creating its own self-sustaining ecosystem. We love what Villy has to say, and hope you do too.

Former Rex Executive Director Sandy Sohcot says: “The Forbes article brings well-deserved attention to Villy Wang and Studio BAYCAT.  I have had the pleasure of working with Studio BAYCAT since 2006 in connection with The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program (TWAICB).  Studio BAYCAT recorded our first original production, The World As It Could Be – A Declaration of Human Rights, at Balboa High School in San Francisco. Additionally, BAYCAT provided us with a well-edited video of the performance, full version and excerpts, and designed the graphics for the packaging of the DVD.  I still recall meeting two of the high school interns from BAYCAT working on the Balboa recording, telling me how much it meant to them to be involved.

“We have worked with BAYCAT since 2006, engaging their services for more recordings of our live performances and school presentations, as well as to design the website for TWAICB.   I am also pleased that the Rex Foundation has provided grant support to BAYCAT, recognizing the multiple levels of benefit the organization provides to participating youth, businesses and organizations utilizing their services, and the community at large.”