Vice President and Director
explore is a multimedia organization that documents nonprofits around the world and extraordinary causes.
Created and led by Foundation Vice President and Director Charles Annenberg Weingarten, explore is a multimedia organization that documents extraordinary causes and nonprofits around the world. Both educational and inspirational, explore creates a portal into the soul of humanity by championing the selfless acts of others.
Explore’s growing library consists of more than 250 original films and 30,000 photographs from around the world. Explore showcases its work at film festivals, on over 100 public broadcast and cable channels, and on numerous online destinations including explore.org, Snag Films, Hulu and TakePart. explore’s works feature a wide range of topics — from animal rights, poverty and health and human services to the environment, education and spirituality. Delivered in short, digestible bites, explore films appeal to viewers of all ages, from children learning about other cultures for the first time to adults looking for a fresh perspective on the world around them.
One of my goals when I created explore was to go out in the world and find selfless people dedicated to improving the human condition: Individuals not driven by the dollar but by the human spirit. They are the champions, the true heroes.
Fulfilling the Annenberg Foundation’s mission—to advance public well being through improved communication—explore.org uses the power of the Internet, images, music, dialogue and the written word to connect extraordinary people, ideas, communities and cultures.
One of explore’s ongoing projects, Dog Bless You, gathers more than a quarter million people online while providing service dogs to U.S. veterans in need.
As part of explore’s Pearls of the Planet project, explore and Polar Bears International set up a live HD camera video feed of the annual polar bear migration in Churchill, Canada. The live video was streamed worldwide and gave viewers rare access to this endangered species.
Explore features a wide range of topics—from animal rights, health and human services, and poverty to the environment, education, and spirituality. Delivered in short, digestible bites, explore films appeal to viewers of all ages, from children learning about other cultures for the first time to adults looking for a fresh perspective on the world around them.
Explore films include: a woman in Mumbai who has dedicated her life to rescuing young women from prostitution, a priest in Los Angeles who helps gang members reintegrate into society, a project to protect wild mountain gorillas in Rwanda, and an environmental university in Costa Rica that focuses on sustainable development.
Individuals and organizations featured in many explore films also receive explore funding in the form of Annenberg Foundation grants. To date, over $15 million has been awarded to more than 100 non-profit organizations worldwide.
explore.org, the online portal for explore, is a community destination where people share thoughts, engage in dialogue, view and email films and photographs, and embed their favorites on blogs and social networking sites.
Never stop learning™. Come explore.