Charity of the week
Founded in 1978, the Atlanta-based Center for Puppetry Arts (puppet.org) is the largest charity in the U.S. dedicated to entertaining and educating the public in puppet theater. The center inspires visitors from all walks of life through its stage performances, films, arts-infused workshops, and interactive museum. At the museum, people learn about puppetry traditions from around the world, as well as the history behind iconic figures such as Kermit the Frog and his creator, Jim Henson. The center also fosters a love for imagination through its workshops, teaching children how to express ideas and emotions through their own puppets and demonstrating to adults how to use puppetry skills such as communication and creativity in the workplace. For those not in Atlanta, the charity offers educational programs via videoconferencing.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■