The Sports Video Group has partnered with the Alma Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, to launch the industry’s first charity fund dedicated to providing assistance to industry professionals and their families in need.
“The sports-television industry is a family of talent, creatives, techs, and crew who depend on each other in the studio and the field and now, with the SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund, at home,” said Ken Aagaard, SVG Broadcasting Fund Advisory Board chairman. “In a business underpinned by a freelance workforce, it is especially important that we develop a process for helping out our peers and their families when they are struck by serious misfortune.”
As its first support effort, the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame will donate all table and individual ticket proceeds to the newly created tax-deductible fund.
“The underwriting of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, which makes possible the seed donation to the Sports Broadcasting Fund, has been made possible by the support that nearly 200 year-round sponsors have given the SVG organization,” says SVG Chairman Steve Hellmuth. “The Fund will become a lasting testament to SVG’s commitment to serving the needs of the international sports-television community.”
The SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund is a designated fund of the Alma Foundation Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. ’For more information or to view its 990 tax return, visit www.almafoundation.net
Founded in 2006, the Sports Video Group (SVG) is an international association for sports-television professionals with the mission to advance the creation, production, and distribution of sports content. As producer of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame and 12 other industry events, as well as numerous media properties and industry initiatives, the organization represents a membership of more than 4,000 active participants in the creation of sports content for TV, the Internet, mobile devices, and in-venue distribution.
In 2011 freelance cameraman Jeremy Schultz passed away following a fire at his home that left his family in a nearly impossible position as they lost their home and all of their possessions.
In the following weeks, however, CBS, with the help of the Alma Foundation and SVG, was able to raise more than $50,000 to help his family begin to rebuild their lives and pay for medical bills.
Several years back a similar and separate fund was created for the family of Ron Scalise, who this year is being inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Helping Jeremy and Ron and their families was worth the time and effort for all of us but we realized we need a way to act more quickly. Going through the legal process of setting up a fund takes time, and when someone is in need that time is something we cannot afford to lose.
The Sports Broadcasting Fund is a charitable entity for our industry to reach out and respond to those in need with appropriate support.