FAQs

Program & Organization info (5)

How do we choose our program locations?

In order to make sure that we are truly serving the needs of the communities we work with, CWB – USA only goes where it’s invited. In fact, that’s true for all 15 CWB chapters around the world. After receiving an invitation, CWB – USA shapes programming in collaboration with the inviting organization, and then determines how to fund the program and bring it to life.

 

 

How does CWB – USA define a “conflict zone”?

CWB – USA’s definition of a conflict zone is based on that given by the inviting organization. Depending on where our project is, we might work with survivors of domestic violence in inner-city Dallas, or people living in the West Bank who have just lost their homes to a settlement, or people who lived through a hurricane. The type of crisis varies, depending on the experiences of the people living through it and the global circumstances that created the crisis in the first place.

 

How does CWB do so much with so little?

The vast majority of our funding, 85 percent, comes from individual donors with an average one-time donation of about $60. We have generous honorary board members who give more, along with a cadre of generous artists who donate time…TONS of it!

We’re able to do so much with so little by receiving in-kind donations and the constant support of our volunteers, totaling around $200,000 a year worth of in-kind hours and effort. We build partnerships and participate in coalitions, sharing costs as they arise. Working with our partners and those that support our efforts, we’re able to put 95 percent of your generosity directly into the field.

Since we are entirely funded by donation, our annual budget does fluctuate from year to year. For more information about that, check out our GuideStar here. Learn more about how we broke down the costs of our 2016 project tour to El Salvador and our 2017  project tour to Haiti.

pssst– if you’ve already worked with us in some capacity, feel free to leave a review of your experience for other potential donors 🙂

Donate to CWB – USA or become a member, click here.

Clowns Without Borders USA is a 501c-3 non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.

Will CWB – USA support my social clowning project?

All CWB – USA projects collaborate with local organizations who have the on-the-ground support and network to make a project possible. We have collaborated on projects with Terre des Hommes, PLAN International, Save the Children, UNICEF, and many other organizations. We occasionally provide support/collaboration for social clowning projects initiated by other performers/performing organizations, but we usually don’t have much time or money to invest outside of our own projects.

If you would like to invite CWB – USA to collaborate on a project in your community, please email info@clownswithoutborders.org.

 

Will CWB – USA send performers to my event? What about guest speakers?

Unfortunately, sending performers is outside of the scope of the work that we do at CWB – USA.

If you are interested in booking CWB – USA to speak about our work and the importance of resilience through laughter, please email info@clownswithoutborders.org

Volunteering info (3)

What do you look for in a performing volunteer?

CWB – USA volunteers are professional performing and/or teaching artists, with a high level of skill and experience in clowning, physical theater and/or circus. Performers are chosen from our internal database by the project coordinator. Some projects are principally performing, some are principally teaching, and some are both.

Clowns Without Borders looks for individuals who:

  • are excellent performers with solo material that can entertain a crowd of 500, without language;
  • and/or have professional teaching experience and excellent teaching skills in aspects of clown and physical theater.
  • can collaborate with other physical theater artists to create new material quickly.
  • are funny!
  • have unique performance skills, such as music, circus skills, juggling, magic, etc. that will enhance the show. Balloon sculpture is not useful and only a minority of projects have the possibility of aerial work.
  • are excited to help fundraise for the project.
  • have the availability to potentially become a regular (1–2 projects per year) CWB – USA volunteer.
  • have traveled to developing countries, are organized, self-sufficient and fun to be with.
  • bonus: Speak foreign languages.

CWB – USA volunteers should be responsible, respectful, fun, and feel very personally aligned with the mission of Clowns Without Borders.

If you’re interested in volunteering in a non-performing capacity, we would be thrilled to meet you. Click here to fill out our non-performing volunteer form, and send a brief introductory email to nicole@clownswithoutborders.org

If you’re interested in contributing to CWB – USA, but you’re not sure how, or, you have some creative ideas we haven’t listed, send an email to info@clownswithoutborders.org.

How do I become a volunteer?

We look for performers with strong character clowning and circus (juggling, stilts, acrobatics, magic, etc.) skills. Experience with non-verbal performance, audiences with disabilities and traumas, and strong cross-cultural communication skills is preferred. We often work in crisis zones, non-industrialized countries, and under rapidly shifting circumstances.

CWB – USA volunteers should be responsible, respectful, fun, and feel very personally aligned with the mission of Clowns Without Borders.

If you’re interested in volunteering in a non-performing capacity, we would be thrilled to meet you. Click here to fill out our non-performing volunteer form, and send a brief introductory email to nicole@clownswithoutborders.org

If you’re interested in contributing to CWB – USA, but you’re not sure how, or, you have some creative ideas we haven’t listed, send an email to info@clownswithoutborders.org.

 

 

 

 

 

How can videographers, photographers, organizers and fundraisers pitch in?

We love help on administration and fundraising! If you would like to help with administration, website maintenance or fundraising, please click here to fill out our non-performing volunteer form and send a brief introductory email to info@clownswithoutborders.org Photographers and videographers are more than welcome to attend our fundraisers in the United States! Please email info@clownswithoutborders.org for information on upcoming dates and locations.

Photographers, videographers and documentarians are potentially welcome on-site during projects, but are rarely invited to travel as full participants on a project. Interested parties should email nicole@clownswithoutborders.org

If you are a journalist or member of the press who is interested in covering a tour with video and photo documentary, please email nicole@clownswithoutborders.org.