Joyful Heart Foundation
"I am part of the Joyful Heart Foundation because everyone deserves to live their life with a feeling of safety, a sense of dignity, and the hope of a brighter tomorrow. Survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse must walk a long, personal and sometimes dark path on the way to restoring these basic elements of the human spirit. While each survivor must walk this path at their own pace, the work of the Joyful Heart Foundation lights the way."
– Phil Shawe, TransPerfect Co-CEO, Joyful Heart Foundation Board of Directors
Founded by Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Mariska Hargitay, the mission of the Joyful Heart Foundation is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. The foundation’s programs include retreats for survivors, education and awareness campaigns, and community building programs. TransPerfect Co-CEO Phil Shawe is on the Joyful Heart Foundation’s board of directors.
TransPerfect showed its support for the Joyful Heart Foundation both in front of, and behind the scenes at the organization’s 2009 annual gala fundraiser in New York City. In addition to attending the star-studded event, which featured A-listers such as Hilary Swank, Marcia Gay Harden, Mario Batali, Debra Messing, and Ice-T and was ended with a musical performance headlined by Sheryl Crowe, TransPerfect donated the time of 12 company employees to help set up for the event at Terminal 5. An unquestionable success, the gala event raised over $1.3 million for the Joyful Heart Foundation.
On May 5, 2010, TransPerfect once again showed its support for Joyful Heart by sponsoring the third annual gala. The event, themed "The Revolution Continues." highlighted the Foundation's year of programming that involved supporting domestic violence shelters in California, helping to shed a light on the nationwide backlog of untested rape kits, while directly serving over 2,500 survivors of violence and the healing professionals that support them. The event was co-hosted by Christopher Meloni and Maria Bello and featured readings and speeches by Hilary Swank, Peter Hermann, Marcia Gay Harden, and Debra Messing. Lisa Paulsen, CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, was honored by Joyful Heart President, Mariska Hargitay, and the 15th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act was commemorated by Linda Fairstein and George Stephanopoulos. Alec Baldwin lent a hand during the exciting live auction which helped raise the night's total to $1.6 million in donations.