2017-2018 Up with People Annual Report

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2018 Annual Report Year in Review: July 2017 - June 2018

COMMUNITY ACTION Our casts visited 262 community action sites and volunteered more than 24,038 hours of their time

YOUTH IMPACT Made a lasting impact on

46,595 youth around the world

HOST FAMILIES More than 1,200 host families opened up their homes, hearts, and refrigerators to students

PERFORMANCES Visited 30 cities around the world and performed 69 shows for over

40,000 people

2018 Highlights Community Action Members of Cast A 2018 facilitated a workshop for the Brunswick, GA community called Text, Talk, Revive Civility, which encourages respectful discussion and civil exchange of ideas. Learn more about the work our casts do in the communities they visit at www.upwithpeople.org/get-involved/community-action/

Annual Gala More than 450 alumni and friends of Up with People attended the 2018 Gala: Music Unites on Saturday, March 3rd at the Grand Hyatt Denver. This year, the event raised more than $315,000 for our program and students. We hope to see you at our next Gala. Find more information by visiting www.upwithpeople.org/gala

Up with People helped to shine the light on local organizations and raised $97,778 for external beneficiaries, doing great work in their communities.

Up with People Jr. This year, 14 Up with People Jr. sessions took place around the world, including our first international site: Belgium! In 2019, Up with People Jr.’s weeklong sessions will be offered at 20 sites across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Go to www.upwithpeoplejr.org to learn more about the program or find a site near you!

Remembering Herb Allen Up with People alumni and friends from around the world gathered in Tuscon, AZ on April 20, 2018 for a Celebration of Life Ceremony for Herb Allen. Allen was one of the founders of Up with People and Music Director until his retirement in 1994. He touched the lives of thousands around the world, not only with the brilliance of his music, but also his spirit, humor, and compassion. Allen passed away on March 3, 2018.

The Another Day Campaign honors the more than fifty year legacy of Up with People’s musical founders - The Colwell Brothers and Herb Allen. Their talent and contributions to the Up with People program have impacted thousands of people, and their lyrics and musical performances have inspired many more.

Visit www.upwithpeople.org/herballen to learn more about Allen’s legacy.

IMPACT Program In May, Cast A 2018 performed Up with People’s first ever show in Kosovo. Pariticpants of the IMPACT program also joined the cast for a week of hands-on volunteer work and community discovery in collaboration with local partners. IMPACT programs seek to conenct young leaders from around the world to learn, act, and make a difference.

To make a gift to the Another Day Campaign, visit www.upwithpeople.org/anotherday

Financial Report Revenue Contributions Tuition

$3,194,171 $2,620,912

Special Events Revenue


Investment Income


Other Income





2018 Donors See a list of donors at upwithpeople.org/2018donors



Program Expenses


Development & Corporate Sponsorship


Management & General



$7,067,177 $3,518

Up with People is a global education organization that empowers young people to be positive agents of change in their communities and the world. Through our unique blend of music, social action, and international travel, we impact communities for the better while providing youth the knowledge and experience they need for today’s complex global environment. For more than 50 years Up with People has been breaking down cultural barriers and enhancing understanding to help create a more hopeful, trusting and peaceful world. Learn more at upwithpeople.org

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