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CAPTURES FOR CAUSES came about after the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others,

sparked national outrage, bringing the Black Lives Matter movement into the global spotlight during the 2020 pandemic.

Kara started looking for meaningful ways to help and support her friends of color during this difficult time, 

reaching out to friends of all colors and cultures and brainstorming how to move forward in this new climate,

personally and professionally.

"I was having trouble getting back into my professional life, I wanted to make sure I wasn't just fighting this fight 

because it was 'in style' at the moment. 

I needed a way I could keep fighting for change, but also keep running my business."

- Kara Cavalca


CAPTURES FOR CAUSES is Kara's way of giving back to society and standing up for what she believes in, 

while also creating beautiful imagery.


Through this program, Kara Cavalca Photo+Video, will donate a percentage of all CAPTURES FOR CAUSES profits to organizations

that are helping to improve our world.

Clients who choose to have their portrait session through this program will have the chance to decide which organization they want their shoot to support out of the list of organizations on this page.

If this whole idea is attractive to you, please check out this awesome article about how you can also

donate your credit card rewards to social justice causes!



The organizations that CAPTURES FOR CAUSES supports currently fit into these categories.

If there is a category or an organization that you feel strongly about that is not shown here, Kara is more than willing to talk about it with you and see if it fits this program.

Organizations will be labeled with the categories they fit into, many organizations fit multiple categories.
You will be asked to limit your choices to one or two organizations depending on the amount of money spent on your shoot..

Racial Injustice




Women's Empowerment



Arts and Education





Racial Injustice

Marsha P. Johnson Institute

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) protects and defends the human rights of BLACK transgender people. We do this by

organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting our collective power.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The ACLU has been defending the constitutional rights of individuals for almost 100 years. Whether it means fighting for LGBTQ rights or ensuring that women are able to make their own choices about their reproductive health, its mission is to protect the civil liberties of every person in the US.

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC)

This nonprofit has defended the rights of low-income immigrants in the US since 1979. It works to provide immigrants access to health care and fights unconstitutional immigration policy. The nonprofit also works to educate the public on the impact new laws would have on this marginalized group.


Push Black

PushBlack was created as a unique space to focus on the intersection of news and history.

They update their audience on news most relevant to Black people worldwide, using a historical lens to give each story its proper context.

They identify the repetition of historical trends and share lessons from the past that people can use as they work to strengthen their community today.

With more than 4 million subscribers, we're working towards the goal of building the largest online community of Black Americans. 

Reclaim the Block

This organization works with communities and city council members in Minneapolis to redistribute money from the police department to other parts of the city's budget that "truly promote community health and safety."

The Okra Project

With the donations it receives, New York City-based The Okra Project fights food insecurity and "pays black trans chefs to go into the homes of black trans people to cook them a healthy and home-cooked meal at absolutely no cost." In addition, it provides free meal delivery to black trans people who are homeless or do not have adequate space in their homes for mean preparation by a chef.

The Bail Project

This national fund helps pay bail for people in need (including protesters). Once a client's case has ended, the bail money is returned to the fund and used over and over again, so your donation here can go a long way. You can also visit The National Bail Fund Network to see a full directory of bail funds by state.

Communities United Against Police Brutality

This Twin Cities-based organization confronts police brutality by providing those in need with services, including but not limited to crisis hotlines and legal, medical, and psychological referrals. It also holds rallies, protests, and educational seminars alongside "routinely waging battles in the political and legal arenas to bring about changes in laws, policies, and practices that reduce accountability and allow police brutality to occur."

Solutions Not Punishment Co.

This organization led by black trans and queer activists is devoted to "ending the mass crisis of passive genocide, incarceration, and criminalization of black trans women" with education programs, resources such as reports and media guidelines, and a fund that "provides direct financial support to for trans folks navigating personal emergencies."




Marsha P. Johnson Institute

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) protects and defends the human rights of BLACK transgender people. We do this by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting our collective power.


The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Transgender District

Founded by three black trans women, this San Francisco organization has developed the world's first legally recognized transgender cultural district in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood. It aims to "stabilize and economically empower the transgender community through ownership of homes, businesses, historic and cultural sites, and safe community spaces."


This organization raises money to post bail for LGBTQIA+ people who have been jailed across the country. The LGBTQ Fund also provides referrals to medical, legal, and social services to those in need, in addition to "raising awareness of the epidemic of LGBTQ over-incarceration."



Women’s Empowerment


Durango Sexual Assault Services Organization

Incorporated in 1989, SASO presently offers support and assistance provided by trained volunteer advocates and SASO staff that includes: 24-hour crisis intervention and counseling; medical and legal advocacy during forensic exams, law enforcement interviews, and court proceedings; two weekly support groups and financial assistance for individual therapy; and referrals to other agencies.


Marsha P. Johnson Institute

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) protects and defends the human rights of BLACK transgender people. We do this by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting our collective power.


Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of people worldwide.


Alternative Horizons

AH is the primary nongovernmental provider of nonresidential services for survivors of domestic violence in La Plata and San Juan Counties, providing help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Services have expanded to meet the ever-increasing needs of individuals and families who are not safe within their own homes and relationships. 


Women's Recourse Center Durango

The Women’s Resource Center in Durango, Colorado, advocates for the personal empowerment and economic self-sufficiency of women and families

in La Plata County.


Durango Pregnancy Center


National Organization For Women

As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States.

Center for Reproductive Rights

This nonprofit envisions a world where every woman is treated as an equal and is free to make crucial decisions related to her own reproductive health. Its attorneys fight both nationally and internationally to give women access to birth control, safe abortions, and all manners of reproductive care.

Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women proudly calls itself and its supporters champions for equality. From setting up the first women’s fund in Nepal to funding secret schools in Afghanistan, this bold organization strives to empower women and girls around the world and ensure they are granted basic human rights.


Domestic Violence Resources

Domestic violence and abuse resources from




Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado

The Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado serves as the sustainability networking and education hub for the greater Durango area; we also take strong advocacy positions on climate and energy issues.


San Juan Citizens Alliance

San Juan Citizens Alliance advocates for clean air, pure water, and healthy lands – the foundations of resilient communities, ecosystems and economies in the San Juan Basin. is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions bring together a global network active in over 188 countries

Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Defense Fund's mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.
What distinguishes EDF from others is the combination of what we protect and how we protect it. We work to solve the most critical environmental problems facing the planet, focusing on mitigating climate change, restoring the ocean's bounty, protecting wildlife and their habitats, and safeguarding our health. Since these topics are intertwined, our solutions take a multidisciplinary approach. We work in concert with other organizations-as well as with business, government and communities-and avoid duplicating work already being done effectively by others.

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth strives for a more healthy and just world. We understand that the challenges facing our planet call for more than half measures, so we push for the reforms that are needed, not merely the ones that are politically easy.

Natural Resources Defense Council

NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

We combine the power of more than three million members and online activists with the expertise of some 700 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.

Wildlife Conservation Society

This global organization seeks to save wild animals and wild spaces. Its Marine Conservation Program creates and provides crucial scientific information related to the maintenance, conservation, and recovery of marine wildlife populations and the habitats that support them. These efforts are undertaken by field scientists working in over twenty countries.

Global Coral Reef Alliance

This group focuses on coral reef restoration, marine diseases, and other issues caused by global climate change, environmental stress, and pollution.

World Resources Institute

The World Resources Institute is a research organization that goes beyond research to create solutions to sustain our natural resources. The nonprofit works in over 50 countries to address the topics of climate, food, water, energy, cities and transport, and forests.

charity: water

According to charity: water, one in 10 people don’t have access to clean drinking water. The organization hopes to change these stats by bringing clean and safe drinking water to developing countries. It has already funded over 29,000 water projects around the world.




Arts and Education

Fair Fight

Fair Fight, founded by Stacey Abrams, promotes fair elections by bringing voter discrimination to light with education programs and election reform advocacy. 

Durango Arts Center

DAC is a multi-faceted hub for community arts that hosts and promotes contemporary visual and performing arts, arts education, dynamics exhibits, an active Docent program and the annual Durango Autumn Arts Festival. Over the years, DAC has built its reputation as a local arts industry leader and has been working diligently to ensure that the arts continue to thrive in the Four Corners region and beyond.

Scholarship America

When high school students dream of going to college but can’t afford the steep costs, Scholarship America steps in to lend a hand. The organization dedicates an impressive 96% of its cash budget to programs directly related to sending individuals to college, like scholarship funds, college readiness programs, and financial aid education.



Local First

As an organization, we run many different initiatives that support local, independent businesses. We work to educate the public on the importance of these businesses and find ways to help people choose the local option first. We also create resources for our members that help to level the playing field with big business, such as group advertising, guidance on issues for small businesses such as local health care options, and chances to network with one another at our member meet-ups.


Durango Humane Society

La Plata County Humane Society is committed to enhance and protect the lives of companion animals by ensuring the provision of sustenance, safety and shelter, educating the community regarding humane treatment of animals, and preventing pet overpopulation.


Southwest Center for Independence

People with disabilities providing supports and training for the disability and elder communities to live well in southwest Colorado.


Adaptive Sports Association

The Mission of Adaptive Sports Association (ASA) is to provide outdoor, sport and recreational experiences for people with disabilities.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) provides one-to-one mentors for children facing adversity in their personal, social, and academic lives. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever! Our measurable goals are focused in areas that have a positive impact in a child’s life: increased self-confidence, improved academic performance, increased interest in learning, and stronger, positive relationships with humankind.

Merely Players

Merely Players was created by Mona Wood-Patterson and Charles Ford in 1995. Formerly the theatre directors at Durango High School, where they built a program that garnered local, statewide, and national recognition, Mona and Charles look forward to proceeding with their Merely Players vision:



 *To enrich the cultural life of our community by consistently providing quality theatre in this region; broadening the range of theatrical experiences available to local theatergoers through relevant, exciting productions at affordable prices.

*To nurture and provide opportunity for community and homegrown artists, as we celebrate imagination and creativity in every aspect of our productions.

*To offer dynamic educational programs to area youth and to foster collaborations among the artists in our group, as well as with other local artists and groups


INTEGRITY - We are committed to being fair, trustworthy, respectful, and honest.
COMMUNITY - We see our work as part of the whole, knowing that a vibrant artistic scene enhances a community.
ARTISTRY - We are committed to theatrical excellence.
FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - As a non-profit organization and business, we are committed to sound financial practices and sustainability.



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