For those of us in the children’s entertainment business, the explosion of the global child refugee crisis, the worst of its kind since World War II, has been particularly painful to witness. We have a special relationship with the children of the world. We entertain and help to educate them and in return, as individuals and as living representatives of the very idea of childhood, they inspire us in our work every day. So our hearts break at the recurring images of dead, injured, or traumatized youth washing up on beaches, detained in shipping containers, or scrambling to survive in makeshift encampments and settlements in Greece, France, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, and many other places around the world.

In 2016 a group of us, heart-stricken by this growing tragedy, realized that we were part of a much larger community of kindred spirits, and that we could exponentially increase whatever small help we could be as individuals by reaching out to those others, our brothers and sisters in the global children’s entertainment industry, as well as the audiences we serve, and inviting them to join together in united, positive, concrete action.

With an initial grant from JPMorgan Chase, we created an annual online fundraiser in support of UNICEF’s heroic efforts on behalf of child refugees worldwide. Now, for the first time, animators, game designers, network and studio executives, writers, voice actors, composers, agents, editors, and production assistants – everyone involved in the production and distribution of kids content around the world and fans of their work – can mark World Refugee Day each year by standing together to make a real difference in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.

 

 

Who We Are

 

We are a grassroots organization of kids and family entertainment professionals. Our community spans five continents and includes employees of such well-known companies as Mattel, Marvel, Nickelodeon, Disney, Dreamworks, Netflix, Apple TV, Amazon Studios, Warner Bros., Hasbro, Blizzard Entertainment, Scholastic Entertainment, DC Comics, and Animation Magazine, as well as scores of independent production companies and individuals in children’s media, their friends and fans of their work.

 

Board of Directors 

 

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Grant Moran

President & Founder

Writer Producer

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Yang Chang

Vice-President

Creative Director

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Chara Campanella

Tresurer

Writer Producer

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Aurora Simcovich

Secretary

Project Manager

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Monica Dollive

Social Media Chair

Writer

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Johnny Hartmann

Writer Producer

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Scott Gray

Emmy Award-Winning Writer 

Advisory Board

 

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Christopher Keenan

Senior Vice President & Executive Producer,

Mattel Television

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Martin

Baynton

Chief Creative Officer, Pukeko Pictures

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Danielle

Gillis

Director, Content and Production,

9 Story Media Group

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Maca

Rotter

 President and CEO,

 La Panaderia Licensing & Marketing

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Jean

Thoren

Publisher,

Animation Magazine

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Gregory B.

Payne

Principal Counsel,

Disney TV Animation

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Jo

Kavanagh-Payne

President,

Foothill Entertainment, Inc

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Ryan

Gagerman

V.P. Business Development

Rainshine Entertainment

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Sebastian

Rich

Director

Executive Producer

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Gushi

Sethi

Director

Executive Producer

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Dave

Palmer

Director

Executive Producer

 
 
 

What We Do

 

KEPYR’s mission is twofold:

 

1. To raise awareness about the worldwide crisis of displaced children and to raise funds in support of exemplary organizations like UNICEF doing heroic work on behalf of those children. 

2. We host panels and presentations at a variety of industry gatherings and functions, educate via social media campaigns, and produce regular fundraisers and auctions, including our annual “Kindred Spirits” online fundraiser each spring to mark World Refugee Day, June 20th. 

100 % of all proceeds from our public fundraisers and auctions go to the refugee relief work of benefitting organizations. 

FAQ

 

HOW DO I PRONOUNCE KEPYR:  (ˈkēpər), as in “My brother’s keeper”

WHY UNICEF: There are many fine organizations working to address the refugee crisis. UNICEF is a perfect fit for us because of its specific focus on children and their needs. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.

 

WHERE WILL MY DONATION GO: To UNICEF’s refugee relief fund, NOT to the General Fund. As events unfold, we also produce special fundraisers in support of specific aspects of UNICEF’s refugee relief work, for example to aid their efforts on behalf of displaced children at the U.S./Mexico border and in Ukraine. 

 

IS MY CONTRIBUTION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE: Yes, if you are a U.S. citizen. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you can either make a non-tax deductible contribution through this website or reach out to your country’s UNICEF office for information on local tax laws. Details can be found at www.unicef.org/infobycountry

 

IS MY CONTRIBUTION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE: Yes, if you are a U.S. citizen. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you can either make a non-tax deductible contribution through our Crowdrise page or reach out to your country’s UNICEF office for information on local tax laws. Details can be found at www.unicef.org/infobycountry

 

IS KEPYR A 501 (c)?  - Yes

DO I HAVE TO BE IN THE KIDS ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS TO PARTICIPATE: No! Everyone you know, and everyone you don’t, is encouraged to support this effort. Individuals, companies, and nonprofits are all eligible to contribute.

 

WHO’S BEHIND THIS: The idea started in the fall of 2016 among a small group of friends in the kids entertainment business including Grant Moran, Christopher Keenan, Danielle Gillis, Jean Thoren, Kevin Hopps, Aglaia Mortcheva, Martin Baynton, Johnny Hartmann, Chara Campanella, and Yang Ping Chang. For a list of our Board of Directors and Advisory Board please see “Who We Are”.  

 

IS ANYONE GETTING PAID OR DERIVING ANY FINANCIAL OR OTHER BENEFIT FROM THIS: No, KEPYR is a 100% volunteer effort. All funds raised go to UNICEF USA’s refugee relief work. 

 

WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Grant Moran at grant@kepyr.org.