Wetpaint had a chance to chat with Kim Klingler, Executive Director of The Ian Somerhalder Foundation for an exclusive interview. She talks about how the Ian Somerhalder Foundation came about, what the foundation’s main focus is now and also reveals plans for their very first ISF event, which will take place October 22nd and most likely will be held in Chicago, IL.
What are you working on currently?
A few things are evolving. One of them is a strong partnership with Conservation International. We’re looking at bringing in more of our ISF youth groups to learn more about deforestation. The other aspect that’s developing is we’re really, really intensely focusing on developing a tangible youth program to get that out for distribution. And it will be done through a variety of different channels who are partners, like Conservation.org. It will be a program that will enable children of any age to learn how to create change-making projects and go out and do them with ISF behind them.
The other exciting element is that we’re going to be hosting our first huge ISF event. It’s going to be a fundraiser and we’ve been teasing the fan base with little snippets about what it will be like. There will be two events — one that will meet the needs of, let’s say, 8- to 21-year-olds, and then an evening event that will definitely meet the needs of 21 and up. It will most likely be held in Chicago, and it will be held October 22. Once we release what the theme is, I think Chicago makes perfect sense. It’s going to be a celebration, not a standard fundraising gala. This event will be all fun. All fun.
Read the rest of the interview over at Wetpaint.