Anthony Selwyn Tabatznik is a social justice philanthropist from South Africa who made his fortune in the pharmaceutical industry.
Tony Tabatznik founded Bertha Foundation in 2009. He serves as a board member of Doc Society, which describes him as "an entrepreneur and committed philanthropist." He is a member of BRITDOC and "is the visionary behind Bertha Foundation whose mission is to create more progressive and just societies with work in three main areas: Media, Human Rights Law and Activist Training."
Impact of Global Social Justice Documentaries
From an artice posted at documentary.org,
"::When Tony Tabatznik founded the Bertha Foundation in 2009, he felt strongly that if you could connect storytellers, lawyers and activists, you have a formidable team for fighting for social change. After attending the Sundance Film Festival for several years, Tabatznik embraced the nonfiction media landscape as a major means to effect that change. In its brief life, the Bertha Foundation—through the Bertha Film Fund, the Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund, the Bertha BRITDOC Documentary Journalism Fund and the IDFA Bertha Fund—has helped countless documentaries from around the world get made, get seen and get people thinking about the issues they ought to do something about.
- "Our stance has been that we want to support the field and we feel like we need to do it in multiple ways," explains Rebecca Lichtenfeld, Director of Social Impact Media at the Bertha Foundation. "That's why we do a combination of things, ranging from enabling people's films to get made to enabling people to have access to the skills that they need to be able to tell their stories."
- "We work with filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe who are telling stories from their own countries, and I think the fund is really strengthening the documentary culture in those countries."
Media Impact Funders
Contributed to the Center for Economic Research and Social Change
The Center for Economic Research and Social Change (CERSC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose leadership "consists entirely of International Socialist Organization members" The Center for Economic Research and Social Change is supported in part by the Cultures of Resistance Network.
According to their IRS 990 form for the year ending 2013, contributors included:
- Robert Razor ($44,000)
- Lannon Foundation ($263,537)
- Ann Coleman ($5,000)
- Rebecca Bor ($5,000)
- Ahmed Sehrawy (25,000)
- Joel Geier ($5,000)
- Alex Buckingham ($7,500)
- Mark Dickman ($7,500)
- Elizabeth Ratner ($13,500)
- JKW Foundation ($20,000)
- Michael Ratner ($10,000)
- Network for Good ($63,102)
- Scott Roth ($36,000)
- Vital Projects ($10,000)
- Glaser Progress Foundation ($25,000)
- Tides Foundation ($237,000)
- Whuffle Group ($15,000)
- David Whitehouse ($29,370)
- Tony Tabatznik ($15,000)
- Kat Charitable Fund ($10,000)
- 2014 Sunday Times Rich List sees entry of more pharma executives, accessed December 12 2017
- How the Bertha Foundation has Transformed the Global Nonfiction Media Landscape, accessed December 12 2017
- Bertha Foundation, accessed December 12 2017
- Questions and concerns about the ISO and CERSC, accessed June 24 2017
- Center for Economic Research and Social Change (CERSC), accessed July 2 2017
- Form 990PF for CENTER FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH AND SOCIAL CHANGE INC, accessed July 2 2017