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Fundred Dollar Bill Project

Mel Chin’s Operation Paydirt/
Fundred Dollar Bill Project

Mel Chin: Operation Paydirt / Fundred Dollar Bill Project


Mel Chin // organizing principal
Amanda Wiles // co-producer

Operation Paydirt is an artist-initiated project inviting children, families and communities to imagine, express and actualize a future free of childhood lead poisoning. Central to Operation Paydirt is the Fundred Dollar Bill Project, a creative campaign advancing public education and community engagement through the creation and collection of Fundreds – original, hand-drawn interpretations of $100 bills. Fundreds represent the tangible voices of millions speaking to those with the power to end this national problem. The goal is to exchange the value of informed public voice into real resources to leverage 100% prevention.

Since 2006, Operation Paydirt’s initiatives have proven effective in engaging communities in the potential for change. This methodology can further underpin the work of the larger lead poisoning prevention movement by developing a massive citizen voice. Now, with the support of A Blade of Grass, a foundation that nurtures socially engaged art, Operation Paydirt is offering this creative momentum to support those with the knowledge and power to influence change towards lead poisoning prevention. MIT’s Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) is partnering with Operation Paydirt to create the space for a convening of campaign partners to co-create communications and movement-building strategies. The partnership with CoLab will facilitate the interchange of knowledge and resources between MIT and community networks. Moving forward, Los Angeles based Healthy Homes Collaborative is invested as an advising partner. Conversations with lead poisoning prevention experts are evolving to further anchor this national dialogue.

Support for the Operation Paydirt / Fundred Dollar Bill Project  can be made by donating to its fiscal sponsor the National Performance Network (NPN). Click the button below and you will be directed to Network for Good’s Donate Now service. Next to “Program Designation,” click on the drop-down box and select “Operation Paydirt / Fundred Dollar Bill Project .”

NPN is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions support the programming of NPN and the designated programs of the New Orleans Local Network, and are fully tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. All donations are acknowledged by letter. We don’t engage in phone solicitation, nor will we sell or rent your contact information to any third party.


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