SFAI – The Original Disruptor Gala

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San Francisco Art Institute
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A one-time resident of Belvedere, California, Michael T. Jackson is the founder of SFG Asset Advisors, and a former member of the board of trustees of the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). Although no longer living in Belvedere, Michael T. Jackson has lent his support to the SFAI for a number of years. The organization is currently gearing up to host the Original Disruptor Gala in April of 2017.

The Disruptor Gala presents twelve alumni artists with the opportunity to create temporary bars and lounges. The aim is to create a number of visually striking sites, with the focus being placed on delivering the unexpected, in commemoration of the ground-breaking artists that have emerged from the SFAI’s Chestnut Street campus in Russian Hill, such as Ansel Adams, Barry McGee, and Joan Brown.

The event is the premier fundraiser in the SFAI calendar, with all proceeds going toward student scholarships. The evening itself will be a celebration of the spirit of the organization, and of those who have graduated from SFAI in the past. Discover more about the Disruptor Gala by visiting www.sfai.edu.

Stars Give to Revamp Irish Cultural Hub through American Ireland Fund



American Ireland Fund

Formerly based in Belvedere, California, Michael T. Jackson now resides in Florida. Before making Belvedere, California, and later Florida, his home, he spent his childhood in Ireland. Michael T. Jackson supports charitable causes including the American Ireland Fund, which he serves as a board member.

Irish artists and personalities, including actress Roma Downey, who donated $1 million through the American Ireland Fund, are avid supporters of the redevelopment of the Irish Arts Center.

The City of New York, as well as the Irish government, has also pledged major funding to revamp the center and make it the main Irish cultural hub in the United States. Actors Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne are also strong supporters of the reportedly $62 million rehabilitation of the Irish Arts Center.

According to the Sunday Independent, construction of the new facility will commence in autumn and will take about two years to finish. By the end of the period, the Irish Arts Center will have a sleek new theater that can fit 199 people and permit larger productions. The new center is also expected to boost audiences to 120,000 a year.

Essential Information to Know Before Traveling to Morocco


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Michael T. Jackson, founder of SFG Asset Advisors in San Francisco, moved from Belvedere to Florida, where he currently resides. Born in England, Michael T. Jackson grew up in Ireland before establishing an active presence in Belvedere. Aside from work, he busies himself with travel and has visited several countries, including Morocco.

The best time to travel to Morocco is from May to September, its off-season, although prices remain high on the coast due to domestic tourism. The most popular time to visit is from November to March, but prices are highest during this time.

Getting around Morocco is affordable and can be done by train, car, bus, or taxi. The train, which has frequent departures between major cities, is the most accessible option. In destinations not serviced by trains, travelers can take the bus, which is cheaper, although slower.

Here are some other considerations for first-time visitors to Morocco to keep in mind:

• Most shops and museums are closed Friday, which is considered a holy day.
• Travelers are advised to bring bottled drinking water.
• When giving tips at restaurants, it is customary to give $1 per person at local places and around $3 to $5 per person at more upscale places.
• Avoid displaying the soles of the feet, which are perceived as unclean in Arab culture. Likewise, shoes must be taken off when invited into someone’s house.
• When visiting mosques, women should bring a shawl or a scarf to cover their head.

Fledgling Fund – Supporting Documentary Efforts With Social Impact



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The Fledgling Fund
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Formerly based in Belvedere, California, Michael T. Jackson had a high-profile career in the corporate finance and hedge fund management sphere. Michael T. Jackson was actively involved in charitable activities spanning Belvedere and the greater San Francisco Bay Area, with a focus on health care and social issues. Now a Florida resident, he has provided funding for the Fledgling Fund, which provides grants to worthy documentary filmmakers.

Having supported nearly three 350 projects over the past decade, the Fledgling Fund focuses funding on movies with the potential to positively impact society. Subjects range from the environment to social justice, with current grants supporting documentaries such as Daughters of the Forest, which follows the lives of students who attend the Mbaracayú Forest Girls’ School in Paraguay. Girls who attend the school are provided with a practical education that focuses on providing them with entrepreneurial skills to launch sustainable ventures.

Another recent Fledgling Fund grant-funded movie, Death by Design examines the hidden costs associated with consumer devices, both in terms of environmental degradation and in the lives of factory workers in countries such as China.

Victoria Falls – The World’s Largest Waterfall

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Victoria Falls
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Now living in Florida, former Belvedere, California, resident Michael T. Jackson founded and functions as the president of a family foundation that supports organizations focused on social issues and health care. An advocate for research in the area of orthopedic regenerative healing, he also established the Napa Medical Research Foundation to the northeast of Belvedere. An avid traveler, Michael T. Jackson is particularly fond of visiting Africa in his spare time.

Located on the Zambezi River, Africa’s fourth largest river, Victoria Falls is one of the world’s most popular attractions. With a length exceeding 1 kilometer and height of more than 100 meters, it qualifies as the world’s largest waterfall.

Barely visited before a railway was constructed to Bulawayo in 1905, Victoria Falls has since been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since 1990, it has attracted approximately 300,000 people annually, and over the next decade, this figure is expected to increase.

Exposure and Light Can Make or Break a Photo

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Exposure and Light
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A former resident of Belvedere, California, Michael T. Jackson currently lives in Florida. An alumnus of the University of Virginia, he studied for his MBA in finance at the University of Southern California. Michael T. Jackson enjoys photography in his leisure time.

Cameras come with an abundance of buttons that a beginner may find overwhelming. Exposure is a critical part of taking clear photos. Newer camera models should have a button that controls exposure. It’s crucial that such a button be pushed if your camera has it. Try not to rely on a camera’s automatic mode too much, as it typically fails to yield the hoped for results. Cameras may seem intimidating, but once they are figured out, experiencing captivating photos will be worth it.

Perfect lighting is key to taking a professional-looking photo. Most photographers take their photos during the golden hour, the hour that is right before sunset. During that hour, there is usually just the right amount of shadows to create the perfect contrast, which dramatically improves photos.

The Fledgling Fund’s Engagement Lab Promotes Engagement and Outreach


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The Fledgling Fund
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Michael T. Jackson is a former resident of Belvedere, California, and the founder of SFG Asset Advisors. Now retired, Michael T. Jackson spends much of his time working with various charitable and community organizations. Over the years, the former Belvedere resident has partnered with many nonprofit organizations including The Fledgling Fund, which helps to fund and develop documentary films focused on social issues such as equal access to healthcare, education, and gender equality.

The Fledgling Fund seeks to address issues that affect vulnerable populations through a variety of programs and creative media projects. One of the foundation’s programs is the Fledgling Engagement Lab. The goal of the Lab is to provide support for documentary filmmakers who want to increase their audience engagement level and create larger social impact through their projects. Focused on working with a small number of film teams, the Lab supports each project and brings in experts to help filmmakers create better strategies for reaching and engaging their desired audience.

First launched in 2014, the Fledgling Engagement Lab was financially supported by the Dobkin Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation. It works with documentary film projects that are still in their early stages and are backed by committed and collaborative film teams. Each team participates in the Lab through a combination of online and in-person meetings and focused residencies.