The non-profits

The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt is 100% charitable, working to raise vital funds for two first class causes.

Studio in a School ( is one of New York’s most respected children?s non-profits, bringing visual arts and professional artists to more than 150 New York public schools each year. The event will equally benefit Elephant Family ( as they continue to race against the clock to save the endangered Asian elephant from extinction.


With the creativity of the visual arts, Studio in a School has enriched almost 800,000 lives of children aged 3 to 23 in New York City’s five boroughs since 1977. Studio in a School’s unique method brings professional artists into schools and community organizations to help students achieve mastery in multiple media, including painting, collage, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, 2D applied design, and media technology.

During the financial crisis of the mid-1970s, New York City virtually eliminated the budget for arts education in the public schools. In response, Agnes Gund, philanthropist and now President Emerita of The Museum of Modern Art, founded Studio in a School. Partnering with administrators, artists, supporters, and members of the New York City Department of Education, Studio in a School dedicated itself to providing students with a transformative visual arts experience.

The organization establishes multi-year partnerships between artists and educators designed to develop age-appropriate art programs; offers professional guidance to teachers and administrators at participating sites and also supports the growth of teens and college age students through art-focused internships. Studio in a School’s programming serves more than 150 schools throughout the five boroughs. Every year, 90 professional artists work with nearly 30,000 Pre-K through college students, about 90% of whom are economically disadvantaged.

(c) Mindy Best


The Asian elephant – one of the biggest, most intelligent animals on the planet, has declined in numbers by 90% in the past 100 years. Since launching, Elephant Family has doubled the amount of money going their conservation, and invested it with pin point precision – protecting and reconnecting Asia’s most important forests for elephants and for all the animals who share them.

A lifetime of travel imbued Elephant Family’s charismatic Co-Founder and Chairman, Mark Shand, with a love of adventure and a commitment to saving endangered animals.

In his own words Mark ‘fell in love’ with a female elephant named Tara one steamy monsoon night in the jungles of Orissa. He bought Tara and rode her thousands of kilometers across the north eastern states of India, a journey that, fired his determination to start Elephant Family, a charity dedicated to protecting Tara’s endangered wild relatives.

A great believer in young people, Mark joined forces with creative conservationist, Ruth Powys, to establish the charity. Elephant Family?s projects are largely funded by Ruth?s large scale outdoor art campaigns, which consistently feature life size endangered wildlife in a myriad of forms – from topiary to paint and high fashion.

Experts in public art exhibitions, Elephant Family have a 10 year track record in high profile fundraising events.

Having run The Big Egg Hunt in London in 2012,  the hugely successful Elephant Parade in 2010, The Animal Ball and Elephants in the Park back in 2007,  the charity is perfectly poised for New York which is set to be even bigger, and even better.