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The two Jersey rockers kicked off the benefit concert the way they only could...
The lead guitarist for Bon Jovi will donate proceeds from his November 13 show in Los Angeles to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy reliefThe lead guitarist for Bon Jovi will donate proceeds from his November 13 show in Los... more
Rock star Jon Bon Jovi's brothers Matt and Tony along with father John Sr., are donating the proceeds from the sale of Bongiovi Brand Pasta Sauce to Hurricane Sandy storm reliefRock star Jon Bon Jovi's brothers Matt and Tony along with father John Sr., are... more
The JBSF partners with Rebuilding Together to rebuild 30 homes in a Philly neighborhood
For a guy between records and off the road, Jon Bon Jovi sure knows how to keep himself in front of the cameras and the public eye...For a guy between records and off the road, Jon Bon Jovi sure knows how to keep... more
With Thanksgiving approaching, I have been thinking about not just the things I am thankful for, but different ways that people can give back. Probably one of the best ways is to donate or help out at local soup kitchens. Most of these are running out of supplies as many Americans are either out of work or forced to take low paying jobs to just survive. There is a great need not only during this season, but year round. Not just food, but clothes, so if you can, please help out.With Thanksgiving approaching, I have been thinking about not just the things I am... more
Millions of homeless Americans will be cold this holiday season: find out how your donation to the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation can provide the needy with a warm blanket.Millions of homeless Americans will be cold this holiday season: find out how your... more
Read how you can help provide a meal for a hungry soul for just $10
When you visit a Microsoft office and discover that it’s been transformed from a place of work to an amphitheater for a keenly contested rock-paper-scissors contest, or when you overhear people discussing an ongoing bidding war for the world’s best baloney sandwich, then chances are you’re witnessing Microsoft’s employee giving at first hand.
Each year as part of our Giving campaign every full time Microsoft employee in the United States can take advantage of corporate matching for the donations they make to nonprofit and community organizations, up to $12,000. They also have the opportunity to volunteer their time and have those hours matched with a per hour payment to the chosen organization.
It would be fair to say that employee giving is an inherent part of life at Microsoft. Since the inception of the company our employees have wanted to give something back. The continued success of our employee giving isn’t solely about people’s generosity - it’s also about their creativity and passion. As the co-chairs of the 2010 Giving campaign we have had the opportunity to see an incredible array of initiatives to raise funds and awareness. This past year we had over 300 fundraising events including a 5K run with 1,700 employee participants, national poker competitions, an album of employee music, photo books, soccer clinics, and our internal auction site which continues to grow in both the breadth of items offered and the money it raises.
So, how did we do in the United States in 2010? Here are some of the top line figures:
Microsoft employee giving raised $96 million in 2010 – the most ever
Nearly 35,000 people around Microsoft participated
Over 4,000 people volunteered over 350,000 hours of their time – generating $6 million in funds for the recipient organizations
Over 16,000 organizations benefitted from funds raised as part of the Giving campaign.
These funds make a real difference in our communities. For example, Microsoft employees are the single largest, active source of ongoing donors for the Seattle Children’s Hospital, which received over $800,000 in 2010. The majority of the donated funds go toward uncompensated care so that no one who comes to Seattle Children’s is turned away for insurance or financial reasons. The donated funds will assist around 1,000 families with uncompensated care. It’s something we’re very proud of.
2010 was an outstanding year for our employee Giving campaign and we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that the success of the campaign isn’t solely due to the incredible generosity of our people, but is also the result of the hard work and energy of an army of volunteers across the company who commit their time to the Giving campaign, driving participation, helping organize events and supporting initiatives. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their efforts.
There is one downside to these results: it creates a formidable target for 2011! However, we’re confident, that as in years past, our employees will rise to the challenge.
We’re already underway. Thank you for your support in 2010!
http://www.microsoftupblog.com/post/2010-The-biggest-year-of-employee-giving-so-far.aspxWhen you visit a Microsoft office and discover that it’s been transformed from a... more
Philanthropy headlines in the past year have focused on billionaires giving in two different ways.
There are those who give to numerous projects in a piecemeal fashion. They include Warren Buffett, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill and Melinda Gates. They give millions to causes like education and health.
The other group includes George Soros and the brothers Charles and David Koch.They work at different ends of the political spectrum--from left to right--but they are both building movements behind their opposing and sparring visions.
For those of us who give to women and girls, the Soros-Koch movement-building strategy is the one to note.
That's because a central tenet of women's funds is that money is needed at the intersection of major problems--health, education, environmental justice, domestic violence--to address the cascade of deficits in the lives of girls and women that create the overall poverty of any given community.
Read the full story at Women's eNews: http://www.womensenews.org/story/economyeconomic-policy/101224/lets-give-girls-and-women-lets-build-movementPhilanthropy headlines in the past year have focused on billionaires giving in two... more
A way to share in a Christmas miracle story in the making.
A few years ago I wrote a song called, “The Magic of Christmas.” I revisited it once again and wanted to find a way to use it to help a charity that embodies the spirit of the song: bringing warmth, a sense of security, and peace in this holiday season. I wanted to find a way to use my music to bring blessings to those who may be in need.
This brought me to the work of SOS Children’s Villages. They work with orphaned and abandoned children in 132 countries across the world to heal the loss of homes and parents. They do so by constructing a home (an SOS Village) and introducing a loving mother figure who will raise several children who have been abandoned or orphaned. This work is life changing for children who have suffered devastating losses.
We created a MILLION SONG DOWNLOAD challenge where for 99 cents the song can be downloaded and profits go to the SOS program.
One million downloads of “The Magic of Christmas” means $400,000 for SOS Children’s Villages if accomplished by the end of 2010.
Similarly, this is not a request for people to donate thousands of dollars. It’s a request for a million people to contribute less than a dollar and enjoy a new Christmas song. I hope you will take The Magic of Christmas into your heart and home.A way to share in a Christmas miracle story in the making. A few years ago I wrote... more
CSRminute: UPS Expands Carbon Neutral Shipping Program; Microsoft Co-Founder Signs on to Buffet's Giving Pledge Program.Summary: UPS Expands Carbon Neutral Shipping Program; Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Signs on to Warren Buffet's Giving Pledge Program.Summary: UPS Expands Carbon Neutral Shipping Program; Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen... more
Shortly after I became the director of the West Milford Community Garden in late 2008, I learned that some of our garden plot holders -- like millions of backyard gardeners nationwide -- left large amounts of their garden produce unharvested when they grew more than they could possibly use.
Aware that hunger is a problem in our community, I suggested that we created a committee that would help to gather this extra food and deliver it to local food pantries. The program was named Ample Harvest.
Food pantries however were hard to find, in large part because most operate without an Internet site or yellow page listing. Google for example listed the nearest food pantry as being in a town 25 miles away, even though our own town had several of them. And it turns out this same challenge was faced by backyard gardeners nationwide wishing to share their bounty.
To address this dilemma, we created the AmpleHarvest.org Campaign, a nationwide effort to educate, encourage and enable gardeners with extra extra produce to easily donate to a local food pantry. AmpleHarvest.org gives food pantries the opportunity to be listed in a central nationwide directory so that gardeners can share their fresh produce and, garden-by-garden, help diminish hunger in America
Since it's rollout in May 2009, the AmpleHarvest.org Campaign has continued to grow.About AmpleHarvest.org Shortly after I became the director of the West Milford... more
In addition to being an amazing athlete, Mrs. Vonn also gives back...
"SOS Outreach students got a chance to hang with Lindsey Vonn before she headed off to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver‚ and even got to ask questions at her press conference that afternoon. On February 17‚ in her first event‚ Vonn won the gold medal in the downhill‚ becoming the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the downhill."
"As a nonprofit organization, SOS Outreach programs build character and self-esteem in youth through outdoor activities and the SOS curriculum."
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http://www.sosoutreach.org/In addition to being an amazing athlete, Mrs. Vonn also gives back... "SOS... more
The following is an email I received from a very trusted nurse and friend to the healthcare reform movement.
I DO NOT RECOMMEND GIVING TO THE RED CROSS.
I volunteered as an RN and also worked for Red Cross in the 1980's. They are not that same organization since Elizabeth Dole became the first of several questionable 'CEOs' in the 1990's. ARC DOES NOT ALWAYS USE THE MONEY COLLECTED FOR THE PURPOSE IT AS DONATED! ARC controversies ensued after 9/11, Hurricaine Katrina and after the SriLankin Tsunami. ARC has a much lower ranking with www.charitynavigator.org than many other worthy service groups and relief providers.
I did medical relief work in New Orleans just after the hurricaine...and the Red Cross was shameful in it's hands off distancing from those in need. They even refused to give aid to Latino resident hurricaine vicitms who didn't have their ID's. Gathering millions of dollars in donations, ARC sent trucks to the Common Ground Relief storage, attempting to take our donated supplies which we were distributing to areas in need that Red Cross wouldn't even go to! Some Medical volunteers who came with the Red Cross defected to other groups due to frustration with the organization's lack of genuine assistance to the disaster victims.
Read about these scandals /problems if you are interested. Articles from the LA Times, NY Times, Wash Post, Toronto Star detailing ARC transgressions can be found at www.commondreams.org . search.
1. Partners In Health http://www.standwithhaiti.org/
888 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
tel: (617) 432-5298
fax: (617) 432-5300
Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 845578
Boston, MA 02284
RANK 66.98 **** (rankings: http://www.CharityNavigator.org)
MEDICAL care. Dr. Paul Farmer and Tracy Kidder longtime Haiti advocates recommend this group. They have operated in Haiti for 20 years.
Founded in 1987, Partners In Health's (PIH) mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. The work of PIH has three goals: to care for our patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease in their communities, and to share lessons learned around the world. Through long-term partnerships with our sister organizations, we bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need and work to alleviate the crushing economic and social burdens of poverty that exacerbate disease. PIH believes that health is a fundamental right, not a privilege. PIH works in Haiti, Rwanda, Peru, Russia, USA, Malawi and Lesotho, and supports projects in Mexico and Guatemala.
2. Doctors Without Borders, USA http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/
333 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001
tel: (888) 392-0392
fax: (212) 679-7016
RANK 61.22 ****
Providing trauma and surgical care.
Doctors Without Borders, USA (DWB-USA) was founded in 1990 in New York City to raise funds, create awareness, recruit field staff, and advocate with the United Nations and US government on humanitarian concerns. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization that provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. In 2007, MSF-USA raised $152.1 million and sent 200 aid workers to work overseas.
Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Haiti Earthquake Response - Doctors Without Borders
Your gift today will immediately support emergency medical care for the men, women, and children affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Please give as generously as you can to our Haiti Earthquake Response and help us save lives.
3. Operation USA http://www.opusa.org/
Disaster relief & development since 1979
International : Humanitarian Relief Supplies
3617 Hayden Avenue
Culver City, CA 90232
tel: (800) 678-7255
fax: (310) 838-3477
RANK 68.30 ****
Founded in 1979, Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty throughout the world by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid. We provide material and financial assistance to grassroots organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, provide education and health services, and advocate on behalf of vulnerable people. Operation USA rapidly and expertly provides on-the-ground aid by sending vital life-saving supplies and cash grants to assist communities in rebuilding. Partnering with grassroots organizations, Operation USA specializes in reaching vulnerable populations who are in the greatest need, yet who are often ignored by governments and larger aid organizations.
4. Oxfam America http://www.oxfamamerica.org/
226 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02114
tel: (800) 776-9326
fax: (617) 728-2594
RANK 63 ****
Oxfam assigned to lead aid groups on water and sanitation Update: During the next two weeks, Oxfam will coordinate international aid groups on the ground in Haiti in the delivery of emergency water and sanitation services. Water is the most critical need in a country where this week’s earthquake left at least 250,000 people homeless.
5. United States Fund for UNICEF http://www.unicefusa.org/
125 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038
tel: (800) 367-5437
fax: (212) 779-1679
RANK 61.55 ****
The United States Fund for UNICEF was founded in 1947 to support the work of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) by raising funds for its programs and increasing awareness of the challenges facing the world's children. The oldest of 37 national committees for UNICEF worldwide, we are part of a global effort to save, protect and improve children's lives. Every moment of every day, UNICEF is on the ground providing lifesaving help for children in need. We provide families with clean water and sanitation, we vaccinate against childhood illness, and we help protect children against malaria. We provide nourishment to fight malnutrition, and we care for children affected by AIDS. We protect children from abuse, and we give them an education. We are here to make sure that all children lead a healthy, humane, and dignified life.The following is an email I received from a very trusted nurse and friend to the... more
SOS Outreach, a youth non-profit organization in Colorado, will give about 500 kids a chance to ride at six resorts in Colorado this weekend, including Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin. The program is designed to introduce kids to snow sports who may never have had a chance to get involved:
More Than 500 Kids Will Hit the Mountains This Weekend
December 10, 2009 (DENVER, CO) — The nation’s largest youth winter sports nonprofit entered its 16th season of service in Colorado. This weekend, more than 500 students in Colorado will hit the slopes at half a dozen ski resorts courtesy of SOS Outreach.
The students will pick up tips from professional instructors to enhance their on-hill experience, but SOS Outreach founder and executive director Arn Menconi said participants will become involved in much more.
“Our aim is to give an experience of a lifetime to kids who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity,” he said. “At the same time, we use the ‘cool’ factor of snowboarding and skiing as a hook for a multi-year core value curriculum that inspires the students to become more involved in the community by giving back.”
SOS Outreach Global Program Director Jon Garrou said public service was a primary emphasis of the organization for not only the staff and student participants, but the broader community.
“Something happens when people see kids doing something to improve their community, and they want to support that,” he said, adding that last year about 750 adults pitched in with on-hill programs as well as service projects initiated by multi-year students. “Snowboarding may have been what brought everyone together, but it’s become something much larger and more meaningful.”
In all, SOS Outreach partners with 39 mountain resorts across nine states, Canada and New Zealand. Menconi said without the steady support of Vail Resorts, the organization would not have been able to expand.
Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz said the company was more than happy to partner with SOS Outreach.
“Working with SOS Outreach, we are able to give the experience of a lifetime to kids who may not have the opportunity,” Katz said. “SOS has taken the time to understand the best way to reach kids, and with the excitement of their first chair lift ride or their first turn, each of the SOS kids is an inspiration to every one of our employees who work with them. We hope the experience makes as big a positive impact on their lives as it has on ours.”
This year, 3,000 youth will enroll in winter sports programs with SOS Outreach, half of whom live in the Denver area. SOS Outreach will serve another 1,200 students in outdoor sports programs during the summer months, for a total of 20,000 participant days across its programs.
To learn more... contact Information
Arn Menconi, Executive Director: 970.390.4844
Jon Garrou, Global Programs Director: 303.332.7347
Nathan Rodriguez, Community Relations Manager: 303.548.4746
http://www.sosoutreach.orgSOS Outreach, a youth non-profit organization in Colorado, will give about 500 kids a... more