"Never respect men merely for their riches, but rather for their philanthropy; we do not value the sun for its height, but for its use." -Gamaliel Bailey

Philanthropic People Blog

Annual Charity Day Event Raises $12 Million on 9/11

Charity Day celebrities

Earlier this month, Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., in partnership with BGC Partners, Inc., raised $12 million for charities around the world during its annual Charity Day on September 11. Every year since the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11, BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald commemorate the loss of over 700 employees in the tragedy by [...]

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Founder of ShelterBox Charged with Fraud


ShelterBox, a humanitarian organization that offers emergency shelter and supplies to victims of crisis, has recently been plagued with a bit of controversy. Tom Henderson, the founder of British-based ShelterBox, appeared before the City of London Magistrates’ Court last week after being charged with three counts of fraud and abuse of position. Henderson, who founded [...]

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Ashya King: Charity to Pay for Medical Care, Parents Released

Ashya King kids n cancer

Last weekend, parents Brett and Naghmeh King were arrested in Spain for removing their five-year-old son from a hospital without the consent of doctors. The Kings’ son Ashya is a brain cancer patient. After the arrest, the Kings were detained while Ashya was kept in isolation at a hospital and an extradition request was processed. [...]

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How Much Impact did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Really Have?

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ALS Association

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was one of the biggest and most visible charitable campaigns to take over social media this summer, but how much of an impact did the challenge really have? According to the ALS Association, the impact of the Ice Bucket Challenge was massive to say the least. Reportedly, donations to the [...]

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Bain Makes Deal with Charitable Business, TOMS

Toms Footwear

Earlier this month, TOMS, charitable footwear company announced that it sold a 50 percent stake to Boston-based private equity firm Bain Capital. The company is best known for its canvas casual shoes and buy-one-give-one campaign, which gives shoes to children in need. TOMS was reportedly valued by Bain at $625 million. TOMS did not disclose [...]

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Kind Charity: Behind Aaron Paul’s Wife, Lauren Parsekian’s Charity

Aaron Paul and his wife, Lauren Parsekian

In Aaron Paul’s acceptance speech during the Emmy awards, he brought attention to a little-known non-profit organization, of which his wife Lauren Parsekian is the president: Kind Campaign. Mr. Paul, while accepting his award said: “To my wife, my god. Thank you for marrying me, thank you for dedicating your life to spreading kindness across [...]

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David Kuhn Goes the Extra (11,000) Miles for Cystic Fibrosis

David Kuhn is running across the US for cystic fibrosis

David Kuhn from DeKalb, Illinois has made it his mission for the past few years to complete an 11,000-mile run across the United States to raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis. At age 62, most men and women wouldn’t dream of this kind of journey, but Kuhn isn’t letting his age, or his blindness, [...]

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Good Country Index Reveals Which Countries Are Doing the Most Good

Good Country Index

These days, there are rankings out there for just about everything. Though at times trivial (think biased “best and worst” lists), ranking systems can actually be really beneficial in the world of philanthropy. A new ranking system, the Good Country Index, is a fine resource for anyone who wants to see how countries compare in [...]

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Philanthropic People: Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift Philanthropy

Wholesome musician Taylor Swift might be known for her status as pop music icon and “America’s Sweetheart,” but did you know that she’s also a dedicated philanthropist? At just 24 years old, Swift has contributed greatly to many international charities, and has used her celebrity status to raise awareness about important causes. The reason Swift [...]

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University Of Kentucky Cancels Alumni Charity Game

University of Kentucky Rupp Arena

Originally scheduled for August 24th in Rupp Arena, the University of Kentucky has canceled its UK Alumni Charity Game. Unfortunately, several NBA players were unavailable to attend the event, including DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, and John Wall. “With what we’ve been able to do with bringing our guys back for our fans and raising money [...]

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