Taylor Swift Donates to Sexual Assault Victims’ Charity

Taylor Swift Donates to Sexual Assault Victims’ Charity

Aug 17

On Monday, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift was awarded a symbolic $1 after winning a lawsuit against David Mueller, whom she alleges grabbed her buttocks during a meet-and-greet. Shortly after winning her case, the songstress made a “generous investment” to the Joyful Heart Foundation—a sexual assault victims’ charity run founded by Law and Order: SVU actress Mariska Hargitay. “@taylorswift13’s courage & generous investment in our work sends a powerful message to survivors: you are not alone,” Hargitay tweeted on Wednesday. Hargitay did not disclose the exact amount that Swift donated. However, Maile M. Zambuto, CEO of the Joyful Heart Foundation, confirmed that Swift’s donation was indeed copious. Zambuto told the Huffington Post that Swift’s donation was a “generous financial investment in the movement to end sexual violence.” Swift’s win in court is being hailed not only as a victory for herself, but a victory for survivors of sexual assault everywhere. The 27-year-old said that she hopes to inspire other victims to speak out and fight back. “I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this,” Swift said in a statement. “My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.” Meanwhile, David Mueller (the man accused of assaulting Swift) still denies any wrongdoing. “I never grabbed her. I never had my hand under her skirt and I can pass a polygraph,” Mueller told ABC News after losing his case. Mueller, a former radio DJ, complained to TMZ that he hasn’t been able to find work ever since the story broke. He even said that he might have to get plastic surgery and change his identity in order to find...

Boxing for Charity: Cops vs. Firefighters

Boxing for Charity: Cops vs. Firefighters

Aug 10

On November 11, cops and firefighters will face off during an Olympic-style boxing match happening in Wichita, Kansas. The event, titled “Cuffs vs. Axes,” will benefit two charities: the Honore Adversis Foundation and the Wichita Firefighters Charitable Fund. The Honore Adversis Foundation provides financial assistance to Wichita police officers that have suffered a serious injury while on duty, have been diagnosed with a medical condition, or are struggling with some other type of personal hardship. Financial assistance is also awarded to families of fallen officers. The Wichita Firefighters Charitable Fund supports similar initiatives, albeit for firefighters instead. It is a relatively new organization that was founded in 2016. A portion of the event’s proceeds will also go towards the Villa Boxing Club, a program designed to deter delinquency in at-risk youth. Firefighters and police officers will be evenly matched based off of age and weight. Even though it’s a small, local event, the boxing match is already attracting media attention. It’s an example of how a unique fundraising idea can garner more press and more donations. Other small, local charities should take note, as fundraising events that cater to the public’s interest are likely to bring in more donations. But what it really boils down to is targeting a specific audience. Granted, not everyone is interested in attending a boxing match, but then again not everyone is interested in attending a fancy fundraising dinner, either. That’s why charities should do market research before deciding which type of fundraising event will be most effective. For those who want to attend this event, the boxing match begins at 7 p.m. at the Wichita Sports Forum. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for kids 10 and under, and $15 for anyone working in EMS, fire, law enforcement, or the military. There are also VIP tickets available for $125, complete with unlimited food and drinks. To purchase tickets for this event, visit...

4 Different Ways to Report a Scam Charity

4 Different Ways to Report a Scam Charity

Aug 02

If you suspect that a charity is fake or corrupt, there are several different ways to go about reporting it. The following comprises a list of your different options. 1. Report it to the IRS The IRS is responsible for overseeing all charities on a federal level. The good news is that there are multiple ways to file a complaint through the IRS. You can even submit an anonymous tip should you so choose. Here are your options: Send an e-mail to eoclass@irs.gov Mail a letter to: IRS EO Classification, Mail Code 4910 1100 Commerce Street Dallas, TX 75242 Complete Form 13909, the Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint (Referral) Form 2. Notify the State Depending on which state you live in, either the Attorney General or the Secretary of State will be responsible for overseeing nonprofit regulation. To find your state’s Attorney General, click here. To find your Secretary of State, click here. 3. Inform Charity Navigator Charity Navigator is a watchdog organization that publishes an ongoing advisory list. This list assesses each charity’s concern/risk level. To submit a claim to Charity Navigator, send an email to cnadvisory@charitynavigator.org. Charity Navigator asks that you provide substantial evidence to support your claim. 4. Contact Your Local News Outlet Most news outlets have a special team of investigative journalists that will look into your claims should you have reason to believe that a charity is engaging in unethical practices. Better yet, these journalists will protect your identity should you choose to remain anonymous. This is a great option if you want to inform the public about the organization’s unlawful activity. Now that you have a list of options in front of you, it’s time to start compiling your evidence so that you can report the suspicious activity. Remember: the longer you wait, the more people will be taken advantage...

Study Finds Differences in How Economic Groups Donate

Study Finds Differences in How Economic Groups Donate

Jul 27

A new study suggests that charitable giving is closely tied to how people see themselves. For example, higher income individuals tend to give to charities when they are asked in a way that appeals to their self-concept of independence and self-reliance. Lower income individuals, however, give based on their perception of being part of a community and social connection. The study, performed by psychologists Ashley Whillans, Eugene Caruso, and Elizabeth Dunn, looked at this phenomenon over the course of three experiments. In the first experiment, participants were sent to the website for an organization called The Life You Can Save, which focuses on ending extreme poverty. Visitors were asked to participate in a survey in exchange for a complimentary book. Half of the 185 participants (58% of whom were female) read an “agentic” appeal for donations that emphasized the organization as one that focuses on what an individual can do to reduce poverty. The other 50% read a more “communal” appeal that focused on what “all of us together can do to reduce poverty.” Wealthier participants—those earning $90,000 a year or more—were more likely to click to donate after reading the agentic appeal, while lower income participants—those making $40,000 or less a year—were more likely to donate after experiencing the communal appeal. Other elements like gender, ethnicity, and age made no difference. The theory behind these results is that wealthier individuals see themselves as having more personal control and less need to rely on others. Those with lower incomes, on the other hand, rely more on other people. So when charitable organizations strategize their copy based on these ideas, they can potentially get more donations from either group. While this particular study is too small for sweeping generalizations, it is backed up to a certain extent by previous studies, including one from 2010. That study, published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found that, despite their own financial hardship, lower income individuals were more generous, charitable, trusting, and helpful than their upper class counterparts. The study authors suggested that this was because lower income donors have a greater commitment to the sort of mentality that leads to involvement with charity, such as egalitarian values and compassion. It’s too early to determine definitive conclusions based on this small amount of data, but it’s still valuable in the sense that it gives charities something to consider when deciding how...

Eagles Singer-Songwriter Joe Walsh Launches New Charity

Eagles Singer-Songwriter Joe Walsh Launches New Charity

Jul 20

Joe Walsh, who played in the 1970s hit band the Eagles, has created a new charity that will benefit U.S. military veterans. The charity, called VetsAid, will fund organizations that provide physical, mental, and emotional care to service members and their families. Giving veterans the support they need is an issue that hits close to home for Walsh; the singer-songwriter’s father was a flight instructor who died while on active duty in Okinawa, Japan. “War is hell for everyone involved,” Walsh stated. “I lost my father when I was a baby, before I could even make a memory of him. I stopped counting the number of friends I lost in the Vietnam War or that came home forever scarred mentally or physically or both.” In order to raise money for the charity, the talented musician will host a benefit concert in which he will play alongside Keith Urban, Gary Clark Jr. and the Zac Brown Band. Additional musicians will be announced at a later date, with a special closing performance from a mystery guest. The concert will take place on September 20 at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow. “I had to do something and seeing as though rock and roll seems to be what I do best, it’s also the least I could do for those who have served and continue to serve our country,” Walsh remarked. “We’re all in this together as Americans and seems to me lately that people are forgetting that. I asked my buddies Zac, Gary, and Keith to step up and I’m so grateful that they did. Let’s put on a show, raise some money and celebrate our vets… and let’s do it every year!” Way to go, Joe Walsh! Keep up the good work! You make our country...

Co-founder of Private Equity Firm Donating $1 Million to Northern Arizona University

Co-founder of Private Equity Firm Donating $1 Million to Northern Arizona University

Jul 14

Great news for education students at Northern Arizona University! George Roberts, co-founder of private equity firm KKR, is giving $1 million to NAU to support education students during their student-teaching semester. The money will be divided into $5,000 scholarships. The scholarships will be offered to first-generation college students from underrepresented demographic groups that have a demonstrated need for financial aid. The donation is part of Roberts’ greater mission to empower marginalized people. “Those who complete college do better—they make more money and have more stable lives,” Roberts said in an interview with the Arizona Daily Sun. “It’s a way to break the cycle of poverty that keeps so many from reaching their true potential. If we’re ever going to improve the economic inequality in this country it’s going to be through education and jobs.” Roberts is making the donation in honor of William A. Franke, a close friend of his whom he’s known for nearly 50 years. Franke is the cofounder and managing partner of Indigo Partners, a Phoenix-based private equity and venture capital firm. When Roberts brought up the idea of making a donation in his name, Franke recommended NAU. Franke himself has been an avid supporter of NAU for many years, which is why NAU’s W.A. Franke College of Business is named after him. Those who receive the $5,000 scholarships will be known as Franke Scholars. “We are incredibly grateful for George Roberts’ generosity,” said President of NAU Rita Hartung Cheng. “There is a significant need for high-quality teachers, and through this gift, George Roberts and Bill Franke will ensure that NAU students will become those exceptional teachers.” At a time when tuition costs are rising and colleges are facing budget cuts, donations like this are invaluable. It’s especially important due to the fact that it creates more opportunities for minorities, who already face significant socioeconomic...

Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty if You Can’t Afford to Donate

Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty if You Can’t Afford to Donate

Jul 06

A lot of people find themselves asking, “When is the right time to donate?” The answer is simple: when all of your needs are taken care of first. If that sounds selfish, allow us to explain why it’s not. As a society, we’ve been conditioned to put others’ needs above our own. But when you sacrifice your personal necessities in the name of others, you’ll end up feeling stressed, dissatisfied, and unfulfilled. Generosity is not supposed to make you feel that way. Giving to others is supposed to make you feel inspired, joyful, and exuberant. And the only way you’ll be able to experience those positive vibes is to give from a place of love rather than guilt. If you’re not doing well financially, chances are you already feel bad about your situation. Don’t compound those feelings of guilt by giving away money that you don’t have. And for the record, there’s nothing wrong with putting yourself first. In fact, in survival situations, it’s a necessity. Just think about how airlines encourage passengers to put their own oxygen masks on first before helping others. Put another way, think about this quote from Eleanor Brownn: “Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve others on an empty vessel.” If giving is your passion even though it’s not financially feasible to do so now, then use your current misfortunate as motivation to earn more income. In other words, it’s time to set some goals. Ask yourself the following questions: How much money do I need to be making in order to cover my own basic expenses? How much money would I like to give to charity? What are some ways that I can increase my earnings? What is a realistic timeline that I can set for myself to accomplish my financial goals? Remember: just because you cannot donate now doesn’t mean that you’ll never be able to. Your current predicament is not your permanent predicament. There’s always room change, grow, and donate in the...

How to Use Philanthropy as a Means of Marketing

How to Use Philanthropy as a Means of Marketing

Jun 29

In today’s competitive market place, it’s becoming harder and harder to promote one’s name, brand, or business. One unique and underused marketing strategy involves making a sizeable charitable donation. If that sounds a little unethical, it’s not. There’s nothing with capitalizing on the opportunity to self-promote and do some good in the world­­­ at the same time—two birds, one stone. No, seriously, it’s done all the time. In fact, it’s proven to be an effective strategy for celebrities, politicians, athletes, and business leaders alike. Take, for example, this headline featured in The New York Times: Chance the Rapper Donates $1 Million to Chicago’s Public Schools. Is Chance the Rapper legitimately passionate about education and the arts? Absolutely! But was he also doing it as a means to garner positive press around his name? Probably. But again, there’s nothing wrong with that. As a general rule of thumb, the larger the donation, the more press it’s going to get. But in some cases, a person or a company may not need to make national headlines. This is especially true of localized businesses whose target audience resides in the immediate area. In that case, a $20,000-$50,000 donation is enough to make the local papers or news stations. But if the goal is to reach a wider audience, the donation will need to be substantially larger. How large? At least $100,000. But there are other factors to consider as well. The type of charity that one gives to matters just as much (if not more) than the amount of the donation. Going back to the example of Chance the Rapper, his donation was particularly noteworthy due to his own personal background. Chance the Rapper, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, is a Chicago native who grew up in the West Chatham neighborhood. He decided to give to schools that are located in financially ailing districts—schools that coincidentally have a lot of minority students. Being African American, his donation made for a great story about how race intersects with money, education, and access to resources. That’s why the news of his donation made headlines. Businesses looking to promote their services should seek to emulate this type of philanthropy. The best way to ensure that the donation will capture the media’s attention is to look at it through the eyes of the press. In other words, businesses should ask themselves this key question: is...