New Profile: Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd)

New Profile: Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd)

Sep 28

Abel Tesfaye, also known as “The Weeknd,” is the latest celebrity to be featured on Philanthropic People. Tesfaye has shown tremendous dedication to promoting racial equality, including a recent donation to the Black Lives Matter movement. To read more about Abel Tesfaye, click...

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Gives $40 Million to Costa Rica University

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Gives $40 Million to Costa Rica University

Sep 22

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded a $40 million grant to EARTH University, a four-year college located in Costa Rica. Established in 1986, EARTH University offers undergraduate programs in agricultural sciences and natural resources management. The University was created in response to Costa Rica’s growing environmental concerns. According to Rainforest Concern, over the past 20 years alone, the majority of Costa Rica forests have been destroyed due to beef cattle ranching. This unsustainable practice is eroding the soil, endangering species, and disrupting natural ecosystems. EARTH University is using education as a tool for fixing the problem, by providing students with alternative solutions in farming. 423 students are currently enrolled at EARTH University, with approximately 83% coming from rural communities. Generous donations from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Costa Rica Government, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have allowed 60% of students to receive full scholarships. In the past, EARTH University has worked alongside prestigious institutions, including the University of Florida, NASA, and the National Biodiversity of Costa Rica. EARTH University is currently working on numerous projects including finding a cure for Chagas disease, searching for agricultural uses for the by-products of ethanol production, and developing guidelines for onsite water quality testing. W.K. Kellogg Foundation President and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron stated that he strongly supports the University’s mission, and is truly honored to present the gift. “EARTH educates students from over forty countries. Their vision stands strong, and we are honored to provide this recent gift, which has a matching component, to the university. EARTH provides a unique model for educating tomorrow’s leaders and deserves support—from WKKF and others—for the next twenty-five years.” The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has been actively supporting EARTH University since 1990. The Foundation’s vision is to “assure that all children have an equitable and promising future—a nation in which all children thrive.” This will be the largest donation they’ve made to the University thus...

Get Fit for Charity: Apps that Motivate

Get Fit for Charity: Apps that Motivate

Sep 21

Getting back into shape is hard, mostly because personal motivation is so fickle. But imagine if another person’s life was dependent on it. That’s the idea behind the latest fitness charity apps. Four apps—Charity Miles, Charity Bets, stickK, and Plus 3 Network—can reward progress by donating money to charity for every fitness milestone reached. Read on to learn more about these healthy giving apps. Charity Miles Get ready to burn some serious fat and calories with this app! Charity Miles has a list of sponsors who will donate 25 cents for every mile either walked or run. For bicyclists, it’s 10 cents. Users even have the ability to choose the charity they would like the money to go to. Thus far, Charity Miles has donated over $1.7 million. Charity Bets Charity Bets is for those moments when someone says, “I bet that would never happen.” Now, users can put friends and family members to the test by literally betting on their goals. Money is placed on the goal (say $20 for a 5k marathon) and if the user completes the marathon, that $20 will be donated to a charity of their choice. stickK stickK is revolutionary in that it uses negative incentives to motivate users. Here’s how it works. The user sets a fitness goal and puts money down for that goal. If the user doesn’t meet the goal, that money will then be donated to a charity the user hates. If the user meets their goal, they can do whatever they like with the money, including donating it to a charity of their preference. Plus 3 Network Imagine the macro side of donating, as in, huge donations made on behalf of large companies. That’s precisely what Plus 3 Network is focused on, except these generous donations are entirely dependent on the micro side of things. When a company signs up with Plus 3 Network, they’re given a mobile “Clubhouse” that can be used to track participating employees’ physical activity, nutrition, sleep, and other lifestyle factors. The app rewards healthy lifestyle choices by donating money on behalf of the company whenever personal fitness goals are...

A Comprehensive List of 35 Fake Charities

A Comprehensive List of 35 Fake Charities

Sep 20

Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity analyzer, has just released a list of 35 fake charities. None of these charities are registered as 501(c)(3)s, making their public donation solicitations illegal. Unfortunately, this also means that any donations made to these charities are not tax deductible. In most cases, once the donation has been made, there is no chance of getting it back. Take a look at the list below and make sure to share it on social media to protect other donators from being scammed. Boobies Rock! Care Package Campaign Community College Consortium on Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Delaware Firefighters Foundation Disabled Veterans of America Employ Young Adults Flintwater.com FM World Charities Fresh Start Opportunities The Herron Foundation I Care Foundation Juniata Community Mental Health Clinic Long Island Responds Matthew M. Brennan Foundation National Foundation of America New Hampshire Wildlife Parks & Wildlife Rescue New Jersey Youth Club One Child Saved One Church! One Can! One Night! One Door for Education, Inc. Paralyzed American Veterans RRR Service Dogs Safety Publications Say No 2 Cancer The Se7ven Group Southeast K9 Search and Rescue Spotlight on Heroes Tackle Hatred Now Tixr4kids.com United Soldiers Outreach LLC United States Disabled Veterans United States Handicapped-Disadvantaged Veterans Helping Nevada Veterans Winged Warriors Winning Ways To avoid being scammed, Charity Navigator always advises donators to request the organization’s Employee Identification Number (EIN). An EIN can be used to verify whether the organization is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. However, take note that even official 501(c)(3) status offers no guarantee that the organization is legitimate. Further research is needed to fully evaluate whether a charity is worth donating to. One key thing to look for is tax information. Genuine organizations will openly provide this information, as well as a complete breakdown of how donations are spent. For more information on how to protect against charity fraud, click...

Waging War on Portland’s Sex Trafficking

Waging War on Portland’s Sex Trafficking

Sep 14

Most Americans associate sex trafficking with foreign countries. But sex trafficking, worse yet, child sex trafficking, is actually a huge problem within the U.S. In fact, Portland, Oregon has the highest amount of child sex trafficking in the entire country. Part of this is due to the fact that Portland has the highest amount of strip clubs per capita, as Sgt. Charles Lovell of the Portland Police Bureau explains: “Strip clubs serve as fertile ground for the problem to fester. Generally speaking, you have guys there, with money, already looking for sex. If you are a pimp or a sex trafficker, it’s a good place to peddle your services.” That’s exactly precisely what happened in August 2014 when a 15-year-old girl was forced to dance at a nude strip club just outside of Portland. The young girl was reported missing for over a month after she fled from a drug rehab center. Her pimp, Anthony Curry, not only forced her to dance at several clubs, but he raped her and advertised her body on multiple escort websites. Sgt. Mike Geiger, head of Portland’s sexual assault detail, weighed in on the issue: “I just believe with my whole heart that people across the community would be appalled if they knew what was going on,” Geiger stated. But people don’t know what’s going on, and part of that is because many Americans don’t want to believe that sex trafficking is happening right here, at home, in the U.S. But for those who are willing to take a proactive role in waging war on Portland’s sex trafficking problem, Youth Ending Slavery (YES) is the organization to support. YES is a student-led nonprofit based in Portland whose mission is to “combat modern-day slavery by raising awareness about its prevalence in our world.” The organization has taken a proactive role in fighting human...

Meet Brigitte Bardot: French Actress Turned Animal Rights Activist

Meet Brigitte Bardot: French Actress Turned Animal Rights Activist

Sep 13

Born in 1934, Brigitte Bardot is a famous singer, actress, dancer, and model who starred in French 50s and 60s films. Films she’s starred in include And God Created Woman and Contempt. She retired from acting in the 1970s and instead devoted her time to animal activism. Bardot is known for famously saying, “I gave my beauty and youth to men, I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.” In 1987, Bardot auctioned off her own jewelry and personal belongings so she could start her own animal rights organization. Today, that organization is known as the Fondation Brigitte Bardot, France’s leading animal protection NGO. Fondation Brigitte Bardot has its own sanctuary in Normandy and continually lends support to other animal rights organizations. In 2012, Brigitte Bardot sent a personal letter to France’s Philippines ambassador expressing her concerns for Mali, an ailing, solitary elephant confined to a small enclosure at a Philippine zoo. In her letter, Bardot requested that the sick elephant, Mali, be transferred to a sanctuary in Thailand where she can roam freely with other elephants. Her request was backed by Jane Goodall and famed veterinarian Dr. Mel Richardson. As a result, an online petition for Mali’s release went viral. The petition garnered more than 40,000 signatures. Unfortunately, Mali is yet to be freed from her tiny, concrete enclosure. More recently, in 2013, the iconic star called for an end to grocery store Fortnum & Mason’s foie gras sales. Foie gras is a popular food dish consisting of the enlarged liver of a goose or duck. But in order to enlarge the liver, the ducks and geese must be force fed. A metal rod is jammed down their necks several times a day, and the over-stuffing of the liver results in increased pressure on the lungs. The practice is widely detested by veterinarians and animal activists alike and the sale of foie gras has already been banned in several countries. PETA renamed Fortnum & Mason’s, “Force-Fed and Murdered.” But thanks to the awareness that Bardot has brought to foie gras sales, thousands of people have elected to boycott Fortnum &...

$20 a Month Funds a Girl’s Education for a Year

$20 a Month Funds a Girl’s Education for a Year

Sep 08

On Tuesday, we spotlighted Let Girls Learn—an organization launched by the Obamas to increase access to education for disadvantaged girls. Today, we’re showcasing Camfed, an organization supported by Emma Watson and Gloria Steinem. Camfed also supports marginalized girls in their educational pursuits, but perhaps most impressive is the breakdown of what a single donation can fund. $15 can provide a girl with essential school supplies $40 can purchase a girl’s school uniform $240 ($20 a month) can fund a girl’s education for an entire year Poverty is the number one barrier that prevents young girls from obtaining an education. With over 90% of every dollar donated going directly towards supporting female education, it’s no wonder that Camfed has received numerous recognitions and awards. Past awards include: the Ahimsa Award (2015), the WISE Prize for Education Award (2014), Goldman Sachs-Fortune Global Women Leaders Award (2009), and the Order of the British Empire Award (2006). Camfed was also named the Cambridge University Charity of the Year in 2009. 219,156. That’s the number of girls that Camfed has supported through scholarships. But the impact of their cause extends far beyond that. For example, Camfed reports that an educated girl is three times less likely to become HIV-positive. Statistically, an educated girl will also marry later in life and have fewer children, resulting in a smaller, healthier family. Additionally, an educated girl on averages earns 25% more per year in secondary school. She’ll also reinvest 90% of her total earnings into her family. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, an estimated 28 million girls are not in school. This makes up over a quarter of the estimated 62 million girls worldwide who aren’t in school. Camfed is tackling the issue head-on by supporting girls who reside in some of sub-Saharan Africa’s poorest, most rural regions. The organization supports 5,306 government partner schools in Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. To donate to Camfed, click...

Educating Underprivileged Girls

Educating Underprivileged Girls

Sep 06

On March 3, 2015, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let Girls Learn, a global initiative to increase girls’ access to education. Let Girls Learn reports that worldwide, more than 62 million girls are not in school. Meanwhile, millions more are fighting just to stay in school. “As I’ve traveled the world, I have met so many of these girls, and they are so bright, so determined, and so eager to learn,” Michelle Obama wrote in an email. “I see myself in these girls. I see my daughters in these girls. These girls are our girls, and I simply cannot walk away from them.” Over two-dozen celebrities have harnessed their support for the organization, including: Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Steep, Denise Richards, Kelly Osbourne, Nick Cannon, DeAndre Jordan, and Rita Wilson. Michelle Obama even launched a song titled “This is for My Girls” written by Diane Warren, featuring Lea Michele, Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Zendaya, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Rowland, Jadagrace, and Chloe x Halle. All of the songs proceeds were donated towards the Let Girls Learn fund. Let Girls Learn is partnered with the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Peace Corps, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and the U.S. President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Just recently, the USAID donated $25 million in support of the teacher apprenticeship program for adolescent girls in Afghanistan. The donation kicked off a new partnership with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) Girls Education Challenge. Other major financial contributors include CARE, American Airlines, AOL, and World Bank Group. Let Girls Learn is active in over 35 countries. The organization strives to tackle gender inequality on an individual, community, and global scale. Studies show that empowering women through education decreases poverty as well as maternal mortality rates, child marriages, and AIDS...