Trump to Donate His Presidential Salary to Charity

Trump to Donate His Presidential Salary to Charity

Mar 16

Back in November of 2016, newly elected President Donald Trump said that he would not be taking the $400,000 a year presidential salary. His reason for doing so being that he’s already a wealthy man. How wealthy? According to Forbes, Donald Trump is worth a whopping $3.7 billion. Makes sense; $400,000 means nothing for a man of that worth. But it would certainly mean a lot to nonprofits and charities that are working towards the greater good. And that’s precisely why Trump plans to donate his salary to these organizations. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made the announcement this past Tuesday. During a press briefing, Spicer told reporters that the president would donate all of his federal earnings come the end of 2017. But that’s not all. Spicer also had a very unusual—and very unexpected—request of the press. “The president’s intention right now is to donate his salary at the end of the year, and he has kindly asked that you all help determine where that goes. The way that we can avoid scrutiny is to let the press corps determine where it should go,” Spicer said to a room full of chuckles. Yep, you read that right. Trump wants the press to help decide where that money goes. Remember that old adage about being careful what you wish for? Well, the press already has a couple of ideas in mind, one of which is for Mr. Trump to donate to The Committee to Protect Journalists—a world-wide campaign dedicated to advocating for freedom of the press. Other reporters have suggested that the president fund a journalism scholarship. The overall reaction surrounding the announcement has been quite humorous. But Spicer wants to remind the public that President Trump is indeed committed to his promise. “In all seriousness, I think his view is he made a pledge to the American people he wants to donate it to charity and he’d love your help to determine where it should...

U.N. Official Calls for Aid in Worst Humanitarian Crisis Since 1945

U.N. Official Calls for Aid in Worst Humanitarian Crisis Since 1945

Mar 15

According to United Nations humanitarian coordinator Stephen O’Brien, we are facing down the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945. He’s speaking of the more than 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and northeastern Nigeria who are facing starvation. He has asked the U.N. security council for $4.4 billion by July of this year, noting that, “without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death.” The crisis is being driven by conflict in all four nations, including the ongoing fight against Boko Harem in Nigeria and the civil war that has raged in South Sudan since 2013 (where 42% of the population are food insecure). These are significant, man-made problems that are likely going to get worse during the lean season of June–August, pushing home the need for a quick reaction by the United Nations. While the United Nations takes such crises seriously and will help to the best of their ability, there is of course room for nonprofits and individuals to help as well. In a time when the United States government is talking about cutting foreign aid, generous Americans will hopefully step up to make a difference. These problems may not be in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean they don’t affect us. The kinds of problems that are faced by the people in these countries are the kind that tend to fuel further conflict, whether in a military sense or in the form of terrorism. People pushed to the edge can become desperate. But even if that doesn’t happen, it is not the fault of the average person in these countries that they are subject to famine. Why should they suffer while so many of us have more than what we need? This is an opportunity to help our neighbors. Let’s just hope that help arrives before more people die. Photo credit: EU/ECHO at Flickr Creative...

Racecar Driver Raises Money for Charity With Autographed Photos

Racecar Driver Raises Money for Charity With Autographed Photos

Mar 09

Internationally acclaimed racecar driver Nico Rosberg is putting his fame to good use. In an effort to raise money for charity, the Formula One world champion is selling limited edition signed photos of himself. The photo in question is the legendary shot of him taken at last year’s Japanese Grand Prix. Photographer Peter Fox took the picture during free practice at the Suzuka Circuit. At the time, he had no idea that the image would become so popular. But when Nico Rosberg posted the picture on social media, fans and leading figures recognized the image for what it was: an icon in the realm of motorsports. The photo received more than 5,600 likes on Twitter and was retweeted 2,100 times. Rosberg had this to say about the image: “It is seldom that you see the forces in an F1 car so clearly on a photograph. It was a special capture—very impressive. Even the tyre was deforming and everything. It was amazing—and it was a normal lap. It wasn’t like something specific happened—it was just like a normal lap.” Fox reported that he was overwhelmed by the amount of attention that the photo received. “When I woke up in the morning and started reading what everyone had been saying, it really showed the power of an image,” Fox stated. “I think Mark Gallagher wrote that this picture explains more than we could ever do with words, and that is what a photograph is all about.” They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But this picture also happens to be worth thousands of dollars. And that’s why Rosberg is teaming up with Fox to produce A2 prints of the photo—signed by the both of them. Proceeds from the autographed images will go towards Viva Con Agua and Water Aid—two charities that help deliver safe and sanitary drinking water to impoverished...

This Nonprofit Provides Homeless Women With Menstrual Products

This Nonprofit Provides Homeless Women With Menstrual Products

Mar 08

In honor of International Women’s Day, we want to showcase a very special nonprofit. It’s called Period: The Menstrual Movement. Now before we delve into any further details, take a second to put yourself in the shoes of a homeless woman. How would you cope with being on your period? What items might you use if you couldn’t afford menstrual products? A sock? Toilet paper? Cotton balls? That’s the situation that more than 50,000 homeless women in the United States find themselves in. Some of these women are so desperate for feminine care products that they end up using discarded paper bags. It’s sad. It’s unsanitary. And no woman should ever have to go through that. That’s why there’s Period: The Menstrual Movement. Period provides free menstrual products to low-income women. The organization is working to dismantle the taboo subject of menstruation by openly discussing the topic at high schools, colleges, and community centers. Part of the problem is that not a lot of people realize how expensive menstruation products are. A 36-pack of tampons costs $6.97 at Walmart. A 27-pack of pads costs the same. On top of that, these products are taxed. Mamamia estimates that the average woman would save $120 a year if these products weren’t taxed. But that’s a subject for another time. In the meantime, let’s talk more about what makes Period an outstanding organization. How about the fact that a 16-year-old girl founded it. Her name is Nadya Okamoto, and she’s a stunning example of what can happen when misfortune leads to innovation. You see, Okamoto and her family were homeless at one point. That’s ultimately what led her to start a charity for menstruation products. “It was a huge privilege check for me realizing that I never had to worry about dealing with my period. I never considered that it was such a major issue for women so much of the time,” Okamoto stated. It’s admirable how she used her personal struggle to help other women overcome similar adversity. It begs the question: what personal struggles have you gone through that you can help others...

Proposed Law Would Make it Harder for Nonprofits to Cover Medical Expenses

Proposed Law Would Make it Harder for Nonprofits to Cover Medical Expenses

Mar 03

There’s no question about it: medical care in the United States is expensive. It is a constant point of debate in politics, especially ever since Republicans promised to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But even under the ACA, there are still plenty of people who are struggling to pay for healthcare costs. That’s where nonprofits like the American Kidney Fund come in. The American Kidney Fund helps cover about 20% of the over 450,000 Americans currently on dialysis—an expensive and necessary treatment for people with renal failure. The organization covers some or all of the co-pays and other insurance costs of the people they help, but they get push back from insurance companies. A recent rule introduced by the Department of Health and Human Services, which was set to go into effect on January 13th, would require that “dialysis centers inform insurers if the centers are making premium payments either directly or indirectly through a third party for people covered by marketplace plans. Insurers would then have the option of accepting or denying the payments.” That rule was blocked by a federal judge. Insurers have complained that these nonprofit groups encourage patients to use private coverage when there are public plans that could assist them. Why that’s a concern isn’t exactly clear though; just like it’s not clear how allowing insurers to refuse payments from such organizations would in any way improve the system. The nonprofits, in the meantime, just want to help people. Considering the difficulty that many people have in paying medical costs, much less something as important or expensive as dialysis, it is surprising that the government would decide to make things even harder for them. Of course, with the current political climate and the the great efforts that are being taken to repeal the ACA, maybe the public shouldn’t be...