Viral GoFundMe Campaign Was A Hoax, Prosecutor Says

Viral GoFundMe Campaign Was A Hoax, Prosecutor Says

Dec 01

Remember that heartwarming story about a homeless man who gave his last $20 to a stranded woman who ran out of gas? Well, as it turns out, it was all a lie. Court documents show that Johnny Bobbitt (the homeless man) conspired with Katelyn McClure (the stranded woman) and her former boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, to devise an uplifting tale about a generous vagrant. The goal? To convince the...

Airbnb Donates $5 Million to San Francisco Homeless Crisis

Airbnb Donates $5 Million to San Francisco Homeless Crisis

Nov 14

San Francisco-based company Airbnb was founded by Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia. At the time, the two were living together as roommates. In an effort to make ends meet, they decided to let travelers rent an air mattress in their living room. In 2008, another roommate joined in and made a website. That’s when the new business began to take hold. Ten years later, and over four million homes,...

Musician Donates Album Proceeds to Mental Health America

Musician Donates Album Proceeds to Mental Health America

Nov 09

Brandon Fox is a singer from Chicago. His style is a mix between R&B and pop, with inspiration taken from Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, and Stevie Wonder. Fox’s current path was shaped by two parents heavily affected by mental health issues. Both parents struggled with addiction and self-medication, to the point where Fox’s father committed suicide. Seeing his own risk rise, Fox...

Swiss Billionaire Makes $1B Donation to Preserve Natural Resources

Swiss Billionaire Makes $1B Donation to Preserve Natural Resources

Nov 01

Hansjörg Wyss is a Swiss billionaire who made a fortune in the American market by founding medical device manufacturer Synthes. Before his 2012 sale of his company to Johnson & Johnson, he donated approximately $300 million dollars. Since the $21 billion sale, his giving has increased dramatically. Like Bill Gates, Tim Cook, Elon Musk, and David Rockefeller, he has signed The Giving Pledge,...

Metallica Raises Money for Charity in WorldWired Tour

Metallica Raises Money for Charity in WorldWired Tour

Oct 27

Metallica, the 37-year-old heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, is in the middle of their WorldWired tour, a three-year tour supporting their Hardwired… to Self-Destruct album from 2016. The WorldWired tour also saw the creation of the band’s nonprofit foundation, All Within My Hands, named after a song from their 2003 album, St. Anger. “All Within My Hands Foundation is...

Elon Musk Helps Fix Flint Water Crisis

Elon Musk Helps Fix Flint Water Crisis

Oct 21

Back in July, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he would help fix the water quality issues in Flint, Michigan. “Please consider this a commitment that I will fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination above FDA levels. No kidding,” he tweeted, in response to a follower saying it couldn’t be done. A few days later, the office of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver...

21 Years of Bottle Deposits Adds Up to $15,000 Donation

21 Years of Bottle Deposits Adds Up to $15,000 Donation

Oct 12

Day by day, dollar by dollar, a single woman has donated an estimated $15,000 to the British Columbia Cancer Foundation over the last 21 years. Gia Tran, who is 62, spends every day patrolling the sidewalks of her neighborhood in downtown Vancouver, B.C., collecting empty bottles. She gathers all she can carry, bulging plastic bags hooked on her arm, and then walks to the bottle return depot to...

Apple to Give $1 Million in Aid to Sulawesi

Apple to Give $1 Million in Aid to Sulawesi

Oct 04

On Friday, September 28, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The quake triggered a tsunami that leveled multiple cities. Together, the two natural disasters caused a death toll currently known to exceed 1,400. It also destroyed thousands of homes. Humanitarian aid has been slow to reach the hardest hit areas, due to damaged infrastructure and a lack of heavy...