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...

Salesforce Pumps Millions into Underserved Schools

Salesforce Pumps Millions into Underserved Schools

Sep 28

Salesforce.org, the charitable arm of a cloud-computing company based in San Francisco, has been in a philanthropic relationship with two Bay Area school districts for five years now. This year, the combined $15.5 million donations put their contributions over $50 million. San Francisco Unified School District will be receiving $8 million, and the slightly smaller Oakland Unified School District...

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Unveils $2B Philanthropic Fund

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Unveils $2B Philanthropic Fund

Sep 23

Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world, with a net worth in the realm of $160 billion. Money like that, wielded philanthropically, can alter the shape of the world. Bill Gates is already doing that, with his anti-disease efforts worldwide. Andrew Carnegie did it by donating nearly 3,000 libraries to towns and cities around the world. Now, Bezos is making a run at it, with a $2 billion...

81-Year-Old Man Who Cuddles NICU Babies Donates $1M to Hospital

81-Year-Old Man Who Cuddles NICU Babies Donates $1M to Hospital

Sep 13

Sometime last year, Louis Mapp saw a special on local TV about the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital. Eighty years old at the time, he was inspired to become a volunteer. He followed through on that inspiration, and has spent the last year holding and rocking at-risk newborns. It’s the kind of care that increases their chances of...

Couple Under Investigation for Defrauding Homeless Man

Couple Under Investigation for Defrauding Homeless Man

Sep 06

Last year, Kate McClure was in an unfortunate situation: out of gas and stranded on the side of the freeway outside of Philadelphia. She was spotted by John Bobbitt Jr., a homeless man who was a regular to that stretch of road. He only had 20 dollars, but he spent it to get her a can and a few gallons of gas, which got her home. McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, said they were...

JJ Watt Provides One-Year Update on Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser

JJ Watt Provides One-Year Update on Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser

Sep 01

On August 26, 2017, Hurricane Harvey blew through Houston and the surrounding areas to become the most costly hurricane in American history, both in lives and livelihoods. It killed 88 people and caused nearly $200 billion worth of property and economic damage. In the aftermath, J.J. Watt, a player on the Houston Texans team, saw the intense need in his adopted hometown immediately. By September...