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Devin D. Thorpe

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Monthly Archives: November 2014

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Helping Drug Addicted Peoples for Drugs Free Life

By Fahad Hassan

Islamabad Pakistan

New Life (Nai Zindgi in urdu) is a rehabilitation center with a mission to create a drugs­free and healthy society. We have a team of dedicated professionals who is working day and night to give the addicted and psychiatric patients a new life.

History and Aim

Founded in 1991 and till date we rehabilitate thousands of people and now they are living a drugs­free happy life. Our goal is to strengthening and empowering the communities to solve their problems through collective action and participation and to motivate the peoples to avoid from using drugs which is the core program of the New Life. We committed to improving the lives of families and individuals affected by Narcotics proactively advancing research for better understanding, better treatments and a cure; educating the public and healthcare professionals about all forms; advocating for universal Anti Narcotics screening; and providing support services and resources vital to the society. We focused mission to provide quality health and social services to underserved communities, by using innovative and participatory approaches and to provide the free medical treatment to the general public.

Fundraising Campaign on Indiegogo

We are currently running a fundraising campaign at for expanding our rehabilitation center so we can serve more and better.

For More details and contributions please visit our campaign page at:

Save the Haven Project–Help Treat Those With Personality Disorder

Julie Hexley is working to save the Haven Project, which treats those with personality disorder in the community of Colchester, England. She is raising money on Fundly. Recently, I caught up with Julie to learn more about the effort; here’s what she told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

The Haven Project treats and supports people with the diagnosis of Personality Disorder . It saves lives and helps maintain families, employment and education. Massive reductions in A&E attendance and acute ward admissions ( 80% +) . People with substance misuse problems and repeat offending are becoming stable.

Overall the social return on investment is huge and just in financial terms more than £800,000p.a after project costs!

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

The Haven Project(NGO) is now looking to raise enough for a rescue package of a total of £50,000. The current crowd funding effort has raised £1,473 so far.

We are in touch with the County Council for funds and they are interested . We have also submitted a bid to the Big Lottery for £225,000 for two years.

This is to support a reconfiguration of the current service to become more self sustaining in terms of delivering recovery work, crafts and education.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

The Haven Project treats and supports people with the diagnosis of Personality Disorder. The Project provides support in a crisis, help with recovery and resilience as well as transition to education and employment. The PD diagnosis has been a dustbin diagnosis and clients with PD have often been excluded from services. They are in 86 % of cases victims of childhood abuse.

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Rock in a Hard Place: Good TV meets Crowdfunding

This is a TV show that can turn up the heat for ratings and knock ‘reality’ out of the ring for ‘realism.’ Rock in a Hard Place isn’t pretty eye candy. It’s dirty, messy, and pretty much like twisted real life (just funnier). The script is written by Huffington Post contributor, David Fagin, a New York based writer, producer and musician, and his sister Stephanie, a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia and asks the question, “What if Sid Vicious survived the 70s and ended up with two ex-wives and three crazy kids?” The show is a comedic wake-up call. It features the fictional but oh-so-familiar Jewish punk legend Lance “Lint’’ Jones as he leaves rehab and is forced to live with his mother. It’s not about music (although that’s there). It is about the human element and the desire many feel to reconnect with family after years of massive screw-ups and self-destruction.

Rock in a Hard Place puts iconic fictional former punk rock front-man “Lance” at about age 50. He’s emerged from a decade or two of self-destruction and rehabilitation and is about to try and start over – sober. Only this time he emerges with 2 ex-wives, a couple of kids, and a side-order of dysfunctionality.

If you want a taste of what’s coming, check out the pilot teaser on their Kickstarter campaign. The script has been shopped around and had some heavy-weight interest but no one would commit so the producers are taking it to the street via crowdfunding to raise the $50 thousand (USD) needed to deliver this show for TV. Help them bypass the big studios and get straight to production.

So, what’s the show really about? As the campaign site explains, “It’s a show that mocks and at the same time examines the self-absorbed state of self-gratifying spiteful behaviour of the ‘Me! Me! Me!” reality culture that currently engulfs more than a little of our entertainment…” It’s also about life-long friends, family, and a man who is trying to prove he is still relevant – mostly to himself. Ultimately, it’s about how hard it is for us to forgive each other, but how amazing life can be when we do. Ourselves, included!

There are plenty of star-struck perks waiting for pledges of $5 and up. Get tweets from ‘Lint’ the star of the show, even 8×10 autographed pics. For donations of $100 or more you can get your name listed in the credits. Not to mention a cool keychain with the band’s “the Prix” logo. Want to get closer to Hollywood? For pledges of $250 you can get a personalized cast poster signed by every cast member and your name in the ‘special thanks’ section of the end credits. You’ll also get an MP3 Download. Ready to go all the way? Pledge $1000 or more and get a call from THE Rosanna Arquette thanking you for your contribution. For $10,000 you get to be an “Exec. Producer.” Not only do you get featured credit, a walk-on part for the pilot and you will be invited to a recording session with 80s mega-star Richard Marx (yes, that Richard Marx) as they record the ‘Prix’ songs for the show. Can you say #awesome!

The concept piece is full of fun and colourful characters including two polar opposite daughters: one is a Harvard Law scholar and the other a 15-year old pop-star (aka train-wreck) starlet in the making. Her persona “Shadow” is described on the campaign site as “an out of control Miley on Steroids – over-exposed to a world of money, fame and insincerity.” You’ll also find some aptly named former band-mates and some other colourful characters. Check out all the characters on the campaign site.

The show concept has been teased with becoming a pilot several times but the backers wanted the ‘big producer name’ for association. Despite the amazing script in the Hollywood business it’s about “who’s attached”. That’s why crowd-funding this show makes sense. The pilot can go direct to multiple markets; especially with the iconic Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction, Ray Donovan) producing. With your support, they’ll be shooting the pilot in LA as early as February. Help bring back authentic, complicated and fun characters to TV. It costs less than a cup of coffee to get involved. Even if you can’t donate, just share the links below with everyone in your global networks.


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US Coachways Launches #DrivenToStopHunger Sweepstakes For Stop Hunger Now

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.US Coachways is driven to stop hunger! The national bus charter company is excited to launch a new RAZ Mobile fundraising campaign and Facebook sweepstakes to benefit Stop Hunger Now, an organization dedicated to ending hunger in this lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable in time for #GivingTuesday.

Donate Now!

Each week beginning Nov. 24, 2014 and continuing to the end of the year, US Coachways’ Facebook fans will have a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card by donating at least $100 to Stop Hunger Now and liking and commenting on the weekly campaign post. Only one winner will be chosen each week. In addition, those who donate $1,000 or more to Stop Hunger Now will receive a $200 bus or limo rental credit from US Coachways.

According to Rod Brooks, president and CEO of Stop Hunger Now, “What we want everyone to know is that hunger is solvable and is the common thread among the world’s most challenging issues. When hunger is targeted, you give leverage and hope to every other cause including poverty, disease, education and the welfare of women and children.”

Ed Telmany, CEO of US Coachways, said, “We are very pleased to support Stop Hunger Now in its efforts to end hunger worldwide and are excited to launch this campaign. Giving back to the community is important to US Coachways. We’re proud to do our small part to help Stop Hunger Now make a lasting difference in lives around the world.”

Donations to Stop Hunger Now are tax-deductible and support the costs of expanding Stop Hunger Now, enabling Stop Hunger Now to substantially increase the number of meals produced each year.

About Stop Hunger Now:

For more than 15 years, Stop Hunger Now has been creating a movement to end hunger. More than 150,000,000 meals have been packaged and distributed along with other aid to 65 countries impacting millions of lives. The organization is driven by a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.

The Stop Hunger Now meal packaging program was created to give dedicated individuals the opportunity to participate in a hands-on international hunger relief program and to become educated, engaged advocates for the world’s poor and hungry. In 2013, Stop Hunger Now packaged 38.6 million meals in the U.S. and International Affiliates packaged an additional 3.3 million meals.

In its efforts to respond to emergency needs around the world Stop Hunger Now receives and distributes significant donations of in-kind aid. These donations are large quantities of food, medicines, medical supplies and other such items as may be of use in fighting hunger and providing relief in a crisis. For more information visit

About US Coachways:

US Coachways, a national bus and limo charter company, is a family owned and operated corporation, serving all major cities across the U.S and provides clients with a wide range of transportation services including motor coaches, mini buses, limousines and party buses. Government-certified and host of numerous VIP bus wrap events for NBC, The Voice and prestigious events such as the Tony Awards, US Coachways is a company to watch. Ed Telmany, CEO of US Coachways, was recently interviewed by Inc. magazine for his outstanding contributions as a family business owner and company philosophies which make US Coachways a success today. Visit or call 888-272-0633 for more information.

Help The Jewish Community Care For Its Most Vulnerable

Rhonda Roth of the Bergen County YJCC is working to serve and support the most vulnerable members of the community. She is raising money on DepositAGift. Recently, I caught up with Rhonda to learn more about their effort; here’s what she told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

The Bergen County YJCC’s participation in #GivingTuesday serves a two-fold purpose. It gives us an opportunity to highlight our programs that serve the most vulnerable in our community–individuals with special needs, children and senior adults–along with being part of something greater than ourselves. #GivingTuesday puts philanthropy–at whatever level–front and center at a time when consumerism reigns. While we think philanthropy should be a priority all year, #GivingTuesday brings focus to the issue of helping those in need during the holiday season and supporting the organizations that make great things happen every day for countless individuals in our community.


How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

We set a goal of $10,000 and thus far have raised $1290. The number was arbitrary; this being our first foray into crowdfunding, it sounded like a good, round number! The funds will go toward operating expenses for programs that impact the lives of children, individuals with special needs and senior adults.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

The Bergen County YJCC is a Jewish Community Center in northern New Jersey. The YJCC strives to develop the potential within each individual and enrich and strengthen families and community through meaningful experiences at every age and stage of life. While embracing Jewish values and heritage, the YJCC maintains an inclusive environment, celebrating diversity and welcoming the community at large to enhance mind, body and spirit through cultural, educational and recreational opportunities, without regard to race, religion or ability.

Membership and program fees provide only a fraction of the cost of providing services to the most vulnerable among us–children, individuals with special needs, the elderly.

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Support the New Autism High School

Susan H. Roschke of the ldren’s Home of Cincinnati is trying to provide quality education to children with diagnoses on the autism spectrum. She is raising money on DepositAGift. Recently, I caught up with Susan to learn more about their effort; here’s what she told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

We are raising funds to support the new Autism High School of the Children’s Home of Cincinnati. Children with diagnoses on the autism spectrum often have difficulty succeeding in traditional schools. This specialized school blends academic content with therapies and support to allow these teens to get the most out of their education, as well as learn social coping skills and job readiness. Funds will help students in financial need attend, will allow for field trips to improve socialization and job readiness, and will provide for supplies needed for life skills programs.


How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

We have raised $810 so far, not including the donated space for our January event. We hope to raise $10,000 to provide a meaningful level of support for the Autism High School. All funds will go to the Autism High School for scholarships for students in financial need, for field trips to improve job readiness and socialization, and for supplies for life skills programs at the school (e.g., cooking and nutrition, hygiene, laundry, etc.)

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

We are raising funds to support the Autism High School of the Children’s Home of Cincinnati. Teens with autism and related disorders often struggle in traditional school settings, due to distractions and frustration. With their additional needs, it costs about $8,000 more per year to educate a child with an autism spectrum disorder. This new high school has been around for just 4 years, and the principal expects they could easily double the number of students in the next few years if they have the funds to grow. Kids with autism spectrum disorders are often very bright, but just need some extra attention and understanding to succeed in school. My niece and nephew are both on the autism spectrum, and the child of another family helping with the fundraising is also, so the cause is especially important to us.

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Help Restore the North Santiam Watershed

Rebecca McCoun-Travers of the North Santiam Watershed Council is trying to restore the ecological processes along the riparian areas of the river.. She is raising money here.  Recently, I caught up with Rebecca to learn more about their effort; here’s what she told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

The North Santiam Watershed Council wants to help streamside landowners restore the ecological processes along the riparian areas of the North Santiam River and its tributaries!


Riparian areas help improve water quality by filtering pollutants, such as fertilizers and pesticides from the soil. The North Santiam River is the drinking water source for the City of Salem (State Capital) and for 9 small communities within the watershed.
Riparian areas help stabilize stream banks by holding soil in place with their roots.
Riparian areas help provide fish habitat by adding large, woody debris to streams.
Riparian areas help provide food and shelter for wildlife.
Riparian areas create shade to cool water for fish.
Riparian areas reduce property damage from floods.
Riparian areas increase opportunities to view wildlife.

All donations will go directly towards assisting landowners with the cost of site preparation (noxious weed removal), purchasing plant materials (native trees & shrubs), and costs of planting and maintaining project sites. Helping with the planning, cost and implementation of  riparian restoration will help encourage landowners to take action.


How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

All donations will go directly towards assisting landowners with the cost of site preparation (noxious weed removal), purchasing plant materials (native trees & shrubs), and costs of planting and maintaining project sites.

The North Santiam Watershed Council is a group of local volunteers who act together with inter­ested landown­ers to facil­i­tate the restora­tion of habi­tat impor­tant to fish and wildlife and to sup­port the econ­omy and qual­ity of life of our communities. Cascade Pacific RC&D, a 501(c)3 is our fiscal sponsor and employer of record.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

We are collecting donations to assist the streamside landowners residing within in the North Santiam Watershed. Riparian restoration can be very time consuming and expensive. Most landowners don’t have the time or money to make efforts to restore the riparian areas on their property. The North Santiam Watershed Council Project Managers will assist interested landowners with the planning, funding and implementation of the restoration projects.

The North Santiam Watershed encompasses approximately a half million acres (766mi2) in Linn and Marion County in the mid-Willamette Valley. The North Santiam and its contributing stream network is home to a number of diverse land uses, including timber, cropland agriculture, rangeland agriculture, recreation, urban city centers, and fish and wildlife habitat. The river intricately connects all of these diverse users together, creating a common goal for a healthy ecosystem and community.

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Fundraising Platform DonationTo Launches New Payment Features

New Functionality Helps Consumers Keep 100% of Money Raised; Create Campaigns without a Credit Card

San Francisco, CA – November 24, 2014DonationTo, an online fundraising platform, today announced new features that enable consumers and charitable organizations to launch fundraising campaigns and to help keep 100 percent of the money raised. The company also announces that it has eliminated the need to have a credit card in order to launch a fundraise campaign.

DonationTo lets any individual or charitable organization create a beautiful web page to accept donations online. No technical skills are required and DonationTo helps you keep 100 percent of all donations by enabling the donor to include administrative and credit card fees with their donation. DonationTo’s data shows than half of donors are happy to cover all fees. Furthermore, by reducing the need to have a credit card to launch a fundraise-campaign, we’re providing access to potentially millions of consumers who may have previously been un-served.

According to, 26 percent of Americans over 18 years old with no credit card in 2012 and approximately 34 percent of survey respondents age 18 to 49 said they had no credit cards.

Key new features of DonationTo’s platform include:

  • Help keep 100 percent of donations: Enable donors to cover all processing and credit card fees. This ultimately helps optimize the fundraising process.
  • Ability to use your own domain name when launching donation website. Enabling users to have their own domain creates a personalized brand. This is ideal when users are sharing their fundraising page allowing friends and family to easily draw the connection from a personalized and recognizable URL and then to donating.
  • Ability to raise with or without a credit card: No credit card required. Individuals are just need to have a PayPal or WePay account and all donations are then direct deposited instantly into ether account.

Put A Kitchen in Every Classroom The Charlie Cart Project On Kickstarter Through December 5, 2014

(Berkeley, CA) – Educators and activists agree that teaching children cooking skills can make a major impact on their life. But how can you teach children to cook when there are no kitchens, no cooking teachers, and no money to build the programs? That’s the challenge that has vexed Carolyn Federman her entire career as a food educator. With The Charlie Cart Project , a collaboration between Federman (Chez Panisse Foundation) and Brian Dougherty (Celery Design), she has found a way to make hands-on food education possible. The self-contained mobile kitchen rolls from classroom to classroom, and includes curriculum and training designed by The Edible Schoolyard Project, along with a full-range of kitchen tools donated by partners including Breville, OXO, and Williams-Sonoma.

“When cooking is integrated into the curriculum, academic subjects come alive,” said Alice Waters, The Charlie Cart Project Advisory Board. “With The Charlie Cart, children have the hands-on experience of preparing food and gathering together around the table, where they learn essential values of nourishment, communication, and generosity.”

The Charlie Cart Project is just shy of meeting their Kickstarter goal of $40,000 to roll out their pilot program into two California school districts. They need that extra push to fully fund the campaign and get the prototype Charlie Carts into classrooms by January 2015. With the help of their partnership with FoodCorps California and the Community Alliance for Family Farmers, The Charlie Cart Project is poised to make a huge impact on the health, education, and eating choices of a whole new generation.


After working for 15 years building gardens and teaching school children to cook with food activist Alice Waters, Charlie Cart co-founder, Carolyn Federman, began to search for an easier, more convenient approach to food education – one that didn’t involve fumbling with flimsy hotplates. After teaming up with Brian Dougherty of Celery Design, The Charlie Cart Project was born.

This compact, mobile kitchen is specially designed to create healthy kids through hands-on food education. The Charlie Cart comes equipped with everything needed for high-quality cooking and nutrition education in a easy-to-use, streamlined kit for educators everywhere. Even Michelin-starred chefs would covet this piece of equipment – it includes a cook module with a double induction burner and a Breville smart oven, a grey water pump system, and a full-range of kitchen equipment by OXO and Williams-Sonoma.

The Charlie Cart provides much more than food education. The hands-on experience gets school-aged children excited about eating wholesome, nutrient-dense foods they’ve had a part in preparing, all while reinforcing academic connections to math, science, social studies, and more.

This exciting venture has amassed a renowned group of supporters including Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, and Harold McGee, who sit on The Charlie Cart Project Advisory Board.

About The Charlie Cart Project:

The Charlie Cart Project was founded by Carolyn Federman and Brian Dougherty to make hands-on food education simple and accessible nationwide.

Carolyn worked with Alice Waters for nearly 15 years, running the Chez Panisse Foundation and developing food education programs. She has also worked with Jamie Oliver and Michael Pollan, and was a co-founder of the Berkeley Food Institute at UC Berkeley. She is a mom, with kids in middle and elementary school.

Brian co-founded Celery Design Collaborative, which now has studios in Berkeley, CA, and Paris, France. He’s recognized as a leader in design for positive impact. His work runs a wide gamut — from brand strategies, packaging design, products, and web experiences — focused around enabling sustainability and promoting social change. He is also the dad of a middle schooler.

The Charlie Cart Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization with fiscal sponsorship provided by the Edible Schoolyard Project.

Blinkbuggy Launches #GiveAMemory Campaign To Benefit Baby Buggy® In Support of #GivingTuesday

New York, NY – Blinkbuggy, the website and mobile app that is reinventing the “baby book,” has teamed up with Baby Buggy to launch the #GiveAMemory campaign. The social media campaign will support #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back taking place on December 2, 2014.

Blinkbuggy and Baby Buggy are asking people to share a memory with friends and family on social media with the hashtag #GiveAMemory. For every Facebook, Twitter, Instagram post made Blinkbuggy will generously donate $1 to Baby Buggy, a non-profit organization founded by Jessica Seinfeld dedicated to providing families in need with essential equipment, products, clothing, and services. Blinkbuggy has guaranteed a minimum donation of $5,000 to support this campaign. Blinkbuggy will donate an additional $1 to Baby Buggy for every #GiveAMemory social media post on #GivingTuesday above 5,000 shares and up to 10,000 shares.

“We are excited for this new partnership with Blinkbuggy and to be participating in #GivingTuesday,” says Baby Buggy Executive Director Katherine Snider. “This collaboration will create a meaningful way for parents to help their fellow parents in need across the country.”

“This new partnership with Baby Buggy offers a great opportunity for us to support the health and wellness of infants and children, something that is close to our hearts and those of our customers as well,” says Emma Weisberg, Founder & CEO, Blinkbuggy. “As an early-stage business, we are particularly enthusiastic about finding ways to incorporate corporate social responsibility into our core operating principles and partnerships like these make that achievable.”

Follow Blinkbuggy on Instagram and Twitter @blinkbuggy Facebook:

Follow Baby Buggy on Instagram and Twitter: @loverecycled Facebook: Facebook/Baby-Buggy


A website and mobile app that offers parents a private, easy way to lifelog their child’s steps from birth to adulthood. 10,000 photos on a hard drive? Chains of anecdotes on various emails and texts? What will you pass on to your children? Blinkbuggy’s mission is to make your memories more meaningful by making it easy to get them all (photos, milestones, funny quotes, artwork, etc.) into one central place and tell your story with simple yet powerful ways to organize and clear controls for privacy and sharing. This allows you to enjoy life’s little moments today, and forever. For more information, visit


Baby Buggy®, founded by Jessica Seinfeld in 2001, is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing families in need with essential equipment, products, clothing, and services for their infants and children up to age 14. With an extensive network of community-based organizations throughout the Unites States, Baby Buggy has donated almost 8 million items to hundreds of thousands of children throughout the country. Baby Buggy has been rated Four Stars by Charity Navigator. In 2013, 91 cents of each dollar raised went directly to programs. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter or Instagram @LoveRecycled.

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