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Devin D. Thorpe

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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Sierra Club’s Military Outdoors to Participate in Charitable Crowdfunding Campaign for Veterans Day

Participation in #DayForTheBrave will help Military Outdoors raise funds to support our nation’s veterans

November 3, 2015, San Francisco, CA – Military Outdoors, a program that helps veterans access the outdoors, today announced its participation in a new movement to give back to those who have given so much for the United States: our nation’s 22 million veterans. On Veterans Day, November 11, Military Outdoors will take part in #DayForTheBrave, the nation’s first online Giving Event to exclusively raise funds and awareness for charities serving the needs of veterans, servicemembers and their families.

Hosted by Razoo at, the campaign provides a digital platform for leading veteran-focused nonprofits to engage donors and compete for prizes. #DayForTheBrave is an opportunity for America to rally around veterans beyond giving thanks on Veterans Day, by supporting the very organizations that are committed to their care.

“By conducting outings at a relatively low cost,” said Robert Vessels, Sierra Club’s Military and Veteran Coordinator, “critical financial support from foundations and generous individuals provides more opportunities to get veterans outdoors.”

Through #DayForTheBrave, Military Outdoors not only has the opportunity to fundraise directly from individual donors, but also compete for major prizes based on its crowdfunding success. The Razoo Foundation has seeded $25,000 in grants to the #DayForTheBrave prize pool, which will continue to grow as additional corporations and foundations join the movement as key partners. Together with individual donors, these partnerships will contribute to even greater impact for the veteran community.

Support Military Outdoors on #DayForTheBrave by visiting and donating to its fundraising page. Join the social media conversation about this campaign by following @DayForTheBrave and @SierraOutdoors on Twitter, Day For The Brave and on Facebook, and by using the official #DayForTheBrave social media hashtag.

About Military Outdoors

The goal of Sierra Club’s Military Outdoors is to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the skills, exposure, knowledge, and confidence to access the great outdoors. Time spent in nature not only promotes mental health, emotional resiliency, and leadership development prior to deployment, it provides invaluable know-how to help returning vets enjoy and engage with nature upon returning from overseas. Many veterans experience difficulty adjusting to civilian life after leaving the service. Time spent outdoors eases the transition and improves both mental and social skills.

Trip participants leave the expeditions with an improved sense of social well-being, an improved sense of an opportunity for mission and camaraderie in life after service, reduced stress and a more positive outlook on life. Participants also gain transferrable leadership skills and confidence for work and actions beyond the outdoors, helping to bridge the gap between service and society.

About Razoo

Razoo is crowdfunding that matters, powering small acts of giving that together change the world. Since 2006, individuals and groups have used to create more than 150,000 fundraising websites and donate over $450 million to the causes that matter to them. Razoo is the industry innovator of online Giving Events – fundraising competitions that build a spirit of generosity in entire communities, from small towns to worldwide networks. Nonprofits use Razoo to acquire new supporters while empowering their networks to build online fundraising capacity. Razoo has offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. and is seed funded by the Legatum Group. See how we’re creating a new generation of everyday philanthropists at Follow us on Twitter at @Razoo, and like us on Facebook at Razoo Giving.

NextGen Crowdfunding is The Platinum Sponsor of The Fourth Annual Global Alternative Funding Forum

Los Angeles, CA… NextGen Crowdfunding,, is the Platinum Sponsor of the 4th Annual Global Alternative Funding Forum on November 6 being held at the iconic Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

“As we enter this new era, where all investors can fund innovative companies, NextGen Crowdfunding is pleased to be on the cutting edge of these new opportunities. We are ‘on the road’ with and sponsoring such premier global events as the Fourth Annual Global Alternative Funding Forum,” noted Aubrey Chernick, entrepreneur and founder of NextGen Crowdfunding.

This exclusive Forum is known for bringing together world class financiers, the most prominent business leaders, private investors and top experts in the field of capital formation for young ventures and emerging growth companies. Learn more at

Key topics for discussion include:

  • Rewards based crowdfunding
  • Equity crowdfunding/crowdinvesting
  • Mini IPO and Reg A+
  • Revenue Royalties Finance
  • Peer-to-peer lending networks
  • Alternative currencies as a new funding source (bitcoins and more)
  • Next generation VC funds and angel investors’ syndicates
  • EB-5 financing to attract foreign investors
  • Business grants, SBA loans and state funding programs
  • Financing alternatives for television, media and entertainment projects

“I am honored to have NextGen Crowdfunding join the Fourth Annual Global Alternative Funding Forum as our Platinum Sponsor,” noted Victoria Silchenko, founder of Metropole Capital Group and the creator of the Forum. “With Regulation A + effective for not quite six months, it is an interesting time for alternative financing strategies,” she concluded.

About NextGen Crowdfunding

NextGen Crowdfunding is the go-to place for crowdfunding investors. It will soon be launching a premiere way to connect crowdfunding investors with startups and emerging businesses that want to raise money via Reg A+ crowdfunding. NextGen will also inform and educate entrepreneurs and investors on the new equity crowdfunding industry via events, online articles, videos and forums. As a purpose driven company, NextGen Crowdfunding believes that many everyday investors want to support emerging businesses that are chasing the American Dream. It’s a way for everyone to invest in the future and spark a new economy.

Life is Good Continues to #GrowTheGood with $125,000 CrowdRise Fundraising Challenge

Children’s charities come together to raise funds for kids in need while competing for over $125,000 in prize donations

Boston, MA – November 2, 2015 — Life is Good, the optimistic lifestyle brand, launches its first ever Life is Good $125,000 Challenge with CrowdRise today. The Life is Good Challenge features close to 100 children’s charities in a friendly fundraising competition. The company will donate $125,000 in prize money.

The Challenge asks participating nonprofit organizations to recruit their donors and supporters to become active ambassadors and fundraisers, rallying their own networks to help the organizations raise money and potentially win a grand prize donation from Life is Good. Regardless of where the organizations rank in the Challenge, they all keep every dollar their supporters raise. The prize money that Life is Good donates is added to the winning organizations’ fundraising totals.

The charity that generates the most contributions will be eligible to receive an additional $50,000. Second place will receive $30,000 and third place will receive $20,000 for their cause. Additionally, a total of $25,000 will be distributed through weekly ‘bonus challenges’ over the course of the month-long competition. There also will be a full day of action on #GivingTuesday, December 1st from 12:00:00am – 11:59:59pm ET, where $5,000 will be donated to the organization that raises the most on that day.

“At Life is Good we view our clothing and accessories as a vehicle to spread optimism, one of the most powerful tools we all have within us for living a happy and fulfilling life,” said Bert Jacobs, Co-founder, Life is Good. “This Challenge addresses the people most in need – children affected by illness, poverty or violence – and rallies the community to pitch in and help. By joining together, we can help bring more optimism into the world, hopefully teaching these kids that life is not easy, life is not perfect, but life is good.”

The Life is Good $125,000 Challenge launches on Monday, November 2nd at 2:00pm ET and runs for four weeks with the Grand Prize contest ending on December 2nd at 1:59:59pm ET. It follows on the heels of the national Life is Good Tour, during which company Co-founders and brothers Bert and John Jacobs visited 40 communities to help #GrowtheGood, celebrate the power of optimism, and raise and distribute over $1 Million to help kids in need.

There are several ways individuals can show their support for competing charities in the Life is Good $125,000 Challenge, including making a direct donation to their charity of choice through the Challenge homepage (, or by creating a personal fundraising page on CrowdRise, linking to their specific charity, and reaching out to their network to raise money throughout the Challenge. Charities that impact children are encouraged to apply to participate in the Challenge. Applications will be accepted until November 13 via


The Life is Good Company is a $100 million lifestyle brand dedicated to spreading the power of optimism. The company donates 10 percent of its net profits to help kids in need. To date, the company has donated over $11 million, principally through Life is Good products, events and community fundraising efforts. Life is Good® is a registered trademark of The Life is Good Company. Please visit for more details and follow Life is Good on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


CrowdRise is the world’s largest and fastest growing online platform dedicated exclusively to charitable fundraising. CrowdRise is used by millions of individuals, tens of thousands of charities, hundreds of companies and many of the most famous artists and athletes in the world to creatively leverage their resources and networks to unlock the power of the crowd and raise hundreds of millions of dollars to support positive social missions. Founded by actor Edward Norton, film producer Shauna Robertson, and Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe, CrowdRise has conceived, implemented and powered campaigns that have raised over $250 million to date.

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