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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Named Inaugural Habitat Humanitarians

This #GivingTuesday, join Habitat Humanitarians by pledging support of Habitat’s work in helping families in need of decent, affordable homes

The inaugural Habitat Humanitarians are former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.

The inaugural Habitat Humanitarians are former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.

Press Release – ATLANTA (Nov. 28, 2016) – In celebration of Giving Tuesday, Habitat for Humanity will launch Habitat Humanitarians to recognize the invaluable contributions of its high-profile volunteers. This generous group serves as mission champions, advocates and spokespeople to raise awareness of the need for decent, affordable shelter in the U.S. and around the world. The inaugural Habitat Humanitarians are former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.

Habitat Humanitarians is launching on Giving Tuesday as a reminder of the important contributions an individual can make in improving our world. On #GivingTuesday and through the holiday season, join the Habitat Humanitarians by pledging support of Habitat’s work in helping families in need of affordable homes.

“Habitat Humanitarians honors influencers and ambassadors who exemplify extraordinary dedication to service in alignment with Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “President and Mrs. Carter, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have been dedicated volunteers and passionate voices on behalf of Habitat about the issue of affordable housing, and we are excited to celebrate their longtime support and service in this unique way.”

Country music stars and longtime Habitat volunteers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have volunteered with Habitat for more than a decade. They first volunteered together with Habitat in New Orleans to help build the 1,000th and 1,001st post-Hurricane Katrina Habitat for Humanity home on the Gulf Coast. Brooks and Yearwood have lent their names and support to numerous Habitat events and projects, including the Carter Work Project and National Women Build Week.

“Garth and I are honored to be named Habitat Humanitarians, alongside President and Mrs. Carter,” said Yearwood. “We have had the privilege of building Habitat houses with the Carters and Habitat homeowners and countless volunteers over the past 10 years. This important work offers a hand up to those in need of a decent place to call home and transforms the lives of all who touch it. We are proud to be able to do our part.”

“Rosalynn and I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor than our dear friends Trisha and Garth,” said Carter. “We are pleased to congratulate them and look forward to working with them next July during the Carter Work Project in Canada.”

Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have been champions and strong voices for affordable, decent housing for all, donating their time and leadership each year to build and improve homes through Habitat for Humanity’s Carter Work Project. Over the course of more than 30 years, they have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes, and inspired millions more through their dedication to the mission.

This holiday season, the public is asked to pledge their support of Habitat’s mission. Every contribution can help Habitat homeowners build the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.

To donate, visit

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit

Protection of The Indigenous Kayapo People and of The Amazon Turns to Crowdfunding For Support

Brazilian Kayapo tribe finds support in American crowdfunders who are raising money to help this indigenous people protect their culture and the Amazon

Help Kayapo (PRNewsFoto/Oz Arie)

Help Kayapo (PRNewsFoto/Oz Arie)

Press Release – PARA, Brazil, Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The ancient Kayapo tribe of the Brazilian Amazon have, from today, a crowdfunding campaign run on Gofundme by dedicated supporters who are seeking to raise funds to help the Kayapo protect their culture as well as the Amazon rainforest – which, along with being acknowledged as one of the planet’s most vital ecosystems, is also the tribe’s land.

While the Kayapo have historically focused on their traditions, way of life and natural balance with the Amazon treasures that surround them, the recent years have brought serious modern challenges that threaten to leave them displaced.

“Unfortunately, with the progress that Latin America’s largest nation and economic powerhouse has experienced in the last decade, the land of the Kayapo has started to be claimed and disputed by the so-called agents of progress,” stated Oz Arie, the Pro-Kayapo Crowdfunding Campaign Author.

“Loggers, ranchers and miners, as well as developers of planned infrastructure works, brought along deforestation and other threats to the rainforest and to the Kayapo’s way of life, which prompted us to come in aid of the Kayapo, and of the Amazon, a natural treasure that we all should commit to respect and protect,” Arie added.

The new threats that the Kayapo face have prompted the tribe to come out of their isolated life and start exposing these problems, using every available instrument to protect both their culture and the Amazon. This has left the tribe in need of raising funds to mark and defend the boundaries of their territory, to improve their agricultural practices, namely with solar power resources, to better feed their people, and to improve the education they offer to their young, so that they can learn and keep the Kayapo traditions alive, while learning how to become their very own lasting advocates under the outside world’s rules.

This crowdfunding campaign is another initiative launched by Mr. Arie to support the Kayapo. His US-based Temporary Tattoo manufacturing company FreshJagua has been offering independent support to the Kayapo tribes in the last 2 years.

Mr. Arie has personally dedicated himself to the cause of the Kayapo after meeting with Alice Kohler, a Western photographer who had been trying to raise awareness about these issues for some time.

After they both met, Arie subsequently visited the tribe in Brazil, and both philanthropists started an online shop on Etsy to help sell the traditional Kayapo-made bead jewelry, along with the crowdfunding campaign that they are both launching to bring the help that the Kayapo need.

For more information, please visit, and

To support the crowdfunding campaign for the Kayapo people, visit:

To purchase authentic beaded jewelry from the Kayapo Tribe in Brazil, visit:

Looking to Take Action This #GivingTuesday? offers one-stop shopping destination

Press Release – SEATTLE – After days of dedicated consuming on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday offers people around the world a reminder of the true holiday spirit – giving back. The, a charitable organization devoted to protecting the well-being of people, pets and the planet, offers “one–stop shopping” for people looking for just the right cause to satisfy their interests.

Since just 2012, millions of people have whole heartedly embraced and supported the #GivingTuesday movement. “With hundreds of thousands of charities to choose from, finding the right organization to support can be a daunting task,” said Liz Baker executive director for “We strive to be a platform for people to mobilize, take action and support causes they really care about.” Donations to are not only smart, but also make an effective impact. The #GivingTuesday campaigns are a part of the Gifts that Give MoreTM Program, where 100 percent of donations go to the projects directly thought grants, and are also 100 percent tax deductible in the United States.

The network connects donors with charity partners to make a meaningful impact on a range of global and local causes. With one click those looking for a #GivingTuesday cause can view programs to support everything from girls’ education in third world countries to feeding rescue dogs in local animal shelters across the United States.

To help connect, educate and engage their charitable community The integrates photos and videos into the campaigns. One program, the Girls Voices Scholarship Drive sets out to empower girls around the world with cameras, so that girls can document their daily lives, and share their stories though videos to raise awareness for girls’ education while adding a personal connection with crowdfunding to help achieve their education dreams.

This groundbreaking effort not only gives would-be donors the opportunity to see who their money is going to, but by providing these girls with video cameras to bring their stories to life, it empowers them to take control of their future. This personal touch is something hopes will inspire people to directly contribute to this noble and necessary cause. This is just one example of the many important causes people can support this #GivingTuesday. Here are more Signature Programs supported by

  • Food Drive to Help Animals  Give wholesome meals to shelter animals still waiting for their forever homes. Support animal rescue and rehabilitation groups by providing food, services and supplies to improve their standards of care. Just $20 helps ship over 285 pounds of dog food.
  • Acre Drive for Jaguars Save acres of crucial habitat for jaguars in the Northern Sonora, Mexico desert to protect the endangered population of 80 jaguars – the last hope for the species reintroduction into the United States. A donation of $28.80 protects 20 acres of land for jaguars.
  • Mammograms Drive Support free mammograms for women across the United States who need it most. Donations of as little as $5 add up to make a measurable impact and saves lives.
  • Comfort Package Drive Give comfort to our country’s soldiers deployed to dangerous places around the world. A simple donation of $25 provides a comfort care package of food and toiletries and letters to remind service members they are not forgotten.

The #GivingTuesday donations are a part of’s Gifts that Give MoreTM Program which makes giving simple yet meaningful. They offer an easy way to give a gift while giving back, and to directly make a positive change. 100 percent of each Gift that Gives MoreTM goes directly towards projects and comes with a personalized certificate to present as a holiday gift.

About is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization devoted to improving the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. Since 2006, it has given more than $30 million to charity partners and programs worldwide that work toward our mission.

On #GivingTuesday, Give Minutes Instead of Money With GozAround

by Helaina Hovitz


It probably feels like the entire world is donating money for #GivingTuesday. Fortunately, many people are. It’s an amazing movement.

But, donating dollars, to be sure, isn’t the only way to give.

If you don’t have money to spare, or are looking for a tangible, in-person experience of doing something for someone else, there’s a different way to participate.

This #GivingTuesday, GozAround is hoping to get as many people as they can to sign up for their network, which drops customized volunteer opportunities into people’s inboxes in real time.

Many of these opportunities are local chances to lend a hand or just show some kindness. You may encounter an ask from a family nearby (or a neighbor helping on their behalf) who needs help affording their Thanksgiving dinner, and you could anonymously drop off some ingredients. Maybe there’s an old lady down the block who needs a ride to the doctor. Maybe your local animal shelter is overwhelmed and needs some help with administrative tasks or dog walking.

However, it can be a gateway into finding regular volunteer opportunities with local nonprofits, whether it’s a quick helping hand, or a regular commitment to a cause you care about.

As a regular, everyday person who enjoys being helpful…

Individuals have the chance to plug into their local community, maybe even gain experience for a new career direction.

“We take the endless searching out of the volunteer process and quickly let you know how you can make a difference in a way that works for your schedule and interests. No action is too small in your community,” said Founder and CEO Ben Block. “The important part is just to do something.”

Joining the movement just requires an email address, and setting your location and volunteer preferences. By creating a social impact profile, you can list the causes you’re passionate about, the types of needs you like to get involved with, and follow specific organizations or individuals that you support. Then just sit back and wait for the magic to happen.


GozAround will customize your News Feed and notifications to include opportunities best suited to you. When you see something you want to get involved with, offer to help, log your volunteer hours, and build your impact record.

Easy as that leftover pie.

As for companies who already volunteer as a collective group of awesome…..

Being hands-on in the community mobilizes employees, both as a force for good and essentially as brand ambassadors. This is an effective way, says Block, to help employees tangibly feel the difference they are making a difference, with meaningful stories to tell, instead of just sending another financial donation announcement over the wire.

“Times are changing, and while corporate donations and grants are incredibly important, we’re seeing a generation of people who are more eager to actually get involved, using their own unique skills and man-power to really get out there and get their hands dirty to help others,” he said.

But as an added bonus, these efforts help enhance brand image, expose your venture to new markets and people, increase customer loyalty, and improve employee retention.

The challenge for many companies lies in the ability to engage staff and measure the effectiveness of these well-meaning efforts.


Fortunately, GozAround offers unique technology designed to connect staff with opportunities to get involved, quantify employee contributions as they occur, and generate reports including total volunteer hours, employee leaderboards, as well as causes and organizations supported.

After all, if you’ve already made the decision to offer programs like these, you may as well maximize their impact and fully understand the outcomes generated.

As more people speculate as to whether we can can operate as a “Sharing Economy….”

….GozAround may be a huge step in the right direction.

We live in a data-driven age full of businesses that like to be able to measure the result of their efforts in all arenas, but “social good” has always been difficult to quantify.

GozAround tackles that challenge by seamlessly collecting impact data, as the good deeds happen, and sharing what you do, for who, how much both internally and with the public.

Clarity like that will only make the “sharing economy” more viable by better capturing the impact of the efforts that are already happening.

People tend to like to be recognized for doing a good thing…

Even though, as the saying goes, the best way to go is to do something nice without telling.

But some “karma” points never hurt anyone, right?


GozAround literally keeps track of those karma points for you through “verified volunteer hours” and generates automatic social posts on Facebook and other platforms, because honestly, people share far lesser things on Facebook, and you should be proud of the work you do.

Since it is #GivingTuesday, after all…

It’s probably helpful to know that GozAround donates money to your nonprofit for every hour you volunteer.

The nonprofits who are active on GozAround (cost-free, of course) earn donations just by using the site. The site tracks user volunteer hours and donates money for every hour spent volunteering with that nonprofit. So it’s like you’re getting paid to volunteer, but the money goes to the causes you support.

If you can think of one good reason not to sign up, let them know. Seriously, they want to know why. Otherwise, take a few minutes to enter your email, create your social profile, and get going!

Because what goes around… know.

Be sure to follow these good-sense safety guidelines and follow GozAround on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

This article was originally published on Headlines for the Hopeful.


On #GivingTuesday, Help Bring ‘Elephant Pumps’ & Clean Water to Africa

by Helaina Hovitz

On #GivingTuesday, Help ‘Elephant Pumps’ Bring Clean Water to Africa from Headlines for the Hopeful on Vimeo.

Without access to clean water, dreams of a promising future dry up quickly for children living in poverty overseas.

Dirty water and poor sanitation are the leading cause death for children five years old and younger, and the second leading cause of death in adults. If a child does manage to stay healthy, school is a luxury, often sacrificed in lieu of carrying water miles to and from home every day.


In an attempt to lesson those sobering statistics, Hawaiian volcanic water company Waiākea has formed a partnership with nonprofit Pump Aid, donating 650ml of clean water to the organization for every liter of water they sell.

On Giving Tuesday, they’ll take it a step further, donating 50% of all sales to help build United Nations Award-Winning “Elephant Pumps” in Malawi.

The pumps, which are named for their unique shape, are designed for locals to be able to build and maintain themselves. They’re made from concrete casting to protect wells against contamination, and supply a steady stream of water through a simple rope and washer system.


“Working with local volunteers helps give communities a feeling of ownership of the project, since these pump-building techniques ensures sustainability,” said Waiākea CEO and Founder Ryan Emmons. “We are adamant that our product can change and save lives.”

As a direct result of Pump Aid’s work, more than 1.35 million people now have access to safe water and basic sanitation in some of the most vulnerable areas of Africa. In Malawi alone, they have delivered over 4,230 pumps that serve more than 487,600 people a day.

The impact Pump Aid has made with the help of Waiākea is undeniable: more children in school, fewer people with preventable water-borne illnesses and malnutrition, and more time for women to devote to other needs.

“It has helped me improve my health and class performance,” said Madalo Tsiti, 11. “I hope I will achieve my dream of becoming a medical doctor.”


Pump Aid asserts that they work with some of the poorest and hardest to reach communities in the world with a mission not just to give communities access to water but to achieve lasting change by improving their hygiene and sanitation practices.

By encouraging locals to explore their economic opportunities, they can become self-reliant and no longer need external support. In short, they are helping create a sustainable solution.

For Elina Tumodzi, a mother of six who lives in from Makata village, the pump is so precious that she and her neighbors care for it as diligently as they care for their own children.

“Our children are not suffering from diarrhea like they use to when I was young,” she said. “They are able to attend school regularly.”

Tumodzi did not have the chance to finish primary school because she had to walk long distances every morning assisting her mother to fetch water instead. By the time they came back home it was too late to go to school which was also far away from their community.


Now, her first-born child, Bridget who is in Form 3 at Magawa Secondary School, is currently excelling in school and is a happy and healthy child.

With water near to their home, they can also start growing vegetables for their own consumption and to sell.

Waiākea’s goal is to expand throughout sub-Saharan Africa over the next few years, and to continue distributing their sustainable product with its environmentally friendly packaging to as many locations as possible.

“Clean water is something many of us take for granted, but for so many, it means healthy, longer lives and more opportunities to thrive,” said Emmons. “That’s why we’re eager to make an even bigger impact and reach more people in dire need of our help.”


As for the water they distribute here in the U.S., it’s electrolyte and alkaline rich, which helps support the balance of fluids in the body, and studies have shown that naturally alkaline water can even help fight osteoporosis and help aid the symptoms of acid reflux.

Being able to help those in need while buying a few bottles of something that’s actually good for your body? Now that’s refreshing.

To buy water, donate, and learn more, visit

This article was originally published on Headlines for the Hopeful.


Radisson Launches #ShareYourPlate Campaign On #GivingTuesday

Radisson Continues Effort to Raise Awareness for Hunger and Provide Meals to Those in Need

Press Release – MINNEAPOLIS (November 21, 2016)Radisson®, one of the best-recognized hotel brands today announced #ShareYourPlate which invites social media users to share photos of their plates of food on November 29, 2016, #GivingTuesday. Radisson will donate US $1 for every photo shared benefitting Feeding America® and The Global FoodBanking Network®.

“This campaign supports the brand’s commitment to help source one Million meals through strategic efforts in our communities,” said Rich Flores, vice president, branding, Radisson. “We have declared through Radisson’s responsible business program, there is No Room For Hunger and are committed to driving awareness on the ground at our hotels and even on social media through initiatives like #ShareYourPlate”.

Hunger is the number one risk to health worldwide. Nearly 800 million people suffer from hunger globally and the USDA reports that one in eight people struggle with hunger in the United States.

To take part in #ShareYourPlate, share a photo of your plate of food on Tuesday, November 29, and use the hashtag #ShareYourPlate and #GivingTuesday on Twitter or Instagram. You can also participate by visiting on November 29. Radisson will donate $1 for every photo shared up to $50,000.

Invitation: Women Entrepreneurs Outperform Men – Given The Opportunity

Press Release – Crowdfunding campaigns led by women are significantly more successful than those led by men across most industries – and across the world.

Women Unbound is a new report, due to be published in early 2017, jointly by PwC and The Crowdfunding Centre.

The report has analysed hundreds of thousands of crowdfunding campaigns and shows an inherent and historic bias is still endemic in traditional funding mechanisms for businesses, where women entrepreneurs typically receive less than 10% and men more than 90%.

This massive new data-set, collected by the centre over three years, has proven that this bias against women “evaporates” in the crowdfunding space.

The report investigates the trends and offers recommendations as to how traditional funding models can be adapted, using the lessons this data provides from the results of crowdfunding campaigns, to re-balance this.

The lessons from the data and the analysis for the report will be discussed at the Deep Impact conference in London on November 24 2016 with a panel including The Crowdfunding Centre and PwC as well as the Association of Business Mentors.

Barry E James, Founder/CEO The Crowdfunding Centre, commented:

“The data is remarkably consistent, over both time and different industries and geographies. It clearly shows that while around twice as many men as women launch crowdfunds the women’s campaigns do at least as well – and mostly better.

“The data is telling us that, as with STEM subjects, there is a historic and unconscious bias inherent in the perceptions upon which decisions are based in the traditional economy – evident because when the ‘grey suit factor” is removed, and the crowd decide on the merits of the campaign, it effectively evaporates.

“This is a very important finding as it offers new insight and tools with which to help tackle the root of this problem and hope of changing perceptions – correcting a historic injustice, as well as bringing potentially huge benefits to both women and society as a whole.”

Jon Terry, PwC partner, welcomes the “solid base of data” which was previously untapped and added:

“In many business decisions, be that in hiring, promotions, pay and opportunities, unconscious bias is at the root of inequality.

“While in entrepreneurial funding and finance there has traditionally been a very wide gender disparity, we’ve all lacked a solid base of data to be able to make comparisons.

“Which is why this massive data-set is proving so valuable, allowing us to have a basis for comparisons across sectors and geographies as well as gender, to see if unconscious bias plays a part in funding decisions, which has not previously been possible.”

GameStop Helps Make ‘Wishes’ Come True with Launch of 3rd Annual In-store Donation Campaign Benefiting Make-A-Wish®

Press Release – GRAPEVINE, Texas, (November 17, 2016) – I wish to be. I wish to give. I wish to go. I wish to meet. These are the four types of wishes GameStop and its family of brands will help make come true this holiday during its annual Make-A-Wish® in-store donation campaign.

GameStop, a global family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, announced the launch of its third annual in-store donation campaign benefiting Make-A-Wish. The campaign runs in the U.S. from Nov. 18 – Dec. 31. Monies raised during the campaign helps grant wishes like Stewart’s, who wished to see how video games are made and just be a kid.

One hundred percent of all customer donations collected will be donated to Make-A-Wish. This year, all of GameStop’s U.S. family of brands, including Spring Mobile, Simply Mac, Kongregate, ThinkGeek, and Game Informer will participate. The company’s EB Games stores in Canada launched its in-store donation campaign on Nov. 1, and will continue collecting donations through Dec. 31.

“We have seen firsthand how wish experiences can be a game-changer for kids facing tough medical issues in their young lives,” said Rob Lloyd, chief financial officer of GameStop and Make-A-Wish North Texas board member. “Our hope is that customers at our U.S. and Canadian stores become more aware of how Make-A-Wish is making life better for these kids, and will join us in giving back to this worthy cause.”

Themed “Wishes are a Game Changer”, GameStop and its family of brands are inviting customers to donate $1, $5, or $10 at checkout during the holidays, as well as selling a Make-A-Wish holiday gift card featuring wish kid artwork.

As a thank you for donating, customers at GameStop and EB Games stores will receive:

  • GameStop PowerUp Rewards members will score triple PowerUp Rewards Points on donation amounts of $1 or more from Nov. 18 – Dec. 31.
  • EB Games Edge Rewards members earn triple Edge Rewards Points on donation amounts of $1 or more from now through Dec. 31.

Additionally, GameStop is collaborating with Square Enix to raise money toward the campaign during a live stream via on #GivingTuesday, November 29 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. PT. The live show will feature gameplay of the upcoming release, Final Fantasy XV, and viewers can interact in the chat, win great prizes, and make a direct donation to Make-A-Wish.

Whether hosting wish enhancement parties in-store, granting electronics wishes, or raising the funds required to grant wishes, GameStop’s commitment to making wishes come true for children with serious illnesses is inspiring, said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “We are honored to partner this holiday season with GameStop, who, with their dedicated customers, will help move us toward our goal of granting a wish for every eligible child.”

About GameStop

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,500 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes;, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek,, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. In addition, our Technology Brands segment includes Simply Mac and Spring Mobile stores. Simply Mac,, operates 72 stores, selling the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offering Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile,, sells all of AT&T’s products and services, including DIRECTV through its 1,424 AT&T branded stores and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its 70 Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S.

General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website. Follow @GameStop on Twitter and on Facebook at

About Make-A-Wish®

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 35 minutes. It has granted more than 270,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,800 in 2015 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at to learn more.

Airbnb Partners with Make-A-Wish® to Grant A Wish a Day in 2017

Global Partnership to Provide Unique, Local Experiences to Wish Families through Airbnb Trips

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO, November 17, 2016 — Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, together with Make-A-Wish®, one of the world’s leading children’s charities, announced a new partnership to grant one wish per day to children with life-threatening illnesses throughout all of 2017.

“For wish kids and their families, an amazing trip can be a transformative experience. And the Airbnb community is uniquely prepared to help make wishes come true,” said Kim Rubey, Head of Social Impact & Global Philanthropy at Airbnb. “Make-A-Wish has been creating life-changing experiences for deserving children and their families for decades. We are honored to join them in working to achieve their vision of granting the wish of every eligible child around the world.”

Under the partnership announced today as a part of the launch of Airbnb’s Trips platform, the company will donate up to $1 million to provide accommodations and access to unique local experiences to wish families with the help of its host community — making Airbnb one of the largest hospitality sponsors for Make-A-Wish globally. Since 2015, Airbnb has worked alongside Make-A-Wish America and Make-A-Wish International by donating travel credits to wish kids like Maya who wished to go to the Summer Games in Rio or Riley who wanted to mountain bike in British Columbia or Zachary who visited the site of Lord of The Rings in New Zealand. Now, Airbnb is expanding the partnership to include magical experiences, through Airbnb’s new Trips platform.

“We’ve been humbled and inspired by the Airbnb community who have gone above and beyond to generously welcome our wish families into their homes,” said David Williams, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish America. “From Claude and Jacque in San Francisco who donated tickets to the Academy of Sciences for a wish child, Hunter, to Tiago in Portugal who generously treated his wish family to dinner at his favorite local restaurant on their first night. I’m excited to see how the partnership evolves with the introduction of Airbnb Trips and the incredible experiences they will create for our wish families.”

“We are thrilled to have a partner in Airbnb and are moved by their commitment to making an impact on our global mission – helping to change the lives of seriously ill children and their families across the world, forever,” said Jon Stettner, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish International.

In addition, Airbnb is aiming to deepen the impact of this new partnership by matching donations up to a total of $100,000 to Make-A-Wish on the site during Airbnb Open, the company’s three-day festival of hosting, which concludes November 20. In addition, Airbnb hosts can also sign up to host Make-A-Wish families at discounted rates, which will help the Airbnb community serve more wish kids.

Since granting their first wish in 1980, the Make-A-Wish offices in 41 countries across the world have curated more than 350,000 wishes for critically ill children, cementing their reputation as one of the world’s leading children’s charities. Today, nearly 75 percent of wishes granted in the U.S. and over 40 percent of wishes outside the U.S. involve travel.

YouCaring Reveals the “10 Most Compassionate Cities” of 2016

Baton Rouge, Louisiana takes first place this year

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — In time for Giving Tuesday, YouCaring, the leader in free online fundraising, announced the results from its analysis of the “10 Most Compassionate Cities” of 2016.

By showcasing the cities making the largest positive impact, YouCaring encourages more individuals to give back to their community. YouCaring ( promotes Compassionate Crowdfunding™ for personal and charitable causes, empowering their members to reach out and support those in need.

The “10 Most Compassionate Cities” of 2016 ranking is based on total donations raised per 100,000 households, providing a list of cities whose compassion and caring helps those in need.

10 Most Compassionate Cities of 2016

  1. Baton Rouge, LA
  2. Atlanta, GA
  3. Salt Lake City, UT
  4. Seattle, WA
  5. Midland, TX
  6. Charleston, SC
  7. Pittsburgh, PA
  8. Orlando, FL
  9. Denver, CO
  10. Miami, FL

“A campaign’s location is extremely important to its success,” explained Dan Saper, President of YouCaring. “Many successful campaigns are organized by members of a closely knit community.”

The giving season is just around the corner. To celebrate this Giving Tuesday, YouCaring is launching their second #YouCaringGives campaign. YouCaring is donating to selected fundraisers to help them get a step closer to success, which is just one way that they uphold their mission of Compassionate Crowdfunding™.


Launched in 2011, YouCaring is a free crowdfunding platform that empowers people to help others through hardships and enjoy happier, healthier lives. The YouCaring community has raised more than $500 million in donations from 6 million supporters – all without charging fees. Like its donors, YouCaring relies on donations from generous supporters to finance its operations. YouCaring believes kindness is powerful and is dedicated to helping people overcome, heal, and thrive.

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