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Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

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22-Year-Old CrowdRise Ambassador Launches 24-Hour Fundraising Campaign to Provide Life-Changing Vision Services for 1,400 students in Cambodia

Latest CrowdRise 24-Hour Impact Project sends humanitarian photographer to address extreme lack of eye care at impoverished Cambodian school

DETROIT, November 9, 2015 – Today CrowdRise launched the latest installment of its rapidly developing 24-Hour Impact Project by sending 22-year-old humanitarian photographer, Malu Veltze, to Cambodia with the goal of crowdfunding $20,000 in just 24-hours to help students get eye care at a school serving 12 rural villages in Koh Bei Riel near Siem Reap, Cambodia. Once the money is raised, Malu will spend the next 24 hours working tirelessly to get eye exams and glasses to 1,400 children and their families. Malu will film the entire process so CrowdRise donors can see the real-time impact of their donations.

The campaign was inspired by Channa, a girl whose poor eyesight caused her to drop out of school in the sixth grade. Left untreated, her eyes worsened and now, at 19 years old, Channa is almost blind in her right eye. Channa’s problems could have been prevented with a simple pair of glasses, costing around $40 in her village, but she couldn’t afford it. A local optometrist informed Malu that getting Channa appropriate glasses could help improve her eyesight 40%.

Channa is a former student at the Self Help Community Centre (SHCC), a registered Non Government Organization (NGO) that provides educational and vocational opportunities to disadvantaged children and young adults in the area. Despite incredible efforts to provide sustainable development through education, there is an enormous lack of eye care and as a result, many of the students suffer from debilitating vision impairment. When Malu was introduced to the other students at the school, it became clear that the issue extended beyond just Channa and that the fundraising campaign needed to include the entire community.

Malu is a photographer who has been traveling the world in search of compelling stories to share through her lens. As a professional photographer, vision is incredibly important to her. “The inability to see properly has drastically hurt these kids¹ ability to succeed in their program,” notes Malu, “Proper vision enables kids to learn, adults to work, and can help lift people out of poverty.”

As a native of Bolivia, Malu has experienced poverty first hand. After moving to America and receiving a college degree, she felt it was her duty to use her experience for good, “My love for connecting people, sharing stories, and helping others was my definition of the American Dream.”

Malu’s dedication has made her a perfect partner for CrowdRise. “We launched the CrowdRise 24-Hour Impact Project to inspire the CrowdRise community to drive real-time change plus show the results and impact of their work. Malu’s passion and relentless drive to help people is an exact reflection of our larger vision and we’re so psyched to have the opportunity to genuinely change so many kids’ lives,” said Robert Wolfe, CrowdRise co-founder and CEO.

The $20,000 raised will support eye-exams, prescription fulfillment, and surgical procedures (when necessary) for the community. Eyewear brand SEE has partnered with CrowdRise on this project by providing 150 eyeglasses and 500 frames to help support the gift of sight.

“We are thrilled to partner with Malu and Crowdrise on this project,” commented SEE’s VP of Marketing, Susan Berryman. “Quality eye care is sometimes taken for granted, and to be able to help by donating glasses is incredibly exciting for SEE.”

If Malu’s goal is exceeded, any extra funds will support education supplies for the school.

To learn more about the project, see Malu’s inspiring video on the ground in Cambodia and, most importantly, to support the cause visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/86402secondsincambodia.

About CrowdRise

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. For more information visit www.CrowdRise.com.

About the CrowdRise 24-Hour Impact Project

The CrowdRise 24-Hour Impact Project was developed in partnership with Mallory Brown, social entrepreneur and founder of World’s Clothesline, to demonstrate the incredible power that real-time impact and crowdfunding can give to an individual trying to make change in the world.

CrowdRise ambassadors are selected to find an important cause and in just 24 hours raise the funds to make a change. They then spend the following 24 hours implementing that change. All activity is filmed in real time and video updates are posted so that donors can see the immediate result of their contributions. So far, these projects have raised nearly $100,000 for charitable causes. Specifically they’ve built a community center in Mexico, secured a home for a family in Haiti, helped expand sanitation efforts in Nepal, provided a permanent home to a BBQ for the homeless in Detroit, and funded life-changing surgeries for three kids in Honduras. To see all the 24 HOUR IMPACT PROJECTS, visit www.crowdrise.com/impactproject.

‘Fuel Your School’ To Help Nearly 1M Students

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

Social Entrepreneur Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org, created what could be described as the first crowdfunding site, despite the fact that that term wouldn’t come into vogue for another decade.

In 2000, Best launched the site to solve a clear problem. “Public school teachers spent an average of $485 of his/her own money to pay for school supplies, instructional materials and other classroom materials. Across the U.S., this adds up to $1.6 billion in out-of-pocket expenses for teachers (2013 National School Supply and Equipment Association Retail Market Awareness Study). Innovative approaches are needed to help public school classrooms,” he says.

For the past six years, Chevron has been partnering with DonorsChoose.org to generate funds for teachers with its Fuel Your School program.

A year ago, I covered the campaign for the first time. Last year, $7.1 million went to teachers in 22 communities, supporting 6,459 local public school projects impacting 715,145 students, according to Chevron.

Blair Blackwell, Manager of Education and Corporate Programs at Chevron, explains, “From Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, 2015, Chevron’s Fuel Your School program will donate $1, up to a total of nearly $8.8 million, to help fund eligible classroom projects when consumers purchase 8 or more gallons of fuel at participating local Chevron and Texaco stations in 21 U.S. markets.” The program’s reach in 2015 could approach 1 million students.

“Since its inception in 2010, Chevron’s Fuel Your School has helped fund more than 23,000 classroom projects at 4,433 schools in the U.S.,” Blackwell adds.

On Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 1:00 Eastern, Best and Blackwell will join me for a live discussion about the Fuel Your School program and its impact on teachers across the country. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

More about DonorsChoose.org:

Twitter: @DonorsChoose

DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on the site, and people can give any amount to the project that most inspires them.

When a project reaches its funding goal, they ship the materials to the school. Donors get photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent. For gifts over $50 donors receive hand-written thank-yous from the students.

You can give as little as $1 and get the same level of choice, transparency, and feedback that is traditionally reserved for someone who gives millions.

DonorsChoose.org vets every classroom project request, purchases the materials and ships them directly to the school, provides photos of the project taking place, and supplys a cost report showing how every dollar was spent.

Charles Best, courtesy of DonorsChoose.org

Charles Best, courtesy of DonorsChoose.org

Best’s Bio:

Twitter: @CharlesBest

Charles Best, a new social studies teacher in the Bronx, often talked with his colleagues about materials and experiences they wanted their students to have, but which they had no funding to support. He created DonorsChoose.org in 2000 so that individuals could connect directly with classrooms in need.

More about Chevron:

Twitter: @FuelYourSchool

Working with our partners, we take a comprehensive approach to investments in education by getting students excited about STEM and encouraging them to pursue STEM courses and, ultimately, STEM careers. We support educational standards and proven curricula that promote project- and problem-based learning. We also support teacher training, provide classroom resources, fund outside-of-school activities, and develop partnerships with universities designed to strengthen faculty, curricula and student development. These investments don’t just help the communities in which we operate—they help us, too. Tomorrow’s Chevron engineers are today’s schoolchildren.

Blackwell’s bio:

Twitter: @blairblackwell

Blair Blackwell is manager of Education and Corporate Programs at Chevron Corporation, a position she has held since December 2012. In this role, Blackwell is responsible for leading Chevron’s education-focused social investment initiatives in the United States.

Blackwell has over 15 years of experience with the private sector, nonprofit organizations, social enterprises and international organizations in Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia and the United States. Previously, she served as director of private sector initiatives for the International Crisis Group based in New York. Prior to this position, she was executive director of Princeton in Africa.

Blackwell views education as a fundamental cornerstone of prosperity and has been involved in many facets of education throughout her career, ranging from working on education reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina to working with students in Kazakhstan. Currently, Blackwell is on the Partner Advisory Council of 100Kin10 – a program aimed at training 100,000 STEM teachers by 2021 – and on the Advisory Council of the California STEM Learning Network. She also serves as a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Blackwell is from Winter Park, Florida. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Slavic languages and Literatures from Princeton University. She currently resides in Oakland, California and has lived in Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan and New York City.

Houston Food Bank Needs Your Support To Feed the Hungry

The Houston Food Bank is America’s largest food bank in distribution of nearly 600 hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. They are raising money on Giftfluence. Recently, I caught up with Ryan Charnov to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:

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

I hope to make it easier for charities to raise money through online shopping. Many charities are successfully implementing crowdfunding campaigns, however it is our job to innovate and find new strategies for sustainable giving. I hope to make giving back to your community as simple as shopping at your favorite store, and want to allow consumers to give back to charity through actions that they already do.

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

My goal is to raise over $1 Million for charities in the next year. We have two live campaigns and are launching more throughout the coming weeks.

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

I am trying to help charitable organizations that struggle to find sustainable sources of funding. While traditional crowdfunding methods are great, they are not necessarily reliable year in and year our. By earning donations through online shopping, charities can establish a sustainable source of revenue.

I want to help charities because I know how hard funding can be, and how far funds can be stretched. As a college student I struggled to raise $500 a semester for my organization, Moneythink, that taught financial literacy and college readiness. I despised asking my friends and family for money every semester, and noticed that the best fundraisers were the ones where you ask for a simple action (eat here on a certain day, etc). I know that every dollar invested into charities makes much more than one dollar’s worth of impact and because of that I want to make it as easy as possible for charitable organizations to continually raise funds.

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

We are offering financial rewards to charities for online shopping. For example if someone buys a Groupon through our website, between 2% and 7% of their purchase will go to charity. This allows organizations to continually raise money through every day purchases.

Check out the campaign:

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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 www.DayForTheBrave.org, 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 https://dayforthebrave.razoo.com/story/Scmo 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 https://www.facebook.com/SierraClubOutdoors 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 Razoo.com 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 razoo.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Razoo, and like us on Facebook at Razoo Giving.

Learning Equality’s New App Kolibri Brings Online Education to the Offline World

To address the massive global inequity in educational access, Learning Equality, the nonprofit behind the successful learning app KA Lite, has launched a campaign to build their next-gen education app, Kolibri, for learners without Internet access.

Learning Equality announces the development of their next-generation education app Kolibri, enabling students and teachers to benefit from a vast range of content without requiring an Internet connection, using low-cost and low-power devices. Racing to bridge the digital divide for millions of children facing urgent educational needs, Learning Equality has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund this critical project.

Kolibri enables the creation of custom lessons for offline use, aligned to local curricular standards, and collaborative learning with instant feedback to empower students to work at their own pace, supported by mentors and peers.

One in every 3 children around the world lacks access to quality basic education. Despite the growing abundance of free, high quality educational resources on the Internet, and their potential to help fill this gap, the 60% of the world not on the Internet cannot benefit from them. In particular, with 90% of the people in the 48 poorest countries being offline, those who need these new opportunities the most are the least able to access them.

Three years ago, San Diego-based nonprofit Learning Equality launched KA Lite, an app that provides offline access to Khan Academy’s massive library of curated educational content. Millions of learners in over 160 countries have already benefited from KA Lite, in rural schools, orphanages, refugee camps, prisons, and community centers.

Learning Equality’s crowdfunding campaign for Kolibri runs on Indiegogo’s new charity site, Generosity.com, through December 15th, with a goal of raising $500,000 to support the development and deployment of Kolibri, and serve 10 million high-need learners by 2018.

Campaign: http://bit.ly/kolibri2015

Mission for Orphans Targets $30,000 for New Girls Home

Have you ever seen something truly tragic and thought as you passed by, perhaps leaving a few dollars, “someone should really do something”?

Gene and Arlene Rumley had an experience like that while visiting India and decided not to just leave a few dollars, but instead to really do something.

Gene explains what they saw. “It is estimated that there are 15-20 million orphans in India. Girls, especially, are considered almost worthless, especially the ones living in extreme poverty. Thousands of children are digging in garbage dumps, abused, abandoned and prone to child trafficking. It is also estimated that there are over 300,000 street children living in Mumbai, India alone.”

Gene and Arlene created Mission for Orphans to provide for the care and feeding of the orphans in India.

Arlene explains, “For over the past ten years we have been raising funds to help feed, clothe and help educate the orphans and street kids, working with a family in India that we’ve known for almost 30 years. Presently, we are raising funds to complete the building of a Girl’s Home for 150 orphaned girls and a separate housing for 50 babies. We partner with Vision Rescue in India. This on the ground team works in the slums of Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai feeding, clothing, educating and offering medical support.”

“We are reaching out and helping to rescue boys and girls from lives of hopelessness and despair to lives with a future filled with hope. Mission for Orphans will help transform the hearts and future dreams for desperate children that have lost both parents. The goal is to build homes where girls and boys are loved, educated, and grow up as responsible citizens through breaking the cycle of poverty and discrimination,” Arlene concludes.

Right now they are crowdfunding on Indiegogo in hopes of raising enough money to build a home for girls.

On Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 4:00 Eastern, Gene and Arlene will join me for a live discussion about their work in India and the crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the home for girls. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes.

More about Mission for Orphans:

Twitter: @mission4orphans

Mission for Orphans is a non-profit organization that started in 2004. Mission for Orphans has One Purpose, One Passion, One Mission…..to Rescue the Children, primarily in India. Mission for Orphans is a grassroots organization that is raising funds to rescue children out from extreme poverty and give them a future filled with hope.

Gene Rumley with some of the Indian children they support, courtesy of Mission for Orphans.

Gene Rumley with some of the Indian children they support, courtesy of Mission for Orphans.

The Founders:

Twitter: @generumley

Gene & Arlene are the founders of Mission for Orphans, Inc. They are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of orphans & street children in India. Their vision is to raise finances & help rescue the suffering children from abuse, hopelessness & child trafficking.

They have worked in global marketing, conducting leadership & personal growth training to thousands of men & women over the past 40 yrs. Gene is a certified trainer/coach with the John Maxwell global team. Their greatest joy is to see children free from bondage, hopelessness, abuse, and even child trafficking. Presently, they are raising funds to complete the building of a new Girl’s Home that will house 150 orphaned girls. Facts show that there are over 153 million orphans worldwide and approximately 20 million living in India.

Over the past 10 years, Mission for Orphans has helped support a Vision Rescue Team, on the ground in India, that feed over 1,200 street kids, one meal a day. They also give them basic education on 4 converted school buses. Gene visits the orphanages and street kids in the worst of slums. Mission for Orphans also supports 5 orphanages with over 200 children.

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Fundraising Campaign Begins For Web-Course On Dismantling Racism: Designed For White People

(PR NewsChannel) / October 16, 2015 / HAMILTON, New York / The Sum is a non-profit (501c3) that is launching a month-long crowdfunding campaign to raise 59k to produce and disseminate a web-course designed for white people called Dismantling Racism from the Inside Out (www.gofundme.com/thesum).

“This web-course will break new ground in three major ways,” says Co-Executive Director, J. Elliott Cisneros, “First, it’s designed specifically to meet the needs of white people–based on the stories, concerns, patterns, struggles, and confusion we have heard in our workshops over many years. Second, the course is individualized. Our experience and research has taught us that we are all at very different places related to issues of race and racism. This course will allow participants to determine their needs and interests through a brief questionnaire and then The Sum’s educational software will automatically provide a series of tailored supportive learning modules. Lastly, while many people might be interested in doing this work, workshops and trainings can be cost and time prohibitive. This web-course will make the work accessible to everyone on a sliding scale.”

Dr. Carla Sherrell, The Sum’s other Co-Executive Director says “The web format will provide an opportunity for participants to work in their own time and space. They will have a chance to ask questions and share their stories, explore communication models, some history, and any underlying feelings of guilt, fear, anger, and grief–all essential foundations necessary before cross-racial bridges can be effectively built. Participants will develop a deepened value for racial difference, increased communication skills, greater clarity about who they are, and a better understanding of their impact across race. Wherever you are in relationship to race, this web course will provide you with critical content and experiences to support you in doing the work to dismantle racism and a racialized world.”

“In some ways issues of race in 2015 are different than 50 years ago. In other ways they are the same–only mutated. Like so many white ancestors did historically as part of the abolition movement here in the United States and voter registration in the 60’s in the South, white people today can take action to help cultivate an environment where meaningful change is possible…and it begins by working on me. This not only serves the greater community, it gives me an increased sense of connection to my own integrity, strength, and gifts.”

The Sum has facilitated diversity workshops since its inception in 2006 in education, business, government, and human services. Naomi Tutu, daughter of Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu is quoted on The Sum’s website as saying, “These offerings of The Sum are the finest I have seen in my years of doing this work.” The Sum’s mission is “to unleash the power of our differences: race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, and socio-economic class.”

People are invited to support the campaign in two ways. “First, give a donation! A thousand dollars or just one, if that’s what you can,” says Cisneros, “And second, share the crowdfunding link with your networks through Facebook, email, tweeting, texting, and carrier pigeon!” Because The Sum is a non-profit all donations are tax deductible.

Dr. Sherrell says, “So many people wonder what they can do about racism and our racialized society. Just by supporting this crowdfunding campaign, you can do something that is profoundly meaningful and help to unleash the power of our differences for a world where no one stands alone!”

The campaign will run from October 16th to November 16th. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/thesum, or find more details at www.thesum.org.

Razoo Launches Charitable Crowdfunding Campaign for Veterans Day

#DayForTheBrave will benefit hundreds of veteran-focused nonprofits across America, giving back to those who have given so much to our nation.

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Razoo, the leading crowdfunding platform for charitable giving, today announced the launch of 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, Razoo will host #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 at DayForTheBrave.org, the campaign will provide a digital platform for hundreds of the nation’s 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.

“We’re hugely inspired by the work our nonprofit partners on Razoo are doing every day,” said Tom Matthews, CEO. “For those organizations serving veterans in particular, there’s a universal respect for their efforts and the people they serve. We wanted to energize that spirit, and honor these dedicated men and women who advance these organizations’ missions. Leveraging our industry-leading Giving Event platform to host #DayForTheBrave is our way of giving back and supporting our veterans.”

During the #DayForTheBrave event, participating organizations will not only fundraise from the public, but also compete for major prizes based on their crowdfunding success throughout the day. 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.

“All businesses know how critical the missions of organizations working to empower veterans are,” said Matthews. “We hope that this donation by the Razoo Foundation serves to inspire other companies to sponsor #DayForTheBrave so that we can amplify the impact of Americans’ individual giving on Veterans Day.”

Learn more about #DayForTheBrave by visiting DayForTheBrave.org. Join the social media conversation about this campaign by following @DayForTheBrave on Twitter, Day For The Brave on Facebook, and by using the official #DayForTheBrave social media hashtag.

About Razoo

Razoo is crowdfunding that matters, powering small acts of giving that together change the world. Since 2006, individuals and groups have used Razoo.com 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 razoo.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Razoo, and like us on Facebook at Razoo Giving.

Revlon to Donate Over $1 Million Through Its LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge

Online Fundraising Competition Kicks Off Today with Over 100 Women’s Health Charities Competing for $1.4 Million in Charitable Donations

September 21, 2015 (New York, NY) – The Revlon LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge, the company’s women’s health philanthropic platform, goes live today. The Challenge features more than 100 charities – organizations of all sizes dedicated to women’s cancer, heart disease and diabetes – competing to raise funds online. The charity that generates the most contributions will be eligible to receive an additional $1 million donation from Revlon, with the runner-up to receive $250,000. Additionally, a total of $150,000 will be distributed through weekly ‘bonus challenges’ over the course of the six-week competition.

Said Lorenzo Delpani, CEO of Revlon: “Love drives all that we are passionate about, including the urgent need to support women’s health. It’s only by joining together that can we be most effective in tackling the serious health issues facing women today. That is why our Challenge, which inspires everyone to give, is so exciting. For us, it’s about leveraging the power of community – and love – to make the biggest impact possible.”

Longtime Revlon Global Brand Ambassador Halle Berry shared, “I joined Revlon almost 20 years ago and their passion and commitment to bettering women’s lives has never wavered. They have always been, and continue to be, a devoted champion for women’s health.”

The Challenge represents a series of firsts – it is the first time a cosmetic brand is the sole host of a fundraising competition on fundraising platform CrowdRise, and also the biggest challenge award in CrowdRise’s history.

“Philanthropy is the heart and soul of Revlon,” said Ronald O. Perelman, Chairman of Revlon. “This Challenge marks an exciting new model of fundraising for these important organizations, and allows us to have a bigger effect on the leading health issues facing women today.”

Revlon Global Brand Ambassador Olivia Wilde voiced her passionate support for the Challenge with a special call-to-action message that urges people to embrace the spirit of LOVE IS ON by contributing to the competition. (https://youtu.be/JPSueWs-muI)

There are several ways individuals can show their support for competing charities in the Revlon LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge:

  • By making a direct donation to their charity of choice through the Challenge homepage (https://www.crowdrise.com/revlonchallenge).
  • By creating a personal fundraising page on CrowdRise, linking to their specific charity, and reaching out to their network to raise throughout the Challenge
  • By sharing their support on social media and inspiring others to donate to their beloved  charity, using the Revlon love sign and #RevlonMillion hashtag

The winner of the Revlon LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge will be announced in November 2015 at an event co-hosted by Revlon’s Global Brand Ambassadors. For more information about the Challenge, to see a list of participating charities and to make a donation, visit: www.crowdrise.com/revlonchallenge, www.revlon.com/milliondollarchallenge, and follow Revlon’s social channels (@Revlon) and hashtag #RevlonMillion.

About Revlon:

Revlon is a global cosmetics, hair color, hair care and hair treatments, beauty tools, men’s grooming products, anti-perspirant deodorants, fragrances, skincare, and other beauty care products company, which operates in three segments, the consumer division (“Consumer”), the professional division (“Professional”) and Other. CEO Lorenzo Delpani’s vision is to establish Revlon as the quintessential and most innovative beauty company in the world by offering products that make consumers feel attractive and beautiful. Revlon believes that its global brand name recognition, product quality, R&D, innovation and marketing experience have enabled it to create leading global consumer and professional brands. Revlon’s Consumer segment global brand portfolio includes Revlon® color cosmetics, Almay® color cosmetics, SinfulColors® color cosmetics, Pure Ice® color cosmetics, Revlon ColorSilk® hair color, Revlon® Beauty Tools, Charlie® fragrances, and Mitchum® anti-perspirant deodorants. Revlon’s Professional segment global brand portfolio includes: Revlon Professional®, CND®, including CND’s Shellac® brand 14+ day nail color and Vinylux® weekly nail polish, and American Crew® men’s grooming products. Websites featuring current product and promotional information can be reached at www.revlon.com, www.almay.com, www.mitchum.com, www.revlonprofessional.com, www.americancrew.com and www.cnd.com.

About CrowdRise

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.

Rare Genomics Institute Launches Ten Crowdfunding Campaigns to Help Rare Diseases Patients Find Causes of Their Illnesses

Washington D.C., September 15, 2015 – Rare Genomics Institute (RG) is launching ten separate crowdfunding campaigns to help patients with rare diseases pinpoint the causes of their illnesses. All amounts raised will go towards exome sequencing, which is a cutting-edge method of partial genome sequencing to find the genetic causes of diseases.

This effort is part of Amplify Hope, initiated by RG to determine the most effective crowdfunding programs and measure their effect on scientific education. Amplify Hope is a new RG study funded by the John Templeton Foundation that provides crowdfunding training to rare disease families and tracks the overall reach and scientific impact to help rare disease patients.

“Rare Genomics Institute has helped hundreds of families with rare diseases,” said Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD, MHS, President of the Rare Genomics Institute. “This project encourages the community to join our continuous efforts to help the families who have literally exhausted all other options. By donating and spreading the word about these campaigns, we’ll be able to fund the exome sequencing to uncover the exact cause of their illness.”

Some examples of the campaigns launching today include a beautiful 5 year old girl with an extremely rare and yet still undiagnosed condition that has caused her to have overall developmental delays.

“At five years old, Ria has yet to take her first step, has yet to say her first words or call for Mommy or Daddy,” said her father, Rod Booker. “Ria has severe hypotonia and cannot control her arms and leg movements. She cannot eat solid food and cannot grasp toys to play with them as a typical 5 year old.” Her parents hope exome sequencing will find answers to help Ria.”

Rare Genomics is inviting patients, families, friends, industry partners and everyone to support the Amplify Hope Initiative. Please join us in these campaigns featured on CrowdRise, Indiegogo Life and YouCaring. All money raised above the goal amounts will go to help undiagnosed rare disease children get exome sequencing.

Rare Genomics’ crowdfunding partners on this project include three leading industry pioneers: CrowdRise, Indiegogo Life and YouCaring. Our partners also include two life sciences technology leaders: Ambry Genetics and Baylor Miraca Genetics Laboratories.

For more information about the Amplify Hope, please visit http://amplifyhope.raregenomics.org/

About Rare Genomics Institute

Rare Genomics is an international 501(c) 3 non-profit that makes cutting edge research technologies of genome sequencing, physicians and scientists around the world accessible to rare disease patients. Rare Genomics helps families source, design and fund personalized research projects for diseases not otherwise studied helping rare disease patients find hope for a cure. By providing an expert network and an online crowdfunding mechanism Rare Genomics works alongside patients and their families, providing them with the necessary tools, knowledge, and connections so that they can better understand the cause of their disease.

For further information on Rare Genomics, please visit http://www.raregenomics.org.

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