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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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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 www.stophungernow.org

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 www.uscoachways.com 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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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.”

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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 www.blinkbuggy.com


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 www.babybuggy.org or follow on Twitter or Instagram @LoveRecycled.

Deposit a Gift Joins the #GivingTuesday Movement to Inspire Spending with Purpose

Pledges to Waive Platform Fee and Donate Back to Charitable Campaigns

New York City, New York, November 4, 2014 – This week, crowdfunding platform, Deposit a Gift (http://www.depositagift.com/raise-money-for-a-cause), announces it’s #GivingTuesday Give Back program to inspire users to engage in the 3rd annual global day of giving on December 2nd. Deposit a Gift joins the ranks of businesses, charities, communities, religious organizations and individuals who are transforming the holidays with this powerhouse day of giving.

In the spirit of the season, Deposit a Gift will be giving back too. The site is happy to announce that it will waive its platform fee and donate it back to participating campaigns.They will also be offering a free webinar prep course, extra marketing support and special social media spotlights. Founder and CEO, Dana Ostomel, is thrilled to offer this to our customers, “One of the greatest joys of running Deposit a Gift is our ability to help people on a mass scale. It’s our pleasure to take this opportunity to galvanize our community to give back and offer our support on #GivingTuesday.”

Deposit a Gift and #GivingTuesday are a natural fit. #GivingTuesday is practically built for crowdfunding and who better to lead the charitable charge than Deposit a Gift, a company who’s name is based in giving. Deposit a Gift is dedicated to making the process of getting involved with #GivingTuesday as simple as possible. It’s perfect for kicking off a year-end appeal or fundraising for a specific need.

To learn more about how it works, please visit: http://www.depositagift.com/raise-money-for-a-cause

About Deposit a Gift

DepositaGift.com is the most flexible funding platform for organizational and personal fundraising. The all-in-one platform for donations, sponsorships and ticket sales is built to leverage social networks and viral sharing! For anyone looking to raise money and rally supporters, Deposit a Gift offers the perfect way to showcase exactly what you want money for and incite people to contribute. Launched in 2010, Deposit a Gift serves the growing need to raise money online for anything from charitable organizations and disaster relief, to school fundraising, help with medical bills, memorial funds, pet rescue or crowdfunding a personal project. To learn more and start your fundraiser today, visit: http://www.depositagift.com

Indiegogo Announces Reduced Fees for #GivingTuesday

$5.2 Million Already Raised for #GivingTuesday 2014 Campaigns

Indiegogo, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, announces reduced fees and added support for nonprofit and social-change campaigns linked with the third annual international #GivingTuesday initiative. #GivingTuesday encourages people worldwide to celebrate generosity.

Cause-related campaigns that launch through the #GivingTuesday partnership page on Indiegogo before December 2 will receive fee discounts of at least 10% as well as free advertisements and assistance announcing the campaign from partners including AdRoll and GreenInbox. Campaigns can also request personalized coaching from Indiegogo experts and join a free webinar on maximizing social media for the best fundraising results.

“At Indiegogo we’ve always been passionate about changing the world for the better, whether that means helping someone fund their medical bills, amplifying nonprofit fundraising or bringing innovative ideas to life,” said Danae Ringelmann, Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer of Indiegogo. “The #GivingTuesday initiative on Indiegogo advances our mission of enabling people everywhere to fund what matters to them.”

Last year, more than 250 campaigns from 43 countries participated in #GivingTuesday on Indiegogo, raising more than $1.3 million to help change the world. And already this year, 150 campaigns including Nuçi’s Space and Code.org have raised more than $5.2 million, with new campaigns like the American Heart Association joining the platform as part of #GivingTuesday 2014.

For more information or to start a campaign, visit: https://go.indiegogo.com/site/givingtuesday/overview

To contribute to participating #GivingTuesday 2014 Indiegogo campaigns, visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/partners/givingtuesday

CrowdRise Is Launching “World’s Largest Charity Effort” for #GivingTuesday

Charitable crowdfunding platform, CrowdRise, is gearing up to launch the “worlds largest charity effort” to raise money for #GivingTuesday commencing on December 2, 2014. Co-founded by actor Edward Norton, producer Shauna Robertson, and entrepreneurs Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe, CrowdRise has announced that it is also creating an app that will allow the world to watch the charitable giving on #GivingTuesday in real time. It will be available for download in the Google Play Store and iTunes on Nov. 25, 2014.

CrowdRise founder Norton said,“What we have in store for #GivingTuesday is big. Really big. We can’t wait to give the world an incredibly cool firsthand look at the power of the crowd and we’re excited to work with so many amazing causes that are partnering with us on this project.”

Founding supporters include such high profile organizations such as 92Y, American Red Cross, Eventbrite, It Gets Better, March of Dimes, the NFL, Robin Hood, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, United Nations Foundation, United Airlines and more.

CrowdRise wants to give the world a real-time visualization of the incredible impact of #GivingTuesday, which in just three years has established itself as a day on the scale of Black Friday and Cyber Monday—but for giving back to causes, charities and organizations that are doing good things for people around the world.

“We are thrilled to see CrowdRise’s innovative and ambitious campaign. Their fun vibe and meaningful work bring philanthropy alive, and showcase the kind of collaboration that is at the heart of #GivingTuesday,” said Henry Timms, executive director of 92Y and co-founder of #GivingTuesday.

For more information, please visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/GivingTuesday.

Launched by Edward Norton in 2010, CrowdRise claims to be the fastest growing and largest online fundraising for good. The site has raised over $140 million for charity to date and are on track to raise another $120 million in 2014. CrowdRise has been used by millions of people, charities, companies and celebrities use to give back. The site is used to donate to and fundraise for the causes they’re passionate about.

Chevron’s ‘Fuel Your School’ Program Via DonorsChoose Raises Millions

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

Chevron CVX -0.67% has committed $140 million to education in the U.S. since 2010 and will top $45 million in 2014 alone, according to Brent Tippen, a spokesman for Chevron.

In a partnership with the crowdfunding-for-teachers site DonorsChoose called “Fuel Your School” over 17,000 projects at more than 3,000 schools have been funded, according to Tippen.

Commenting on Chevron’s motivation, Tippen noted, “Effective STEM education – science, technology, engineering and math – is one of the most fundamental requisites to securing healthy future economic growth for the country.”

“Innovative approaches are needed to help public school classrooms,” he added.

DonorsChoose CEO Charles Best reported, “This back-to-school season was our best ever at DonorsChoose.org, which is great news for teachers who spend, on average, about $500 of their own money each year for classroom resources.”

“Chevron is helping us reach our “big hairy audacious goal” of raising $100 million for 100% of the nation’s highest poverty schools, all in one calendar year,” he concluded.

Best and Tippen will join me on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 5:00 Eastern for a live discussion about the Fuel Your School program and its impact on teachers and students. Tune in then to watch the interview live.

More about Chevron:

Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

More about DonorsChoose:

Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. At this nonprofit website, teachers at 62% of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than 1.5 million people have donated $286 million to projects that inspire them. All told, 13 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn.

Visit www.donorschoose.org/intro to hear Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert tell the DonorsChoose.org story.

Brent Tippen

Brent Tippen

Tippen’s bio:

Brent Tippen is a Global Public & Government Affairs Advisor and Company Spokesman for Chevron Corporation based in San Ramon, California. He serves as the Chevron Fuel Your School program manager.

A native of West Monroe, Louisiana, Brent earned his B.A. in Communications in 2004 from Louisiana Tech University and his M.A. in Communication in 2007 from the University of Louisiana. In 2007, he studied abroad for graduate school through the University of Southern Mississippi in London, UK, studying Intercultural Communication.

Before joining Chevron, Brent was a media and communications representative for a prominent U.S. Senator, a media spokesperson for the American Cancer Society, and worked with Entergy Corporation, an electric power producer. After serving in positions of increasing responsibility, in 2008, Tippen transitioned careers and now works in Policy, Government and Public Affairs for Chevron Corporation, a California-based energy company.

Brent has worked and continues to work with many service and charitable organizations in leadership positions including: Rotary International, the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators, Louisiana Communication Association, active member of the Louisiana Tech University Alumni Association as well as the University of Louisiana, Monroe Alumni Association. In 2013 he was named “Young Alumnus of the Year” at Louisiana Tech University.

At Chevron Corporation, Brent serves as a Global Public and Government Affairs Advisor and company spokesman on a large portfolio focusing on Downstream and Chemicals and has previously included corporate issues / community engagement / corporate social responsibility. He also currently manages Chevron’s Fuel Your School program operating in 22 U.S. markets as well as Canada, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and New Zealand. Brent brings a broad knowledge base both in the nonprofit and political realms with a strong background in communication and media relations.

Charles Best

Charles Best

Best’s bio:

Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can choose the projects they want to support. Charles launched the organization in 2000 out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. DonorsChoose.org is one of Oprah Winfrey’s “ultimate favorite things” and was featured on the cover of Fast Company as one of the “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.” For three years, Fortune Magazine has named Charles to its “40 under 40 hottest rising stars in business.”


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