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The Draw For The 2016 Nike Mag Raises $6.75M To Help The Michael J. Fox Foundation Speed A Cure For Parkinson’s Disease

Press Release – NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) today announced that the Draw for the Nike Mag raised $6.75 million, 100 percent of which will go straight to high-impact programs to accelerate a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

The Draw and auctions featured a limited-edition release of 88 pairs of the iconic self-lacing shoe, with the final 89th pair to be auctioned to the highest bidder at the Foundation’s benefit gala on November 12 in New York City. The world leader in athletic footwear and apparel has now contributed a total of more than $16 million since 2011 to the Foundation’s mission to eradicate Parkinson’s disease.

“Thanks to Nike, we’ve raised a boatload of money for research and we’ve had tons of fun while doing it,” said Michael J. Fox. “We’re grateful to everyone who’s engaged in our work and we welcome those who have come to learn more about us through this amazing partnership.”

One final chance remains to own the Nike Mag and a piece of pop culture history. The only remaining pair of Nike Mag shoes will be auctioned next month at MJFF’s benefit gala, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s,” in New York.


Through the Draw for the Nike Mag, Nike set out to raise millions for research, activating new audiences worldwide to support the critical unmet medical need in Parkinson’s disease. Nike and MJFF made the Nike Mag available to everyone through an online draw, with each entry a $10 donation to MJFF. Sneakerheads, pop culture aficionados and the Parkinson’s community all enthusiastically entered for a chance to win. What’s more, donations in the last 12 hours of the Draw were matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous donor.

The Draw ran from October 4 to 11, with hundreds of thousands of entries managed using the nonprofit funding platform The lucky winners were notified on October 17. Pairs of the Nike Mag also were auctioned in Hong Kong on October 11 and London on October 14, generating an additional $160,000 combined.

“It’s been an honor to work with Michael and his Foundation over the years on such an important mission,” said Mark Parker, Chairman, President and CEO of NIKE, Inc. “We could never have imagined when we started this journey 30 years ago it would have such a wide-reaching effect — and we can’t wait for what’s next.”

History of the Nike Mag and the Nike-MJFF Partnership

Famously worn on the silver screen by Michael J. Fox, the Nike Mag shoe has since become a cultural icon, captivating sneaker and movie fans worldwide.

Nike has now channeled the excitement of the Mag shoe in 2011 and 2016, infusing it with new meaning in benefit of the Parkinson’s community.

In 2011, a version of the Nike Mag was built for the Foundation in a limited-edition run of 1,500 pairs. These were auctioned on eBay over a 10-day period, raising nearly $5 million which was matched dollar-for-dollar to bring the total raised that year to nearly $10 million. Nike spent years developing new technology that senses the wearer and tightens for each unique foot. On October 4, the revolutionary adaptive-fit Nike Mag was delivered to the world through the now-completed Draw.

About The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

As the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to accelerating a cure for Parkinson’s disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition today. The Foundation pursues its goals through an aggressively funded, highly targeted research program coupled with active global engagement of scientists, Parkinson’s patients, business leaders, clinical trial participants, donors and volunteers. In addition to funding more than $650 million in research to date, the Foundation has fundamentally altered the trajectory of progress toward a cure. Operating at the hub of worldwide Parkinson’s research, the Foundation forges groundbreaking collaborations with industry leaders, academic scientists and government research funders; increases the flow of participants into Parkinson’s disease clinical trials with its online tool, Fox Trial Finder; promotes Parkinson’s awareness through high-profile advocacy, events and outreach; and coordinates the grassroots involvement of thousands of Team Fox members around the world.

For more information, visit us at, on Facebook or Twitter.

About Nike, Inc.

NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Ore., is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, Nike’s earnings releases and other financial information are available at Individuals can also visit and follow @Nike.

About RallyUp

RallyUp, founded by serial technology entrepreneur Steve Bernat, is a an all-in-one fundraising platform for charitable organizations. From events management to donor database and sweepstakes, RallyUp helps nonprofit organizations execute all aspects of their campaigns, from donor recruitment to campaign administration and ongoing program monitoring. For more information, visit

Kid Ideas Are The Best! See Wellness Projects Target Funded with a $5 Million Donation

Press Release – October 21, 2016: It’s no secret that some of the brightest ideas come straight from the minds of kids. Take this year’s back-to-school season, for example, when they took charge of Target’s first kid-created marketing campaign—directing, designing, composing and starring in a series of TV spots and other materials that appeared throughout the season.

To further celebrate their talent and potential, Target asked kids to tell us their ideas (big or small) for helping students across the country live healthier, more active lives. Target pledged to fund up to $5 million to help bring some of their ideas to life. In August and September—through a partnership with, a non-profit dedicated to engaging the public to fund school projects—we collected submissions from K-12 public school kids and teachers throughout the country. As part of our commitment to wellness, we were looking for ideas that focused on promoting healthy eating or increasing physical activity.

And the kids really delivered! So many great ideas, in fact, that Target ended up funding a total of 7,621 projects—supporting more than 760,000 students and nearly 4,000 teachers at 2,400+ schools, many of which are high-need. The donation was the largest wellness-education related investment in’s 15-year history.


Read on to see just a few of the great ideas we’ve funded, and check out the full list here.

Smoothies for Snack Time

Submitted by Mrs. J.’s Kindergarten class, Hallettsville, Texas

“My kindergarteners look forward to their afternoon snack to make it through the day, but they mostly crave unhealthy, sugary snacks. We all know that sugary snacks only keep us going for a little while and then we crash. So the students and I decided having smoothies would be the perfect solution.” Mrs. J.’s class didn’t have a way to make the nutritious snacks, so they requested funds for a quality blender and smoothie cookbook for their classroom. Now, the students are learning about nutrition and healthy eating as they select smoothies from the cookbook, then help make them together for the class’s daily snack.

Hokki Stools Make Sitting Fun

Submitted by Mrs. Cartier’s Kindergarten class, Chateaugay, N.Y.

After a new student was having trouble sitting and listening in class, Mrs. Cartier was touched when his classmate suggested getting him a Hokki stool she saw on TV, which promotes movement while sitting. “I was touched by her empathy and understanding of her peer’s needs. So I found one of the stools—and the change was remarkable! A lot of excess energy was being channeled, which allowed the student to stay focused.” The other students love the stool too, so they requested six more for their classroom. Today, the new seating option is keeping the class focused and active throughout the whole day.

From School Garden to Table

Submitted by Ms. Porter’s 7th grade science class, Nashville, Tenn.

“Living in a food desert, my students often complained about the lack of fresh produce available at their local grocery stores. We learn about flower reproduction and photosynthesis each year in class and saw an opportunity to put science into work.” The class requested supplies to create a vegetable garden at their school, which they’ll actively tend throughout the year. Once harvested, they’ll work together to plan how to distribute the food they grow—through marketing and donations—in their community.

Sports Equipment for ‘Pro Day’

Submitted by Mr. Takeda’s 3rd grade class, Waianae, Hawaii

Many of Mr. Takeda’s students dream of playing professional sports—but after one student declined to join in a game of soccer because his family didn’t have sports equipment at home and he didn’t know how to play, his classmates took action. “What if we had a ‘Pro Day,’ and we brought in athletic equipment and had our whole class go through each sport? We’d learn to stretch, run and jump; throw a football, shoot a basketball, kick a soccer ball and spike a volleyball.” After requesting the needed equipment, the class regularly sets up stations and gets active together, along with ongoing discussion about physical fitness and even the scientific applications of sports.

Keep On Pedaling!

Submitted by Ms. Horn and her 10th grade students, Minneapolis

Ms. Horn’s chemistry students come to class ready to learn and wanting to do well. “They try to make good choices about food and our environment, but often, they don’t get to move around as much as they’d like while doing projects and research. Under-the-desk peddles would allow them to do both at the same time.” After adding 10 of the exercise machines in her classroom, students are now having fun exercising as they study—and even getting a little energy out after class.

How Many Steps?

Submitted by Mrs. Mennonno’s 2nd grade class, Plainfield, Ind.

Fascinated with their teacher’s Fitbit—and the story of her recent weight loss and journey to get more healthy—Mrs. Mennonno’s class wanted to try tracking their physical activity and eating healthier for themselves. They calculated out the cost of some new Fitbits for the class to share, along with other equipment. Now, they’re keeping a step chart (getting their math in too) and tracking their average steps each day. “The students are always wanting to beat their steps from yesterday, so they’re easily getting over 10,000 steps in just in seven hours!”

Target’s support for this program is just one example of our ongoing commitment to giving 5 percent of our profit back to communities—today, that adds up to more than $4 million a week. Learn more about how Target supports communities all year long.

CrowdRise Fundraiser Raises Over $40,000 In 24-Hours To Help 1,200 Displaced Syrian Families In Greece

Survivor Africa winner Ethan Zohn and his new wife release moving video to show donors exactly how that money was spent to make change in a single day


Press Release – Earlier this week CrowdRise set out on a mission to raise $20,000 in just 24 hours to help 1,200 displaced Syrian families living in a makeshift refugee camp in Greece. Third season Survivor winner Ethan Zohn and his new wife Lisa Heywood joined as ambassadors for the CrowdRise 24-Hour Impact Project, and to celebrate a nontraditional honeymoon. On Tuesday morning, the newlyweds posted a moving call-to-action video to their CrowdRise page. The fundraiser did so well that halfway through the day they increased their goal $30,000. By day’s end they had surpassed $40,000, more than doubling their initial goal.

Today, Ethan and Lisa posted a video update to their CrowdRise page chronicling their impact. Giving donors the opportunity to see their immediate impact is at the core of the CrowdRise 24-Hour Impact Project and gives people a peek into the type of work that young humanitarians are capable of.

This past June, 1,200 Syrian refugees near Thessaloniki, Greece were moved between refugee camps to Vasilika Refugee Camp: an old, abandoned warehouse converted into barracks with tents. Of the 1,200 refugees, 600 are children, who have been out of school for months, some for years. The camp at Vasilika provides them no opportunity for learning, playing or socializing.

Next to Vasilika, a group of European volunteers recognized the needs of this community, and have created a safe haven called EKO Project which provides a school, communal kitchen, and welcoming place for children to play. This project is a place of hope to refugee children and their parents who are trying to rebuild their lives.

As shown in Ethan and Lisa’s follow-up video, the work of EKO Project is vital to this community’s survival. One volunteer explains, “the people here in Vasilika are exactly like my friends and my family and my uncles and my aunties. They had a lot of things and they had a lot of freedom and now it’s all been taken away and they’re stuck here because they have to be. They’re doctors and lawyers and bankers and architects and musicians.” Ethan chimes in saying, “They’re like everyone else. They’re like us and they just want to live a happy, fulfilled life.” Lisa, holding back tears, explains that they asked these people what they want most: “a life,” they said, “what everybody wants.”

The original $20,000 goal was to help EKO Project with school supplies, winter clothing, fresh food, building materials, setting up a library, relocation support, and fulfilling a “wish list” of basic needs. $10,000+ was added to the goal in hopes of continuing to support EKO Project volunteers, who plan to stay in Vasilika as long as the refugees, which could be years.

The day culminated with a large soccer match between the refugees. For Ethan, a former soccer pro, it was immediately clear how important bringing play back into these children’s lives would be. After winning the CBS reality show, Survivor Africa, Ethan used his prize money to co-found the organization Grassroot Soccer (GRS) that uses the power of soccer and the energy of youth to educate, inspire and mobilize communities to improve health. The game was made possible by generous donations from 4POINT4 and One World Play Project.

The project was met with lots of encouragement from friends of the couple as well as from the soccer community. Tweets about the project came from Survivor’s Jeff Probst and soccer stars such as Heather O’Reilly, Jimmy Conrad, Alexi Lalas, Cobi Jones and others. Even Olivia Newton John and Katie Couric voiced their support of this initiative.

Donations are still being accepted and any additional funds will support the sustainability of this project. To learn more, visit

Crowdrise Launches 24-Hour Flash Fundraiser to Help 1,200 Displaced Syrian Refugees in Greece

Survivor Africa winner Ethan Zohn and his new wife travel to Greece with CrowdRise’s 24-Hour Impact Project to bring relief to hundreds of displaced families 


Press Release – DETROIT, October 18, 2016 / This morning, online charitable crowdfunding platform, CrowdRise launched a 24-Hour flash fundraiser to help improve the lives of 1,200 displaced Syrian refugees. As part of the CrowdRise 24-Hour Impact Project, TV personality, former pro soccer player and two-time cancer survivor Ethan Zohn and his new wife Lisa Heywood Zohn are spending their honeymoon volunteering in Greece to bring attention to the refugee crisis.

This past June, 1,200 Syrian refugees near Thessaloniki, Greece were moved between refugee camps to Vasilika Refugee Camp: an old, abandoned warehouse converted into barracks with tents. Having escaped the turbulence of conflict in their home country they are now faced with the reality of living conditions that barely meet minimum standards of health and sanitation, while they wait for what comes next. Of the 1,200 refugees, 600 are children, who have been out of school for months, some for years. The camp at Vasilika provides them no opportunity for learning, playing or socializing.

Next to Vasilika, a group of European volunteers recognized the needs of this community, and have created a safe haven called EKO Project which provides a school, communal kitchen, and welcoming place for children to play. This project is a place of hope to refugee children and their parents who are trying to rebuild their lives. Today, Ethan and Lisa, in partnership with CrowdRise are attempting to crowdfund $20,000 in just 24 hours to help.

In a moving call to action video posted to the couple’s CrowdRise page, Ethan and Lisa speak to many of the children living in the refugee camp. One young girl tells Lisa why her family had to leave Syria: “there was a bomb…it broke my house.” Another young boy proclaims, “Syria not good. Syria very bad.” Ethan candidly explains, “they were forced out of their homes and out of their country with nothing, and they come here and they’re just waiting.” Yet when that same little boy is asked if he wants to go back to Syria he says, “I do not. I don’t like.

Two sisters in particular, Helena and Elena, stood out to Ethan and Lisa. The newlyweds write on their CrowdRise page: “These young girls had endured so much, fleeing Syria with their family, crossing by foot into Turkey, and then by boat into Greece. They’ve been trapped at borders, slept outside in the rain, spent their life savings, and still have no security for their future.”

The $20,000 raised will help EKO Project with school supplies, winter clothing, fresh food, building materials, setting up a library, relocation support, and fulfilling a “wish list” of basic needs.

CrowdRise, which organizes the 24-Hour Impact Project, will serve as the hub for all fundraising activity, and video updates at As with all of CrowdRise’s 24-Hour Impact Projects, the entire process will be filmed, and once the money has been raised, CrowdRise will share an impact video that captures the progress and implementation of the funds, so that donors can see their immediate impact.

For Ethan, it was immediately clear how important bringing play back into these children’s lives would be. After winning the CBS reality show, Survivor Africa, Ethan used his prize money to co-found the organization Grassroot Soccer (GRS) that uses the power of soccer and the energy of youth to educate, inspire and mobilize communities to improve health. As part of the impact, Ethan and Lisa will also be hosting a massive soccer game made possible by generous donations from 4POINT4 and One World Play Project.

To donate to Ethan and Lisa’s fundraiser, visit:

‘No Woman Left Behind’ Campaign Aims To Bring Jewish Mothers from Disadvantaged Countries to Israel

In JWRP’s new crowd-funding campaign, every dollar donated will be matched

Press Release – NEW YORK, Oct. 10The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP), which brings Jewish mothers on life-changing “Momentum” Israel trips, launched a new campaign to help disadvantaged women from around the world experience the trips as well.

The JWRP’s “No Woman Left Behind” campaign was created to bring Jewish mothers in countries deemed “at-risk” – where anti-Semitism is resurging or Jewish heritage is declining. Among the countries JWRP is targeting are France, Poland, Hungary and Romania. JWRP supporters Debra and David Magerman are also providing a matching dollar-for-dollar grant, doubling each dollar donated.

The campaign, which launched last week, has already raised more than $98,000 toward a $250,000 goal, which will enable the organization to bring more than 80 additional women to Israel. Since 2009, the JWRP, in partnership with 150 partner organizations in 26 countries, has brought more than 8,000 women to Israel, and, starting in 2014, has partnered with Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs. The organization aims to bring another 3,500 Jewish mothers to Israel, including those from at-risk communities, in 2017.

“Momentum trips provide Jewish mothers with soul-stirring Israel experiences, enabling them to return home and transform their families and the wider Jewish community,” said Lori Palatnik, the JWRP’s founding director. “While we have already taken thousands of women to Israel, we want to leave no woman behind. This campaign will enable us to embrace so many more of our sisters around the world.”

One Momentum trip participant from Moscow, Laura Troyanovky, said her journey to Israel with JWRP brought her much closer to her Jewish roots. “After this trip, we started keeping Shabbat with the kids, started baking challah and learning more about our heritage.”

For more details about “No Woman Left Behind,” please visit


The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project ( was founded in 2008, with the mission of empowering women to change the world through Jewish values. Its major project is “Momentum,” a nine-day, highly subsidized life-changing journey to Israel, experienced by over 8,000 women from 150 partner organizations in 26 countries worldwide. Since 2014, the JWRP has partnered with Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs.


Here’s how your CSR Funding can contribute towards ‘Zero Hunger’ and ‘Zero Food Wastage’ and also help in establishing sustained feeding programs for children for 1 full year.


Project by: Feeding India

Funding Required: INR 35,00,000

Here’s what the folks at Feeding India have to say about this Project:

No matter.. WHO you are… WHERE you live… WHAT you do… You can take ACTION against hunger and be a part of a global movement towards Zero Hunger!

The aim of this fundraiser:

  • Serve 1 million meals in 10 days.
  • Establish sustained feeding programs for children for 1 full year

Why #BeAHungerHero movement is important?

The number of children being affected by Hunger is over 66 million, which has continued to hamper their physical and mental growth, keeping them away from basic education and health. The United Nations has identified ‘Zero Hunger’ as Goal No. 2 among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030. In the words of Ban Ki-Moon (UN Secretary-General) – “Achieving Zero Hunger is our shared commitment”.

#BeAHungerHero is a global movement organized by Feeding India, a not-for-profit aimed at achieving Zero Hunger.

Ankit Kawatra, founder of Feeding India was selected as 1 of 17 Young Leaders for Sustainable Development Goals supported by the United Nations.

Ankit Kawatra, founder of Feeding India was selected as 1 of 17 Young Leaders for Sustainable Development Goals supported by the United Nations.

How YOU can participate?

Each And Everyone Can Participate. Let’s Leave No One.

People from all countries around the world, irrespective of their age, religion, gender, caste, etc. are invited to participate by donating food to people in need wherever they are, whenever they want (during the event dates) to whoever they feel is in need.

If you cannot physically come to our donation centers to contribute, you can contribute online and we will donate a meal on your behalf!

How Will Your Contribution be Used?

  • Cost per meal: Feeding India serves one meal for Rs. 7
  • Cost for 1 million meals: Rs. 70,00,000
  • We will be trying to donate half a million through our partners, we need your-help with the other half
  • Cost to feed a child for 1 year: Rs. 5110


About Feeding India:

Feeding India is a not for profit continuing a tradition started in 1979, where people honor the fundamental right of ‘access to food’, celebrating the days around World Food Day together. The event is also Feeding India’s commitment towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Recently, Ankit Kawatra founder of Feeding India was selected as 1 of 17 Young Leaders for Sustainable Development Goals supported by the United Nations.

All your contributions are tax exempt under 80G!

Want to Fund this Project?

Visit here and support the cause.

Re-published here as part of Your Mark On The World’s collaboration with


Top Silicon Valley Companies and Leaders Form the “Disaster Relief for Haiti Initiative”

Leaders in Silicon Valley joined forces with New Story to provide immediate relief and long-term rebuilding projects to those affected by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

Press Release – San Francisco, CA: October 6, 2016 – As a result of Hurricane Matthew, a devastating Category 4 hurricane, dozens of Silicon Valley leaders and companies have joined forces to support the Silicon Valley Disaster Relief for Haiti initiative. Haiti continues to experience traumatic flooding, wind damage, landslides, power outages, crop losses and with thousands still displaced from the 2010 Haiti earthquake, many families are struggling to find shelter. While the world watched in horror as Hurricane Matthew made landfall, Keith Krach, Chairman and CEO of DocuSign, was inspired to organize fellow Silicon Valley leaders to the relief cause.

Krach reached out to New Story, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco with a proven and transparent track record that 100% of all donations go towards building permanent homes and sustainable communities in Haiti.

“Keith was determined to make a powerful impact right away as speed becomes critical during early moments of highly destructive natural disasters. He immediately made a personal donation in DocuSign IMPACT’s name in the hopes of inspiring fellow Silicon Valley leaders to be a part of this initiative to help bring relief to families in Haiti,” said Brett Hagler, CEO of New Story

Through quick planning and coordinated efforts, Krach and New Story rallied a formidable group of Silicon Valley leaders and companies to create an immediate fundraiser to aid in long-term rebuilding throughout the country.

“My heart goes out to all the families affected by this catastrophic hurricane that hit Haiti,” said Keith Krach, Chairman and CEO of DocuSign, “It’s humbling to see how quickly Silicon Valley leaders and companies came together in partnership with New Story to assist these families in their current situation as well as provide long-term sustainable shelters.

“We are hopeful that this initiative can make a meaningful difference for the thousands of families in Haiti that are in desperate need of shelter after this disaster,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, “I’m grateful to Keith for pulling us all together so quickly and trying to make an impact.”

“My heart goes out to those affected in Haiti by Hurricane Matthew and I’m proud to support New Story as they provide 100% of all donations to these families in need,” said Sridhar Ramaswamy,

SVP of Google

Other supporters include: DocuSign Impact Foundation, Salesforce, Byron Deeter – Partner of Bessemer Ventures, John Battelle – CEO of NewCo, Nick Mehta – CEO of Gainsight, Rob Bernshteyn – CEO of Coupa, Robert Hohman – CEO of Glassdoor, Robin Washington – CFO of Gilead, Ron Conway – Managing Partner of SV Angel, Ryan Holmes – CEO of Hootsuite, Tod Nielsen, Tom Mendoza – Vice Chairman of NetApp.

“We’re proud to be part of raising awareness and rallying people around this important initiative. New Story’s noble effort will bring support and hope to the resilient people in Haiti,” said Lew Cirne, CEO of New Relic

Through the 1-1-1 model of integrated corporate philanthropy, Salesforce has already done impactful work in Haiti. Salesforce quickly stepped up to match up to $100,000 and provide much-needed aid to these hurricane victims.

“Salesforce is proud to support this disaster relief initiative through our 1-1-1 model to help provide impactful solutions for families in Haiti recovering from Hurricane Matthew,” said Suzanne DiBianca, EVP and Chief Philanthropy Officer, Salesforce.

To join, use hastag #SV4Haiti and visit to donate.

Footage Foundation Relaunches Crowdfunding Campaign Envisioning Largest Global Initiative and Platform for Young Women Refugee Voice

Press Release – NEW YORK, October 6, 2016 — From Wednesday October 12th through Friday October 21st, Footage Foundation relaunches its crowdfunding campaign on CauseVox to amplify voices of young women refugees. Addressing the refugee crisis in Europe and working toward the Sustainable Development Goals, Footage launched the campaign in May, calling for investment in the expansion of its award-winning Girl-talk-Girl program, and voice methods to young women refugees. Footage is now requesting further support and announcing the program as Her{connect}Her, which is set to be the largest global initiative and platform for young women refugee voice, connection, and transformation.

Girls’ and young women’s vulnerability sharply increases during times of crisis, conflict, and displacement. Gender-specific responses, particularly, safe spaces to address the unique needs and social isolation of girls and young women, as well as cultivate their compassion, resilience, and potential as change agents, make a difference, but are lacking. Accessing the voices of displaced women and girls is the most fundamental step in responding to their needs and the escalation of violence in their lives (IRC).

Her{connect}Her, a multimedia storytelling program, engages girls, young women, and communities in recognizing their shared humanity, assessing their needs, and amplifying their voices through narrative and dialogue. Backed by rigorous research, Her{connect}Her is a scalable, measurable program, which offers young women employment, builds their ICT and leadership skills, and empowers their futures while in turn, providing the public, policy makers, and other NGOs in-depth reports and insights into the often unheard experiences, strengths, needs, and perspectives of displaced girls and young women.

About Footage Foundation:

Footage designs impactful, sustainable programs that use local technology and expressive multimedia tools to bring the underrepresented voices and experiences of young people, particularly young women, into conversations on the world’s most challenging issues.

Sarasota Community Benefits from Impressive Giving Challenge

Press Release – Austin, Texas (Oct. 4, 2016) – Sarasota nonprofits rallied the community to break its own record as the highest grossing 24-hour giving day in all of Florida and the Southeastern United States. The fifth annual Giving Challenge raised $13.39 million for Sarasota nonprofits and was hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and powered by Kimbia, a leading provider of online fundraising solutions and crowdfunding events. The Giving Challenge took place noon Sept. 20 to noon Sept. 21 impacting 559 participating nonprofits.

This year saw an impressive 75 percent increase in participation compared with last year. Over 63,000 gifts were donated from over 45,000 online donors with an average gift of $90. Of the amount raised, $5.5 million was donated online — $2 million more than online results of last year. The remainder came from $7.5 million in matching funds donated by The Patterson Foundation, who matched first-time donors two to one and returning donors one to one with donations up to $100 per organization.

“The Giving Challenge is a way for the entire community to come together to support local nonprofits that have demonstrated transparency by having updated profiles in The Giving Partner, our local online nonprofit resource,” said Roxie Jerde, president and CEO at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. “You don’t have to donate a huge amount to be the one to make a difference, and that is what these events have shown year after year – every gift counts. We’d like to thank all of our community’s donors, nonprofits, volunteers, The Patterson Foundation’s generous giving incentives, partner foundations and technology partner, Kimbia, for making this event possible.”

Another key contributor to the 2016 Giving Challenge success is the amount of work that participating local nonprofits, big and small, put into developing campaigns, rallying local businesses and media to help share their stories about the impact they are making in the local communities they serve.

“The Community Foundation of Sarasota County knows how to host a successful giving day. In-person events, matching funds, prizes, nonprofit participation and marketing are all key ingredients that Sarasota has fine-tuned over the years,” said Lori Finch, Kimbia’s vice president of community giving. “We are honored to have been their partner for the last five years and help support them in their mission to catalyze local giving.”

Hot For Hope Celebrates 1 Year & 100 Deliveries

Press Release – San Marino, CA September 2016: When a parent is diagnosed with cancer, it can be a very scary time for not only the patient, but also for his or her children. While resources for cancer patients are abundant, there are far fewer resources for kids dealing with the stress of one parent being sick, the other being stressed, and the uncertainty of what lies ahead. San Marino residents Michael “Mikey” (10) and Emily (9) Yessaian, decided in September 2015 that they wanted to do something to help. Creating Hot for Hope was their solution. Through a series of early-morning coffee and hot chocolate sales to parents and students from their school, Mikey and Emily raised enough money to provide 100 Hot for Hope care packages to California kids.


Each Hot for Hope care package contains a fluffy, comforting teddy bear and a book titled, “When Someone You Love Has Cancer: A Guide to Help Kids Cope” by Alaric Lewis that explains cancer in a child-friendly way. Kits have been distributed to children of patients at Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, LAC-USC and UCLA.

“Our mom (Jenny Yessaian, an RN and Portfolio Account Speicalist for Novartis Oncology) works with lots of doctors who help people with cancer, so my sister and I would always hear stories about people being sick. We came up with the idea for Hot for Hope together. A lot of our friends have helped us by buying from our coffee & hot cocoa stand before school, coming to a fundraising party we had at our house, and helping to put together care packages. We hope to grow a lot next year- our goal is to distribute 500 care packages to kids all over the country!” states Mikey Yessaian.

Hot for Hope’s Coffee & Hot Chocolate stands have rotating locations that are posted on as well as Twitter. All coffee has been donated by Jones Coffee Roasters, Pasadena.

For more information or to donate directly to Hot for Hope:

Web Site:
Facebook: hotforhopeinc
Instagram: hotforhope
Twitter: @hotforhope

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