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Support Our Soldiers

Here’s how your CSR funding can help support the distraught families of the brave soldiers who have sacrificed their lives protecting our country.

This cause is featured on Fund My Project as part of CSRlive.in‘s collaboration with Ketto.org

Project by: Ketto.org

Category: Eligible CSR activity as per Companies Act 2013, Schedule VII

(vi) measures for the benefit of armed forces veterans, war widows and their dependents;

Here’s what the folks at Ketto have to say about her project:

We’ve started the ‘Support Soldiers’ initiative to help families of our martyred soldiers by facilitating crowdfunding for their survival and sustenance. This initiative will remain active for all days of the year, needless to say, especially when we’re hit by tragic and unfortunate news of another brave soldier losing his life while protecting the country at the border.

If you too would like to show support, then adopt a martyred soldier by starting a fundraiser for them, contribute to either of the fundraisers or simply spread the word by sharing the link with your friends and family.

How can you help them?

These brave soldiers laid down their lives for the country. They joined the army and pledged their life for the safety of the country, a pledge they fulfilled. These brave hearts are survived by their distraught family (they were the sole breadwinners in most cases).

You can show your support for these soldiers by raising funds for them. Simply start a fundraising campaign and reach out to your network by sharing your campaign on social media.

Money raised through an online fundraiser on our platform will be directly transferred into a soldier’s account. This will remove any mismanagement of money and will ensure the money goes to the next of kin.

Progress till date:

Ketto has taken up this initiative after seeing the outcome of the Uri attacks.

We pushed this initiative on social media and saw a number of people/corporates coming forward to start fundraisers/ contribute to ongoing fundraisers. Individuals and a few corporates started almost 30 campaigns and managed to raise over 37L (and counting). This will ensure that the 18 martyrs family will get 2L each. Goes to show how simple yet effective crowdfunding is to help our soldiers.

In 2016 alone, a total of 29 soldiers lost their lives on duty. We have just started this initiative and there’s a lot more that can be done.

Want to Fund this Project?

Visit Ketto.org here and support the cause.

Looking for funding?

If you have a social project that’s high on innovation and impact, but running low on financial fuel, do write in to Nidhi Singh at nidhi@csrlive.in with your proposal, and we’ll feature it on FUND MY PROJECT.

Your Support to “United Front Against Riverblindness Campaign” Helps Eliminate Riverblindness

UFAR is a nonprofit charitable organization fighting Riverblindness. They are raising money on CaringCrowd. Recently I caught up with Charles C. Phillips 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?

Imagine a child living in a village so remote he/she has no access to basic medical care, even communication with the outside world beyond the village is very difficult. Imagine many in the village are already blind and totally dependent upon children to assist with almost all of their daily needs for survival. Many adults in his/her family and other families in the village endure the constant misery of unrelenting itching , teary eyes, disfiguring, visual impairment and eventually blindness, all characteristic of onchocerciasis, also commonly known as Riverblindness. Children, 5 years of age or younger, not yet infected by the parasitic worm causing the disease that is transmitted through the bites of small blackflies living and breeding along rivers and creeks, they become full-time caretakers for their blind adult relatives. With this consuming daily engagement, these children have no time left for schooling, making them doomed for illiteracy and perpetual poverty. Once the children are old enough to start doing the types of daily chores adults do along infested rivers with onchocerciasis-carrying tiny blackflies, they will get the disease and without help, they also will eventually be blind.

The good news is that Mectizan, the only effective and safe drug approved for Riverblindness can be administered as a single annual oral dose on a community-based mass treatment setting, can indeed interrupt transmission of the parasite and achieve elimination of the disease. Administered for 10 consecutive years in endemic areas with recommended treatment coverage rates and the disease can be eliminated. The drug is free from its manufacturer who has pledged to continue providing it free as long as it’s needed for worldwide elimination of Riverblindness.


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

Our overall fundraising goal for 2017 is $70,000, of that $20,000 through CaringCrowd. We have raised approximately $30,000 overall and approximately $12,000 through CaringCrowd so far. These funds will be used to overcome the major hurdle to the administration of Mectizan, which is the distribution of the drug to the millions of people who need it, in order to achieve and maintain recommended treatment rates for therapeutic and geographic coverage of 80% and 100%, respectively. The majority of those needing treatment live in remote villages poorly accessible or inaccessible by motor vehicles.

The high efficacy and safety profiles of Mectizan and its convenience for a single annual oral dose regimen make it well suited for large-scale mass distribution programs in remote communities by selected individuals in rural communities trained and empowered to play a major role in managing their own health and well-being.

These Community workers (CWs) or community drug distributors (CDDs) are the backbone of the community-directed and community-based strategy for mass distribution of Mectizan for onchocerciasis and of several other drugs for other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), including lymphatic filariasis (LF), schistosomiasis (SCT), soil-transmitted helminths (STH) and trachoma (T). They are selected from within their community to lead the annual drug distribution campaign for the benefice of the community. Traditionally, CWs work as unpaid volunteers, receiving only small compensations from the people they serve. The increasing presence in recent years of other public health programs such as those for HIV/AIDS and malaria that provide relatively large incentives to their community workers has resulted in some instances in significant attrition among onchocerciasis CWs for the attractive paying or rewarding jobs. The new “Empower remote African villages to eliminate Riverblindness” approach was conceived as a way of reducing the attrition rates among our volunteers as well as to help the country and communities play a leadership role and appropriate the project as their own, for the goodness of the community by providing small incentives to the community workers.

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

Within the Democratic Republic of Congo we are working in more geographic regions. In addition to Katanga province we have expanded our work to the provinces of Maniema, Orientale, and Kasai Orientale.

The population we are responsible for treating has grown from just over 3 million in 2014 to over 6.2 million in 2017. We must train more than twice as many Community Distribution Workers – from 20,895 in 2014 to over 45,000 in 2017!

While the United Front Against Riverblindness (UFAR) is not changing its name, we are no longer solely focused on Riverblindness and we are not focused only on the control but the complete elimination of Riverblindness from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We are now additionally tackling other NTDs (neglected tropical diseases): including lymphatic filariasis (LF), schistosomiasis (SCT), soil-transmitted helminths (STH) and trachoma (T).

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

Donations based – no rewards, equity or repayment

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Love-A-Thon, Set To Take Place On Inauguration Day, Will Become The First Ever Facebook Live Telethon

Funds raised will benefit the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Earthjustice

Press Release – January 9, 2017 — (New York, NY) On January 20th, Inauguration Day, a group entrepreneurs will air and host the first ever Facebook Live tel-a-thon in support of the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Earthjustice. The event, called Love-a-thon, is inspired by the Jerry Lewis style tel-a-thons of the past and is meant to be a kind of counter programming to the events of the day. During the Love-a-thon and in the days following, funds will be donated to each organization via Crowdrise, the top platform for internet fundraising.

Hosted on Facebook Live from 12:30pm ET – 3:30pm ET on January 20th, the event will feature artists such as Judd Apatow, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jane Fonda, Ilana Glazer, and Edward James Olmos among others. These artists are based in Los Angeles, New York and all over the country and will be sharing stories of these organizations protecting civil liberties in the past—and demonstrating how they will continue to do so going forward.

“The ACLU is honored to be part of the Inauguration Day Love-a-thon on Facebook Live. This innovative and important event will bolster our ability, and those of the other participating organizations, to fight for what’s right in the years to come.“ Hector O. Villagra, Executive Director, ACLU of Southern California.

“Each of these organizations helps our most marginalized communities and protects our democratic norms and civil liberties every day through their work. Over the next four years, they will also each face significant challenges to their existence. The Love-a-thon efforts will bring many people together to help in those fights. “ said Alex Godin, Love-a-thon Co-organizer.

“In our 45 years of fighting legal battles, we have never backed down, and we don’t plan to do so now. Earthjustice will work overtime in the courts to hold President Trump and his administration accountable and counter the influence of polluting industries.” said Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen

GES Africa Conservation Fund (GACF) Launches $500,000 Crowdfunding Campaign on Indiegogo to Support Anti-Poaching Helicopter Operations in Africa

Press Release – JOHANNESBURG, Jan. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — GES Africa Conservation Fund (GACF) Launches $500,000 Crowdfunding Campaign on Indiegogo to Support Anti-Poaching Helicopter Operations in Africa.

Donors can contribute by going to the Indiegogo Website link at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/anti-poaching-helicopter-protect-african-rhinos

GACF is sponsoring a critically needed quick reaction Anti-Poaching Helicopter which will support all anti-poaching operations in the Kruger Park area of South Africa and Mozambique, thereby integrating the anti-poaching efforts to eradicate poaching of Rhino, Elephant, Lion, and other endangered animals in the region.

Privately funded anti-poaching outfits have inadequate quick response ability to respond to poaching incidents and individual reserves are unable to finance a high value asset such as a helicopter, not to mention the fact that they would also need to develop the in house capability to use these tools effectively in anti-poaching operations.

The need is critical as the fight for the future of the Rhino will be had on the Private Nature Reserves. Over forty-five (45) percent of the remaining White Rhino are under the care of Private Nature Reserves and Breeders in South Africa.

It is also essential that poachers are apprehended and poached articles recovered even after animals have been killed. This would not bring back the animals, but the recovery of the contraband starves the criminal poaching cartels of funds; funds that are being used to grow their empires of crime.

With each horn or tusk that leaves the borders of African Nations the poaching rings becomes exponentially more powerful and better equipped, elevating the problem to the point where they will become unstoppable.

About GACF:

GACF is sponsored by the GES Group, which operates the leading Wildlife Management operation in South Africa and protects the largest private Rhino population in the world with over 1,600 Rhinos under direct protection. GES has a social responsibility to give back to the African Continent and GACF reflect this support. GACF is a non-profit entity dedicated to protecting and preserving both South Africa’s and the world’s most endangered species. GACF was established as a direct response to international wildlife exploitation and poaching. Organized crime within the wildlife arena is crippling the animal populations as well as severely changing the face of conservation. GES applies specialized anti-poaching operations, general security, and intelligence services.

Vote For Your Favorite NCAA Coach To Raise Money In The “INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge”

  • 48 NCAA® basketball coaches compete to raise $349,000 for local charities
  • Fan votes determine winners with winning coach receiving a $100,000 donation from INFINITI
  • Seventh year of the INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge tips off on Jan. 2

Press Release – FRANKLIN, Tenn. (Jan. 5, 2017) – INFINITI will once again sponsor the “INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge” as part of its partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the NCAA® and ESPN. Now in its seventh year, the program consists of 48 NCAA® Division I men’s basketball coaches competing for fan votes in a four-round contest that raises money for charities of the coaches’ choice.

INFINITI, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will make donations throughout the competition totaling $349,000. The further the coaches advance in the competition, the more money is raised for their respective charities. The winning coach will receive $100,000 to benefit his charity of choice.

“INFINITI continuously looks forward to partnering with the NABC, NCAA® and ESPN to raise money for many deserving charities with the INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge,” said Allyson Witherspoon, director of marketing communications and media, INFINITI USA. “Going into the seventh year of the competition, we’re eager to help facilitate this friendly competition as coaches raise money for their local charities of choice.”

Beginning Jan. 2, fans will decide the winner over a 10-week period by casting votes on a custom online microsite at www.espn.com/INFINITI. Voters can cast one vote per day for a coach’s charity.

The first round of voting takes place Jan. 2 and runs through Jan. 22, with half of the coaches advancing to a second round, held between Jan. 23 and Feb. 12. From Feb. 13 to 26, the 16 advancing coaches from round two will compete in a third round where only four coaches advance to the final, fourth round. From Feb. 27 to March 12, fans can vote for one coach per day, and the coach with the most votes, along with the chosen charity, will be announced on March 12, 2017.

“Since its inception, the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and raised awareness for a wide variety of charitable organizations,” said Jim Haney, NABC executive director. “The competition that our outstanding college coaches and fans enjoy on the court has been carried over to the Challenge, where everyone wins.”

Among this year’s group of participating 48 coaches are:

  • University of Arizona coach Sean Miller, competing for Casa de los Niños
  • Arizona State University coach Bobby Hurley, competing for Pat Tillman Foundation
  • Auburn University coach Bruce Pearl, competing for Children’s Harbor, Inc.
  • Baylor University coach Scott Drew, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • BYU coach Dave Rose, competing for BYU Simmons Center for Cancer Research
  • Clemson University coach Brad Brownell, competing for The Outdoor Dream Foundation
  • University of Colorado coach Tad Boyle, competing for Special Olympics Colorado
  • University of Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie, competing for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • Creighton University coach Greg McDermott, competing for Abide
  • University of Dayton coach Archie Miller, competing for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton
  • Georgetown University coach John Thompson III, competing for SOME (So Others Might Eat)
  • Georgia State University coach Ron Hunter, competing for Samaritan’s Feet International
  • Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner, competing for WellStar Foundation
  • Gonzaga University coach Mark Few, competing for Community Cancer Fund
  • University of Indiana coach Tom Crean, competing for Tatum’s Bags of Fun
  • University of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • Iowa State University coach Steve Prohm, competing for Lupus Foundation of America, Iowa Chapter
  • Kansas State University coach Bruce Weber, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • Marquette University coach Steve Wojciechowski, competing for Camp Hometown Heroes
  • University of Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, competing for Alzheimer’s Association
  • University of Memphis coach Tubby Smith, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • University of Michigan coach John Beilein, competing for The ChadTough Foundation
  • Michigan State University coach Tom Izzo, competing for Volunteers of America Michigan
  • University of North Carolina coach Roy Williams, competing for UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • North Carolina State University coach Mark Gottfried, competing for Team Focus
  • University of Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • Ohio State University coach Thad Matta, competing for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio
  • University of Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • Oklahoma State University coach Brad Underwood, competing for Stillwater Area United Way, Inc.
  • University of Oregon coach Dana Altman, competing for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN)
  • Purdue University coach Matt Painter, competing for Smith Family BReaK Thru Fund
  • San Diego State University coach Steve Fisher, competing for The ALS Association, Greater San Diego Chapter
  • St. John’s University coach Chris Mullin, competing for The Herren Project
  • St. Louis University coach Travis Ford, competing for Annie Malone Children & Family Services
  • Stanford University coach Jerod Haase, competing for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
  • Stephen F. Austin State University coach Kyle Keller, competing for Nacogdoches Area United Way
  • Syracuse University coach Jim Boeheim, competing for Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation
  • Texas Christian University coach Jamie Dixon, competing for Maggie Dixon Foundation
  • Temple University coach Fran Dunphy, competing for Big Brothers Big Sister Independence
  • University of Tennessee coach Rick Barnes, competing for Emerald Youth Foundation
  • UCLA coach Steve Alford, competing for Special Olympics Southern California
  • Vanderbilt University coach Bryce Drew, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • Villanova University coach Jay Wright, competing for Augustinian Fund
  • University of Virginia coach Tony Bennett, competing for Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
  • Wake Forest University coach Danny Manning, competing for Brenner Children’s Hospital
  • University of West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, competing for Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund
  • Wichita State University coach Gregg Marshall, competing for Wichita Children’s Home
  • University of Wisconsin coach Greg Gard, competing for Garding Against Cancer

While only one coach will win the grand prize, INFINITI has guaranteed each coach a donation of at least $1,000 to his chosen charitable organization.

“The INFINITI Coaches Charity Challenge is an excellent program that allows fans and coaches the opportunity to help charities and give back to deserving communities,” said Jeff Jarnecke, NCAA director of championships and alliances. “We’re proud to work with INFINITI and the NABC on this great program and look forward to seeing this fun competition that positively impacts so many individuals.”

ESPN will promote the INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge across many different platforms including ESPN broadcast, ESPN.com and several social media platforms.


INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China. INFINITI plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017. INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi-Shi near Yokohama, London, San Diego and Beijing.

INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive. The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver-assistance technologies. From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula 1® team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

More information about INFINITI and its industry leading technologies can be found at http://www.INFINITI.com/. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

About NCAA

The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 450,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.NCAA.org and www.NCAA.com for more details about the Association, its goals, members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. [NCAA is a trademark of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.]

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.

Mother of Quads Faces Cancer; Receives Outpouring of Support

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Kayla Gaytan, the wife of a soldier, was expecting four healthy babies–conceived naturally–when something went wrong. She began recognizing the symptoms of her Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The doctors confirmed her worst fears and quickly delivered the babies at 30 weeks so she could begin chemo–again.

Pegine Echevarria, CEO of Team Pegine, a keynote speaker and mother of two servicemen, quickly recognized that Kayla and her husband Charles, who is stationed at Fort Campbell, were going to need a lot of help. She found their GoFundMe page asking for $5,000 and immediately realized that the family would need much, much more. She’s made it her personal crusade to help the family raise $100,000.

Pegine’s efforts, combined with some great media exposure, are helping. As of January 9, 2017, the crowdfunding campaign has raised $15,365.

People did a story about Kayla and you can watch their video here:

The Today show did a story. You can watch their video here:

WKRN  did a story and you can watch it here:

MSNewsNow.com – Jackson, MS

Hodgkin’s lymphoma, also known as Hodgkin’s disease, is a cancer of the lymphatic system.

Kayla and Charles told WKRN that the doctors had given her a 50 percent chance of surviving five years. The couple already has two children. Pegine quickly realized when she heard the story that the young couple is facing more than any couple could be expected to handle alone. She’s virtually adopted them and their GoFundMe effort. She says, “I have fallen in love with this family and am on a mission to help them.”

Pegine calls her effort “Be Part of the Miracle!” She encouraging everyone she knows to donate and is reaching out to her powerful stable of corporate clients to step up with matching donations to both help fund the needs and spur more individual donations.

Kayla set up a Facebook page where you can follow the progress of the four babies.

On Tuesday, January 10, 2016 at 5:00 Eastern, Pegine will join me here for a live discussion about Kayla, her battle with cancer and her six children. Pegine is convinced she can help the family raise $100,000 to help them with the challenges they will certainly face. Tune in here (at the top of this article) then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

Pegine Echevarria, courtesy of Team Pegine

Pegine Echevarria, courtesy of Team Pegine

More about Team Pegine:

Team Pegine, Inc. is an award-winning leadership development, training and marketing firm that educates leaders in a diverse world through extraordinary interactive experiences. Team Pegine works with corporations and government as well as military and corporate leaders to engage, train, develop and market, both internally and externally, to women and multicultural leaders.

Pegine’s bio:

Twitter: @PegineMotivateU

Pegine is one of only 8 women and the only Latina inducted into the 58 member Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame (Tony Robbins and Jack Canfield are also inducted). Named 1 of the 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by SHRM (The Society for Human Resource Management). www.Pegine.com is a leadership, inclusion success expert. Using interactive experiences both in her speeches and large scale live situational exercises, Pegine creates memorable lessons providing leaders techniques that they can use during high stress, high value moments, gaining influence and confidence in a diverse world. Her company, www.TeamPegine.com, was named North Florida’s #3 Fastest Growing Privately Owned Company. She is a Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Women in Business Champion of the Year. Hired by Fortune 500, government and the military, Pegine offers clients fresh ideas to leaders to engage diverse markets to help them achieve their goals, presenting her ideas vividly with unusual stories and metaphors, captivating listeners. Politicians, executive leaders, entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 executive hire her coaching service that include role players and live situational exercises to increase their effectiveness, charisma and confidence communicating in a diverse world. Companies use Team Pegine to engage and nurture diverse leaders.

Pegine is one of fewer than 700 speakers worldwide to earn the designation of Certified Professional Speaker® less than 1% of professional speakers worldwide hold the designation. The DoD awarded her company the rarely given CPAR rating of excellence for contracts over one million dollars. Pegine thrives on big ideas and big productions. She designed, led and implemented a live simulation leadership cultural negotiation training exercise with 50 role players, 12 villages, with over 12,000 officers participating, from all branches of the military and 12 ally countries. Pegine holds an MSW in group and organizational behavior and has authored several books. Her book “Sometimes You Need to Kick Your Own Butt” was a SHRM Best Seller four years in a row. On the cover of Minority Business Entrepreneur as a “Women in Business Who Rocks” she is also quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Hispanic Business Magazine.

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Devin is a journalist, author and crowdfunding speaker who calls himself a champion of social good. With a goal to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems by 2045, he focuses on telling the stories of those who are leading the way! Learn more at DevinThorpe.com!


Fareportal Wraps-Up Holiday Season with Successful Giving Campaign

Online Travel Agency brings holiday cheer to charitable organizations at home and abroad

Press Release – NEW YORK, January 5, 2017: Beginning on Giving Tuesday, CheapOair, a leading flights-focused concierge travel service and Fareportal brand, kicked off its holiday campaign with a video documenting a recent trip to Nepal to bring solar-powered lights to children with limited access to electricity.

CheapOair provided funding for transportation, logistical support, and manpower to deliver over 1,000 Luci® lights provided by MPOWERD, Inc. for the grand opening of Kids of Kathmandu’s first of 50 re-built schools. The video was posted on Facebook on Giving Tuesday and to date has received 668,000 views, 900 shares, and 14,000 likes.

To accompany the video, the brand encouraged followers on social media to nominate friends and family who regularly go above and beyond to give back to the community. Each day from the beginning of the campaign through December 24th, CheapOair rewarded a deserving nominee with a $50 CheapOair gift card.

In the second phase of the campaign, CheapOair launched another video following the Manhattan Girls Chorus on a day of caroling at retirement homes throughout New York City. To reward the chorus’ efforts to spread the holiday spirit, CheapOair donated $2,000 to help the chorus continue its mission of focusing on musical excellence and the development of confident young women. The video was posted on Facebook on December 21st and has received 168,000 views, 1,000 shares, and 3,000 likes to date.

Fareportal has a longstanding commitment to helping the local community, especially during the holidays. The company continued this tradition through various initiatives with local charities including longtime partner, Covenant House. This year, Fareportal employees surprised members of the Mother & Child Program at Covenant House with toys for each of the children. In the spirit of giving, the company also donated $5,000 to help provide every young adult in Covenant House’s New York City program with a gift card for the holidays.

Additionally, Fareportal has encouraged employees to do some giving back of their own by organizing a Coat Drive for New York Cares and also by donating linens and hygiene items to the Bowery Mission.

About Fareportal

Fareportal is a high-tech, high-touch travel company that powers a next generation travel concierge service. Utilizing its innovative technology and company-owned and operated global contact center, Fareportal has built strong industry partnerships; providing access to over 450 airlines, 150,000 hotels, and hundreds of car rental companies that serve millions of customers every year. With a portfolio of consumer travel brands, including CheapOair and OneTravel, Fareportal provides its airline partners with access to a broad customer base that books high-yield international travel and add-on ancillaries.

Lighting up the Darkness in Syria: iguacu’s Rigorous Research, Analysis and On- the-Ground Expert Network Empower People to Give Effectively

Go to WeAreiguacu.com/TakeAction/Syria to Make a Genuine Impact

A grave humanitarian challenge: The current humanitarian situation in Syria is one of the gravest in world. Since civil war broke out in 2011, more than six million people have been internally displaced, nearly two million children are out of school, and two million people are in urgent need of food. In total, more than thirteen million people are in need of aid.

In the face of such devastation, how can those of us who are aching to help out take action and ensure our dollars are reaching those with the greatest need? How can we choose a charity that is able to use our donations impactfully?

The power to give effectively: Enter iguacu (weareiguacu.com), a unique, groundbreaking nonprofit organization that is empowering the public to give effectively to alleviate human suffering. Analyzing research and intelligence from an expert worldwide network, iguacu’s team identifies charities that are making a genuine impact in regions of the globe that are in crisis, from Syria to South Sudan, and beyond.

What makes iguacu different is the depth and scope of its investigations. iguacu’s expert network comes from academia, international/national/local aid and humanitarian relief organizations, development agencies, economic and/or political institutes, think tanks, governmental bodies, charities, private sector and community associations.

Though often based in difficult, inaccessible regions, working in challenging conditions, these experts take the time to speak with iguacu. iguacu’s careful research and analysis of their input enables them to guide donors with confidence.

How to donate to Syria with impact: iguacu recommends donations to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), which has the widest reach in Syria and has been helping to address people’s humanitarian needs including food, health and more. Go to WeAreiguacu.com/TakeAction/Syria to learn more and then make an immediate gift.

Environics Communications Announces Washington, D.C., #GivingTuesday Winners of $20,000 Communications Grant

Press Release – WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Environics Communications in Washington, D.C., is pleased to announce the two beneficiaries of its #GivingTuesday initiative, which donates $20,000 of pro-bono communications work to two Washington-area nonprofits. After reviewing many qualified and worthy submissions, Environics selected the Animal Welfare Institute and the Mathematical Association of America to each receive $10,000 worth of communications work.

Both recipients were selected because of their clearly defined goals and measurable impacts. Environics was inspired by the Animal Welfare Institute’s dedication to alleviating the suffering of animals and the Mathematical Association of America’s work to advance accessibility to education in mathematical sciences at the elementary, secondary and collegiate levels.

“We are delighted to provide both these nonprofits with a dynamic communications campaign, including both digital and traditional tactics, to help them further their missions,” said Mimi Carter, U.S. General Manager of the Toronto-based agency. “Community outreach is part of our agency’s culture and this is an exciting opportunity for us to provide some compelling strategies and tactics to help them reach their goals.”

“Our working partnership with Environics Communications will strengthen our efforts to save the vaquita, the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise, from extinction,” said Amey Owen, Public Relations Coordinator at the Animal Welfare Institute. “The agency’s support will enable us to raise public awareness about the plight of the vaquita. We look forward to collaborating with Environics on this campaign.”

This #GivingTuesday campaign is an extension of Environics’ commitment to giving back to organizations in the D.C. area that are having a measurable impact in the community. In addition to this effort, Environics also supported the Giving Tuesday campaign of local nonprofit Inner City-Inner Child, another of the agency’s pro-bono clients.

To learn more about Environics’ work with nonprofits, click here.

About Environics Communications

Environics Communications, Inc. , is a full-service, integrated public relations and marketing communications agency. Since our founding in 1994, the company has grown to a staff of more than 140 in the U.S. and Canada with clients in the association/nonprofit, consumer markets, corporate/financial, environment, healthcare, and technology. We proactively seek big ideas in order to achieve results with impact.

Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot Raises $330K In 2016; Cumulative Donation To Caritas Surpasses $3 Million

Press Release – AUSTIN (December 20, 2016)—Today, the owners of ThunderCloud Subs presented Caritas of Austin, a local nonprofit that supports Austin’s working poor and homeless people, with a check for $330,000, the proceeds raised at the 26th annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot held on Thanksgiving Day.

This is the second largest donation to Caritas in the Trot’s 26-year history (the largest was $335,000 in 2014.) ThunderCloud donates all of the proceeds from the annual event directly to Caritas. This year’s donation brings the cumulative total raised for Caritas to more than $3.1 million— $3,113,375 to be exact.

The ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, Austin’s beloved Thanksgiving tradition, is the largest five-mile run in Texas and also includes a one-mile walk and a Kids’ K that all take place outside the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Nearly 20,000 people participated this year.

“We are honored to receive the continued support of the Austin community for our event and for Caritas of Austin,” says Mike Haggerty, co-owner of ThunderCloud Subs, run director for the Trot, and board member emeritus of Caritas.


The money raised at the event each year helps Caritas achieve its mission, according to Jo Kathryn Quinn, executive director. The proceeds from this year’s event will fund a variety of programs, and specifically the $330,000 will help Caritas end homelessness for more than 100 families, serve more than 85,000 meals in their community kitchen, or move 20 chronically homeless individuals off the streets and into permanent housing with support services for an entire year. “These are just a few examples of the positive, tangible impact ThunderCloud Subs’ support has on the entire Austin community,” Quinn says.

“Caritas of Austin is incredibly grateful for the continued support of ThunderCloud Subs for the past 26 years. The money raised at the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot each year is critical to Caritas’ work helping thousands of individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency,” says Quinn.

“We are proud to be a part of the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, and want to not only thank the ThunderCloud Subs staff and volunteers, but also the participants, who continue to make this event a success,” Quinn says.

For more information about the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, go to http://thundercloud.com/turkey-trot/.

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