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Support Those Affected By Cancer On Giving Tuesday By Making A Donation To Twist Out Cancer

The Coleman Foundation will match donations to Twist Out Cancer on Giving Tuesday

Press Release – November 1, 2017, Chicago – Twist Out Cancer, an international non-profit charitable organization that provides psychosocial support to individuals touched by cancer through creative arts programming, announced today that The Coleman Foundation will match donations to Twist Out Cancer on Giving Tuesday, which is on November 28. In 2016, Twist Out Cancer received donations from the largest number of people in Illinois as 221 donors raised $50,000 on Giving Tuesday, which the organization is looking to build upon this year.

“We are so grateful for the Coleman Foundation’s continued support of our programs and initiatives. Our hope is that the matching grant will incentivize the community to give generously. Their support will allow us to bring our transformative program, Brushes with Cancer, to thousands of individuals touched by cancer at cities around the world,” said Jenna Benn Shersher, the Founder and Executive Director of Twist Out Cancer.

Donations made to Twist Out Cancer on Giving Tuesday between $25 and $99 will receive a $25 match; donations between $100 and $499 will receive a $100 match; and donations $500 and above will receive a $500 match from The Coleman Foundation. All donations should be made online at

Over 100,000 people worldwide have been touched by Twist Out Cancer’s programs and events since the organization was founded in 2011. Its signature event is Brushes With Cancer, which is held in several cities around the world. Over 700 people attended the fifth annual Gala and Exhibition in Chicago on September 9, 2017. Artists are strategically matched with an inspiration – someone who has been touched by cancer, which includes survivors, previvors, caregivers and supporters. Over a period of several months, selected pairs will connect in person, via Skype, on the phone, or by email to collaborate in creating a unique piece of artwork that is reflective of their journey with cancer. The artwork is displayed for the first time at Brushes With Cancer.

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that is held on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, which is Tuesday, November 28. It is the start to the charitable season, when people begin to think about their holiday and end-of-year giving. Donations on Giving Tuesday increase each year. In 2015, there was $116 million in online donations, which grew by 44 percent to $177 in 2016.

The Coleman Foundation is a private, independent grant making foundation established in Illinois in 1951. The Foundation supports educational institutions offering entrepreneurship education, organizations providing cancer treatment, education and support, and agencies providing services for individuals with developmental disabilities only in the Chicago Metropolitan area – its primary geographical focus. More information is available at

Established in 2011 as a non-profit organization, Twist Out Cancer offers the platform, tools and community – both online and offline – for anyone touched by cancer to feel connected to a community, and for many to take action. Since its inception, Twist Out Cancer has touched over 100,000 people through its programs and events. A labor of love, Twist Out Cancer is a volunteer-led organization boasting a network of over 200 active volunteers serving as ambassadors in Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, Tel Aviv, Toronto and Montreal. More information is available at

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#GivingTuesday 2017: Classy Launches Real-Time Giving Hub and New Philanthropic Effort, “ClassyGives”

Just in time for #GivingTuesday, Classy is rallying behind the sector to contribute to the biggest giving day of the year.

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif., Nov. 21, 2017 // As nonprofits prepare for #GivingTuesday, Classy—creator of world-class online fundraising tools—is doubling down on the biggest giving day of the year by launching a real-time giving hub and new, company-led philanthropic initiative.

A Very Classy #GivingTuesday

As America shifts its focus to charitable giving after indulging in Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, Classy will launch its real-time giving hub on #GivingTuesday, November 28. This microsite is designed to offer the sector a dynamic view of up-to-the-minute fundraising activity, while inspiring supporters around the world to discover and donate to deserving organizations on #GivingTuesday.

“Our research found that #GivingTuesday donors are 60 to 150 percent more likely to give multiple times to the same organization on that one day, compared to donors who give during disaster relief, including during hurricane Harvey, ” said Dr. Ben Cipollini, Engineering Manager, Data Insights at Classy. “It’s clear that nonprofits can no longer afford to skip out on #GivingTuesday, so we’ve built this dynamic, data-driven hub to help the thousands of nonprofits we serve get the most out of this crucial giving day, while encouraging supporters to easily champion the causes they care about.”

On #GivingTuesday, site visitors will be able to see which cities donations are coming from, which organizations are raising the most money, and how much in total is being raised on Classy. Additionally, nonprofits who raise a minimum of $500 on the platform will be entered into a drawing to win various prizes; for every $1 million transacted across the Classy platform on that day, a new prize will be unlocked and later awarded to each winning organization. The prizes have been donated by Classy and others, including Airbnb, Amazon Pay, Plenty,, and Southwest Airlines.

Leading up to the #GivingTuesday, the page will continue to feature resources for Classy clients as they plan for their fundraising efforts.


In addition to the hub, Classy will kick off ClassyGives, an annual philanthropic initiative where the Classy staff bands together as a community to fundraise and provide further recognition for a Classy Award winner.

The program was inspired in 2016 when former Classy Award finalist, buildOn, challenged Classy to use its own fundraising platform to raise enough money to build a school in Nepal. The Classy staff crushed their goal, eventually sending several team members to Nepal to help build the school.

“After the amazing experience of bringing our day jobs to life by using the Classy platform to fundraise as a team, we decided to make it a tradition,” said Dina Rulli, Director of People Operations at Classy. “Not only does ClassyGives provide an unmatched opportunity for staff to experience the power of the platform first-hand, but it also helps us live up to our Pledge 1% commitment, offer our employees a deeper connection to the nonprofits we serve, and further recognize our Classy Award winners.”

The staff voted on which of the 10 2017 Classy Award winners they wanted to fundraise for, ultimately selecting Days for Girls, an organization dedicated to strengthening women and girls’ sense of dignity and self-esteem by making sustainable feminine hygiene solutions and health education available around the world.

“We were already honored to be recognized as a 2017 Classy Award winner, so to now have the Classy team rally around our cause and fundraise on our behalf is a dream come true,” said Sandy Clark, Chief Development Officer of Days for Girls. “We can’t wait to see the direct impact their efforts have on providing opportunities for women to assume leadership positions while smashing the shame too often associated with menstruation.”

Days for Girls gets their menstrual hygiene kit solutions and education into the hands of women and girls around the world in two ways—through their global volunteer network of Chapters and Teams, and through micro-enterprise programs that provide women the opportunity to create sustainable and locally-led programs.

How to Get Involved

On Tuesday, November 28, for 24 hours only, nonprofits and supporters from all over the world can visit to track the growth of #GivingTuesday on Classy, see stand-out fundraising campaigns, and discover nonprofits to support on the biggest giving day of the year. To follow along with the ClassyGives campaign for Days for Girls, visit

[1] Giving Tuesday 2016 (November 29), End-of-year fundraising (December 31, 2016), disaster relief (Hurricane Harvey; August 25-30, 2017), a typical fundraising day (Tuesday, October 18, 2016), and a summary of the platform’s previous 1 year of transactions (Sept 1, 2016 – August 30, 2017).

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“Helpings from the Heart” to Serve More Than 20,000 Meals at 25th Annual Thanksgiving Feast in Orlando

Golden Corral Will Host Event at Salvation Army on Thanksgiving Day

Press Release – ORLANDO, FL (Nov, 2017) – For the 25th consecutive year, Golden Corral, along with the generous support of several Orlando-area businesses, will once again serve free meals to the public on Thanksgiving Day as part of the annual “Helpings from the Heart” program. The event is expected to serve more than 20,000 meals to deserving residents in Central Florida on Thanksgiving Day.

The event will take place beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 23, in the Salvation Army gymnasium located at 440 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL. The dinner is a collaborative effort between Eric Holm, owner and president of Metro Corral Partners, and several area business partners and community groups.

Giving Back

Holm founded “Helpings from the Heart” in 1992 as a way to give back to the community and thank The Salvation Army, which provided a Thanksgiving meal to the Holm family when he was a child. Holm experienced the need for help first-hand. He grew up in a single-parent family and worked to help support his mother as a busboy in a restaurant where she was a waitress. This annual event now gives Holm the opportunity to help others who may not be able to afford a full Thanksgiving meal.

“This year’s Helpings from the Heart event takes special significance in that it is the 25th straight year we have had the privilege to organize it,” said Holm. “It started off years ago as an opportunity to share the holiday with others and give people a good meal on Thanksgiving. Although the event has grown considerably over the years, the purpose remains the same and we look forward to spending time with everyone that comes out that day.”

The dinner is a joint venture between Holm and area nonprofit organizations, corporations and local businesses, including The Salvation Army, Cheney Brothers, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, McLane, Ardent, Mills, Harvill’s, Bubbalou’s, Puff n Stuff, Universal and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, which provides protection for all guests and volunteers. More than 1,100 Salvation Army volunteers will arrive throughout the day to assist with serving the meal this year.

“The Helpings from the Heart event is something we look forward to all year,” said Jason Gronlund, Executive Chef of Helpings from the Heart. “A lot of preparation goes into it, but it is a team effort that brings a lot of joy to many people. We look forward to being able to serve a great meal that day to so many deserving people in the Orlando community.”

Gronlund and his staff will prepare more than 3,000 pounds of turkey and 3,000 pounds of ham along with plenty of mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes, corn, pie, fruit and beverages. Meals are also available for carry-out or will be picked up and more than 8,000 meals will be delivered to nursing homes, shut-ins, local churches and other facilities throughout the Orlando area.

“The Salvation Army is proud to partner with Golden Corral to serve up thousands of Thanksgiving meals for people in the Orlando area,” said Major Ted Morris of The Salvation Army, Orlando Area Command. “More than 1,000 volunteers will assemble at The Salvation Army to serve good food, love and compassion to area residents and make this a true day of giving thanks.”

Those wishing to donate to The Salvation Army to fight hunger year-round are encouraged to text “Helpings” to 41444 to continue feeding the disadvantaged men, women and children in their shelters.

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Need Your Help to Protect Vulnerable Children in Colombia

Crowdfunder: Mercedes Fernandez of Primero Lo Primero

Campaign type: We’re looking for donations to support a cause

Campaign link:

Twitter: @PLPCOL

Goal: 10,000

Progress: 1,690

Project: Our project will help victimized mothers, primary caregivers, and children affected by the armed conflict in Colombia through mental health intervention.

Use of funds: The funds raised will be used to implement the Semillas de Apego mental health program in Tumaco, Colombia. It is a 15 week curriculum which provides tools that victimized mothers and primary caregivers need to process their own trauma. Then, the program focuses on allowing a proper understanding of the child’s development trajectories and how they are silently being affected by the experience of adversities. Finally, the curriculum works towards fostering child-rearing good practices. Together, Semillas de Apego aims to foster the healthy child-parent attachments that promote appropriate emotional development.

Anecdote: The Colombian people have suffered decades of violence, and displacement. The Semillas de Apego program is the only program in place that works specifically with the victimized caretakers and children.

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Support This Project to Provide Borneo People with Ultrasounds

Crowdfunder: Trina Noonan of Health In Harmony

Campaign type: We’re looking for donations to support a cause

Campaign link:

Twitter: @HIHngo

Goal: $18,000

Progress: $13,500 (75%)

Project: 120,000 people living around a rain forest in Indonesia by providing them with access to an ultrasound machine.

Use of funds: We will buy three new ultrasound probes and the software for a new ultrasound system for our hospital.

Anecdote: Our Indonesian-run hospital provides high quality health care for 120,000 people who live around a rainforest in Borneo. We are the only clinic that has ultrasound technology in the entire region. Maternal health care is one of the highest needs of this community, and one man we know, Pak Sofian, had to cut down 60 huge rainforest trees to sell to pay for an emergency c-section. At ASRI, not only do we provide high-quality care that is not available elsewhere, we also give discounts to villages not involved in logging and allow alternative payment methods like seedlings, so no one is ever turned away and no one ever has to destroy the forest in a health emergency. We have been in the region for 10 years, but now that we have a new hospital building we are able to provide a new suite of care, and in the last year 10 babies have been born at ASRI!

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Support National Parks and A Student’s Education

Crowdfunder: Brigham Cheshire of Atlas Learning Academy  

Campaign type: We’re looking for donations to support a cause

Campaign link:

Twitter: @ATLAS_Learning

Goal: $3,500

Progress: $165

Project: I am raising money for my independent study/ outdoor education school, and to raise awareness of overcrowding in National Parks. This project is helping me earn high school graduation credits and real life skills. The money going to my school will help supply us with the gear and means to get students outdoors and into nature.

Use of funds: I will use the money I am raising to hold a photo gallery to support my school and national parks. Most of the money will be donated directly to my school and national parks.

Anecdote: I have personally been helped by this project. It has allowed me to complete my high school in a non traditional way and has really opened up my eyes to new ways of learning as well as other students. The trips we go on as a school range from 5 day backpacking trips in Yosemite to simple snowshoe walks in the winter. Going on these trips give students more freedom and can give people new opportunities.

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Help AIDS Orphans Become Self-Reliant

Crowdfunder: Tanya Weaver of American Foundation for Children with AIDS

Campaign type: We’re looking for donations to support a cause

Campaign link:

Twitter: @AFCAids

Goal: $10,000

Progress: $2,100

Project: This will support girls orphaned by HIV/AIDS and who are wanting to learn how to become self-sufficient.

Use of funds: We will purchase and set up a greenhouse in a girls’ home in Zimbabwe. This will be a training ground for girls to learn how to prepare land, set up drip irrigation systems, grow and transplant seedlings, grow and harvest vegetables, mulch, etc.

Anecdote: Our greenhouse project is growing! What started as a dream to educate girls in farming, marketing, selling, and budgeting is growing from one greenhouse to, hopefully, 10. Fourteen young ladies, who lost parents to AIDS and also sustained abuse in the hands of their guardians, did the huge job of moving manure and dirt into our first greenhouse, making it ready for planting. After their seedlings grew and were planted, they expectantly waited for their yellow and orange peppers to grow. And, grow, they did! While providing their home with food, they sold extra veggies in the open market, earning some money for their savings accounts while saving money for the next crop. Each girl was tired at the end of their work days, but they were excited to learn and to know that once it is their time to leave the home, they are able to farm and to start small businesses, due to the training received.

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How You Can Support Survivors of the California Wildfires

Crowdfunder: Stephanie Bowers of Jake’s Diapers

Campaign type: We’re looking for donations to support a cause

Campaign link:

Twitter: @jakesdiapers

Goal: $6,037

Progress: $3,012

Project: The California wildfires have left thousands homeless and in dire need. We are working to provide vulnerable women & children survivors with basic hygiene needs: diapers & feminine care items. These items are often overlooked, both in disaster relief and traditional poverty alleviation. No disaster relief or federal safety net programs (WIC, food stamps) cover these much needed items.

Use of funds: This fund will provide relief to children & women in the form of cloth diapers & re-usable feminine hygiene items as part of longer-term recovery assistance to help those impacted meet basic hygiene needs. All donations to this fund will exclusively support relief and recovery efforts from these fires.

Anecdote: “We lost our home and my husband’s job. Thank you for helping. “ ~ Tubbs Wildfire Survivor, after receiving a kit of cloth diapers from Jake’s Diapers to last from birth to potty training.

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Crowdfunding Campaign to Support LGBTQ Asylum Seekers

Crowdfunder: Katie Sgarro of AsylumConnect

Campaign type: We’re looking for donations to support a cause

Campaign link:

Twitter: @AsylumConnect

Goal: $9,000

Progress: $1,775

Project: AsylumConnect is creating the first ever online resource database for LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. Under the current hostile administration, our ability to point queer asylum seekers towards safe, LGBTQ-friendly resources is more important than ever.

We’re now partnering with Y combinator-backed 501(c)(3) One Degree, a technology-driven nonprofit helping low-income families access resources to achieve social and economic mobility, to build a national version of our resource catalog. Our catalog enables LGBTQ asylum seekers to safely integrate in their new home through providing a platform for them to access resource information and referrals to meet their needs in key areas, including: housing, legal, food, medical, mental health, social support, employment, and education.

Use of funds: If we meet our campaign goal, we can launch our new resource catalog powered by One Degree by the end of November 2017. We will use the tax-deductible donations from this campaign to finance the professional technical assistance needed to launch our new catalog. Together, we can ensure that all LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. have the information they need to finally live safe, healthy, and authentic lives.

Anecdote: “Global events are forcing more asylum seekers to feel unbearable conditions in their home countries to come to the U.S. … Thank you for the efforts and support.” – David*, a LGBTQ asylum seeker who helped test the resource catalog

*Name has been changed to protect this person’s identity.

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Newman’s Own Foundation Teams Up With CrowdRise For Holiday Challenge Announcing Half A Million In Grant Giveaways To Charities

CrowdRise’s 6th Annual Holiday Challenge will offer new platform upgrades and $500,000 in prizes and matching funds

Press Release – DETROIT, MI – CrowdRise announced that its annual holiday giving campaign will be sponsored by Newman’s Own Foundation, with $500,000 in funding and matching donations for participating charities. The Challenge, which launches November 21, is now accepting charity applications at

To provide charities an even greater holiday campaign experience, CrowdRise is offering new tools that turn traditional fundraising efforts into amplified social fundraising campaigns. The optimized features include:

  • Donation pages to convert more supporters
  • Social flows to increase shares and reach new donors
  • Page branding to allow nonprofits to better tell their story
  • Peer-to-peer fundraising to help charities raise even more

This year’s sponsor, Newman’s Own Foundation, is celebrating 35 years of giving back to charities. Since Newman’s Own was founded, close to $500 million has been donated to charitable organizations. To celebrate, the Foundation has committed another half a million dollars to help charities in the Holiday Challenge supersize their holiday campaigns. The Challenge, which will kick off just before #GivingTuesday on November 21, will offer special prizes and promotions on #GivingTuesday, November 28.

“Newman’s Own Foundation is pleased to support the CrowdRise Holiday Challenge, which will help so many charities in their efforts to increase donations through crowdfunding,” said Kelly Giordano, Managing Director of Newman’s Own Foundation. “This is our fifth year working with CrowdRise, and we’ve seen many of our grantees benefit through these campaigns.”

“We’re thrilled to work with Newman’s Own Foundation to give charities all the tools they need to make their #GivingTuesday and holiday giving campaigns a success,” said Rob Solomon, CEO of GoFundMe, CrowdRise’s parent company. “Through CrowdRise, charities can reach new people, spread their message, and deepen their engagement with donors like never before.”

The application is now open, and charities will be accepted to the Challenge on a rolling basis through Tuesday, December 5. All 501C3s are invited to fill out the short application, and accepted charities will have their custom branded, optimized webpages built for them. CrowdRise allows provides a challenge toolkit with, tips, assets and templates to create professional and customized fundraising campaigns for competing in the Challenge. The Newman’s Own Foundation Holiday Challenge launches on Tuesday, November 21 at 12:00pm ET and runs through Wednesday, January 3 at 1:59pm ET.

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About CrowdRise

CrowdRise is the world’s largest crowdfunding platform dedicated exclusively to charitable fundraising. Used by millions of individuals, tens of thousands of charities, hundreds of companies and many of the most famous artists and athletes in the world, CrowdRise enables people to creatively leverage their resources and networks to unlock the power of the crowd to support positive social missions and create massive impact.

Founded by actor Edward Norton, film producer Shauna Robertson and Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe, CrowdRise has conceived, implemented and powered campaigns that have raised hundreds of millions of dollars to date. For more information visit In January 2017, CrowdRise merged with GoFundMe to offer both people and organizations the best fundraising tools for any cause they care passionately about.

About Newman’s Own Foundation

Newman’s Own Foundation was founded by the late actor Paul Newman to continue his philanthropic legacy and help make the world a better place. Newman’s Own Foundation turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. Since 1982, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have donated close to $500 million to thousands of charities around the world. For more information, visit

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