Not every woman automatically receives an education. Thankfully many individuals, communities and businesses are working to end this discrimination and misfortune.
One example is the Silverfern Group through its Constant Giveback program. As a successful investment banking firm, their mission statement describes their desire to contribute to the community. This program was established to promote women’s rights. With a focus on education, a portion of the firm’s profits are given toward “support[ing] the work of institutions in the areas of women’s rights and grass-roots education and in providing needs-based scholarships for women business leaders…”
The Silverfern Group believes it is important that their giving is a “constant give back” (hence the name of its initiative). Each year this charity is dedicated to a different cause. The idea is that one organization can receive stable income for a year to respond to its financial needs. Regarding the long-term idea of the project, “Silverfern is hopeful that Constant Giveback will become the industry standard for socially responsible investing, not only for the private equity and real estate industries, but for all asset managers.”
While Beau Biden’s demise is tragic, it’s heartwarming to see that money put towards his campaign is going to a good use. The money remaining in his political accounts will fund the new Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children. The charity has, so far, collected more than $250,000 in donations in its first week. As of December 31, Biden’s political committees, which included Beau PAC and Biden for Delaware, reported approximately $660,000.
Biden, the eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, died on May 30 after a battle with brain cancer.
Taya Kyle was the wife, and now widow, of Chris Kyle. He was the Navy SEAL known for the memoir “American Sniper.” Now, she is on a book tour, “American Wife,” and is working with her new foundation, the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.
Her goal with the foundation is to provide breaks for military couples, veterans and first-responders such as the police and the fire fighters.
In her book, Kyle talks about her own marriage and how it almost fell apart a number of times. As Kyle told the U-T Talks audience,
“Nobody wants to tell their spouse: ‘You have the most fulfilling, purposeful existence in a job that you’ve dreamed of — and I’m out. It does feel unpatriotic.”
The Kyle foundation has joined with several others with links to the Navy SEAL community.
Kyle described the foundation as: “I know for a fact, when you give them a weekend away, even in their own hometown, where they can stay in their sweatpants or whatever, and they can do whatever they want with no stress, no bills, and not at home where there are things to do … that gives them a longevity that you can’t get any other way.”
Last month, around Chris Kyle’s birthday, the foundation gave $55,000 to many charities that work on behalf of veterans and the New York Fire Department.
At the end of last month, the Versailles Foundation Inc. hosted its annual Benefit Dinner. The event took place at the Regency & Cotillion rooms of The Pierre and, as in years past, was privy to the attendance of a member of the Royal family. This year it was Their Royal Highnesses The Hereditary Prince & Princess Bernhard of Baden. Given that Barbara de Portago is President of the Foundation, she ensures one of the Royals is always in attendance at these dinners.
Other guests who came out in support of the Versailles Foundation included: Hicham Aboutaam of Phoenix Ancient Art, Stuart and Holly Holden, designer of Holly Holden & Company Ltd., and others who have a keen interest in the world of art, design and antiquities. For those who came unaccompanied, such as Joan Granlund, the first wife of Bill Koch, Academy Cadets are on hand to escort them. Indeed, at this event there were a hundred Valley Forget Military Academy Cadets who also provided the musical entertainment.
Cadets who attended the benefit dinner announced the processional entrance of Foundation VIPs including: Director, Mrs. Gillian Spreckels-Fuller, International Committee Member, Mrs. John Dorrance III, and Committee Member Mrs. Heide Hüttl Canellopoulos, the latter of whom has been a supporter of Save Venice Inc., an organization dedicated to the preservation of Venice’s artistic heritage.
If you haven’t heard about Chideo yet – you will. Chideo – the combination of the words charity and video – has enlisted more than 100 VIP participants so far. This includes people from YouTube, sports figures, Academy Award winners and others. Patricia Arquette even gave Chideo a shout-out at the Oscars.
So, what is Chideo? It’s part of Todd Wagner’s plan to build a charity network. As he said,
“If you can have a Military Channel and a History Channel, I don’t see any reason there can’t be a ‘Cause Network.'”
He also explained, “More than anything, (Chideo) is me saying, ‘I’m just going to build this thing. I’m going to build what I believe will help these organizations and they just need to plug into it.'”
At the moment, online donations are only a tiny fraction of the money that is raised by charitable causes. Wagner contends that online giving only amounts to 8% of total charitable contributions.
As Wagner said about the endeavor, “We haven’t even started. We’re still in preseason as to where I think this can go.”
Most of Chideo’s video content is free to the public. 80% of the revenue will go to the charity and donations above the asking price will go completely to the charity..
The cost of hosting a charity event can actually reduce what the charity gets by as much as 40%. By teaming with Chideo, the charity gets more money and a greater reach than if they are just in a single ballroom, as Harry Freedman of the Stategic Fundraising Initiatives in Philadelphia explains.
In recent news, Operation Smile China launched today with a ceremony at Nayong County People’s Hospital in China’s Guizou Province. They provide services to children for whom reconstructive surgery isn’t a financial option. The surgeries involve fixing cleft palates and other operations that help children to be able to smile. In attendance was Miss Luo Zilin, former Miss Universe China. Other senior executives were there as well from the Charity and from the local government.
As Luo Zilin said, “Operation Smile China Fund provides free surgery for children born with cleft palates. Through the dedicated work of professional medical teams, these operations can make a world of difference to someone’s life. It is an amazing charity and I am proud to be involved to raise awareness for the cause.”
Certainly, the new location and the opportunity to help children are both cause for celebration.
It’s nice to see stars putting their hearts where their money is. Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) is a joint fundraising effort of Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey, ACM Award-winning recording artist Jack Ingram and ESPN analyst and coaching legend Mack Brown. Together, they have created a two day fun-filled event that includes music, golf and fashion.
The event recently took place on April 16-17 in Austin with a charity gala at Moody Theater. The event included a silent auction and music from a number of musicians, including Toby Keith.
If you haven’t been part of the Hog4hope yet, you’ll have a chance on Sunday, April 26th. This event will take place at the George’s Island Park in Montrose, New York starting at 11 am (with sign up from 9-11). The event includes a police-escorted ride, a pig roast BBQ, live music, raffle prizes and more.
The Hogs4hope is a non-profit charity motorcycle event that directly benefits The Ronald McDonald House New York. The Ronald McDonald House New York has Board of Associates that includes: Alex Gordon, Dan Grattan, Jennifer Hadiaris, Kim Honig, Joe Hornstein and many others. The goal of their house is to be a “home-away-from-home” for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
Events like the Hogs4hope raise money to help these important causes. This year, the 7th Annual event will cost $25 for riders and $20 for passengers. The event will include hundreds of riders and participants and offers a great feeling for everyone involved. Certainly, Board members like Kim Honig and Dan Grattan can explain the satisfaction that The Ronald McDonald House New York gets from seeing that so many come out to participate and to help their worthy cause.
The Second Annual SingStrong International Charity will take place in Skokie, IL from April 10 through 12. The five concerts and more than a dozen classes will all include nothing but human voices. And many professional a cappella groups from the around the world will be there along with the collegiate and high school groups. The festival will include headline performances from:
Ball in the House
New Tradition Chorus
The Single Singers under the direction of Judy Fontana
All event profits will support charities. There will be a silent auction that will benefit the fight against Alzheimer’s and ticket profits will support local school programs.
If only all Hollywood stars would use their star power for good like Chris Evans and Chris Pratt recently did. The pair recently came to Seattle Children’s Hospital – and Evans was dressed in his full Captain America outfit. Sine Evans is a Patriots fan and Pratt loves the Seahawks, they made a bet to see who would win at the Superbowl. And the loser had to put on his Guardians of the Galaxy outfit to see the kids at Evans’ favorite charity in Boston. then, Evans decided to be a good sport and to visit Pratt’s favorite charity in return.
Together they have helped Seattle Children’s and Christopher’s Haven in Boston to raise more than $27,000 since the year started. As Lisa Brandenburg, the president of Seattle Children’s said:
We are grateful that real-life superheroes Chris Pratt and Chris Evans turned their sports rivalry into an opportunity to support kids in their communities. We are delighted that patients and families at both Seattle Children’s and Christopher’s Haven will benefit from these generous donations.