Entries from April 2006

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

Appeal: Walk away Cystic Fibrosis in Portland, OR

Campaign Start: April 19, 2006
Campaign End: May 20, 2006
Campaign Goal: $500.00

Read this appeal to help Jon Deveaux from Portland, OR raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and help find a cure for the disease that afflicts Jon’s daughter, Ella.

Read the full appeal here…

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Cross-Cultural Solutions

This New Rochelle, NY, nonprofit can be characterized as Peace Corps light. This is not to demean or steal the fire from this 11-year old organization in any way.

Cross-Cultural Solutions provides adults and students with 2 to 12 week experiences in places around the globe doing very worthwhile work. You pay your own way (whereas the Peace Corps pays you), but you have more control over where and when you go. College students may even be able to earn college credits with their work.

If you’re looking for something even lighter on your time than the 2 to 12 week options, you can enroll in the Insight Abroad program, which is a one-week dabbling in one of the CCS projects in Costa Rica, Brazil, Guatemala, Peru or Russia. It’s almost like a do-gooder vacation option that has become so popular lately.

CCS fills a very important niche serving those of us who want to be more hands on with our philanthropy but simply don’t have the time (or the guts) to drop everything and dedicate our entire lives to an international cause. While it is great to dream big, sometimes you just have to take the kind of baby-steps that CCS offers on your way to fulfilling your good intentions.

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Kindest Kansas Citian

STOP Violence of Kansas City, MO, sponsors an interesting program called the Kindest Kansas Citian Awards, which were given out for 2006 last Sunday.

This year, area students ranging from 2nd to 11th grade wrote one-page essays nominating a family member as being the kindest person in Kansas City. More than 5,000 entries were received and a panel of judges whittled the list down to 20 winners. Among the kindest Kansas Citians this year is Trent Green, quarterback of the Chiefs NFL football team.

Seems like a cool idea to have a contest based on how nice a person is. Perhaps this is something that can be done in more places around the country.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Pump ‘em Up

Pump ‘em Up, founded in 2001 by nine-year old Savannah Walters, is a perfect example of how a small, simple yet powerful idea can have very a large impact.

Always concerned about environmental issues, Walters learned from a friend that many millions of gallons of gasoline is wasted each day due to underinflated tires. Gasoline, of course, is derived from crude oil and is a big contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, both of which are environmental no-nos. Moreso, the case for drilling in the Arctic National Refuge is the many million gallons of gasoline that could be produced from its oil reserves.

Walters put two and two together right away and new that if Americans would pump up their tires to appropriate levels, perhaps enough gasoline would be saved to make the Arctic oil reserve issue go away.

She learned, in fact, that almost 4 million gallons of gasoline is wasted each day in America due to underinlfated tires. By keeping our tires pumped up, we’d save money and save the environment too.

So, Walters and her friends began giving out tire gauges around her DC neighborhood and educating adult drivers about the benefits of pumping ‘em up.

Since 2001, Walters has been on TV, received letters from Fortune 5oo CEOs and travelled across the land delivering her message. Give it up for Savannah and her tire crusade. A true go getter getting it done.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

GoodSearch for charities

A very well done project by the brother / sister team of Ken and JJ Ramberg.

There are many websites out there attempting to do what GoodSearch has elegantly perfected: Allow users to use a Yahoo! powered search engine to generate funds for their favorite charities.

The homepage is clean and very user-friendly. You simply elect your favorite charity as the recipient of any funds generated from your search activities. Then search and surf as you normally would with the provided Yahoo! search tool. Fifty percent of all subsequent advertising and click-thru revenue goes to your charity. It’s an easy way to be generous. GoodSearch also offers an Internet Explorer toolbar that makes it even more convenient to be a modern day philanthropist.

Definitely check this service out and let us know what you think.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Law & Order SVU star washes-up for charity

Mariska Hargitay, star of the NBC cop drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and her charity, The Joyful Heart Foundation, have teamed up with upscale beauty product company, philoshopy, to sell joyful heart shower gel to help raise funds for survivors of sexual assault.

From the philosophy website:

The Joyful Heart Foundation is committed to the total healing and recovery for survivors of sexual assault: mind, body, and spirit and is a powerful step in a survivor’s journey to reclaiming a joyful heart. philosophy is a proud supporter of this amazing foundation and 100% of our profits from the sale of the joyful heart shower gel are donated to the joyful heart foundation.

The shower gel is only available for a limited time from www.drugstore.com. Check it out and buy a couple of bottles in your effort to help with this very important cause.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Moveable drive-in theatre

The world of the tech savvy geek-o-philes continues to astound me in its capacity to introduce and maintain outstanding services and products for free.

MobMov is the latest greatest service fitting the gratis mold. If you live in Berkeley, CA, you need to sign-up with MobMov and begin receiving notices regarding “guerilla drive-in” movie venues that pop up periodically around the city.

The concept is simple: MobMov (contraction of Mobile Movie) sends out notices to its members with the time and place along with the appropriate FM radio station to use in order to pick-up the drive-in style movie audio. MobMov is outfitted with a completely portable movie projector and audio system that can be set-up virtually anywhere. Members gather, sometimes in a vacant lot, and watch movies on the side of an abandoned building.

As stated above, everything is free. These guys do this just for the thrill and challenge of staging a roaming drive-in theatre experience. It’s geeky cool. The effort to get this done is tremendous, and the fact that no obtrusive moneymaking apparatus is fueling any of it is quite refreshing.

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Mastheads – Philly

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

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Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Serge Yurovsky – Knoxville, TN

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