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Alex’s Lemonade Stand

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Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation shares the vision of their founder and creator, Alexandra “Alex” Scott—a cure for all children with cancer. They work towards this goal by raising money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures. The foundation also hopes to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.

Three Great Causes

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All funds raised will be split evenly among these three causes:

The Lustgarten Foundation – a nonprofit organization founded in 1998 that funds pancreatic cancer research, facilitates dialogue within the medical and scientific community, and educates the public about the disease through awareness campaigns and fundraising events. Due to the support of Cablevision, 100% of every dollar donated to The Lustgarten Foundation goes directly to research aimed at detecting the disease earlier, developing more effective treatments, and finding a cure for pancreatic cancer, the most lethal of all cancers. Selected by Michael Ealy.

HerShe USA - a non-profit that prepares girls in foster care to successfully transition into adulthood by keeping abused and neglected foster youth – often at-risk after emancipation with no home or family – from homelessness, incarceration, unemployment and early pregnancy. Selected by Saana Lathan.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals - since 1983, this organization has raised more than $5 billion—most of it $1 at a time—for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. Selected by Morris Chestnut.

Dizzy Feet Foundation

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Dizzy Feet Foundation was founded in 2009 by producer Nigel Lythgoe and director Adam Shankman, among others to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States. Guided by a board representing all aspects of the American dance community, the foundation’s mission is threefold:

  • To sponsor, fund, and/or support dance education programs which expose children in low-income areas to the lifelong benefits of dance education through and with local community organizations.
  • To provide scholarships to talented students studying at accredited or nationally regarded dance schools, studios, or institutions.
  • In conjunction with recognized credentialing organizations, to support and increase the quality of all styles of dance education in the United States.

PROJECT 375

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Everything changed in 2011 when Brandon Marshall was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. While he triumphed under the stadium lights as one of the best wide receivers in professional football, his personal life was in turmoil. For years he struggled with the emotional instability that had crept its way into his life most importantly his relationships and his career. With a diagnosis in hand New York Jets All-Pro, Brandon Marshall was ready to face a different type of opponent.

For Michi Marshall who is certified in Behavioral Forensics and Behavioral Profiling and also holds a B.A in Psychology and a B.S in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida.– the diagnosis was her and their revival. Discovering the unknown allowed them to create a plan and path forward – TOGETHER.

As Brandon put the pieces of his life back together, he and his wife Michi, took an oath to help others suffering from a mental illness or disorder. Together they co-founded PROJECT 375, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating the stigma surrounding mental illness and disorders.

Nine Remarkable Causes

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All funds raised will be split evenly among these nine causes:

Brave Beginnings, an organization dedicated to ensuring that ventilators and life-saving neonatal equipment are always available to newborns in critical need. Nominated by Zoe Saldana.

Camp Sunshine, a place where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families can regroup, reenergize, and restore hope for the future. Nominated by Anton Yelchin.

Direct Relief, a leading medical relief organization that is improving the health of people in need worldwide. Nominated by Zachary Quinto.

Heaven Homes, an organization helping establish children’s homes and centers, while providing secure, safe and loving environments where children can be nurtured to realize their full potential. Nominated by Idris Elba.

KidsCan, an organization that provides the basics such as food, clothing and healthcare to disadvantaged children in New Zealand. Nominated by Karl Urban.

Koreatown Youth & Community Center, an organization serving the evolving needs of the Korean American population in the greater Los Angeles area as well as the multiethnic Koreatown community. Nominated by John Cho.

Make-A-Wish, whose remarkable work is making wishes come true every day for children suffering from life­-threatening illnesses. Nominated by Chris Pine.

Time is Precious, an organization helping to create a more comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for children, which in return helps assist with their treatment and recovery. Nominated by Simon Pegg.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an organization that is leading the way in advancing cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Nominated by Susan Nimoy in honor of Leonard Nimoy.

The Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund at The V Foundation

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This year, proceeds of the ESPY Day fundraising effort will benefit The Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund at The V Foundation to help continue Stuart’s fight against cancer and to assist some of the most disproportionately impacted communities battling this horrible disease.  Until the end, Stuart fought valiantly against cancer, championing research and clinical trials, and adding his passionate support for improving outcomes for African Americans and other minorities battling cancer.

For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.

Call of Duty Endowment

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The Call of Duty Endowment is a nonprofit organization that gets veterans back to work by funding high-impact organizations that prepare veterans for the job market. Every $1,000 raised for the Endowment helps a veteran get a good job. With the unemployment rate for the youngest returning veterans over 17%, the Call of Duty Endowment is proud to have helped over 12,000 veterans start new careers.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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The National Multiple Sclerosis Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. In 2014, the Society invested $50.6 million to advance more than 380 research projects around the world in order to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Through its comprehensive nation-wide network of programs and services, it has also helped more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.

Kids in the Spotlight, Inc

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Kids in the Spotlight, Inc. was founded in May 2009 to train youth in foster care programs and other underserved youth to create, write, cast and star in their own short films. These workshops culminate in an annual film festival competition where we present “Movies by Kids, for Kids”. KITS allow kids to express themselves through the art of filmmaking and encourages interest in careers in the movie industry, which is so prevalent in Los Angeles. Simultaneously, the teamwork, creativity and discipline required to complete a short film helps the young participants develop a better self-image and a sense of accomplishment that will engender a greater belief in their ability to rise above their current social and economic conditions.

Children’s Mercy Hospital & Autism Speaks

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Big Slick is supporting Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO, one of the nation’s top pediatric medical centers. The not-for-profit hospital provides care for children from birth through the age of 21. The Children’s Mercy Cancer Center’s mission is to help improve the physical and emotional well being of children with cancer and their families. With 26 pediatric oncologists on staff, the Center provides comprehensive care to nearly 2,000 children each year with childhood cancers, sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders.

Autism Speaks’ goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. They are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism. They strive to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society: and they work to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. They are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals. Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. It is their firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle.

 

 

 

The Giving Back Fund and its Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation to Cure Batten Disease

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The Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation to Cure Batten Disease was established to raise the necessary funds to progress this urgent medical research in order to save the Gray girls and all children impacted by Batten disease. After lots of questions and many tests, 4-year-old Charlotte Gray was diagnosed in March 2015 with Late Infantile NCL Batten Disease CLN6. Her family quickly learned this neurodegenerative brain disease is extremely rare and would leave Charlotte blind, immobile, cognitively impaired, and, ultimately, dead between the ages of 6 to 12. Charlotte’s younger sister Gwenyth was immediately tested and given the same grim diagnosis. Due to its rarity, solutions for this presently incurable and fatal disease have received minimal research, focus and funding. But there is hope; three promising treatment options exist, including a potential cure.

The Giving Back Fund is a national umbrella charity organization involved in a wide variety of issues and causes. We work with a unique clientele of individuals who desire to give back, and we provide philanthropic consulting, management and administrative services to help them accomplish their goals. In addition to heart-wrenching challenges like that of the Gray family, we maintain segregated funds for a wide variety of projects supported by our clients. Examples include world poverty, trafficking, the global orphan crisis, earthquake relief efforts, inner-city youth support, health and nutrition, arts programs, scholarships, veterans issues and other debilitating and life-threatening conditions like ALS.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

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When you support Nationwide Children’s Hospital you are helping kids everywhere.  Much more than a hospital – we are one of America’s largest pediatric healthcare and research centers delivering care during more than one million patient visits each year, and every child is treated regardless of a family’s ability to pay.  Families travel from around the nation and around the globe to access life-saving treatments – many unavailable anywhere else. In the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, more than 1,000 scientists are at work, making discoveries that offer hope for some of the most devastating pediatric diseases and we share everything we learn so all children can benefit.  Help us offer hope for children today and for generations to come.  Learn more at www.helpkidseverywhere.org.

 

 

Runa Foundation

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Runa Foundation is sponsoring the creation of the world’s first medical and research clinics for Amazonian plant medicine: Rios Nete, in Peru, and Naku, in Ecuador. Our mission is to study and preserve the ancient, indigenous knowledge of the rainforest as a living pharmacy, in turn creating potential new treatments for chronic illnesses, and sustainable futures for the incredible communities who call the Amazon home.

Love is Louder, A Project of the Jed Foundation

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Love is Louder is a nonprofit movement of people around the world amplifying the message that love and support are stronger than anything that brings us down.  Love is Louder works online, through the media and in communities, to strengthen emotional health by building resiliency, creating connectedness, promoting acceptance, encouraging help-seeking and equipping advocates to support their peers.

Love is Louder is a project of The Jed Foundation created with actress Brittany Snow in 2010.  Today,thousands of individuals and campuses are Love is Louder programs, events and clubs to deal with issues like bullying, body image, self-esteem problems, abuse and depression.  Find out more and join the movement at www.loveislouder.com.

Noreen Fraser Foundation and Mobile Kitchen Classroom

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The Noreen Fraser Foundation (NFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for breakthrough research that advances precision medicine for the prevention and treatment of women’s cancers. Our hope is that cancer will become a manageable disease that patients will live with and not die from, until it ceases to exist.

The Mobile Kitchen Classroom is a semester-long course that empowers urban high school students to become food citizens.  This innovative curriculum makes the connection between food and culture, food and nature, and food and power—mobilizing young adults to become empowered advocates for food system change by growing their knowledge of mindful food choices and teaching them to prepare fresh food.  The course culminates with students creating and presenting a Mindful Meal for family and friends that reflects the knowledge, skills and values developed during the course.

My Brothers Keeper Alliance

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Born out of an understanding about the issues facing both boys and men of color and their surrounding ecosystem, MBK Alliance’s vision is to make the American Dream available to all boys and young men of color by eliminating gaps in their opportunities and outcomes. Across the country, communities are adopting innovative approaches, opening doors, strengthening supports, and building ladders of opportunity for young people, including boys and men of color, to help put them on the path to success. My Brother’s Keeper Alliance will build on that success because we understand that more must be done to help remove barriers to all young people’s success.

My Brother’s Keeper is focused on six milestones: Getting a healthy start and entering school ready to learn, reading at grade level by third grade, graduating from high school ready for college and career, successfully entering the workforce, and keeping kids on track and giving them second chances.

Not On Our Watch

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Not On Our Watch focuses global attention and resources towards putting an end to mass atrocities around the world. Drawing upon the powerful voices of artists, activists, and cultural leaders, Not On Our Watch generates lifesaving humanitarian assistance and protection for the vulnerable, marginalized, and displaced. Where governments remain complacent, Not On Our Watch is committed to stopping mass atrocities and giving voice to their victims. Not On Our Watch funds the Satellite Sentinel Project, a partnership between the Enough Project, DigitalGlobe, and Not On Our Watch.

 

The Sierra Club Foundation

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The Sierra Club Foundation funds and promotes efforts to educate, inspire, and empower people to protect, preserve, and improve the natural and human environment. One of our goals is to expand opportunities for more Americans to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet by supporting programs and policies that get people outdoors.

Your support through Omaze will benefit Sierra Club Outdoors, a program sponsored by The Sierra Club Foundation that supports exactly this goal. As fiscal sponsor of the Sierra Club’s charitable work, we provide resources for programs like Sierra Club Outdoors, which reaches across economic lines, cultures, and communities to engage everyone – including military and youth – to explore and enjoy the natural world.

Next Step Fitness

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NextStep, a nationally recognized non-profit organization, believes that all persons living with paralysis and other physical disabilities deserve the hope and opportunity to live long and healthy lives. Yet today most of these individuals are deprived of the resources they desperately need for survival because there are no options available to them or they cannot afford them. NextStep provides the opportunity for health and recovery through affordable and progressive community fitness, health, and wellness facilities.

NextStep is a nationwide movement that aims to revolutionize the quality of healthcare for the physically challenged community. NextStep has paved the way with the first community facility in the U.S. to offer Locomotor and activity based training at its state of the art facility in Los Angeles and continues its vision to expand across the United States. The organization’s other initiatives are participation in cutting edge research, education, and awareness programs that are focused on enhancing the lives of the 6 million people in the U.S. living with paralysis.

 

The Lory Titelman and Ruth Hershey Fund and Harlan County Boys and Girls Club

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The Lory Titelman and Ruth Hershey Fund provides accessibility to a Westland education for students whose families need financial assistance. The Fund’s goal is to extend inclusion to a population that is otherwise excluded in the current economic climate and to increase socio-economic diversity at Westland School.

The mission of the Harlan County Boys and Girls Club is to combat the loss of hope experienced by many area youth by “inspiring and enabling all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.” The Harlan County Club has been trying to do just that since opening its doors. We have served well over 3,000 children and currently have over 1000 members at both locations.

The Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center

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The Sickle Cell Center at the Methodist Healthcare Foundation is a preventive outpatient clinic and Memphis’ first dedicated emergency infusion unit specifically for sickle cell patients. Memphis has the second highest population of adult sickle cell patients in the nation. For these patients, daily life is often interrupted by pain that lasts a few hours to many weeks – threatening their family life, career, education and social life. The Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center provides quick access to infusion care services for crisis management, continued care over the long term, preventive care, patient education,  and transition assistance from pediatric to adult care for patients ages 18-25.  Two of Mike Conley, Jr.’s  nephews have the disease, and so Mike is excited to raise funds and awareness for this center.

Julia’s House

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Julia’s House is a children’s hospice charity dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families. The nurses and caregivers at Julia’s House provide life-changing support for parents and their children both in the hospice and in their own homes. The majority of those children are unlikely to live beyond the age of 18, but thankfully Julia’s House is there for them year-round, offering emergency respite and overnight care during treatment and offering emotional and practical support at the end of a child’s life.

UNICEF Kid Power

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You’ll help us engage 2,500 kids across the Dallas area in an innovative new program called UNICEF Kid Power. Built for a new generation of global citizens, UNICEF Kid Power uses the world’s first wearable-for-good technology to get kids moving by tapping into their inherent desire to help their peers. Kids wear Kid Power Bands, which measure their movement and unlock Kid Power Points – the more they move, the more points they earn. Power Points are converted to funding and UNICEF uses the funds to deliver lifesaving packets of therapeutic food to severely malnourished children. You not only help local kids get active but also empower them to help save the lives of children around the world!

New York Collaborates For Autism and Night of Too Many Stars

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While many great organizations focus primarily on research, Night of Too Many Stars and New York Collaborates for Autism raise funds to support autism schools, programs and services across the country in support of the overabundance of individuals with autism that so desperately need quality services. Our focus is to help those living with autism right now. Since 2006, Night of Too Many Stars has raised over $18 million, giving children and adults with autism the chance they deserve to learn, to contribute and to live the fullest lives possible.

Autism is a lifelong neurological disorder that affects one’s ability to communicate and to understand. Impaired social skills and sensory sensitivities are common and in more severe cases debilitating.  Autism can interfere with one’s ability to function in the world around them.  1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys are diagnosed on the autistic spectrum.

Raise Hope 4 Congo & The Foundation for Living Beauty

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The Enough Project’s Raise Hope for Congo campaign aims to build a permanent and diverse constituency of activists who will advocate for the rights of all Congolese citizens and work towards ending the ongoing conflict in eastern Congo. The campaign provides activists and students across the world with the tools to educate their communities about the conflict in eastern Congo, the role of conflict minerals, and the effects of sexual violence against Congolese women and girls. Robin has been an active voice for the campaign and traveled to eastern Congo in 2011, where she met with many Congolese activists to hear their stories and engage with them in supporting solutions.

The Foundation For Living Beauty (FFLB) is dedicated to uplifting the lives of women affected by cancer. FFLB’s mission is to empower women to increase their physical wellness and emotional stability, while coping with the taxing effects of cancer and chemotherapy. With the advancement of cancer treatments, more women are left struggling to understand how to live with the taxing effects long term. Living Beauty helps women find and sustain quality of life in the physically and emotionally exhausting cancer journey.

 

LIFT-LA

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LIFT pairs rigorously trained advocates with committed community members to build the strong personal, social and financial foundations they need to get ahead. By setting their own goals and working hard to achieve them, LIFT Members are equipped to get a job, a safe home and a quality education for themselves and their kids. They also build a support network, confidence in what they bring to the table and the skills to manage tough times in the future.

Equal Justice Initiative

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The Equal Justice Initiative is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system.

We litigate on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged with violent crimes, poor people denied effective representation, and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct. EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment.

EJI also prepares reports, newsletters and manuals to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of reforming the administration of criminal justice.

The Gronk Nation Youth Foundation & Kids 2 Camp

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The Gronkowski family loves to get hyped, lift weights, and play football on Sundays, but they also love to give back to the community. They have been giving back to the community ever since they started playing sports, and now they are taking it to the next level. The Gronkowski brothers came together and decided to create their own foundation, Gronk Nation Youth Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Gronk Nation Youth Foundation exists to host events and creative concepts that generate funds for the benefit of youth charities.

On that note, the Gronkowskis have also chosen to support the charity Kids 2 Camp through this campaign. Kids 2 Camp, founded in 2009, is a 501C3 charity fund based at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kids 2 Camp was established to provide scholarships to disadvantaged or disabled youth for the opportunity to attend camps. Scholarship recipients are selected by charitable partners based on need or as rewards for incentive programs or accomplishments. Kids 2 Camp finds local youth services programs and provides them funds to send children to the camps of local professional athletes administered by ProCamps Worldwide, the leading sports camp manager in the USA. Kids 2 Camp seeks a variety of camp opportunities beyond athletic camps that align with its mission.

The Show Me Campaign

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The Show Me Campaign, launched in 2007 by Grammy-award winning artist John Legend, works to break the cycle of poverty by supporting programs that help to provide every child with a quality education, spreading awareness about the issues, and inspiring citizens to take action. In the United States, the Show Me Campaign works to give every child access to a quality education through the promotion of scalable, proven solutions and programs. In Africa, Show Me has supported holistic development projects in the past and currently sponsors secondary school scholarships for girls. Through the Show Me Campaign, John Legend hopes to raise enough funds to renovate the auditorium of his alma mater, South High School.

The LA Fund on behalf of LAUSD

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The LA Fund for Public Education is working on behalf of the Los Angeles Unified School District to support two of its divisions, Beyond the Bell and the Arts Education Branch. Through campaigns like this, we serve over 650,000 students, approximately 80% of whom live in circumstances of poverty.  Beyond the Bell connects LAUSD students to safe, high quality educational programs outside of the classroom.  The Arts Education Branch provides transformative arts instruction and opportunities for all students during the school day. By investing in these results-oriented programs, George is excited to help ensure that every student in the same school district that he attended as a youth, has the chance to succeed.

 

The Noreen Fraser Foundation

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The Noreen Fraser Foundation (NFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for breakthrough research that advances precision medicine for the prevention and treatment of women’s cancers. Our hope is that cancer will become a manageable disease that patients will live with and not die from, until it ceases to exist.

NFF supports research for all women’s reproductive cancers (breast, ovarian, cervical and uterine/endometrial) because a multi-disciplinary approach and collaboration among researchers in the various fields of women’s cancers is absolutely necessary to accelerate the development of reasonable treatment options and potential cures.

Living Hope Ministries

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Living Hope Ministries (LHM) provides quality healthcare and medication to thousands of sick people in Africa each year. The Medical Missions Program composed of a team of volunteer doctors, surgeons, nurses and pharmacists treats thousands of people in rural villages who routinely die from preventable or treatable health problems because medical services and supplies are unavailable. LHM founders have recently spearheaded an effort to build a permanent hospital that will provide care to over 3,000 rural community residents. Over the last 24 years, LHM has continually strived to bring quality of life and hope to thousands of Africans in need.

The Yellow Ribbon Fund and DonorsChoose.org

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The Yellow Ribbon Fund helps bridge the gaps while our military men and women are recovering in the Washington, DC, area at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. The military provides world-class care while injured service members are in the hospital, but sometimes gaps open up between the support the military can provide, and the support the injured and their families need. Even after they return to their hometowns, The Yellow Ribbon Fund continues to help.

 

DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you.

 

BOKS, Build Our Kids’ Success

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BOKS, Build Our Kids’ Success, is a before-school physical activity and nutrition program aimed to get elementary school children moving in the morning and their brains ready for a day of learning.  With over 1200 schools already getting their dose, BOKS is powered by communities and enables parents, teachers, schools and local volunteers to give kids a body and brain boost. The physical inactivity epidemic in this country is staggering, and BOKS is a program that can help reverse this trend. Giving kids an opportunity to engage in fun, active play, and important nutritional knowledge so early in life helps them create healthy habits that last a lifetime. Exercise is medicine. Support BOKS and get other schools to join in and create a healthier generation of fit, confident, and happy kids. 

The Foundation for Living Beauty

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Founded in 2005, The Foundation For Living Beauty (FFLB), is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to uplifting the lives of women affected by cancer. FFLB’s mission is to empower women to increase their physical wellness and emotional stability, while coping with the taxing effects of cancer and chemotherapy. With the advancement of cancer treatments, more women are left struggling to understand how to live with the taxing effects long term. Living Beauty helps women find and sustain quality of life in the physically and emotionally exhausting cancer journey.

Chrysalis

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Ever wondered what you could do to help put an end to homelessness? Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization that is helping to break the cycle of poverty by providing homeless and low-income individuals with a chance to rebuild their lives through employment. We believe in a hand up rather than a hand out and empower men and women through job preparation classes, one-on-one counseling and transitional jobs designed to remove barriers to employment. We cover it all: from resume preparation and practice interviews, to work attire and  transportation assistance. This year, we will help over 4,000 people learn how to regain their confidence and get on the pathway to self-sufficiency. We know that a job makes all the difference and we’re excited for you to join us.

Enough’s Raise Hope for Congo Campaign

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Enough’s Raise Hope for Congo campaign is working to end the deadliest war globally since World War II, which is fueled in part by our purchases of gold jewelry, cell phones, and laptops whose raw materials originate in part in the war-torn nation of the Congo.  The campaign provides activists with tools to educate themselves and their communities about the conflict in Congo, the role of minerals fueling the conflict, and the effects of sexual violence used as a weapon of war.

The Art of Elysium

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The Art of Elysium is dedicated to enriching the lives of artists and various populations in need by providing programs in the categories of Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Music, Media/Theatre Arts and arts based self-esteem.  We believe that there is a powerful and mutual exchange of hope and appreciation that occurs when artists share their time and talent with people faced with difficult life circumstances.  The Art of Elysium provides a wide range of fine and performing arts workshops and activities designed to help those in need cope with the difficult emotional challenges of illness and hospitalization, promote opportunities for growth and development, encourage socialization and provide exposure to various artistic skills and disciplines.

The Human Rights Campaign and The Brain Tumour Charity

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The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. With more than 1.5 million members, HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community. Founded in 1980, HRC has a 35-year distinguished track record of advocating for LGBT people, mobilizing grassroots actions in diverse communities, investing strategically to elect fair-minded individuals and educating the public about the important of fundamental fairness and equality.

The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK’s largest dedicated brain tumour charity, committed to fighting brain tumours on all fronts. They fund scientific and clinical research into brain tumours and offer support and information to those affected, whilst raising awareness and influencing policy. The Brain Tumour Charity’s aim is to improve understanding, diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours.

(RED)

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(RED) was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to get businesses and people involved in the fight against AIDS. To date, (RED) has raised over $275 million through the sale of (RED) products from iconic companies and from (RED) events. 100% of that money goes to work on the ground.

Every day over 650 babies are born with HIV. Yet with access to antiretroviral treatment, we can prevent the transmission of the virus from moms to babies. Without it, 50% of babies will die before their second birthday.

Only urgency and action will help us achieve the goal. If we act now, an AIDS FREE GENERATION can become a reality. The question is not ‘Can we do it?… It’s ‘Will we do it?’

Little Kids Rock

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Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to unlocking children’s inner music-makers by revitalizing music education programming in public schools. The organization partners with school districts to train public school teachers to run their innovative “Modern Band” curriculum and donates all of the accompanying instruments and resources necessary to teach popular music. Little Kids Rock began as a schoolteacher’s vision to give his students access to music education that is relevant to them while diminishing budgets for the arts made that more and more difficult to do. What began as a single after-school guitar class has since exploded into a national movement that is bringing free, weekly music lessons to more than 135,000 public school children due to the efforts of nearly 1,200 teachers nationwide. To date, Little Kids Rock has served over 320,000 students.

Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015

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The Special Olympics World Games will be the world’s largest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2015. The World Games unite the globe through sports in a celebration of the abilities and accomplishments of people with intellectual disabilities. The World Games promote equality, acceptance, and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities around the world and is one of the most powerful vehicles for communicating to the world the abilities and gifts of people with intellectual disabilities. The Games are helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place – one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.

 

Ian Somerhalder Foundation

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The Ian Somerhalder Foundation aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet. We believe the global problems and challenges we face are infinitely interconnected, therefore our solutions and actions must be as well. Nature does not behave independently. It works in unison with all it’s elements. By participating in this fundraising experience campaign you will be supporting ISF programs and services such as our youth development programs, our animal and classroom grants, the ISF Sanctuary and a vast array of other change-making projects.

 

The Mission Continues

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The Mission Continues empowers veterans to service their country in new ways. Through two innovative and action-oriented programs, The Mission Continues has helped thousands of post-9/11 veterans focus their talents and energy to tackle challenges facing our communities at home.
Through a unique model that provides reciprocal benefit for the veteran and the local community, The Mission Continues focuses veterans’ desire to serve others through volunteerism, mobilizes a network of supporters, and through service, helps solve tough challenges facing veterans and communities.

The Tyler Clementi Foundation

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The Tyler Clementi Foundation (TCF), guided by the life and story of Tyler Clementi, promotes safe, inclusive and respectful social environments in homes, schools, campuses, churches and the digital world for vulnerable youth, LGBT youth and their allies. Through educational partnerships, research, public dialogues and awareness programs, TCF fosters empathetic, constructive discussions of respect and dignity for youth and families, at all levels of society. We envision a world that embraces all members of society with human dignity and unconditional love regardless of sexual orientation or differences, real or perceived.

Hilarity for Charity

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Hilarity for Charity ™ (HFC) is a movement led by comedian Seth Rogen to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease among the millennial generation.

HFC takes a new approach to fighting a terrible disease and since it’s inception has raised over $1.5 million. Our annual Los Angeles Variety Show has entertained young, hip professionals through evenings filled with music and comedy while creating the next generation of Alzheimer’s advocates. This year, HFC expanded by launching HFC U: a nationwide program that encourages and supports college organizations to throw their very own HFC event. In addition, we’ve added events in New York and Montreal establishing ourselves as a force in the Alzheimer’s and comedy communities.

Stand Up To Cancer

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Stand Up To Cancer’s (SU2C) mission is to raise funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C brings together the best and the brightest researchers and mandates collaboration among the cancer community. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C has set out to generate awareness, educate the public on cancer prevention and help more people diagnosed with cancer become long-term survivors. This is where the end of cancer begins: when we unite in one movement, unstoppable.

Fighting Duchenne Foundation

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Duchenne is a genetic disease and boys are historically diagnosed by the ages of 5 to 6 years old.  We  started the Fighting Duchenne Foundation to fight for kids all over the world that can’t fight for themselves.  Without your help, over 200,000 kids born with Duchenne, including our 2 sons will not have the possibility of enjoying a long and healthy life.  Please join us while we fight for a cure for DMD.

One Heart Source and A Very Special Place, Inc.

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One Heart Source (OHS) is a non-profit organization designed to empower young people through education, and to provide high quality education and care for vulnerable children in Tanzania and South Africa.  Founded in 2008 with the establishment of a sustainable home for orphaned or abandoned children in Tanzania, OHS has since expanded to include education programs aimed at breaking the cycle of vulnerability and injustice.  These programs, staffed entirely by volunteers from around the world, are designed to empower youth in Tanzania and South Africa through education.

A Very Special Place, Inc. was established in 1974 as a not-for-profit corporation to provide services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Today more than 1,100 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities utilize the array of programs and services offered at A Very Special Place, Inc. Most of the individuals who participate in our services reside on Staten Island, a borough of New York City.

UCLA Operation Mend

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UCLA Operation Mend is a groundbreaking program that provides returning military personnel with severe facial and other medical injuries access to the nation’s top plastic and reconstructive surgeons, as well as comprehensive medical and mental-health support for our nation’s wounded and their families. It was established in 2007 through a partnership envisioned by Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Board and Executive Committee member Ron A. Katz and his (now deceased) wife Maddie. To find out if you or if someone you know is eligible for Operation Mend, please visit http://operationmend.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=151.

Habitat for Humanity through the Dirt Campaign

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Habitat for Humanity provides decent, affordable houses to families in need. Habitat homeowners gain self-respect as they work alongside volunteers to construct their homes. Since 1976, our ministry has built or repaired over 800,000 houses, serving more than 4 million people worldwide.

U.S. Fund for UNICEF

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The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work, and other efforts in support of the world’s children, through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States.  UNICEF does whatever it takes to save and protect the world’s most vulnerable children. Forty years ago, UNICEF figured out that promoting simple, low-cost interventions like hand washing and breastfeeding could save millions of lives. Undaunted by war or geography, UNICEF delivers.

Autism Speaks

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At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.
We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism. We strive to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society: and we work to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals. Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle.

 

Jason Mraz Foundation

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The mission of the Jason Mraz Foundation is to invoke & inspire change in the human experience. The foundation seeks to meet its mission through advancing equality, promoting the arts, empowering through education and preserving the environment. Established in 2011 by Jason, the Jason Mraz Foundation, through strategic partnerships and grassroots fundraising efforts, supports various organizations who are on the ground driving positive change in the human experience. Jason’s passion for philanthropy has allowed for numerous support grants and has been recognized as a key leader in building social change.

Ricky Martin Foundation

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The Ricky Martin Foundation advocates for the well being of children around the world in critical areas such as education, health and social justice. Their principal program, People for Children, condemns child exploitation as a result of human trafficking.  They also provide children a safer world through the creation of awareness campaigns, community programs, investigations, participating in global forums as well as by operating facilities that promote their mission.

Tonasket Water Ranch and Pool Project

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Our mission is to build a free of charge Spray Park for the children of Okanogan Valley this summer, July 2014 and build a swimming pool for the community of Tonasket, Washington. The Tonasket Water Ranch and Pool Project, a division of the Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will provide a safe place to play for our young children during our “oh so hot days”, while the community works on fundraising for the new pool. After, we succeed; the Water Ranch will continue to be a free activity for all. The Tonasket swimming pool was a popular gathering place during summers for swimming lessons, swim team, lap swimming and cooling off on a hot summer day. It also provided jobs for teens. The pool has been closed for the past 2 summers. We plan to bring all of those activities back, plus incorporate our general community and elderly population into aquatic exercise.

Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center, 215 South Whitcomb, Tonasket, WA 98855

International Rett Syndrome Foundation

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The International Rett Syndrome Foundation, the leading private funder of Rett syndrome research.  Rett syndrome is a rare genetic postnatal neurological disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls and leads to severe impairments, affecting nearly every aspect of child’s life: their ability to speak, walk, eat, and even breathe. The hallmark of Rett syndrome is near constant repetitive hand movements. Cognitive assessment in children with Rett syndrome is complicated, but we know that they understand far more than they can communicate to us, evidenced by their bright and attentive eyes, and their ability to express a wide spectrum of moods and emotions.

Tribeca Film Institute and Taia Peace Foundation

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Tribeca Film Institute® champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world. Each year, we identify a diverse and exceptional group of filmmakers and media artists and empower them with funding and other resources to fully realize their stories and connect with audiences. Through hands-on training and exposure to socially relevant films, our educational programming helps young people gain the media skills necessary to be productive global citizens and creative individuals.

Taia Peace Foundation, established in 2007, is the rural development arm of Taia Lion Resources (TLR), a leading ethical and socially responsible mineral exploration company currently operating in Sierra Leone. The founding mission of Taia Peace is to assist rural African communities in overcoming the so-called “resource curse.”

UNICEF Innovation Labs and Programs

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Star Wars™ continues to inspire generations of dreamers and doers to use their creativity to do great things.  Between what is now and what can be lies innovation – the triumph of human ingenuity combined with advances in science and technology. Star Wars and Lucasfilm were built on a belief in this tenet, by combining creativity with innovation you can make the impossible now possible. As Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi once said “The Force is an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together”.  Dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems, Star Wars: Force for Change captures the power of innovation to make a positive impact in our global community. Join us and together we can harness the power of the Force to make a difference around the world.

The St. Luke Foundation for Haiti

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The St. Luke Foundation for Haiti is a 100% Haitian-run non-profit organization, providing education, medical care and dignified humanitarian outreach in places that have been under-served by traditional service providers. We believe that by following a shared vision for the future, we can walk hand-in-hand towards a more prosperous and independent Haiti. Our programs, run by highly skilled and trained Haitian leaders, save lives and create opportunity.

The Old Vic Theatre and Geffen Playhouse

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The Old Vic is one of the best known and best loved theatres in the world, synonymous with the greatest acting talent that Britain has ever produced from Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft, John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson to Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Albert Finney, and Peter O’Toole. This iconic 195-year-old building has a rich history of great performances and The Old Vic Theatre Company under the artistic leadership of Kevin Spacey, continues to attract the best creative talent from the UK and all over the world to tread its famous boards.

Founded by theater, film and television luminary Gil Cates, the Geffen Playhouse has been an integral part of Los Angeles theater since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its commitment to the development of new plays, the Geffen Playhouse continues to present a body of work that garners national recognition. An active member of the community, the Geffen Playhouse has a groundbreaking education and outreach program that targets students, seniors and everyone in between who otherwise would not have access to live theater.

Teen Cancer America

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After over a decade working with Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who decided to bring their passion across the pond and make a difference in the lives of teens and young adults with cancer in the United States. Teen Cancer America partners with hospitals to create youth-oriented centers for those receiving treatment. These units provide peer support and interaction while receiving treatment at in-patient and out-patient clinics.

Haiti: Make Births Safe

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By investing in local medical facilities, training community healthcare providers and empowering women with knowledge and support, Haiti: Make Births Safe takes a systemic approach to providing affective and accessible maternal and newborn care.

Haiti: Make Births Safe is a partnership between Konbit Sante, a 501c3 nonprofit registered in the United States and Haiti, and Haiti Hospital Appeal, a registered non-governmental charity in the United Kingdom. Donations are tax deductible

PATH

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PATH is a family of agencies working together to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities throughout Southern California. They strive to do this by prioritizing housing while providing customized supportive services for people in need. Their agencies each address homelessness in a different way—supportive services, permanent housing development, support for homeless families, and community engagement—all of which ultimately help the people they serve make it home.

Family Equality Council

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Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in this country and their six million children. They are changing attitudes and policies to ensure that all families are respected, loved, and celebrated—including families with parents who are LGBT. They are a 30-year-old community of parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren that reaches across this country.

Hope North

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Hope North is educating and healing the young victims of Uganda’s civil war, including orphans and former child soldiers, empowering them to become voices for peace and development. Founded by artist and former child soldier Okello Sam, Hope North is an accredited secondary school located on a 40-acre campus with an international arts center, vocational training, and a working farm, staffed by 26 dedicated Ugandan educators. Over 1,500 vulnerable youth have lived at Hope North, and today 255 incredible youth are working towards their degrees and planning careers. These youth in turn are contributing to peace-building by organizing educational theater and soccer tournaments throughout the north, an area destroyed by years of war, reaching thousands more.

 

Eastern Congo Initiative and Water.org

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Eastern Congo Initiative envisions an eastern Congo vibrant with abundant opportunities for economic and social development, where a robust civil society can flourish.  ECI believes that these local, community-based approaches are the key to creating a successful society in eastern Congo. They also believe that public and private partnerships, combined with advocacy that drives public policy change and increased attention, will create new opportunities for the people of eastern Congo.

 

For more than twenty years, Water.org has been at the forefront of developing and delivering solutions to the global water crisis. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers innovative, community-driven and market-based solutions to ensure all people have access to safe water and sanitation; giving women hope, children health and communities a future. To date, Water.org has positively transformed the lives of more than a million individuals living around the world; ensuring a better life for generations ahead.

Satellite Sentinel Project

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The Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, a partnership between Not On Our Watch, the Enough Project, and DigitalGlobe, fuses satellite imagery, analysis, and advocacy. SSP conducts monitoring of the border between Sudan and South Sudan as well as hot spots within Sudan to identify potential threats to civilians, and detect, deter, and document war crimes and crimes against humanity.  SSP also is focusing on the intersection between elephant poaching and human rights abuses by focusing on the role of the Lord’s Resistance Army and other armed groups who commit mass atrocities and also poach elephants to fund their activities.

The Lory Titelman and Ruth Hershey Fund

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The Lory Titelman and Ruth Hershey Fund provides accessibility to a Westland education for students whose families need financial assistance. The Fund’s goal is to extend inclusion to a population that is otherwise excluded in the current economic climate and to increase socio-economic diversity at Westland School.

Be the Change

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Linda Cruse, founder of Be The Change, works with business leaders worldwide to facilitate innovative cross-sector collaboration and strategic alliances for sustainable economic and social uplift. Be the Change works to solve challenging real-life problems in some of the poorest and most marginalized communities, including post-natural catastrophic disasters in third world locations by using a ‘hand up’ business-led approach. Post disasters, Be The Change works to restore hope, self esteem and dignity through prioritizing business recovery and restoring livelihoods. They think big and start small. By helping individuals overcome practical problems for themselves, they put into practice an organic recreation of ravaged communities. www.lindacruse.com

Invisible Children

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Invisible Children focuses exclusively on the LRA conflict through an integrated four-part model that addresses the problem in its entirety: immediate needs and long-term effects. They create films to document LRA atrocities, introduce new audiences to the conflict, and inspire global action. They mobilize massive groups of people to support and advance international efforts to end LRA atrocities. They work with regional partners to build and expand systems that warn remote communities of LRA attacks and encourage members of the LRA to peacefully surrender. And, finally, they work to rehabilitate children directly affected by the LRA and invest in education and economic recovery programs in the post-conflict region to promote lasting peace.

The Kansas City Chiefs Foundation

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The Kansas City Chiefs strive to engage their neighbors through a myriad of programs that inspire youth to reach their fullest potential. They seek to honor those who serve this region in various capacities and to empower others through their spirit of giving. Their focus areas allow them to take a leadership role in meeting the needs of friends and neighbors.

After-School All-Stars

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Founded in 1992, After-School All-Stars is a leading national provider of year-round, school-based, comprehensive after-school programs. During the school year, children participate in free programs that include academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health/fitness activities. The organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. Nearly 90,000 children from families of poverty benefit in 14 U.S. regions: Atlanta, Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, North Texas, Ohio, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, South Florida and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.as-as.org.

Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors

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Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors is a non-profit organization created for the sole purpose of raising money to build or modify the homes of America’s injured Military Veterans. JAH4WW helps to build or modify homes so they are handicap accessible and comfortable for our wounded vets. Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors was formed in October of 2009 by the MN Viking Jared Allen after he returned home from his USO trip to US Military Bases in the Middle East. Jared Allen was moved by the commitment, dedication, and sacrifices that our soldiers make every day to protect our freedom. He wanted to say thank you to every soldier in the only way that Jared Allen knows how. By embracing the conflict and making a positive life-changing difference in the lives of those who need it most, Jared and his JAH4WW will help make life for wounded vets just a little bit easier.

Hands of Hope

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Hands of Hope’s mission is support orphans focusing on adoption and care for those who will never be adopted. They aim to educate orphans and motivate individuals to help orphans in need of families and care, and support those families who are in process of, or have already adopted.

The Troy & Theodora Polamalu Foundation

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The Troy & Theodora Polamalu Foundation, a fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, is dedicated to helping raise money for various charitable causes, including improving the safety and playing conditions of youth and high school athletes around the country.

Fairbanks

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Fairbanks is a not for profit alcohol and drug treatment center. They are the oldest independent alcohol and drug treatment center in America and started treating alcoholic men in 1945 in a house on Alabama street in Indianapolis, Indiana. They now serve men, women and adolescents and their families who struggle with addiction from the Midwest and from around the country.

The CRC Foundation

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The CRC Foundation is committed to the enhancement of our community by teaching quality life skills to assist with the development of young people. Through sports, the enrichment of creative talents, vocational skills, guidance of positive financial skills and quality health and nutrition The CRC Foundation seeks to empower and provide self awareness for our future leaders.

Give an Hour

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Give an Hour’s mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Their first target population is the U.S. troops and families affected by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and other post-9/11 conflicts. To help this population, Give an Hour has joined forces with Detroit Tiger’s Pitcher Justin Verlander with his Wins for Warriors effort to ask mental health professionals nationwide to literally donate an hour of their time each week to provide free mental health services to military personnel and their families. Individuals who receive these services are then given the opportunity to give an hour back in their own community.

(RED)

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(RED) is an innovative model created by Bono and Bobby Shriver, to engage companies and people in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  They partner with the world’s most iconic brands including Apple, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Belvedere Vodka and more, to create (PRODUCT)RED products or actions that trigger contributions to the Global Fund.  Their most recent campaign launched a partnership with Bank of America with a Super Bowl ad, raising over $3.1M in just 36 hours!  To date they have raised over $250M, 100% of which has gone to work on the ground, impacting over 40M lives.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

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Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every eight minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP. MADD grew from a handful of mothers with a mission to stop drunk driving to one of history’s greatest grassroots success stories—and has helped save thousands of lives along the way.

The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation

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The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, founded by Malcolm Jenkins in 2010, was established to effectuate positive change in the lives of youth, particularly youth in underserved communities; by providing resources, innovative opportunities and experiences that will help them succeed in life and become contributing members of the community. The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation is committed to youth development initiatives and programs, which emphasize mentorship, character development, leadership, education, life skills health and recreation.

The III & Long Foundation

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Santonio Holmes established the III & Long Foundation in the fall of 2011 in honor of his son Santonio III, who suffers from Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).  Knowing first-hand the difficulties families face battling this disease, Santonio believes he is meant to lead the crusade against Sickle Cell Disease. “As a parent of someone who has been diagnosed with SCD, I know how financially expensive and emotionally taxing the hospital bills and medication can be.  My goal is to help families that cannot afford the proper treatments by providing grants to organizations that assist these families.” The mission of the III & Long Foundation is to help in the research to finding a cure for Sickle Cell Disease and to assist families affected by SCD.

826LA

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826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. They provide after-school tutoring, evening and weekend workshops, in-school tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. Their programs strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.

Jack Flash Foundation

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Jackflash Foundation supports a variety of charities. It helps armed services and their families find support and comfort in many ways. One of the Foundation’s main objectives is to help Wounded Heroes find homes. Jackflash Foundation is committed to making this happen.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

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Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is celebrating its 30-year anniversary! Since 1983, the organization has raised more than $4.7 billion—most of it $1 at a time—for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Motion Picture & Television Fund

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As the entertainment industry evolves, one thing has always remained a constant: many of the members who work behind and in front of the camera don’t always know where their next paycheck will come from. By engaging thousands of people in the industry, MPTF helps serve more than 100,000 entertainment industry members and their families each year with access to affordable healthcare, financial services, and retirement living. MPTF, the entertainment industry’s charity, keeps the entertainment industry humming behind the scenes. As a result, we can all continue enjoying the movies and television shows that light up screens every day.

Geffen Playhouse

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Geffen Playhouse is a not-for-profit professional arts organization dedicated to enriching the cultural life of Greater Los Angeles through plays and educational programs that inform, entertain and inspire.

In pursuit of this mission, Geffen Playhouse is dedicated to providing art of the highest caliber. It is committed to securing outstanding talent, to supporting education and outreach programs that serve the diverse communities of Los Angeles, to taking risks to include works by emerging artists, and to help jump-start the careers of emerging artists in partnership with the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television as well as the professional opportunities offered year-round.

Kind Campaign

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Kind Campaign is an internationally recognized movement, documentary and school program based upon the powerful belief in KINDness that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl “crime.”

In February 2009, while attending Pepperdine University, the founders, Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson, joined forces. Having both been affected by female bullying throughout their youth, they decided to create change by giving females a platform to speak out about this universal experience. Since then, they have personally spoken in over 450 schools across North America, have screened their documentary Finding Kind in thousands of schools, and have completed four international anti-bullying school tours, reaching hundreds of thousands of students with their documentary, assembly program and Kind Club curriculum.

To learn more, visit www.kindcampaign.com

Wounded Warrior Project

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Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP)  serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.

Make-A-Wish®

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Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. A wish is granted every 21 minutes, on average, somewhere in the world. With your help, Make-A-Wish will be closer to achieving its vision of granting the wish of every eligible child.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research

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The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has awarded more than $130 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. Administrative and fundraising expenses are paid by the Foundation’s endowment. The Foundation awards grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

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Established in 1984, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® is the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. In the past 30 years, they have handled more than 3.9 million calls and assisted authorities in the resolution of missing children cases involving more than 193,000 children.

Straight But Not Narrow

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Straight But Not Narrow is an ally organization that prepares and trains young straight adults to positively influence the perception of, and behavior toward, their LGBTQ peers. Together with SBNN advocates, this modest team develops innovative videos and online campaigns to train and prepare straight allies to be supporters and friends to their LGBTQ friends, family and classmates.

Urban Arts

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Urban Arts Partnership advances the intellectual, social and artistic development of underserved public school students through arts-integrated education programs to close the achievement gap. Together with the help of a dedicated staff, Urban Arts offers a variety of interdisciplinary arts programs that include in-school classroom integration, after-school programs, master classes, professional development, summer programs, arts festivals, and special projects that help kids reach their full potential

Music For Relief

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Music for Relief is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters.  Since its inception in 2005, Music for Relief has raised over $5 million for survivors of multiple disasters across four continents including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, hurricane Katrina, China’s Wenchuan earthquake, a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the 2011 earthquake & tsunami in Japan. Music for Relief also supports environmental programs as a means of disaster risk mitigation including the planting of over 1 million trees to help reduce global warming.  The organization was recently recognized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for the Download to Donate program to raise funds and awareness in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. Currently Music for Relief is supporting victims of the Oklahoma tornado and raising funds for victims struggling to rebuild from the devastating circumstances.  www.musicforrelief.org.

The Chaka Khan Foundation

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The Chaka Khan Foundation believes in assisting at-risk women and children to gain access to education and necessary resources to help them reach their potential and achieve their dreams. The Foundation achieves this by creating programs that provide academic support, mentoring and counseling to bring participants a step closer to accomplishing their goals.  Currently, The Chaka Khan Foundation is partnering with Dress For Success to provide support and funding for additional education and training for disadvantaged women so they can thrive in work and life.

U.S. Fund for UNICEF

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19,000 children die every day from preventable causes, but YOU can help get this number down to ZERO.  UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more.   The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. UNICEF’s Next Generation, the organizer of this charity sweepstakes to benefit UNICEF, is an initiative which engages a diverse group of young professionals, ages 21 to 40, who share a commitment to UNICEF’s future and a belief in ZERO. To learn more please visit: www.unicefusa.org and www.unicefusa.org/nextgeneration

Cesar Millan Foundation

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Cesar Millan and the Cesar Millan Foundation obviously care deeply about dogs, but do you know how deep that love goes? These good guys are on a mission to promote animal welfare by supporting  the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of abused and abandoned dogs; to establish and fortify community humane education programs and curricula; and to build a balance between dogs and people through the teachings and philosophies of animal behaviorist Cesar Millan.   Now that’s a cause we can put our paws behind and donate some bones toward!

Aid Still Required

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If 70% of disaster funding goes to immediate relief, what happens when the disasters are forgotten? Aid Still Required (ASR) is shifting the paradigm of global disaster relief by providing the long-term work of rebuilding that often goes sorely underfunded. With the help of celebrity supporters, these fine folks champion areas frequently neglected by government agencies and provide long-term, sustainable programs that engender self-sufficiency.

Shawn Carter Foundation

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The SC | Foundation was established by Shawn Carter and his mother Gloria Carter in 2003 as a 501c3 public charity, under the name Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund.  The Foundation’s mission is to help underserved students further their education at institutions of higher learning.  Since then, the charity has touched thousands of lives through its nationwide scholarship program, its annual college tours, and annual holiday toy drive, and has invested over $1.7M since 2003 in these efforts. Visit www.shawncartersf.com for more information.

Tie The Knot

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Tie The Knot was founded by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita with a clear goal: advocate for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans throughout the United States and to look damn good while doing it.They release a collection of neckwear seasonally, produced in limited quantity to inspire and promote uniqueness and individuality. The proceeds from the sales of the Spring 2013 collection will benefit The Respect for Marriage Coalition, a partnership of more than 80 civil rights, faith, health, labor, business, legal, LGBT, student, and women’s organizations working together to end the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and grow support for the freedom to marry. Visit www.TieTheKnot.org for more information.

City School West Adams

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Recently established by a group of mothers in West Adams, LA, City School West Adams aims to provide a culturally diverse setting with language immersion programs to help inner city students reach a higher education level and stay connected to their roots at the same time. This strategic and dynamic environment will help students establish a complete language foundation and create a brighter future.

Centro Fox

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Centro Fox is dedicated to providing innovative leadership training to Mexico’s poverty stricken youth with the intent of promoting freedom and democracy in the country.

American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club of America, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

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Jennifer Lopez and the Lopez Family Foundation have designated these three charities as the beneficiaries of funds raised during this experience. These charities, American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club of America, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have come together to accomplish one goal: changing the world. Your contributions make a difference, so please support these charities as they are dear to Jennifer Lopez and the Lopez Family Foundation

American Indian College Fund

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The American Indian College Fund believes in educating the mind and spirit. They do this by providing American Indian students who cannot afford a higher education with scholarships, giving them hope for a better future. Every dollar makes a difference. Whether it’s allowing students access to higher education or providing financial support for 34 accredited tribal colleges or universities, you’re helping to preserve and grow Native students and their cultures.

Architecture for Humanity

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MTV and Architecture for Humanity are teaming up to rebuild the boardwalk of Seaside Heights, which was was the hardest hit area of any coastal areas during Hurricane Sandy. The 18-block boardwalk, which is the economic lifeline of the area has been completely devastated.

So we have to step up and be the difference that rebuilds this area. With your help we can raise enough money to restore the boardwalk and save this area that is the home to 3,000 people and attracts 65,000 visitors every year.

The Young Storytellers Foundation

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Young Storytellers Foundation believes arts education is a right, not a privilege. They go into Los Angeles public schools that lack the resources for an arts curriculum and provide writing mentorship for the students. Professional writers teach nine-week courses where the students write their own original plays which are then performed by professional actors in front of a live audience of friends and family.

Team Rubicon

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On behalf of Team Rubicon, thank you for donating for the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your donation will help provide aid relief to disaster-stricken communities while supporting the veteran community. We will announce the winner via email and social media at the close of the campaign.

X Prize Foundation

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The X PRIZE Foundation is on a mission to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity, thereby inspiring the formation of new industries and the revitalization of markets that are currently stuck due to existing failures or a commonly held belief that a solution is not possible.

Andre Agassi Foundation

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The Andre Agassi Foundation is helping transform public education in the United States through their school in Las Vegas and by influencing state and national policy.

InsideOUT Writers

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InsideOUT writer’s goal is to reduce recidivism among juvenile offenders by providing youth and young adults with tools for pro-social means of self-expression. IOW offers two innovative programs: The Writing Program offers writing classes for youth incarcerated at four Los Angeles juvenile detention facilities. The Alumni Program provides a continuum of care for former Writing Program participants (Alumni) who have been released from detention.

P.S. ARTS

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P.S. ARTS partners with underserved public schools to provide students with a high-quality education in music, theater and/or visual arts. Their Teaching Artists provide weekly instruction to ensure that every child in the community receives comprehensive and sustainable arts education.

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