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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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Haiti: Make Births Safe is a new campaign consisting of international and Haitian nonprofits working to ensure the health of mothers and children in northern Haiti.  By investing in local medical facilities, training community healthcare providers and empowering women with knowledge and support, H:MBS takes a systemic approach to providing affective and accessible maternal and newborn care. Haiti: Make Births Safe works on the ground in Haiti to build a sustainable, community-oriented system of doctors, nurses, birth attendants and emergency transporters united to make every birth a safe birth. Visit healthybirthing.org and follow @BirthSafe

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.

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.

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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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.

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 38 minutes in the United States. 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 funded more than $100 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Administrative and fundraising expenses are paid by their endowment. The Foundation distributes grants through a competitive awards process supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation for Cancer Research 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.

Hilarity for Charity

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For a long time, Alzheimer’s has been classified as the “old person’s disease” despite proof of the disease’s rapid growth rate. Hilarity for Charity is changing that through an awesome, annual event that brings A-list comedians together with top musical acts and a young community of Americans – all to teach people how they can make a difference. Every entry supports the Hilarity for Charity Fund to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, through which monies raised will be directed to help families struggling with Alzheimer’s care, increase support groups nationwide, and fund cutting edge research.

The Mission Continues

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The Mission Continues awards community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans, empowering them to transform their own lives by serving others and directly impacting their communities. Mission Continues Fellows serve for six months at a local nonprofit organization addressing key educational, environmental or social issues. Each Fellow works to achieve a post-fellowship goal of full time employment and/or pursuit of higher education, while maintaining a permanent role of public service.

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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They’re too humble to admit it, but these folks are true heroes. They served as veterans and are now harnessing the skills cultivated in the combat zone to help save lives in disaster zones.

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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