Dan Pollotta Asks: Why Can’t We Sell Charities Like We Sell Perfume?

What if we let philanthropies operate like businesses? Let them pay for talent, advertise aggressively to build market share—even build a stock market for charity. Maybe then capitalism could finally save the world.

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One in Four Homeless Students Graduate High School- This One’s Going to Harvard

Homeless to Harvard Student Speaks at Stanbridge College Commencement

Homeless to Harvard student Dawn Loggins inspired graduates and guests at the Stanbridge College 2012 Commencement Exercises with her story of overcoming homelessness with her acceptance into Harvard University. Continue reading One in Four Homeless Students Graduate High School- This One’s Going to Harvard

Super Typhoon Sanba Rocks Japan, South Korea

In the wake of Typhoon Bolaven, which struck Peoples Republic of Korea on August 28, 2012, Typhoon Sanba seeks to undermine disaster relief efforts in the region.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency response. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.

Read more about Typhoon Bolaven relief efforts in this IFRC report.

MSN Causes, TakePart Launch Campaign to Fight Hunger in America

The Hungriest States in America: The New Truth About Our Underfed Nation

Ahead of schedule, MSN Causes & TakePart launch a campaign to address hunger and poverty in the world’s wealthiest nation. Slated to go live today, the issue launched Friday, September 14.  Editors announced that parent company Participant Media has set a date for the release of its documentary film that chronicles hunger in the US. “A Place At The Table” goes into wide release in March, 2013.

 Also available on the site is an interview with Johnathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (And What You Can Do About It). When asked about the American mindset toward food waste, Bloom put the problem in perspective.

Our love of abundance, on the micro and macro scale, yields much waste. Farmers grow as much as they possibly can, then don’t harvest or sell a good amount of it. Supermarkets order and stock an unnecessary amount of food. And we buy so much fresh food that we couldn’t possibly eat all of it before it goes bad. This is linked to the human instinct to protect against starvation, but we put a real spin of “American excess” on it.

Another factor at play is the more recent phenomenon of demanding perfect, beautiful food. We’ve reached a point where appearance trumps taste. Anything that’s the wrong shape, size, color, or is slightly imperfect in any way will be cast aside. And given the national and international food chain, this means a dramatic amount of waste.

The American mindset is only half the problem. Poverty is a significant factor in food insecurity. In “Number Shock” the site offers the following:

English: US Census map of poverty across US

Fact: Poverty is the primary cause of hunger in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census.
(Source: US Census)

What it means: It sounds simple, but the fact that it is poverty—not food scarcity or another obstacle—that keeps people from eating means that addressing the causes of poverty is the way to solve the hunger problem.

Fact: The number of states in which a person working full-time at minimum wage can afford a two-bedroom apartment: zero.
(Source: National Low Income Housing Commission)

What it means: It means that even hard-working people can’t afford to live in basic quarters and feed their families in America.

Fact: Sixty-seven percent of Americans support gradually raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to at least $10 an hour, including 52% of Republicans.
(Source: Public Religion Research Institute)

What it means: It’s time for our laws to catch up to today’s cost of living and what the people want.

What you can do: Tell Congress to raise the minimum wage.

 
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Charitable Donations to Aurora Victim Relief Fund Still Undistributed

On July 20, 2012, Colorado residents lined up to view a midnight screening of the film “The Dark Knight Rises.” A gunman outfitted in tactical gear set off tear gas grenades, then opened fire with multiple firearms at the Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora. After the massacre, people across the nation and around the globe looked for ways to extend their sympathy and support. Continue reading Charitable Donations to Aurora Victim Relief Fund Still Undistributed

“Eyes of Thailand” Raises Awareness of Elephant Endangerment

Nearly one month after the first World Elephant Day (Aug. 12, 2012), award-winning documentary film “The Eyes of Thailand” continues its official screening tour, creating awareness of the challenges faced by already endangered Asian elephants.

DVA Productions and Indiewood Pictures present a Windy Borman film that documents the story of Soriada Salwala, a woman who spent a decade helping two elephant land mine survivors walk again.

Narrated by Ashley Judd, “The Eyes of Thailand” is a true and inspirational story of sacrifice and perseverance of one woman’s efforts to save an endangered species from threats above and below Earth’s surface. Continue reading “Eyes of Thailand” Raises Awareness of Elephant Endangerment

Free IRS Webinar for Starting, Operating Disaster Relief Charities

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On Thursday, September 20, 2012 the US Internal Revenue Service Exempt Organizations Office will host a free webinar for anyone interested in starting or effectively operating a charity for disaster relief.

The webinar is a rebroadcast that will explain the basic requirements for starting a tax-exempt charity as well as how new and existing organizations can properly provide disaster relief under federal tax rules.

Failure to organize or operate a charitable organization could result in the revocation of tax-exempt status with the IRS.

According to the IRS, the webinar will cover topics such as:

  • The kinds of help organizations can provide
  • Operational an recordkeeping requirements, including fundraising and working with volunteers
  • Rules for recipients of disaster relief
  • The deductibility of charitable contributions made to organizations.

IRS Exempt Organizations Office is coordinating the webinar. Presenters include Manager and Tax Attorney Steven Grodnitzky, and Emily Mangrum, Tax Law Specialist.

Registration for the free webcast is available on the IRS website.

Webinar participation counts toward continuing education credits for enrolled agents and registered tax return preparers (PTIN required).

For more information about becoming a tax-exempt charitable organization, visit the IRS Exempt Organizations Office.

Reddit, Twitter, and Chairs, Oh My!

Yellow Brick Road: From Oz to Oval Office

During the 2008 presidential election, voter turnout was up 5 million over 2004. From Oz to Oval Office, the 2012 campaign trail is entirely different. Social media had a significant impact on previous campaigns, signifying a cultural shift in voter turnout was happening from behind the curtain of the internet. Now, candidates seek new ways to leverage social media for both messaging and for staying on message.

“Values may ‘matter most’ to voters, but they always take a backseat to the needs of money once the elections are won. This is a basic earmark of the phenomenon, absolutely consistent across its decades-long history. Abortion is never halted. Affirmative action is never abolished.” Frank, Thomas (2005). What’s the Matter With Kansas?

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FREE Concert to Help End Extreme Global Poverty

Stand Up To Cancer 2012, Then Kick Its Ass

Hollywood’s Stars Illuminate SU2C’s Nationally Televised Fundraising Event on Sept. 7th

Hollywood’s Stars Illuminate SU2C’s Nationally Televised Fundraising Event on Sept. 7th
Stand Up To Cancer event airs Friday, 09-07-12 at 8PM, EST

Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas,
Jessica Biel, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Seth Rogen, Emma Stone, Katie Couric,
Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw
Among Those to Appear in One-Hour Broadcast

Show Executive Produced by Paltrow and Joel Gallen

Event to Air Commercial-Free Simultaneously on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC,
plus BIO, E!, ENCORE, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, LMN (Lifetime Movie Network), Logo, MLB Network, mun2, Palladia, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, STARZ, STYLE, TBS and VH1 8:00 PM ET AND PT / 7:00 PM CT

http://www.standup2cancer.org | facebook.com/su2c | Twitter: @SU2C |
Tune-in: http://youtu.be/7O_P_Fr4S1E

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