“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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Internal Revenue Service (Photo credit: functoruser)

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

A Place at the Table

Later this year, Participant Media, the production company behind award-winning films such as The Help, Food, Inc., Waiting for Superman, and The Soloist, will release a new documentary film focused on food insecurity in America.


49 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges.

Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides—as they have in the past—that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges, founder of End Hunger Network

The film stars Jeff Bridges who founded the End Hunger Network over two decades ago. Today, the nonprofit’s mission is to eradicate hunger in America by 2015. According to Bridges, the organization began with a mission of ending world hunger because “hunger had been ended in the U.S. We have now shifted our focus to America.” In 2001, Bridges was a recipient of Action Against Hunger’s “Restaurants Against Hunger Campaign” gala awards dinner.

Tom Colicchio
Tom Colicchio, celebrity chef and executive producer.

Joining Bridges is celebrity chef Tom Colicchio who also executive produced the film. Perhaps best known as the judge on Bravo’s television reality show, Top Chef, Colicchio is an author and three-star restaurateur. In 2010, he received the coveted James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef. Coliccio is an active philanthrope and a longstanding supporter of hunger-related causes, including The Food Bank for New York City, The Lunch Box Fund, and Feeding America (formerly Second Harvest).

The film’s directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush won acclaim at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival when the documentary film received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize under the title Finding North.

Also making an appearance in the film is activist Mariana Chilton from Witness to Hunger, a project of the Center for Hunger Free Communities at Drexel University’s School of Public Health.

In conjunction with the documentary’s theatrical release, Participant Media plans to launch an interactive social action campaign in association with Take Part.  A think-tank of nonprofits, field specialists, and private companies will convene later this year to address the immediacy of America’s hunger crisis, as well as the causes and policies that contribute to the food insecurity and under-nutrition of nearly 50 million citizens in the world’s wealthiest nation.

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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The First Tesla Museum, Raised With Oatmeal


An Artist, A Scientist, A Love Story

Remember the film “Sleepless In Seattle”? This love story could be its fundraising fan fiction version.

Last week, The Chronicle of Philanthropy offered up an interactive map demonstrating How America Gives. New Yorkers ranked No. 2 on that list, with the Big Apple contributing a whopping $11.3 billion.

At the same time, Seattle resident Matthew Inman, a/k/a The Oatmeal launched a campaign on Indiegogo. Oatmeal’s campaign sought to raise match funds for a $850,00 grant from the state of New York. Together, the $1.7 million would allow The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (a 501(c)3 that has been trying for 15 years to purchase the real estate for Tesla’s old lab) the opportunity to outbid the other offer for the property. Inman’s home of Washington state made the No. 15 spot on America’s Giving list with $3 billion in contributions. Could the Oatmeal rally the giving power of both coasts to raise a museum for science, for a dead scientist named Nikola Tesla? Continue reading The First Tesla Museum, Raised With Oatmeal

Actor Hosts Benefit for KY Crash Victim


Hometown heroes including Josh Hutcherson raise money for homecoming of 17 year old girl, now paralyzed from the waist down after a car crash in May 2012. We wish Abby Marsh and her family all the best. After all, it’s Florence Y’all! Read news coverage from NBC’s local affiliate, WLWT.