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Charitybuzz Announces 2nd Annual Holiday Givt Guide

Nov 30, 2016 12:30 pm

Larry David: Profile

Online luxury auction house Charitybuzz today announced its 2nd Annual Holiday Givt Guide, to highlight the importance of giving when gifting.


The campaign will run from November 29, 2016 through December 15 with more than 100 experiences. The Holiday Givt Guide will once again reveal new experiences daily and feature items crossing the worlds of adventure, lifestyle, sports, and music. It is a curation of some of the top experiences and luxuries Charitybuzz has to offer, curated from around the world.

“We are redefining what it means to give. Givt isn’t just a guide but a movement to shift the way we give and emphasize the importance of adding meaning to our holiday gifts,” said Jan Friedlander Svendsen, Charity Network chief marketing officer. “Givting is something that can happen anytime of the year and given voluntarily to show favor toward someone or honor an occasion that also benefits a charitable organization.”


Last year CharityBuzz changed the holiday gifting landscape by introducing “givting”as an opportunity for family and friends to give and receive extraordinary experiences during the holiday season while raising funds for charity through Charitybuzz’s online auction platform. The first ever Givt Guide was a remarkable success and raised nearly $6MM for charities by auctioning experiences including:

● A private concert in your living room from Jeff Tweedy sold for $135,000
○ Benefitted: Onward Neighborhood House
● Five night for 12 cruising the Caribbean on the M/Y Lady Joy for $120,000 ○ Benefitted: Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research
● Lunch for two with Larry David in Los Angeles sold for $56,000
○ Benefitted: Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
● A walk-on role in season two of Outlander in Scotland sold for $47,500 ○ Benefitted: SeriousFun Children’s Network Founded by Paul Newman
● A two-week holiday to India with roundtrip airfare, accommodations and more sold for $40,000
○ Benefitted: Learning Matters
● A meeting with Lionel Messi at a Barcelona FC home game sold for $37,500
○ Benefitted: Forever Dream Foundation
● A stay on Richard Branson’s Island during Celebration Week sold for $28,500
○ Benefitted: Virgin Unite

This year, Charitybuzz and its impressive roster of partners will offer a slate of equally incredible auction items that simultaneously provide an opportunity to benefit charities and treat loved ones to one-of-a-kind memorable experiences including:

● Enjoy an exclusive 2-Night Stay at Ol Jogi in Kenya for up to 8 guests
○ Benefitting Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
● Have a nature preserve in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains named after you & enjoy a 1-week RV getaway in Alaska
○ Benefitting Safe Port Initiative


● Meet Petra Nemcova and enjoy 2017 New York Fashion Week
○ Benefitting Tibet House US
● Host an At-Home Canapé Reception for up to 20 from Eric Ripert with a performance by Philip Glass
○ Benefitting Tibet House US
● Dine with Fran Drescher and Cyndi Lauper in NYC
○ Benefitting Cancer Schmancer
● Dinner with the Cast of Scandal at the LA Home of Star Katie Lowes on March 12
○ Benefiting IAMA Theatre Company

● Attend the biggest sporting event of the year, Superbowl 51 in Houston
○ Benefitting George Mark Children’s House
● Score New York Mets premium games tickets & meet announcers Howie Rose and Josh Lewin
○ Benefitting US Fund for UNICEF



Steve Earle To Host Show Raising Funds For Children With Autism

Nov 30, 2016 11:30 am

Steve Earle: Profile

On December 5, Steve Earle and The Dukes will host their second annual benefit concert at Town Hall, to raise funds for children diagnosed with Autism.

This is a topic dear to Steve as his 6 -year old son, John Henry, is living with Autism. Also featuring Graham Nash and Shawn Colvin, this evening of amazing music is sure to be a memorable one, as Steve Earle and The Dukes will perform the classic album, Guitar Town, in its entirety for the first time in New York in 30 years.

VIP packages including a dress rehearsal performance on 12.4 at City Winery and dinner with Steve Earle himself are also available.

All net proceeds raised by ticket sales will be donated to The Keswell School (formerly known as The McCarton School), an educational program for children and young adults with Autism. Founded on the belief that children diagnosed with ASD can live full and productive lives as integrated members of their communities, The Keswell School provides educational, therapeutic and supportive services for children diagnosed with ASD and their families.

For tickets and more info, click here.


eBay Gifts That Give Back

Nov 30, 2016 10:15 am

Michael Phelps: Profile

New data released this week reveals nearly three-quarters of Americans (72%) are more excited to give someone a gift if it benefits a charity.

Just in time for Giving Tuesday, eBay makes it easier than ever for shoppers to support the causes that matter most to them – delivering the widest selection of gifts that support nonprofits though eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop and a new way to give in-kind donations through Gifts That Give Back.

Established in 2003, eBay for Charity helps charities of all sizes raise funds on eBay, one of the world’s most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. It also gives eBay users a secure and efficient way of donating to a charity of their choice when they buy or sell on the site.

“eBay continues to leverage its cutting-edge technology to help millions of shoppers support the causes they care about,” said Hal Lawton, Senior Vice President of eBay North America. “To-date, our community of buyers and sellers has raised more than $650 million – whether it’s by listing or purchasing exclusive items that benefit charity, or making donations at checkout. This holiday season, our Giving Tuesday Charity Shop illustrates how charitable giving remains a top priority for eBay, as we’ve sourced one-of-a-kind inventory and experiences with proceeds going to charity.”

eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop provides consumers with an easy way to shop hundreds of exclusive experiences and items from celebrities and athletes, all benefiting charitable organizations. The majority of Americans cite travel (49%), concert tickets (44%), and sporting tickets (36%) as top gifts. The Giving Tuesday Charity Shop is filled with hundreds of unique experiences across these categories, making it a one-stop-shop for holiday gifting. From the chance to swim with Michael Phelps or a private training session with Tracy Anderson, to signed ballet shoes from Misty Copeland and a script from Susan Sarandon, to VIP passes for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards and a wide variety of concerts, or iconic fashion pieces from Alicia Keys’ personal wardrobe and a hand knitted scarf from Broad City’s Ilana Glazer – there really is no shortage of gifts for good to choose from with proceeds going to charity. And, as part of eBay’s partnership with the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, eBay shoppers have the opportunity to bid on incredible experiences and artwork that directly support reducing the purchasing and selling of illegal wildlife products. Visit to see all the unique items and experiences.

Shopping in Style

Shoppers who purchase any experience or item from eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop will have the chance to win an amazing Los Angeles experience, including a personal styling session with actress and style icon Rachel Bilson. To be automatically entered to win, simply bid on or purchase any of the hundreds of gifts featured in the Charity Shop between November 29 and December 25. A longtime advocate for women, Rachel will also be supporting Afghan Hands, a nonprofit organization that supports disadvantaged and disenfranchised women in Afghanistan. From December 4 through 11, Afghan Hands will be the nonprofit featured on eBay’s Give at Checkout, enabling shoppers to make a donation when completing a purchase. With these proceeds, Afghan Hands will help women gain independence, education and livable wages.

“This holiday season, I’m excited to partner with eBay for Charity on their mission to help shoppers find gifts they’ll feel good about giving. eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop is curated with truly one-of-a-kind gifts – and, the best part is, they all support charity,” said actress Rachel Bilson. “In the spirit of giving back, I’m offering a personal styling session with me in L.A for one lucky winner who buys a gift from eBay’s Giving Tuesday Shop between now until December 25. I’m also proud to support one of my favorite nonprofits, Afghan Hands, which will be featured in eBay’s Give at Checkout this December. On eBay, there’s truly a gift for everyone on your list.”

Gifts That Give Back

To coincide with Giving Tuesday, eBay is introducing a pilot program, Gifts That Give Back. Through partnerships with six leading charitable organizations, including the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, CARE International, Habitat For Humanity and March Of Dimes, shoppers can purchase symbolic gifts ranging from $25 to $100. With Gifts That Give Back, 100% of the purchase price will support the chosen charity and a digitally-delivered certificate means they make great last-minute gift options for friends and family who want to support a good cause this holiday season.


Arsenal: Silly Just Got Serious

Nov 30, 2016 09:00 am

Arsenal: Profile

In Arsenal’s latest press conference, Arsène Wenger has responded to criticism that he is not taking the season seriously.

Joined by two of his first team players, Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla, Wenger claimed that he and the team had “left no stone unturned” in their preparations and that they are “taking it extremely seriously”.

What becomes clear to people watching the video, hosted on The Arsenal Foundation’s Facebook Page, is that this is no ordinary press conference. As the camera pans out, Bellerin and Cazorla are revealed to be wearing Christmas Jumpers (which are available in Arsenal’s stores) and ludicrous festive decorations.

As silliness is set to sweep the nation on Friday 16 December for Save the Children’sChristmas Jumper Day – Wenger, Bellerin and Cazorla called a press conference to let the British public know that they’ll be taking it very seriously.

“That’s right boss, we’re completely focused. 110%” says Arsenal’s right-back Bellerin as his antler head-dress snaps in half, leaving Cazorla looking bewildered.

Wenger asks everyone to follow in Arsenal’s footsteps and sign up to Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day.

“Wear a woolly. Save the Children. Silly just got serious” says Wenger.

To help raise funds for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, Arsenal Football Club has created a range of exclusive festive Arsenal knits, worn by Bellerin and Cazorla in the video, which each carry a 20% donation of the RRP (£35) to Save the Children. The Arsenal Christmas Jumpers are exclusively available (while stocks last) from and the Club’s three superstores, and are back in stock from this Friday 2nd December.

By signing up, sticking on a silly sweater and donating to Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 16 December, you’ll help to make sure the world’s forgotten children get to have a brighter future.

The Arsenal Foundation has been supporting Save the Children as their global partner since 2011 and has raised more than £2million to support the charity’s life-saving work. Most recently the Club has worked with Save the Children to build football pitches for vulnerable children in Iraq and Indonesia, as well as donating £500,000 at Arsenal’s Legends Match to build football pitches in Jordan and Somalia.


Maria Shriver’s Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Awards Five Grants

Nov 30, 2016 07:45 am

Maria Shriver: Profile

The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement today announced the distribution of the five women-based grants to leading researchers dedicated to answering the question why Alzheimer’s disease disproportionately affects women.

The inaugural grant recipients include:
• Alzheimer’s Association, Women’s Alzheimer’s Research Initiative
• Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham & Women’s Hospital
• Cure Alzheimer’s Fund
• Dr. Roberta Brinton, Ph.D., Center for Innovation in Brain Science at University of Arizona
• Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

The grants were funded by proceeds from the groundbreaking Move for Minds experience, a partnership between Maria Shriver, Equinox Sports Clubs and The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.

Building on that success, The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement and Equinox Sports Clubs announced next year’s date – June 4, 2017. Dallas and Miami will join the Sports Clubs hosting the groundbreaking experience including New York, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, Boston and Washington, DC.

Move for Minds is an unprecedented gathering of superstar experts from the worlds of brain research, nutrition, exercise, caregiving and meditation, who believe funding brain research on women will help solve the Alzheimer’s epidemic.

“Move for Minds is a very successful program for Equinox and we are thrilled to once again partner with Maria Shriver to challenge the public and to become more aware of both their cognitive health and physical health,” said Equinox CEO Harvey Spevak. “High performance living is about engaging your mind and your body. Move for Minds does both and also raises funds for women-based research to benefit The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.”

“I am so proud that everyday people stepped forward to raise funds for women’s brain research. Their fundraising will make possible groundbreaking research in labs across the country conducted by leaders who I believe will answer the question why every 66 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s and why two thirds of them are women,” said Maria Shriver. “In advance of Giving Tuesday, we are announcing Challenge 66 – a grass-roots campaign to spread awareness, raise funds and get America engaged in what I call the ultimate women’s empowerment issue.”

“So many scientists have been working for years to understand Alzheimer’s disease and its underlying pathologies. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is extremely grateful to Maria Shriver and her team for their commitment to generate awareness of the disease and for their very generous donation towards our research efforts to understand why women get the disease at a much higher rate,” said Dr. Rudy Tanzi, Chair of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Consortium and Director of Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“I am thrilled to have received the generous grant from The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement and excited to use it to advance our big data project to discover therapeutics to prevent, delay and treat Alzheimer’s in women and men,” said Dr. Roberta Brinton. “It’s an honor to be recognized by Maria Shriver and The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement who have taken the lead in raising awareness about the disproportionate impact Alzheimer’s has on women and the need for more gender-based research.”

“We are so grateful for the generous grant from Maria Shriver and The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, which will allow our talented scientists at the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to advance their gender-based neurologic disease research. The results of this work have the potential to lead to breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s disease and will provide important insights on how and why it disproportionally affects women,” said Dr. Howard Weiner and Dr. Dennis Selkoe, Co-Directors of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement grants were awarded and Challenge 66 was launched in November, which Ronald Reagan designated National Alzheimer’s Awareness and Family Caregivers month in 1983. Back then, fewer than two million Americans suffered from the disease, which now affects more than 5.4 million Americans. The majority of them are women and no one knows why. The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement is determined to find the answer.

To take Challenge 66 and sign up for Move for Minds 2017 on Saturday, June 4 visit


President Obama And First Lady Michelle Obama To Light National Christmas Tree

Nov 30, 2016 06:30 am

Barack Obama: Profile

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will help wrap the National Park Service Centennial celebrations when they officially light the National Christmas Tree in President’s Park on Dec. 1 during the 2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.

Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Simone Manuel is also set to make a special appearance with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Hosted by Eva Longoria, this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting features a line-up of chart topping talent who will make the night merry and bright. Yolanda Adams, Marc Anthony, Kelly Clarkson, The Lumineers, Chance the Rapper, James Taylor, Garth Brooks, and Trisha Yearwood will all perform a collection of holiday favorites accompanied by Afro Blue and the Airmen of Note.

Keep up with the National Christmas Tree on Twitter at @TheNationalTree and follow #NCTL2016 on social media for more information about the event and its history.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. Through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the Hallmark Channel will exclusively broadcast the National Christmas Tree Lighting on Monday, December 5 at 7 p.m. ET. The event can also be viewed on the National Christmas Tree Lighting website,, starting Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

An American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark.

Celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service’s next 100 years, #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation’s natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.



Spotlight: Chris Martin’s Charity Work

Nov 30, 2016 06:00 am

Chris Martin

Member of Coldplay

Martin gathered more than 30.000 signatures for Oxfam’s Fair Trade petition while touring from 2002-2004.

Martin has been on trips with Oxfam to assess conditions in third world countries and has appeared in its advertising campaign. He is known for wearing a Make Trade Fair wristband during public appearances, including at Coldplay concerts.

Read more about Chris Martin’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: Rape Foundation’s Celebrity Supporters

Nov 30, 2016 05:00 am
Bringing state-of-the-art, comprehensive care to rape victims and sexually abused children; providing prevention programs to reduce the incidence of these crimes; and giving training to victim service providers to enhance the treatment victims receive wherever they turn for help.

Their program, Stuart House, is an internationally recognized, model program created by The Rape Foundation and others to serve the special needs of sexually abused children and their families. Stuart House is an exemplary public/private partnership and a unique, interagency program.

Celebrity supporters

Rape Foundation has 45 known supporters, including Samuel L. Jackson, Quincy Jones, and Ben Affleck

Areas of work

Read more about Rape Foundation’s work and celebrity supporters.

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