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When it comes to the issues where do you stand? Are you always looking for ways to alleviate hunger? Do most of your efforts go towards helping underprivileged children? Or are you burning your bra for women’s rights?
Many companies have also jumped on the philanthropic bandwagon, lending their considerable wealth and manpower to benefit causes that are tied to the brand or near and dear to business leaders.
Here are 10 companies with a social mission.
When it comes to funding, African-American museums can use all the help they can get. So the recent $1 million grant the General Motors Foundation awarded to the upcoming Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture was most welcomed.
Because of the size of the gift, the GM Foundation has become a founding donor to the museum. The museum is still under construction and will be located on five acres adjacent to the Washington Monument. It is expected to open in late 2015.
“Through this grant we continue our commitment by helping to bring to life the story of African Americans who have changed our nation in so many ways,” said the foundation’s president, Vivian Pickard, in a statement.
GM’s donation will help pay for the design and installation of the museum’s permanent exhibition. It will also allow the construction remain on schedule.
Previously Oprah Winfrey also donated $13 million. Her name will go on a 350-seat theater as a thank you for her enormous gift. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and American Express have also donated to the highly-anticipated museum.
Lonnie G. Bunch, founding director, told the newspaper, every donation helps. “I jump up and down every time we get a donation, whether it’s $5 or $5 million. What I realize is, every donation is a step closer to making dreams of our ancestors real. That excites me every moment,” he said.
The government shutdown has defunded Head Start programs, which educate 7,000 poor toddlers in preparation for kindergarten. But a $10 million donation by billionaire couple John and Laura Arnold has got Head Start programs operating despite the standstill at Congress, The Root reports.
“We believe that it is especially unfair that young children from underprivileged communities and working families pay the price for the legislature’s collective failures,” the Arnolds said in a statement.
The billionaire couple’s generous donation will benefit thousands of children in poverty who use these programs to “learn the skills needed for their early school years and whose parents rely on the program to have a safe, affordable place to take their children while they work,” The Root added. And what makes the Arnolds particularly extraordinary are their qualms about passing on their wealth to their three children: “Because of our backgrounds and because of our own experiences, we just don’t believe in dynastic wealth,” they said.
Instead, they hope to pass on their fortunes to government programs — something many wealthy Americans refuse to do because of their distrust of the government’s judgment. According to The Root, the Arnold’s find it more prudent to invest in today’s deprived children than tomorrow’s prisons or homeless shelters.
“[W]hat makes the Arnolds’ act particularly significant is that, unlike some wealthy people who bought into Mitt Romney’s 47 percent argument that some Americans earn money and deserve it and others simply take it, the Arnolds are wealthy people who earned their money but who understand that America’s future will be brighter if they share it with children who are not born into the same opportunities as their children.”
John, whose wealth is valued at $2.8 billion, and his wife have previously made headlines for their support of the Obama administration. The Arnolds are heads of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, which strives to impact society in a way that “maximizes opportunity and minimizes injustice.”
The Arnolds are crossing their fingers that the government eventually open because the Head Start programs can only last so long on philanthropists’ cash: “We sincerely hope that our government gets back to work in short order, as private dollars cannot in the long term replace government commitments,” The Arnolds told the Daily Mail.
Drake and The Game were touched after hearing Anna Angel’s tragic story: After returning home from a shift at Burger King, a deadly fire consumed her home killing her five kids and boyfriend. No one survived the blazing Ohio home, TMZ reports.
After hearing about the disaster, both rappers agreed to contribute $10,000 each for Angel’s funeral expenses, totaling a $20K contribution. According to TMZ, both rappers made their generous decision over a phone call.
“I can deal with a lot of things but people losing their children is something that kills me everytime,” The Game said on his Instagram. In response, Drake said, “What [The Game] is doing will never be forgotten. Honored to be able to help people along side my brother.”
The producers of The Game’s reality show, Marrying the Game, also touched by Angel’s story, are also donating $2,500 for the burial costs.
“Myself and @thedocumentary (The Game) are donating a total of $22,500 to Ana Angel,” Drake continued on his Instagram, “who lost her boyfriend & their 5 children in a house fire on behalf of @therobinhoodproject #therobinhoodproject”
The hashtags you see embedded in Drake’s instagram post refers to The Game’s new philanthropic organization called “The Robin Hood Project,” an effort to give $1 million dollars of his own money to people in need all around the world.
The Trayvon Martin Foundation received a $50,000 donation from four Florida community businesses and organizations.
Donors to the foundation include Boyland Auto Group, LLC, Invictus Law Group, P.L., Boyz-4-Lyfe, and the Delta Xi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
The four organizations are offering up the funds in the form of a scholarship in memory of Trayvon Martin and hope that it can help provide students of color with educational opportunities.
The scholarship will be granted to four graduating seniors at Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School in Miami, Florida.
“The purpose of this scholarship is to bridge the socio-economic gap among young people of color in the U.S., through educational opportunities for disadvantaged students who cannot afford a college education,” said CEO of Boyland Auto Group, Dorian S. Boyland.
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That is amazing and these organizations should be celebrated for their contribution to the Trayvon Martin Foundation. It is so good to see and hear that although the death of Trayvon was a tragedy, people are finding ways to bring positive changes in the community.
Money, money, money, money! Yes, we know sports stars get paid the big bucks. Their extreme talents pay off, whether hooping, golfing, boxing or cycling. But how awesome is it when we see these sports celebs give back to their community? It lets us know that they haven’t forgotten their roots – from where they used to play b-ball to the day-to-day struggle growing up in a household where making ends meet was a constant challenge. Whatever the case, these athletes desire to help others, and because they are in a position to help others, they feel the need to do so. Kudos to these sports stars for lending a helping hand.
Dwyane Wade said when he was 7 years old, if he ever became famous, the first thing he’d do is use his celebrity to give back to his old neighborhood in Chicago. In 2003, the same year he was drafted, he started the Wade’s World Foundation, which serves at-risk communities in Milwaukee, South Florida, and Chicago. Wade’s World promotes literacy, health and fatherhood through youth summer camps, academic scholarships, and community service programs. Wade was the winner of the 2013 BET Humanitarian Award, of which he was totally deserving.
Some celebrities are known for their philanthropic work, whether it be giving back to the community or volunteering their time for a specific cause. Here’s a list of celebrities who dug deep in their hearts and wallets to donate big when a natural disaster struck:
When a catastrophic earthquake rocked the tiny Caribbean country of Haiti, it killed more than 230,000 and left millions more without a home. Former Fugees frontman Wyclef Jean was one of the first people who made their way down to his home country to help search for survivors. In addition to helping out physically, the rapper/producer used the power of social media to ask for help, raising more than $1 million for Yele Haiti with a single tweet. All of Jean’s hard work would be overshadowed a year later when his charity came under fire for allegedly squandering millions of dollars in donations. Jean has since released a statement acknowledging the organization’s mistakes and vowed to continue on. “The new and good news is that Yele, under new leadership, despite efforts to undermine its credibility and effectiveness, continues its mission to serve people in need.”