Celebrities

What Fundraisers Can Learn From Peyton Manning
February 5, 2016 at 10:17 am

As his NFL career began in Indianapolis, I had the honor of working with Peyton Manning on a capital campaign I directed to build the St. Vincent Children’s Hospital, later to be renamed the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. I noticed early on that he always was prepared for every meeting, interview, event and activity. He was all business and knew his role...

Michael Jordan Gives Millions in Unexpected Grants to 23 Chicago Nonprofits After Settlement
January 5, 2016 at 10:10 am

Twenty-three Chicago nonprofits answered the phone this week to learn they were lucky recipients of basketball legend Michael Jordan’s winning lawsuit. Jordan wore jersey No. 23 during most of his career with the Chicago Bulls. Jordan’s court case began in 2009 when the now-defunct regional supermarket chain Dominick’s used Jordan’s name in an unauthorized advertisement.…

Mark Zuckerberg Takes on Critics of His $45B Giveaway
December 4, 2015 at 11:02 am

Two days after announcing plans to donate $45 billion over time to his family foundation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to criticism about his philanthropic ambitions. In a Facebook post on Thursday, he pushed back against accusations that he had structured his foundation, not so much as a charity, but as a vehicle for evading…

Mark Zuckerberg to Donate $45B in Facebook Shares to Charity
December 2, 2015 at 10:41 am

Mark Zuckerberg will put 99 percent of his Facebook Inc. shares, currently worth about $45 billion, into a new philanthropy project focusing on human potential and equality, he and his wife said Tuesday in a letter to their newborn daughter. The plan, which was posted on the Facebook founder and CEO's page, attracted more than…

Mark Zuckerberg on Philanthropy: Move Slow, Build Things
November 18, 2015 at 9:47 am

After making their fortunes from new software or social networks, some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have vowed to apply their skills to "hacking" philanthropy and "disrupting" old models for funding charity. Not so for Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who isn't afraid to take a more conventional approach to giving. Local officials will gather in…

The THRIVE Network Honors 5 High-Profile Humanitarians
October 28, 2015 at 10:51 am

The THRIVE Network, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization that offers programs and services to help individuals in need reach their full potential, hosted the first People Who THRIVE Cocktail Fundraiser presented by Lamb Financial Group on Oct. 21, 2015, at Ainsworth Park. The event, produced by the Indra Public Relations team, recognized five high-profile humanitarians for their involvement with various charitable organizations...

Not Your Mama's Charity Telethon: How Livestream Fundraising Will Dominate the World of Giving
October 27, 2015 at 10:16 am

If you’re under 35, you may never have heard of the Jerry Lewis Telethon. But back in the day, it rocked my world. The telethon was an annual marathon television event that raised millions for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, hosted live with schmaltz and sentimentality by Jerry Lewis. Stringing together celebrities, performances and telephones every…

Star Power: The Pros and Cons of Celebrity Endorsers
October 13, 2015 at 9:28 am

Nonprofits face a dilemma in working with celebrity endorsers. As high-profile public figures, celebrities are under constant scrutiny. Small mishaps end up on TMZ, amplified and endlessly analyzed by the media. Other celebrities self-destruct without warning, and if the celebrity has ties to a charity or cause, it can lead to a negative, if not always fair, association, even if the organization acts quickly to control the damage. But there are major benefits, too...

Former Pro Wrestler Calls Komen Foundation a 'Scam'
October 6, 2015 at 10:32 am

Currently signed to the UFC, Phillip Brooks aka CM Punk took to his Twitter account to bash the Susan G. Komen Cancer Research Foundation. The former WWE champion then took to arguing with people who disagree with him. Things got even more intense when former WWE Tough Enough-winner Maven started to engage with Punk. As previously…

Is the Red Cross' #15SecondShakespeare the New Ice Bucket Challenge?
September 28, 2015 at 10:40 am

All the world's a stage, especially on social media. Last year gave us the Ice Bucket Challenge, and now celebrities and others on social media are doing something decidedly classier to raise money for charity. These master thespians are putting their acting skills to the test by reciting the lyrics to hit songs, but with…