Beginning today, May 30th, 'N Sync's Lance Bass and Entourage's Emmanuelle Chriqui will battle to see who can raise the most money for their favorite charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Colon Cancer Canada.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Williams-Sonoma Inc. was recognized as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Corporate Partner of the Year during the presentation of the ALSAC/St. Jude Volunteer Appreciation Awards on June 24. St. Jude honored partners, volunteers and donors from across the country at the annual event.
Williams-Sonoma has raised more than $15.5 million for St. Jude through the annual Thanks and Giving fundraising campaign since 2005. In 2010, Williams-Sonoma Inc. associates collected $4.1 million during the campaign through its Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma Home stores, catalogs and websites.
Announcing the 2011 Fundraising Professional of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Dave McKee.
The economic crisis has put nonprofit organizations in a double bind. On the one hand, social-service organizations like food banks, rescue missions and health clinics have seen demand for their services skyrocket as the unemployment rate rises and Americans see their savings, home values and retirement accounts plummet. Yet while the demand for nonprofit services is rising, in a severe economic downturn it's harder than ever to raise dollars to pay for those services.
June 25, 2009 — As of mid-2009, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has already funded over $1 million in high-risk, high-reward approaches to Parkinson’s therapeutic development through its groundbreaking Rapid Response Innovation Awards. Projects include investigations of the safety and efficacy of an FDA-approved drug for kidney disease to treat Parkinson’s; characterization of a tenuous link between PD and certain strains of influenza virus; and a proof-of-principle approach to refine deep brain stimulation (DBS) into a potentially more effective symptomatic therapy.
June 11, 2009 — Richard C. Shadyac Jr. has been named the new CEO for American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities, the fundraising organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
May 28, 2009, The New York Times — The results are in, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital is the winner of the Target Corporation’s “Bullseye Gives” contest on Facebook, in which 10 charities vied for votes from the social network’s users.
AOL announced today that its customers helped save the lives of children by generously donating to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital(R) through its fifth-annual Thanks and Giving(R) campaign. AOL, whose users doubled the amount of money they donated year over year, mounted an extensive promotional campaign across its network of sites, generating more than 467 million media, editorial and promotional impressions during the Thanks and Giving campaign, a national awareness and fundraising initiative for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital that runs throughout the holiday season. AOL contributed a total of $1.5 million to St. Jude in donations from AOL users, AOL employees, company matching grants, as well as in-kind promotions and ads on the AOL network.
Americans' renewed sense of hope and desire for change appear to have extended all the way to online solitaire. Thousands of casual gamers logged on to IWON.com last month to play games on behalf of their favorite charity or community organization. At stake, more than $25,000 in January cash prizes as part of an IWON Team Challenge that by month's end will have awarded over $160,000 in charitable donations in total.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 23 — Despite their immense popularity, online games have long been looked upon primarily as fun time-wasters, a means of escape. In other words, they haven't gotten much respect. Now, with the expansion of its successful "gaming for charity" program, IWON.com is making a case for why playing games on your free time is not only fun and relaxing, it can benefit society as well.
That's welcomed news for charitable organizations severely impacted by the current economy. IWON.com has expanded its popular Team Challenge to allow for more charities to receive cash awards each month. The program, in which thousands of casual gamers log on to IWON.com daily to play their favorite games and earn "coins" for a charity or community organization's team, now donates money to the six charities with the most coins every month.
By the end of this month's competition, IWON.com will have awarded over $135,000 to winning charities and organizations on behalf of those playing for their favorite causes. The company introduced the program last fall just as the economy showed increased signs of significant weakness.
"The December holidays proved to be an especially tough time for charities. The financial crisis continues to have a significant impact on donations so vital to the good works done by charitable organizations," explains Timothy Allen, vice president of IAC Consumer Applications and Portals and General Manager of IWON.com. "We have been more than happy to continue our monthly awards to assist additional worthy organizations. Our Team Challenge is a new, creative and fun way for charities to raise awareness and much needed funds in 2009, and we welcome and encourage their supporters to game for the greater good."
Topping December's national charity Team Challenge, The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was championed by a loyal IWON team of online game players. One of the world's premier medical centers, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is dedicated to finding cures for children with catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
On the member-created team charity side, the Wounded Warriors Project (WWP) logged an unprecedented third win in a row and to date have won over $30,000 for their cause. The WWP is a non-profit organization that honors and empowers wounded veterans by raising awareness and enlisting the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women. The WWP also helps severely injured service members aid and assist each other and provides unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
Taking December's second and third place prize awards in the national team category were Best Friends Animal Society, the country's largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals and the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. Among IWON's member-created groups, the team in support of The Salvation Army took second place and a $2,000 prize while third place and $1,000 were awarded to "Common Cents" -- a team supporting Elizabeth's Table, a non profit food service organization that provides food and clothing for those in need. The Common Cents team previously won in November for Petfinders, the largest nonprofit lost and found service in the United States and Canada.
How To Play Games for Charity
Participating in the IWON Team Challenge requires only that you complete a free registration form on IWON.com, then choose the team you wish to join from a list of national or community designated charities. You may also create a new team for a charity not represented in the competition within the community's Member-Created Teams category.
Coins earned by participants while playing IWON.com's free games count toward their team's monthly total. The teams with the highest coin tallies at month's end are then named the winners. The more people who join your team and the more games you play, the more coins your team receives.
What's more, your coins can also be redeemed for member-only sweepstakes entries. So while you may be playing on behalf of a charity team, you're also eligible to win your own prizes. After all, the economy is impacting more than just charities.
About IAC Consumer Applications & Portals, Inc. ("IAC CAP")
IAC CAP, a wholly owned business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), is a leading developer of consumer applications and portals which enable users to creatively and visually express themselves online. IAC CAP brands include Zwinky(R), ZwinkyCuties(TM) Girlsense(R), Smiley Central(R), Webfetti(TM), IWON(R), Vimeo, Life123(TM), Popular Screensavers(TM), MyFunCards(TM), Cursor Mania(TM), as well as the Excite(R) portal.
SOURCE IAC Consumer Applications & Portals, Inc.