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30 Ways in 30 Days – Make Doing Good A Habit


TakePart LLC, the online social action network of the film entertainment company Participant Media (Food, Inc., Waiting For Superman, Inconvenient Truth) recently launched “30 Ways in 30 Days,” an interactive social action monthly calendar that encourages people to engage in timely charitable causes and make doing good a daily habit.

The calendar provides individuals with daily, easy and actionable ways to get involved with non-profits and “act” on an important issue such as hunger, homelessness, water scarcity and world peace.

The one action per day calendar includes opportunities for supporters to earn tangible rewards and win great prizes – most of which give back as well, all while raising awareness about important issues and supporting charities who are on the ground fighting to make a difference.

Make doing good a daily habit! Visit www.takepart.com/30ways30days.

About Participant Media

Participant Media is a Los Angeles-based entertainment company that focuses on socially relevant, commercially viable feature films, documentaries and television, as well as publishing and digital media.  Participant Media is headed by CEO Jim Berk and was founded in 2004 by philanthropist Jeff Skoll, who serves as Chairman. Ricky Strauss is President.

Participant exists to tell compelling, entertaining stories that bring to the forefront real issues that shape our lives.  For each of its projects, Participant creates extensive social action and advocacy programs which provide ideas and tools to transform the impact of the media experience into individual and community action.  Participant films include THE KITE RUNNER, CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR, DARFUR NOW, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, SYRIANA, STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE, THE VISITOR, THE SOLOIST, FOOD, INC., THE COVE, THE INFORMANT!, THE CRAZIES, OCEANS, FURRY VENGEANCE, CASINO JACK AND THE UNITED STATES OF MONEY, COUNTDOWN TO ZERO, WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN,” and the upcoming releases FAIR GAME and CANE TOADS: THE CONQUEST.


Can Steve Jobs still become a great philanthropist

Steve Jobs while presenting the iPad in San Fr...

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Since the death of Steve Jobs, discussions have centered around his philanthropic efforts and comparisons made to his chief business rival, Bill Gates, who leads the world’s largest foundation and has been a standard-bearer for the high-profile Giving Pledge.

Over the years, Apple has drawn some criticism for its philanthropy, or lack there of.   There is no disputing that devices like the iPhone and iPad have helped many nonprofit organizations communicate more efficiently. They have allowed groups to improve the way they respond to disasters, communicate with supporters, and carry out their day-to-day work.  But it wasn’t until this year that Apple announced a company-wide giving plan to match employee donations to charity, an employee benefit most corporations have offered for years.

Now the spotlight turns to how the Apple Inc. co-founder’s wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, will manage the fortune she is likely to inherit.  The couple has spoken very little in public about their philanthropy efforts, but Powell Jobs’ outreach speaks for itself.  She has been a huge supporter of  education reform, women’s issues and other philanthropic causes.

The question now becomes, how will her personal affiliations, involvement and giving philosophy reflect on the billion dollar company and on the legacy of her late husband, Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs and Philanthropy

Jobs’s Wife Backs Education Causes

Steve Jobs Can Still Become a Great Philanthropist (blogs.wsj.com)

12 groups earn a piece of $150,000 for national philanthropic achievements

12 groups earn a piece of $150,000 for national philanthropic achievements

On Saturday, September 17 StayClassy announced the winners of the 3rd Annual CLASSY Awards in downtown San Diego.  Twelve groups (nonprofits, businesses and individuals) were honored.

The CLASSY Awards is the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country, recognizing the most outstanding philanthropic achievements by charities, businesses and individuals nationwide.  The event was hosted by actress and philanthropist Jamie-Lynn Sigler and attracted nearly 1,600 people, including nonprofit and technology leaders and numerous CLASSY Awards supporters.

After going through several rounds of judging and voting, winners were chosen from 2,000 nominations and their stories inspired more than 250,000 people to cast their vote.

This year, CLASSY Awards winners and nominees impacted the lives of more than 200,000,000 people worldwide. Their efforts spanned 71 countries and were monumental!  This year’s CLASSY Awards participants successfully donated 15 million pounds of food, gave 4,108 service dogs to people in need, 1 million meals to orphans in Haiti, helped 18,274,522 students through various education initiatives, provided 68,000 flights to help transport sick children, planted and saved 46,013 trees, converted 63 tons of garbage into construction materials, and served 7,813,200 meals to the hungry.

Here is a list of the 12 CLASSY Award winners that earned a piece of $150,000 for their national philanthropic achievements:
Charity of the Year: The Soldiers Project from Los Angeles, California
Small Charity of the Year: Long Way Home, Inc. from Dallas, Texas
Best New Charity: Marley’s Mission from Scranton, Pennsylvania
Philanthropic Business of the Year: Panera Bread from Saint Louis, Missouri
Philanthropic Small Business of the Year: Nika Water from San Diego, California
Most Creative Fundraiser by a Charity: Alex’s Lemonade Stand from Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Most Successful Fundraiser by an Individual or Group: Blanchard Memorial School’s 6th Grade Class from Boxborough, Massachusetts
Most Effective Awareness Campaign by a Charity: Invisible Children from San Diego, California
Most Influential College Student or College Organization: Northwestern University Dance Marathon from Evanston, Illinois
Most Innovative Use of Social Media by a Charity: I’m Too Young for This! Cancer Foundation from Manhattan, New York
Volunteer of the Year: Troy Yocum from Louisville, Kentucky
Young Nonprofit Leader of the Year: Faith Huckel/Restore NYC from Manhattan, New York

About StayClassy
StayClassy is a fast-growing San Diego-based startup that develops an online fundraising product used by thousands of Nonprofit organizations around the world. The company was founded in 2006 by a couple of friends who were looking to fundraise for charity, but didn’t know how to get started. They envisioned a platform that made it easy for Nonprofits to turn their supporters into fundraisers; and so, they set off to build one. After years of testing their concept with dozens of Nonprofits, their initial idea has evolved into what is now an industry-leading online fundraising solution for Charities, Foundations, Churches, Schools, Clubs and more. Recently, the founders were selected by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the top 5 most promising social entrepreneurs in America. The company is also the host of the Classy Awards, the largest philanthropic awards show in the Country.

For more information on the CLASSY Awards and the Winners, visit www.classyawards.org

Free Nonprofit Workshop offers “Grant-worthy” Advise


The IRS recently revoked the nonprofit status of 275,000 nonprofits nationwide, including 3,400 in LA County and 2,200 in Orange County.  Combined, these numbers are higher than many states.

Nonprofit Development Alliance (NDA) is offering a free workshop on Thursday, August 25 at OPIS Network HQ located at 4000 MacArthur Blvd, 9th floor in Newport Beach from 3:00-5:00pm to assist struggling and terminated organizations.

It is estimated that about half of the revoked nonprofits wish to remain in good standing with the IRS but were remiss in following regulations and are unaware of next steps and procedures to take to become reinstated.

The FREE workshop will discuss:

  • how it happened
  • why it happened
  • what their options are now
  • and how to prevent it from happening again

NDA held its first public forum last month in LA and had a great turnout.  The upcoming event in Orange County will be its second free reinstatement workshop and they plan to offer others throughout Southern California including, San Fernando Valley, Pasadena/Glendale and Long Beach.

Nonprofit Development Alliance specializes in fund development, grant strategies, accounting services and compliance and is leading the charge in helping terminated nonprofits that wish to be reinstated find direction.

The free workshop is also open to nonprofit organizations interested in fund development and grant strategic plans. Donor cultivation and planned giving will be discussed, as well as strategies to help increase chances of receiving grant money from foundations, endowments and the government.

For more information or to register, contact Norm Bour at 949-495-6162 or norm@OPISmail.com.