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New Light for Developing Countries Runs on Gravity

Friday 12.14.2012 , Posted by

As we flip a switch to light up a room or use our cell phone flashlight to find our keys in the dark, it’s easy to take for granted how lucky we are. In many developing countries throughout the world, the people still rely on kerosene to light their way in the dark, which can be very dangerous and cost up to 20% of a person’s income. Looking to address this problem in the most efficient way possible, a team of engineers from the UK have designed an amazing light that runs on gravity and the weight of rocks or sand. As of now, the cost of each light is $10, which would pay for itself in 3 months of not using kerosene, but with further R&D the team thinks they could get the cost down to $5 each. [Read more...]

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Running across the USA for Cystic Fibrosis

Thursday 09.27.2012 , Posted by

Tommy Danger is off on a new adventure for a cause that’s felt a bit close to home. Rather than raise support for orphanages and schools in developing countries this time, Tommy is running across the United States to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis. His running journey just commenced three days ago in Seattle, Washington. [Read more...]

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How to Raise $10k to Build a School in 3 Hours

Thursday 06.02.2011 , Posted by


Taylor Conroy’s motto is “destroy normal,” so it’s no surprise that when he wanted to take fundraising to the next level, he invented a platform that would completely change the way people think of charity. His social micro-giving platform, found at GiveAwesome.com, is designed to raise $10,000 to build a school in 3 hours. The 29-year-old entrepreneur and budding philanthropist recently did a Tedx talk on his new platform, which we’ve featured above.
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Water Changes Everything

Friday 04.22.2011 , Posted by

Charity Water reminds us in this motion graphic that a billion people live without clean drinking water. For most of us it takes only a few seconds to get water, but for some it takes a 3 hour walk in harsh conditions to get even marginally potable water. The daily struggle to obtain water keeps many people occupied during time that could be spent working, learning or interacting with family.

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Build a Poster, Make a Difference

Monday 03.21.2011 , Posted by

Ready to create your own one-off work of art for a good cause? Just like the “exquisite corpse” books of our childhood with pages split in three and a selection of heads, bodies and feet to combine, these red-hued posters allow you to choose from 120 different artists work. With that many contributors there are literally 64,000 combinations, but act quick because only one of each combination will be printed. The project is part of the Wear Red campaign and proceeds from the £60 posters go to Richard House, London’s first children’s hospice.

To build your own visit goinggoinggone-red.org
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A Poster Call to Action: Help Japan

Monday 03.14.2011 , Posted by

James White at SignalNoise.com

With the horrific earthquake and tsunami in Japan just days past artists and designers around the world are quickly putting their skills to work bringing attention to the important mission of caring for the people of the stricken country. Using the Rising Sun as their cue these posters are both beautiful and moving. Let’s all do our part and help this beautiful country get back on it’s feet!

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The Giving Movement

Friday 12.17.2010 , Posted by

A hefty yet graceful movement is transforming the world as you read, and it’s propelled by a wave of philanthropists on an unwavering quest to abolish global poverty. We’re calling it the Giving Movement, and it’s backed by bighearted philanthropists that range from billionaires giving away their fortunes, to people with much more modest bank accounts whose pledges are proportionately generous, if not more so.

Warren Buffett, Melinda French Gates and Bill Gates

Making the news recently was Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement to give away half of his fortune as part of The Giving Pledge. The sum promises to be mighty as Facebook has been valuated at over $50 billion. The Giving Pledge, which was started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, “is an effort to invite the wealthiest individuals and families in America to commit to giving the majority of their wealth to philanthropy,” according to GivingPledge.org. [Read more...]

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Happy Movember! It’s Mustache Month

Saturday 11.06.2010 , Posted by

Did you know November is no longer? Yep… now it’s called Movember in honor of Mustache Month! To celebrate, we bring you an inspiring feast of mustache.

First: Movember.com is challenging men all over the country to grow mustaches this month and then to throw huge charity parties to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong. You can register your sweet ‘stash on their website and find out how to raise funds to fight male cancers.

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