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From 12-12-12 Concert to American Red Cross, Storytelling Drives Compassion

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 13, 2012 12:11 PM

The two billion people who watched the 12-12-12 concert for Hurricane Sandy relief at New York’s Madison Square on Wednesday night may have tuned in (or streamed) for the chance to see music legends — Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, the Who, Roger Waters, Chris Martin, Michael Stipe, Dave Grohl, Alicia Keys, Eddie Vedder — but the heart of the show was the stories of people whose lives were impacted by Sandy, and who were asking the world to care and help.

As the Los Angeles Times commented, “Critiquing the broadcast of the 12-12-12 Sandy benefit concert on Wednesday night is like assessing the food at a bake sale: Maybe the muffins are oversalted or the cookies are stale, but that's not the point. The point is charity and drawing attention to the cause.”

So  kudos to Madison Square Garden (and New York Knicks) owner Cablevision, not to mention Clear Channel, Miramax's Harvey Weinstein, Chase, State Farm and other sponsors and volunteers for putting on a story-driven night of music and social compassion (the #121212concert hashtag is still lively on Twitter) to raise proceeds for the Robin Hood Relief Fund.

And in a similar (if less glitzy) vein, the American Red Cross has some stories it would like to share with you, too.Continue reading...

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Godiva's Lady Godiva Awards Accepting Nominations for Local Heroines

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 12, 2012 10:18 AM

In April, GODIVA Chocolatier launched its Lady Godiva Program, honoring inspirational women on a local and national level who embody the original Lady Godiva’s selflessness, generosity and leadership as seen above.

Every two years, GODIVA selects a National Lady GODIVA Honoree and this year its first recipient is Lauren Bush Lauren, Co-Founder of FEED Projects, whose non-profit has provided over 60 million school meals to children living in 62 countries throughout the world through the United Nationals WFP since the launch. 

GODIVA committed to sell one-of-a-kind FEED 10 bags, with each providing 10 school meals to children in cocoa-producing regions, and most recently, launched exclusive limited edition products like the FEED 8 Origins Collection of chocolates, where for each box sold, 8 meals will be donated to children in Ecuador and Uganda.

“The Lady GODIVA Program takes this notion of giving one step further.  With the creation of the Lady GODIVA Program, we will honor outstanding women that make a difference both on a national and local level as well as the causes that matter most to women,” says Jim Goldman, President & CEO, GODIVA Chocolatier.Continue reading...

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McDonald's US Launches $1M Drive for Ronald McDonald House Charity

Posted by Dale Buss on November 29, 2012 02:18 PM

McDonald's and its critics have gone back-and-forth lately about the proper marketing role for Ronald McDonald in the chain's fast-food business. But there's nothing to argue about in how well the McDonald's mascot continues to perform in another role: as the icon of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

And as the holidays typically bring a focus to charitable causes for a number of reasons, McDonald's is in the midst of a new campaign — "Give the Gift of Togetherness" — to raise $1 million for the Ronald McDonald House operation by the end of the year.

It is relying on innovative multimedia tactics such as an animated video (by DDB Chicago) that tells the heart-wrenching story of how the organization has helped one mother and her young child, Summer, in the jumbled aftermath of a terrible auto accident.Continue reading...

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US Budget Crisis Pressures Bono's ONE and (RED) World AIDS Day Push

Posted by Barry Silverstein on November 28, 2012 01:09 PM

There's good news and bad news when it comes to AIDS, and ONE wants to make sure the world's population is aware of both this December 1, the 24th annual World AIDS Day.

The ONE Campaign, the global advocacy organization co-founded by U2's Bono, just released a new report on the global fight against HIV/AIDS. The good news: Scientists now have the tools to "turn the tide" on AIDS, and the world should be heartened that the UN set targets for the "beginning of the end of AIDS" to be met in 2015. The bad news: Unless "sufficient funding, coordination and political will" are brought to bear in the fight against AIDS, it will be 2022 before the "beginning of the end of AIDS" can be reached.

With America mired in a heated national debate over how to fix the debt and the looming fiscal cliff, Bono has been personally lobbying U.S. lawmakers to urge them not to cut U.S. foreign assistance and aid funding. ONE is stoking up the urgency through a variety of actions in conjunction with World AIDS Day 2012.Continue reading...

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Ferrari's Ultra-Fast F12 Berlinetta Prances Into the Spotlight

Posted by Dale Buss on November 26, 2012 11:47 AM

An estimated quarter of a million Chinese spectators lined the streets of Guangzhou to catch a glimpse of it over the weekend, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry went all the way to Italy to drive one, so the new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta must be quite the car. Indeed, the F12 provides a whopping 730 horsepower and 509 lb.-ft. of torque, has a 211-mph maximum speed, a zero-to-62 mph speed of just 3.1 seconds, and a V12 engine. But with asking prices starting at about $316,000, it's possible that even the Republican governor of one of America's biggest states couldn't afford it.

And that's exactly why the car makes such an effective subject for a major charitable act by Ferrari. The U.S. headquarters of the Italian automaker is located in Englewood Cliffs in New Jersey, an area that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. So Ferrari auctioned off the first U.S.-market F 12 Berlinetta and donated the proceeds to relief efforts, raising $1.5 million for the American Red Cross.Continue reading...

corporate citizenship

Durex Launches #1Share1Condom World AIDS Day Campaign

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 25, 2012 11:43 PM

Durex kicked off its first global initiative for World AIDS Day 2012 on social media. The brand will donate one condom for every person who shares the Twitter hashtag #1share1condom through December 1st, which is World AIDS Day. Facebook users are being encouraged to share the Durex World AIDS Day image or video above. Accoridng to Mumbrella, the condom brand "has symbolically set a target of 2.5 million condom donations ... representative of the 2.5 million people who were newly infected with HIV last year alone."

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St. Jude Brings Out Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara, Robin Williams for Holiday 2012

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 22, 2012 10:42 AM

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital celebrates Thanksgiving with messages from its roster of celebrity supporters including Marlo Thomas, daughter of founder Danny Thomas, plus Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Aniston, Robin Williams, Michael Strahan, Luis Fonsi, and Shaun White:Continue reading...

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On World Toilet Day, Brands and Non-Profits Can Say #IGiveaShit and Mean It

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 19, 2012 05:52 PM

In case it's not marked on your calendar, today is World Toilet Day — and it's no joking matter.

An estimated 2.5 billion people, 37% of the world's population, do not have access to a clean and safe toilet. One in three women worldwide risk shame, disease, harassment and even attack because they have nowhere safe to go to the toilet. Sanitation would make 1.25 billion women's lives safer and healthier, which is why people are being asked to petition governments to provide safe toilets and clean water for the world's poorest people.

As the Gates Foundation tweeted today, "The annual gain in economic productivity if everyone had a toilet is $225B." Putting things in perspective, Matt Damon, co-founder of Water.org, wants it to be known that more people have a mobile phone today than a toilet: “Six billion people have cell phones, but only 4.5 billion have access to improved sanitation.” Bill and Melinda Gates, in case you missed it, are putting serious funds toward reinventing the toilet as part of the foundation's water, sanitation and hygiene platform.

GE sponsored (as part of its Focus Forward three-minute short film series on world-changing ideas) the "Meet Mr. Toilet" documentary by Oscar-winning director Jessica Wu, which debuted this past January at the Sundance Festival earlier this year. It features the late Jim Sim (aka "Mr. Toilet"), who founded the World Toilet Organization and the annual World Toilet Day.

Named a TIME Hero of the Environment in 2008, Sim — who died in 2009 — was frank and enertaining about extolling the need for better sanitation and breaking the taboos about talking, well, shit. In fact, the former mayor of Suwon, South Korea, inspired a toilet museum in his former hometown, which opened earlier this year.Continue reading...

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