Celebrity Fundraising with Bill Clinton, The Clinton Foundation, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Ted Danson           In a new Web video for the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Foundation, a coterie of stars performs as the foundation’s airheaded “Celebrity Division.” Ben Stiller leads an unproductive fundraising brainstorming session with Matt Damon, Sean Penn, Kristen Wiig (wihg), Jack Black, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen.

Ok so granted this doesn’t have much to do with school fundraising it does give you a taste for brainstorming the perfect fundraising campaign.

Watch as a bunch of well known celebrities table their ideas.
Psst….guess who’s in the video eh?!!

I’m sure you guys have some great humourous stories about your schools fundraising events. Drop a comment and let us know.

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Matt Damon's Fundraising for Feeding America 

 

 Ya know it’s been awhile since we’ve covered anything from our buddy Matt. Never one to back down from a good fundraising event Matt Damon is active promoting Hunger Action Month.

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Taye Diggs have done PSA’s for Feeding America and this month, the charitable organization is running a campaign to raise awareness for domestic hunger relief.

 Vivki Escarra, President and CEO Feeding America: “The insidious effects of hunger expand well beyond the individual who struggles daily for his or her next nutritious meal. Hunger significantly impacts our nation’s economy, education, healthcare, and ultimately, workforce productivity. Feeding America encourages everyone to play a role throughout September in raising awareness around the issue of hunger.

 

 Feeding America has put together an in depth and content rich page detailing every aspect of the war against hunger. Check out the Map the MealGap page where food shortages are detailed by state. The website also has  food pantry listings. 

 Feeding America is looking to spread the word about hunger and asking for your help. They would like to hit 1 million video views by the end of Sept. This will encourage more people to donate or vounteer for this cause.  The videos can be easily shared through twitter , facebook or any other social media source. It’s a pressing need nationwide and I understand why they’re using every available means to get the message out.

For those looking to get involved to help check out these Feeding America Volunteer Opportunties

Thanks Matt and everyone involved with Feeding America.  Job well done guys!

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Fundraising Hairdesign for Charity

Hmmmmm ya know these hair fundraiser articles we post are pretty popular. Maybe it’s the mixture of fun with fundraising and charity? I read about more and more haircutting events that are happening and wanted to share this one.

on February 1 over 100 Paul Mitchell Schools across the united states kicked off a 3 month fundraising drive. This is the eighth annual Paul Mitchell fundraiser and helps benefit The Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network, Morris Animal Foundation, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the Cancer Smancer Foundation and Food 4 Africa.

10,000 students spend February through April doing fundraising events like hair shows, cut a thons, car washes, bake sales etc to help raise money for their causes. At the end of the three months the Paul Mitchell school that raises the most gets to have a guest speaker or artists at their location.

Last year, the schools raised a record-breaking $1.2 million for several nonprofit groups, bringing their seven-year total to more than $4.6 million.

“Nothing is kept for Paul Mitchell,” said financial aid specialist Sabrina Johnson. “He does not take a single percentage.”

The Paul Mitchell “funraiser” is supported with the help of celebrities like Leeza Gibbons, Donnie and Marie Osmond, Betty White, Dolly Parton, Paul’s son Angus Mitchell, Larry King and more.

You’ll love this video that Betty does with the Dean of the Paul Mitchell School, Winn Claybaugh.

This is a first class fundraiser with everyone having fun and they have done important work for their comminities in the past couple of years

In the last seven years, Paul Mitchell schools have:

    - Built two homes with Habitat for Humanity
    - Fed thousands of African orphans
    - Supported the victims of AIDS, breast cancer, homelessness and abuse
    - Directly saved 20 lives through the Larry King Cardiac Foundation,
    - Provided 400 hours of individual speech and language therapy for lower-income deaf children through No Limits


For more information about the fundraiser, visit www.paulmitchellschoolsfunraising.org.

Us guys here at justfundraising wish Paul Mitchell’s Funraising campaign the best of luck! It’s fantastic to see such a great spirit of charity and philanthropy running through a company.

If you would like to help donate to the Paul Mitchell Funraiser contact us for fundraising ideas that you can get excited about.

Now where’s our buddy Matt Damon when all this is going on?! He probably needs his hair cut…

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With the advent of new media fundraising for non-profits has blossomed. Now causes are flooding facebook, twitter, flicker and the rest of the social websites. Arguments have been raised that there is a glut of charity and causes out there. With all these causes trying to get your attention nobody is getting heard.

Celebrity advertising is not new but it is one of the most effective ways to get your charities time in the spotlight. Many critiques have been leveled at celebrity fundraising: Being more about the celebrity, the stars do not care about the cause but they are just in it for the exposure, they get paid to attend and they do not really understand the causes they represent.

The arguments about the stars devotion to the cause can also be attributed to that fact that they don’t come cheap. There are booking agencies out there for sports, movie, political and movie personalities available for your next charity function. There is a mini industry available to the un-employed actor who will consider fronting a cause.

There might be something to these allegations but to be fair I think the celebrities have to be examined case by case. There are celebrity fundraisers that have been very successful because of devote stars. There are celebrities who care about the causes they represent: Elizabeth Taylor, Sting, Elton John are just a few that come to mind who have supported devoutly the same cause for years.

Whether your talking Angelina Jolie’s work visiting missions or George Clooney’s work as a UN Messenger of Peace there are many celebrities whose fame brings the spotlight to charities who could get lost in the crowd. I understand cynacism when it comes to some celebrities however, many are very active for causes in their free time. George was instrumental in the Hope for Haiti Telethon which brought in millions in one night. Not only do celebrities give time donations but part of their estates as well. “ Paul Newman has quietly turned over the entire value of his ownership in Newman’s Own — the company that makes salad dressing and cookies — to charity. Completed over a two-year period in 2005 and 2006, the amount of his donations to Newman’s Own Foundation Inc. comes to an astounding $120 million.” 1

According to USA Today: “Having a star at a fundraising event will almost guarantee more money for a charity’s coffers, sometimes boosting the take by fivefold or more.” 2 That fact alone will guarantee that celebrity fundraising is here to stay.

In my opinion I think that celebrity fundraising works. In the past I have posted videos and clips of movie stars and music personalities on my blog in conjunction with fundraising and charity ideas. The traffic generated by these posts generates a half to a third more hits depending on the celebrity.

Now you tell me, what’s your take on celebrity fundraising? Does it annoy you? Do you see it as a frivolous expense? Are you fascinated with a star that draws you closer to a good cause? Tell us what you think

Here are a few websites you can check out what your favorite celebrity is doing:

partnerwithastar.com 
looktothestars.org

1-http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,365221,00.html

2- http://www.allamericanspeakers.com/sportspeakers/Celebrity_Personal_Appearance.php

Fundraising for Haiti's water

After their devastating earthquake earlier this year things have improved very slowly for Haiti. Due to poor sanitation conditions Cholera has broken out with more than 3,300 cases being reported. Reports state over 1,000 cholera related death as of November 12.

Cholera is an intestinal infection derived from eating or drinking contaminated food.  Those infected suffer a range of ailments from profuse watery diarrhea, vomiting, and leg cramps. In severely ill people, cholera will cause rapid dehydration and shock. If you have a severe case and you are not treated, you could die within hours.

Some people have expressed frustration about the continuing plight in Haiti. They gave their donation well then…why isn’t this issue taken care of! Well people, devastation on this level is going to take a long time to fix. It would be nice if it was all wrapped up in a couple of weeks but in reality patience and persistance is going to play a large part in fixing all of the issues in Haiti. 

Check out the Haiti water donation page at globalgiving.org  and give what you can.

Not to be outdone our buddy Matt Damon is selling water bottles for clean water.

Matt Damon Fundraising I dunno, it’s like we’ve adopted the guy. To his credit Matt Damon is very busy giving his time to charitable fundraisers. Thus we tend to mention him quite a bit. In celebration of that fact I hereby award Matt Damon with his very own category on this blog called
“Our Buddy Matt.” He’ll be thrilled I’m sure…

Soooo our buddy Matt is hosting the third annual ONEXONE fundraiser in New York next week. ONEXONE is a great organization who do annual fundraising for:

War Child
Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Canada
Child Find Ontario
Right To Play
African Children’s Choir
Millennium Promise Alliance.

This charitable fundraiser is happening next week, so if you can make it for this worthy cause, it’s all going down at;
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Capitale at 130 Bowery
NY, NY
6:30

If you run into him, tell him us guys at justfundraising.com are proud of him.