Chrissy Teigen & John Legend Donate $288,000 to ACLU

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend found a unique way to celebrate President Trump’s 72nd birthday yesterday (June 14): they donated nearly $300,000 to the ACLU in the real estate mogul’s honor. The $72,000 gift in the name of each member of their family was intended as a loud and pointed protest to what Teigen said was the “inhumane” immigration policies by the Trump administration that have resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents at the border.

Screenshot (25)

“John and I are outraged to see and hear the horror stories of immigrant families seeking asylum and refuge in America being ripped apart due to the inhumane policies of the Trump administration,” Teigen tweeted, a reference to the administration’s policy that has been separating children and parents at the southern U.S. border. “These actions are cruel, anti-family and go against everything we believe this country should represent.”

More than 1,300 children have reportedly been separated from their parents so far as part of the Trump White House’s “zero tolerance” border policy, an action that has drawn rebuke from a number of members of Congress and the religious community, and which inspired thousands of people to take to the streets in dozens of protests around the country to protest the actions in marches coordinated by Families Belong Together.

Teigen said she and Legend decided to make the sizable donation on behalf of themselves and children Luna and Miles because of the ACLU’s commitment to “defending the rights and humanity of these vulnerable families.”

 

 

Advertisements

Nicki Minaj Has Been Quietly Donating

A few weeks ago draws dropped when Nicki Minaj was promoting a fan contest, and a Twitter user asked for an unconventional prize: tuition assistance. Minaj agreed and promised funds to a host of high-achieving scholars who slid into her DMs. This isn’t the first time that Nicki has done good, though.

Recently, Nicki Minaj posted video and photos on IG from an unnamed village in India that she’s been donating money to for the past few years through her pastor Lydia Sloley. Minaj wrote that her donations have provided the village with “a Computer Center, a Tailoring Institute, a Reading Program and 2 WATER WELLS.” She promised to reveal more about the charity work she’s been doing over the past few years in case anyone would like to join her. She’s also reportedly planning to set up a charity to help students pay off their loans.

Go ahead, girl! Here are the posts:

Screen Shot 2017-06-09 at 11.43.59 AMScreen Shot 2017-06-09 at 11.43.45 AM

A Tidal Fail.

So Jay-Z has been struggling to get people to buy into his streaming music service, Tidal. Folks don’t appear to be biting. Last night, Jigga made another effort to push the offering. This time around, he used charity along with his wife, Beyonce, Usher, Nicki Minaj, T.I., Lil Wayne and the results weren’t too hot. I didn’t say it, The New York Times did:

bey

At least Bey had a good time.

For the most part, the stars came out, put in their few minutes, then disappeared — the night played like an old-fashioned telethon. Maybe that’s why the performances from the show that were broadcast later in the night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” were more impressive: Sweeping cameras and strong editing can do wonders. 

Oh. And it get’s worse:

This show was merely too big to fail, and so of course it did. It’s hard to see Tidal as something other than an oligarchic hustle when it primarily engages in oligarchic behavior.

Yikes.

Well at least good will get done: 100 percent of the ticket proceeds from the show went to the New World Foundation, with the money earmarked for “organizations dedicated to advancing positive community relations and effecting systemic change for the development and sustainability of just societies,” according to Tidal’s website.

Read the entire review here.

What’s Up With September 26th?

It’s a damn shame that in a few days we will hit October 1st. Time is flying! For now, it seems like people, namely celebrities and some cause marketing fashionistas, are holding on to what remains of the year by way of 9.26.15.

First up: Beyoncé, Coldplay, Pearl Jam will headline the 2015 Global Citizen Festival in NY. Coldplay Front-man, Chris Martin, serves as creative director for the event and is fresh from his visit to India with The Global Poverty Project, where he played a surprise gig last week. The festival will take place on New York’s Great Lawn in Central Park tomorrow. There will also be an one-hour special from the concert set to air on Sunday, September 27 on NBC and September 28 on BBC One in the UK. Other media partners include MSNBC, live-streaming host YouTube (sponsored by T-Mobile), iHeartRadio (an audio live-stream will be broadcast on iHeartRadio.com) and Tidal, which will also stream the audio of the concert on Tidal.com as well as via the Tidal app. Free tickets were available for those who went to globalcitizenfestival.com, and pledged to take an “Action Journey” — which included making phone calls, volunteering, donating clothing at H&M or participating in another effort to encourage the U.S. State Department to dedicate 50% of its foreign aid budget to the world’s poorest countries.

The tickets are all “sold out” 😦

But you can catch the live-stream below 🙂

On a smaller scale (which is just as important), clothier Eileen Fisher will see to it that 10% of proceeds from 9.26.15 go to various local charities which support women and girls.

Eileen Fisher annually awards Activating Leadership Grants of $5,000 or more to grass-roots organizations which share its goals of activating leadership. To date, the company has awarded nearly $2 million to 56 organizations via the grant program since its inception in 2010. Brick and mortar stores also hosts special events twice a year where a percentage of proceeds are donated to a local nonprofit organization chosen by local employees. Those interested in becoming a recipient in that program simply contact the store directly. Learn more about the organizations that will be supported by clicking below.

September is ending rather nicely.

fallevent_anchor

A New Day for Apple and Philanthropy.

Apple is notorious for leading the way when it comes to innovation. They are also notorious for not being overly generous when it comes to giving when compared to how much money the company pulls in. That is, until now.

Yesterday, the widow of Steve Jobs, Laurencallingideas_proxy Powell Jobs announced that she will starting a $50 million to create high schools with new approaches to education. According to an interview published in the New York Times, Ms. Powell Jobs says, “The system was created for the work force we needed 100 years ago.Things are not working the way we want it to be working. We’ve seen a lot of incremental changes over the last several years, but we’re saying, ‘Start from scratch.’ ”

The initiative is called XQ: The Super School Project and the campaign is meant to inspire teams of educators and students, as well as leaders from other sectors, to come up with new plans for high schools. Over the next several months, the teams will submit plans that could include efforts like altering school schedules, curriculum and technologies. By fall next year a team of judges will pick five to 10 of the best ideas to finance.

The XQ project is the highest-profile project yet of the Emerson Collective, the group that Ms. Powell Jobs uses to finance her philanthropic projects.

Ms. Powell Jobs said that while she was committed to ensuring that the new schools are public, she was unsure whether they would be charter schools. She pointed out that she, like most Americans, is a graduate of a public high school. Plans for a national tour to collect ideas for the project do not include a stop at her alma mater in New Jersey, West Milford High School.

Learn more here.

Tupac Keeps on Giving.

“Measure a man by his actions fully from the beginning to the end.” – Tupac Shakur

Recently Allhiphop.com highlighted the top ten charitable doings of the late Tupac Shakur. Here are a few that I absolutely loved reading about:

A Place called Home 

Tupac put together a benefit concert to help a growing non-profit organization, A Place Called Home, raise money for a new building. Founded in 1993, A Place Called Home is a safe haven in South Central LA where at risk youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education. More here.

Tupac Goes to the Prom 

Pac at Prom.

Pac at Prom.

A Tupac fan wrote a letter to his fan club, asking the late rapper to be her prom date. About a month later, Tupac showed up at her doorstep. He came inside the home and talked to her family and offered to purchase her prom dress & escort her to the dance. Before leaving her home, Tupac gave the family $1500. When her prom day came, Tupac arrived in a limo to pick up his fan. At the school function Tupac signed autographs, took photos, and even got on the dance floor with her for five songs before he left.

Tupac’s Partnership with J Cole 

He may not be here in the flesh, but his work continues on.
The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and J Cole’s Dreamville Foundation recently joined forces and started a youth book club in North Carolina. The first book read and discussed was, A Rose that Grew from Concrete. Tupac’s non-profit organization recently celebrated 15 years of serving the community. The center teaches vocal training, ballet, jazz, recording & engineering, theater and creative writing. The nonprofit is still spearheaded by Afeni Shakur. Other family members including Tupac’s sister are active volunteers and staff.

Get the full list on Tupac’s philanthropy here.

What’s with Jay’s Foundation?

Surely,  no one was shocked when Hip Hop mogul Jay Z announced that he’ll take a “leadership role” on the “disturbing” issue of recent racial profiling accusations at Barney’s in NYC by continuing his partnership deal with the luxury store and having all the proceeds go to the Shawn Carter Foundation.

I will say that the whole thing has people taking a closer look at just how ‘good’ the Foundation actually is. Enter the Washington Post.

In a report released earlier this week, WP put the charity on blast.

The paper reports that the charity, founded in 2003 and is dedicated to helping low-income students “further their education at institutions of higher learning,” has since its inception, given over 750 students awards totaling over $1.3 million in individual grants of $1,500 to $2,500.

Laughing all the way to the bank.

The foundation is run by his mother, Gloria Carter, who takes no salary from the part-time job. In the most recent IRS 990 records for 2011, the foundation lists $802,425 in revenue, $132,819 in expenses and $141,357 given out in grants and services, leaving a reserve of $528,249

The Washington Post sourced Erica Harris, an assistant professor at Rutgers who specializes in celebrity charity accounting, recently co-authored “The Relationship of Celebrity Affiliation to Nonprofit Contributions” with colleague Julie Ruth. The two found that both for-profits (such as Barneys) and non-profits did better when aligned with a popular star. In their study of 514 charities, donors gave 1.4 percent more to the charities, which averaged $100,000 per year.

That holds true whether the celebrity endorsed an outside charity or established their own. And only large donors ($10,000 or more) looked closely at executive compensation or the amount actually spent for the charity’s stated purpose.

The top 15 celebrity charities rated by efficiency, meaning the ratio of money spent on the mission of the nonprofit to its total expenses, don’t include Jay. The top name: champion surfer Kelly Slater’s foundation, along with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation, Larry King’s cardiac foundation, the Jane Goodall Institute, Elton John’s AIDS foundation and charities headed by Boomer Esiason, Andre Agassi and Michael J. Fox.

But what does he care? His very presence is philanthropic enough.