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Exciting New Innovative Fund-Raising Vehicle – Shuttlerock Takes Off

A new era in fundraising for causes and charities began today with the launch of Shuttlerock.

Shuttlerock is a creative fundraising powerhouse working with causes to raise funds and awareness by harnessing the power of social media.

The story of Shuttlerock began in the South Island of New Zealand in February 2011.

In the days of confusion and sorrow following the second Christchurch earthquake, people mourned for their friends and family and their lost city. But in all the grief and shock amazing things began to happen. People started to tell tales of resilience and rebirth amid the rubble; stories of ordinary people moved by the devastation around them to do extraordinary things to help others.

Jonny Hendriksen is one of these people. He decided the time had come for him to change his focus, make a positive difference to other peoples’ lives and support projects he believes in. It was time to stand for something.

Jonny is a successful business man and entrepreneur and knows the power of social media to mobilize people behind a cause.

He thought, “How could we establish a company that will harness the power of social media networks to make a positive difference to peoples’ lives?” The two fundamental goals of most causes are raising awareness and raising funds. Jonny gathered together a team of successful business people, fundraisers and social media experts. For weeks they brainstormed ideas and Shuttlerock was born.

They formulated the Shuttlerock three step recipe for fundraising success.

1. Shuttlerock carries out an initial period of consultation with each cause, where they find out about their goals and values and what makes the cause great.

2. Shuttlerock prepares a creative brief for their pre-qualified global network of designers. They put together an exciting personalized collection of products and merchandise. Shuttlerock is passionate about bringing something fresh to a campaign, something bold, new and creative. Most importantly, something that demands peoples’ attention. And they focus on creating covetable merchandise that people want to buy and wear. They use quality clothing and best quality printing so their products last and look great.

3. Shuttlerock develops a custom Facebook store for each cause, hosted on their site and promoted virally through their social networks. They help with the promotion and marketing, produce the products, fund and manage inventory, handle all billing, fulfilment and customer care. Shuttlerock takes care of everything.

Jonny says, “Shuttlerock’s goal is to work with groups, charities, communities, bands, public figures and businesses worldwide, who want to raise awareness and money for their causes. We aim to take the pain out of fundraising and allow them to concentrate their energies on their cause. And we aim to make it as easy as possible for them to work with us. One phone call should be all it takes”

Shuttlerock likes to produce their high quality merchandise locally wherever the shirts are ordered globally. They already produce products in New Zealand, the United States and are just about to open a print facility in Japan. This gives people purchasing products peace of mind that the great T-shirt they are buying won’t just look cool, but will last and feel great as well.

Shuttlerock works globally with a wide range of organisations. They are currently running campaigns with the Swiss charity Humanium, helping children in India and the charity Born Free USA, whose goal is to keep animals free from captivity.

To find out how Shuttlerock can help your cause visit www.shuttlerock.com.

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Jesse Willms Launches Site To Document His Transition From Internet Entrepreneur To Philanthropist

This summer, Internet entrepreneur Jesse Willms made an important decision – he was going to focus less of his time and energy on making money, and more on giving back to the community.

Since then, he has partnered with a wide variety of charities to fight poverty and make the world a better place. Now, he’s decided to create a website dedicated to his philanthropic efforts as an educational tool for others who want to give, but are not sure how to go about it.

The site will be found at JesseWillmsPhilanthropy.com.

“The site will be a way for people to find out who I’m giving to and why,” Willms said. “It will also have dedicated links where people can make their own donations directly. The point of this site is to encourage people to donate to these very worthy organizations, or to be inspired to donate to their own favorite charities.”

Willms has long been known as a legend in the Internet marketing community, who managed to found several Internet marketing companies by the time he was 22 years old. Earlier this summer he was inspired by the work of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to start donating money to charity.

His current support efforts have been focused on groups that help women, children, single parents and disaster relief efforts. His most dramatic gesture so far was to sponsor 100 children through the World Vision children’s charity, and then to sponsor an additional child every day since.

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$30,000 Valentine Gift For Charities, Nonprofits and Fundraisers

In a big-hearted gesture before Valentine’s Day, a popular snack maker announced today it would double its original funding amount and pump an additional $30,000 into its online contest to give more charities the opportunity to share a total of $60,000 in prize money for their good works.

Snack Alliance Inc., (SAI) the maker of riceworks® Gourmet Brown Rice Crisps, agreed to add an extra $30,000 in prize funding for “Show Us Your Goodness,” a social campaign that invites consumers to nominate and vote online for the charitable program they believe has gone the extra mile to “serve the greater good.”

“We’re delighted to double the prize money because of the overwhelming positive response to the program,” says Tricia Ryan, Director of Marketing for riceworks®. “The extra funding will allow us to have a Sponsor’s Choice Award and distribute checks of $1,000. to an additional 30 charitable organizations, split equally between Canada and the United States.”

“The hard part, of course, is for the judges and program sponsor to decide on exactly which of the hundreds of nominated charities to award the prizes.”

Nominate A Charity That Inspires
In less than eight weeks, more than 1300 nominations for inspiring charitable projects have been received. Submissions are due by February 28, 2010, at which time a panel of judges will select thirty-three (33) finalists to be considered for $60,000 in support funds during the final round of voting. The top three finalists will win $20,000, and $5,000 each, while the remaining 30 winning nominations will share $1,000. each as part of a Sponsor’s Choice Award.

One charity that has been nominated and highlighted on the “Show Us Your Goodness” website is the Rett Syndrome Research Trust, a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization whose goal is to help those suffering f r o m Rett Syndrome, the most physically disabling of autism disorders.

“This program gives lesser-known charities like ours a great way to gain media attention for our cause,” says Syndi Knowlton, a volunteer mother with a young daughter who has Rett Syndrome.

Syndi, who nominated her organization, describes Rett Syndrome, which primarily affects young girls: “It’s combination of symptoms that include autism, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and anxiety disorders…all in one little girl. I thank riceworks® for giving us the opportunity to spread the word and tell our story and help make a difference.”

Spread the Love: More Funding, More Charities Helped For Ms. Ryan, the unexpected flood of submissions compelled her to seek more ways to distribute the charity funding.

“The very generous management team at Snack Alliance supports the program and instantaneously approved my request to release more funds to this worthwhile cause. We see this program making a difference in the lives of humans and the environment. This includes helping the many animal shelter causes that have been nominated because those who run these programs need help too.”

Contest details are available at www.showusyourgoodness.com.

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A New £6 Million Charity Funding Initiative Was Announced On The 27th Of May, With The Aim Of Stimulating Giving In The Economic Downturn

theBigGive.org.uk will create a £3m matched fund over the summer to attract a further £3m from charity supporters this December.

theBigGive.org.uk has raised £2.4m through online matched funding in the last 6 months, and the new £6m challenge will create the largest ever online matched fund.

The Reed Foundation are sponsoring the matched fund, pledging an initial £1 million to be spread across competing charities. Trustees and major donors from those charities will provide the remaining £2m for the fund.

Last year, a similar matched funding challenge raised £2 million for charity in an astonishing 45 minutes. This year’s fund will be released over several days, allowing donors more chance to double donations to their charity.

Charities already involved in the 2009 challenge include the National Trust, WWF and the Royal Opera House. Charities have until 27th June to apply by logging in to their account on theBigGive.org.uk. The Reed Foundation will select around 250 charities to participate in this year’s challenge.

Alec Reed CBE, Chairman of the Reed Foundation, said: “It is a tough time for charities. This challenge gives professional fundraisers a tool to approach their trustees and supporters for a further donation.”

Jon Brooks, Managing Director of theBigGive.org.uk, said: “The Big Give introduces high-level donors to exciting new charity projects. Our highest single donation so far is £175k to a small charity that the donor found on theBigGive.org.uk. We hope to inspire many more philanthropists to give intelligently.”

A trustee of a small charity, discussing matched funding on theBigGive.org.uk, said: “The overall impact is tremendous – it has galvanised existing supporters, brought in more, and helped us improve our own marketing and fundraising techniques. We are delighted!”

More information on the scheme can be found at: http://www.thebiggive.org.uk/millionmatch/

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Totalprestige Club, the networking site for c-level executives, introduces H.S.H. Princess Karina Bagration-Moukhransky, Princess Elfi Odo dua of Benin, Mr Paolo Zampolli, Mr Lorenzo Quinn and Mr Ransel Newcombe Potter as its new Honorary Presidents, and ratify its support to praiseworthy charities

Over the years, Totalprestige Club has always followed the usual practices of traditional elite clubs. In keeping with this policy, it has announced today that several Honorary Presidents were recently appointed. It has also reported that as of February 1, 2009, annual contributions made by members, as well as part of the revenues f r o m its Gala Evenings, will support the Totalprestige Foundation and specific charities selected by the Honorary Presidents.

Annual contributions required f r o m members range between USD $100 (minimum) and USD $10,000 (maximum). When registering, all members may determine how much they will contribute: USD $100, $300, $500, $1,000, $5,000 or $10,000. These contributions are subsequently delivered to the Totalprestige Foundation.

Our Foundation,” Founder, Rose Marie Perez explains, “does not have its own humanitarian program, so its mission is to help other charity organizations as much as possible. However, it has become increasingly difficult to decide which organizations to support, as there are a great many of them and they are all doing a fine job. For this reason, we asked our Honorary Presidents what their favorite charities are, and these are the ones we will help f r o m now on.”

These are the selected charities:
The project River of Life as suggested by Princess Elfi Odo-Dua of Benin, Germany.
The IREO Foundation – United Nations, as proposed by Mr Paolo Zampolli, New York.
Fundació Juvanteny chosen by Mr Lorenzo Quinn, Barcelona -Spain.
The Robin Hood Foundation, nominated by Mr Ransel Newcombe Potter, New York.
The Charity chosen by H.S.H. Princess Karina Bagration-Moukhransky, Ukraine, will be announced soon.

Totalprestige is a private and closed circle of world executives at senior level, personalities and celebrities. In September, 2008, Totalprestige Inc launched an online networking site TotalprestigeCommunity.com defined as “The Facebook for the Filthy Rich,” in Wired Magazine and described as “The Network for High Society,” in The NY Post and in Il Corriere della Sera Rose Marie added, “We at Totalprestige we feel there’s nothing better for business than a face-to-face meeting and a strong handshake. However, this is the Internet age and our online networking site is very useful for first contacts and breaking the ice”

As to the Gala Evenings , virtually all of these will be on behalf of the Totalprestige Foundation, including live auctions, and part of the proceeds will be donated to the aforementioned organizations.

Coming Galas announced by Totalprestige: The Red Diamond Dinner Ball, to be held in New York City on Thursday, April 23, and The Cinema Beach Gala -in partnership with Les Etoiles-, which will take place in Cannes on Saturday, May 23, during the Film Festival.

We asked Rose Marie to kindly explain what the Gala Evenings Season is all about:

“Many million-dollar contracts have just started to be negotiated in an informal, relaxed setting by people who had a glass of champagne or fine whiskey in their hands. This is exactly what we want to promote: more opportunities for our people to do more business while they enjoy high-end entertainment. This is our job at Totalprestige, and the Gala Evenings Season it’s an opportunity for our members, clients, friends and partners to engage in professional and social relations, as well as a virtual key to open doors in new countries and markets.”

 

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Thomas Sanderson has revealed the details of its charity work undertaken in 2008 and unveiled some of its planned activities for 2009

Thomas Sanderson has revealed the extent of its charitable contributions made in 2008, with the company rasing a total £10,000 for worthy causes last year, and has pledged to continue it activities throughout 2009.

Charities including Children with Leukaemia, The British Heart Foundation, Make a Wish Foundation and Sports Relief were among the charities that benefitted from the fundraising efforts of Thomas Sanderson in 2008 and the company is looking forward to providing more charity support throughout 2009.

Overall the company helped raise £10,000 through a variety of pursuits to be shared between several different charities. Among the fundrasing activities were a Christmas dress up day and raffle in aid of the Salvation Army and Samaritans, Jeans for Genes days, a wear something pink day in support of the nationwide breast cancer awareness campaign, as well as a Power FM sponsored football tournament to help disadvantaged local children.

The charities that received donations from Thomas Sanderson during 2008 were chosen by members of staff and others connncted to the business, while requests for donations from the charities themselves are also considered. The requests were then brought up during monthly charity meetings, where the supporting material of each charity was read, with requests for support being granted to the most popular organisations, as voted by the members of the company.

The Thomas Sanderson charity team is now looking forward to the new year and will be continuing to donate to worthy causes throughout 2009, with plans currently afoot for Thomas Sanderson to assemble a team to participate in the Three Peaks challenge, which involves climbing the three highest mountains in the UK in 24 hours, in July in support of breast cancer.

About Thomas Sanderson:
Since 1991, Thomas Sanderson has grown from a family run business to an international company offering products and services throughout the UK and Ireland. The company is Europe’s largest manufacturer and supplier of conservatory blinds in addition to supplying window blinds, window shutters and patio awnings.

Thomas Sanderson has remained true to its roots, offering a local service and continuing to make its relationship with each and every customer its main priority. The company takes pride in ensuring the standards of service on offer match the high standards of its products.

Established as the market leader for over 17 years, Thomas Sanderson now offers businesses the opportunity to be associated with a national company, backed by local service. Thomas Sanderson has developed ‘refer and reward’ partnerships with over 1300 home improvement specialists, allowing them to offer their customers a complete range of products that add the finishing touches to any home improvement project, and with minimum fuss.

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The Slingsby Trolley Challenge Cup pits London’s finest hotels against each other in a fancy dress trolley race across Vincent Square, to support one of the UKs leading education and training charities

One of London’s finest squares was recently the scene of the very first Springboard Slingsby Challenge Cup. The capital’s hotel industry along with hospitality and culinary arts students from Westminster Kingsway College sent teams piled high on Slingsby trolleys in a charity race around Vincent Square to support one of the UK’s leading education and training charities.

The brightly decorated trolleys set off in a grand prix-style race around the square after the race was started by Viscount Thurso, M.P, a patron of the hospitality industry for many years and President of the Tourism Society and the Academy of Food and Wine Service.

The race featured teams from the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill; Como Hotels & Resorts – The Metropolitan Hotel; The Goring; the Four Seasons – London; RAC Club; Institute of Directors Club; Aramark – Contract Caterers; The Langham Hotel; The Savoy Hotel; The Sheraton Park Lane and The Royal Garden Hotel as well as a team of students chefs from Westminster Kingsway College.

The event was held in aid of the Springboard Charitable Trust, one of the only charities in the UK dedicated to helping young and disadvantaged people improve their prospects by training them in a career in hospitality, leisure, travel or tourism.

It is essential for the industry to find new employees for the future and especially in time for the Olympics in 2012. The hospitality sector, including representatives’ of many of London’s internationally renowned hotels competed against each other in a comical trolley race to win the Slingsby Cup and declare themselves victorious.

The trolley race saw a number of brightly decorated teams dressed as the Flintstones, the Hollywood Stars and The Churchillians take part and prizes were awarded for the best decorated trolley and team, trolley navigating skills, style, courtesy and elegance. The race was sponsored by Slingsby Trolleys, the vehicles without which the hotel industry could not operate.

Slingsby manufacture high quality, adaptable and distinctive industrial equipment, and their product has become the preferred choice of several leading high street retailers, including Marks & Spencer and Harvey Nichols as well as many major hotels chains.

About Slignsby
Established in 1893, Slingsby are consistently improving their manufacturing pedigree through investment in new technology. Although famous originally for manual handling equipment, their latest catalogue features a range of over 35,000 essential products for the workplace, such as barrows, conveyors, handtrucks, janitorial and office equipment.

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