Environmental Philanthropy: The Planet Needs Your Help

Saving the Environment: It All Starts With Us

The impact of human development on the environment has never been more severely felt than the present. Severe storms are sweeping across the globe, taking lives and destroying livelihood at an alarming rate. As we fully understand the dire consequences of the neglect and abuse done to the environment, corporations and business tycoons have taken a more pro-active approach in helping save the environment.

Some of America’s richest entrepreneurs have set up foundations for the sole purpose of helping the environment. Take, for example, Nathaniel Simons, the heir to billionaire James Simons. He founded the Sea Change Foundation, “one of the biggest funders for the climate and energy space.” Billionaire Louis Bacon, on the other hand, founded the Moore Charitable Foundation, an organization whose priorities include saving the ocean.

There are many other high-profile business tycoons who have been generous with their resources to help save the planet. But you don’t have to be a billionaire to do your part. You don’t even have to shell out money if you can’t afford to make a donation. Just by making a conscious effort to recycle, minimize waste, and reduce pollution, you are already helping the environment.

Minimize your contribution to carbon emissions by limiting the use of your car. Walk or bike to where you’re going if you can. It won’t only be good for the environment; it will also be good for your health. Or if you must take your car, perhaps schedule a carpool or take the public transportation. Every time you leave the room, turn off the lights. Segregate and dispose of your trash properly. There are so many other ways you can help the environment. The key is to make a conscious effort.

Do you have other suggestions on how we can help save the environment? Please get in touch with Blake Rubin through this site for suggestions or comments on this post.

 

 

Heart of a Hero: Spider-Man Brings Joy to Children in Need

Heart of a Hero

Heart of a Hero is a nonprofit organization whose primary goal is to give hope to children battling serious illnesses, kids in foster homes, and children with special needs. Founded by Ricky Mena, the idea came to him in a dream. In the dream, he was dressed as Spider-Man and visiting children in need to bring them a glimmer a hope. And from that dream, Heart of a Hero was born.

Ricky Mena, aka Spider-Man, has visited thousands of children in hospitals and care homes all over the country, bearing gifts for every child he meets. Ricky has been witness to the courage that children have, and their bravery amidst the debilitating effects of their condition has further encouraged Ricky Mena to keep doing what he’s doing—bringing joy to children who need it the most. His mission doesn’t come without heartaches. He has had to bid a final farewell to some of his little heroes, and although it breaks his heart to see his little friends succumb to their illness, knowing that he has given them joy in his own small way is more than enough to keep him moving forward.

How you can help

Heart of a Hero operates solely on the personal funds of Ricky Mena as well as donations from generous individuals. You can donate to the foundation through their GoFundMe page, or get in touch with Ricky Mena through his Facebook page to learn more about how you can help.

Blake Rubin is a philanthropist at heart. He regularly donates to the American Red Cross, and has volunteered for other nonprofit organizations as well. Through his donations and volunteer work, he has helped those in need in his own small way. He hopes that his charitable contributions will encourage his family and friends to be generous with their time and resources too.

 

 

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Chase Rubin: Clara Barton and the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has a long history of helping those in need. It was founded by a group led by Clara Barton in 1881, but Ms. Barton had been working to help others for decades before that.

Clara Barton helped to save lives – and inspired others to save lives – during the Civil War. She gathered medical supplies, food, and clothing to send to soldiers. She realized that field hospitals were extremely filthy and that the soldiers would greatly benefit from the improvement of these hospitals. She attended to soldiers in hospitals that were very close to battle sites, such as Fredericksburg and Antietam, and did such good work that she was known as the “Angel of the Battlefield.”

After the war was over her work for the soldiers continued. She helped families to search for soldiers that hadn’t returned home, and helped to identify soldiers that were missing or killed in action. Barton and her assistants helped to locate over 22,000 missing men. She also helped to find and give proper burial to 20,000 men who died at Andersonville, a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp that was known for its horrendous conditions.

Years after the Civil War, Barton visited Europe, where she learned of the Red Cross network that operated in Switzerland. Inspired, she helped to found and then lead the American Red Cross for 23 years, during which time the group helped the United States military during the Spanish-American War and also helped with disaster relief both domestically and overseas.

Barton died in 1912, but the good work of the Red Cross has continued. They help those in need during wartime and peacetime, both civilians and soldiers. They have helped during disease outbreaks and during natural disasters. Now, the Red Cross may be best known for their efforts to collect donated blood, as well as for helping members of the military and their families.

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Clara Barton and the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has a long history of helping those in need. It was founded by a group led by Clara Barton in 1881, but Ms. Barton had been working to help others for decades before that.

Clara Barton helped to save lives – and inspired others to save lives – during the Civil War. She gathered medical supplies, food, and clothing to send to soldiers. She realized that field hospitals were extremely filthy and that the soldiers would greatly benefit from the improvement of these hospitals. She attended to soldiers in hospitals that were very close to battle sites, such as Fredericksburg and Antietam, and did such good work that she was known as the “Angel of the Battlefield.”

After the war was over her work for the soldiers continued. She helped families to search for soldiers that hadn’t returned home, and helped to identify soldiers that were missing or killed in action. Barton and her assistants helped to locate over 22,000 missing men. She also helped to find and give proper burial to 20,000 men who died at Andersonville, a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp that was known for its horrendous conditions.

Years after the Civil War, Barton visited Europe, where she learned of the Red Cross network that operated in Switzerland. Inspired, she helped to found and then lead the American Red Cross for 23 years, during which time the group helped the United States military during the Spanish-American War and also helped with disaster relief both domestically and overseas.

Barton died in 1912, but the good work of the Red Cross has continued. They help those in need during wartime and peacetime, both civilians and soldiers. They have helped during disease outbreaks and during natural disasters. Now, the Red Cross may be best known for their efforts to collect donated blood, as well as for helping members of the military and their families.

Celebrity Involvement In Philanthropy- Here’s Where The Highest Donors Stand

Did you know that Many producers, writers, directors have made significant strides in setting up foundations to involve charity and philanthropy? When people think about charity or philanthropy they often attribute this to organizations like the Ford Foundation or the Red Cross, and although these bodies do address humanitarian efforts with generous donations, celebrities and people in the film industry also have their own strong-standing in philanthropic contributions

Forbes online reports that Authors, actors, artists, comedians, and supermodels were among the celebrities who made this year’s list, which takes into account the largest donations to charity made by them in 2010, according to public records and interviews with charities known for their celebrity affiliations. The data was also compiled by interviewing publicists, attorneys, agents, agencies, and managers for information about their clients. An interesting point to note is lack of records on donations made by a celebrity’s foundation. Most celebrity foundation donations are not taken into account because of the discrepancy in the source of funding, which sometimes proves to be inaccurate or even controversial.

One example of a celebrity who has donated generously is Jami Gertz. In 2014 actress Jami Gertz and her husband, Anthony Ressler, topped the list of the 30 Most Generous Celebrities compiled by The Giving Back Fund, a non-profit organization that tracks philanthropic giving worldwide. Their record donation of more than $10,000,000 to their own foundation is exemplary. Jami Gertz is not an actress who is incredibly well known in the mainstream space, but it is important to note that, Gertz’s deep-pocketed donation has much to do with the fact that her husband Anthony Ressler is the co-founder of Ares Capital, a Los Angeles investment firm that controls more than $40 billion in assets, which has also recently expressed interest in buying the Dodgers. As a team, their contribution adds to the generous offer many celebrity or entrepreneurial couples have made to philanthropy and charity.

Forbes online writes that in second place is Herb Alpert who gave $9,104,829 to his own foundation, aptly named the Herb Alpert Foundation. The Herb Alpert Foundation focuses on the arts, compassion and well being of students and intellectuals alike. This donation is followed by Actor/Director Mel Gibson, who signed a check of $6,853,020 to the AP Reilly Foundation, which he started to support the Holy Family Church. We see celebrities like George Lucas and famous writer Nora Roberts, donating to their own funds as well. The Nora Roberts Foundation is known to support literacy in the local community, with it’s additional areas of philanthropic focus on children’s programs, arts organizations, and humanitarian efforts.

Here is a list following the donations of celebrities in generous amounts.

1. Actress, Jami Gertz and her husband Antony Ressler — $10,569,002

2. Musician, Herb Alpert –$9,104,829

3. Actor, Mel Gibson — $6,853,020

4. Director, Producer, Writer, George Lucas — $4,250,000

5. Writer, Nora Roberts — $3,000,000

6. NFL Player, Ndamukong Suh — $2,600,000

7. MLB Player Lance Berkman and his wife Cara — $2,412,245

8. Actress Meryl Streep and her husband Donald Gummer — $2,000,000

To learn more about celebrities who have given a generous amount to charity and philanthropy, click here

Developing A Hurricane Disaster Kit as a Family

With disaster preparedness and safety awareness, we can prevent an increase in the number of lives lost after an earthquake, flood or even storm weather. With weather related issues on the rise, disaster preparedness still stands as a primary goal in protecting ourselves and our families. According to FEMA, over 60 percent of American adults have little to no practices or strategies in handling the onset of natural disaster. One of the biggest excuses people have is claiming that they don’t have time to prepare. You know what they say about failing to prepare? You fail to prepare, then prepare to fail.

I have written often about the advantages of disaster preparedness and how you can ensure your safety and the safety of your family. As we approach the cold weather here in the east coast, preparing your own disaster preparedness kit is one of the best ways to preempt for possible emergencies. Developing a family disaster also sets the tone for how your own children will prepare for disasters in the future. This is you. setting the stage for positive behavior and practices in the lives in your children. Here are some of the things you can do to develop your own disaster preparedness kit.

The health district’s recommendations for a family emergency preparedness kit include:

Prescription and over-the-counter medications
Toiletries, including soap
First-aid kit
Baby formula and diapers
Extra eyeglasses
Pet food/medications/leases/collars/ID tags
Extra batteries for flashlight(s) and radio(s)

Garbage bags
Cash
A CDC/DVD/flash drive with important documents and/or photos
Non-perishable food, ready-to-eat canned meats, soups, fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, protein bars, utensils, can openers, sterno heating.
One gallon of water per person per day and fluids with electrolytes.

If you would like to learn more about disaster preparedness , read this article

 

Here’s another cool video on preparing for a disaster

Six Ways to Improve Earthquake Preparedness

In the wake of global earthquakes and shattering news by NPR and ProPublica highlighting the Red Cross’s failure to provide adequate documentation and deliverables on the fate of the awarded $500 million in aid, it is worth noting that inadequate risk management practices , lack of sufficient infrastructural funding in addition to the intensity of the quake and population density were major contributors to the Haiti earthquake crisis. As a developing country, residential infrastructure and building regulations still do not follow the best practices for earthquake resistance.

 

For the blog livescience.com, Michael Blanpied, associate coordinator for the USGS Earthquake Hazards program reports that “Unfortunately, Haiti has a rather poor economy, and not wonderful building style for earthquake resistance, so we would expect that we would see quite severe and widespread damage from this earthquake.”. Here in the United States, various regulatory bodies legislate like FEMA or the California Seismic Safety Commission legislate building codes and residential laws to protect citizens and improve earthquake resistance. These are some of the benefits of living in a developing nation. Hypothetically, if you are in a country without strong earthquake resistance laws or proper infrastructural practices needed to protect the safety of it’s citizen, how would you ensure your own safety? Here are five earthquake safety tips which are implementable wherever you find yourself.

 

1. Find a safe place in any room in your residence

2. Find a place under strong and sturdy furniture

3. Stay away from things which are not properly secured, or are liable to loosen off their places on ceilings or walls. This means stay away from bookcases, chandelier or light fixtures and windows.

4. As a precaution, be sure to secure or bolt down water heaters, gas appliances, electrical appliances and anything that could cause your house to be a hot bed for chemical reactions or explosions.

5. Hang heavy items away from any place that could be a potential secure spot if and when an earthquake happens.

6. Speak with your local government or community councils about improving safety conditions for people in your community even if that involvement means pushing readily implementable safety practices despite the lack of governmental or infrastructural support.

Remember, population density and lack of awareness have played major roles in the high death tolls during earthquakes and succeeding aftershocks. You can play your part however you can, and that could be helping to educate your community. For more details on earthquake safety, read more here on the Red Cross Website.