Thursday, April 28, 2011

Urban Born

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Our History – “Urban Born” is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. The organization has been a philanthropic activity of Johnel Langerston (Founder & President) since 1999, consisting primarily of high school visits in participation of their respective Career Day. As a guest speaker, Johnel was often invited to give motivational presentations highlighting himself and his successful urban marketing company Phatefx, Inc. ( During these visits, Johnel enjoyed interacting with media savvy youth and providing encouragement, counseling and motivation. Far too often, however, he found himself crowded into the same room as other guest speakers where his ability to reach students on a one-on-one basis was diminished. He also notice that, in many cases, the high school students had a determined and made-up mind about the path they wanted to take, whether positive or negative. So he decided to focus his energy toward reaching middle school students and set them on a productive and positive path, so that they would be ready for the “Rite-of-Passage” that awaits them.

Statement of Purpose – To create a paradigm shift in urban communities nationwide through intense cause-and-effect programs, interactive multimedia content, seminars, and events for middle school age students to help them make better life choices, avoid crime, improve their lives and contribute to their community.

Mission Statement – Creating a positive change in the urban community, through assist its students with making informed and positive decisions by showing them the harsh realities of life from an urban perspective, using “Mental Straight” programs and techniques.

Vision – To be the paramount organization creating a positive paradigm shift in the lives of youth in the urban community, so that they can realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens, illuminating the primary social ills plaguing our nation.

• To encourage the youth to stay in school off of the streets and drugs, out of gangs and in school.
• To instill in the youth respect for themselves, others and their community in order to contribute to the battle against teen pregnancy, gangs, graffiti and tagging.
• To inspire racial harmony, primarily between African-Americans and Latinos.

Why We Do What We Do
Did you know that in the United States well over 1 million students drop out of school every year? In other words, that means over 6000 students a day which comes out to at least 1 student every 29 seconds. According to national data, students from low-income families are 2.4 times more likely to become a “drop out” than children of middle-income families, and even 10.5 times likelier than children of high-income families.

Think that this is just an urban or inner city problem? Think Again! There are extreme social implications as the result of a child dropping out of school and dealing with the stresses and frustrations associated with their choices. Our nation’s prisons and death row inmates are made up of, by a disproportionate percentage, “dropouts”. According to one research study high school “dropouts” make up 82% of the America prison population. “Dropouts” are eight times more likely to be in jail or prison than high school graduates; and likely to make almost $10,000 less per year than high school graduates; and is at least twice as likely to slip into poverty than high school graduates, and three times as likely than collage graduates.

Your donation goes towards programs, workshops, equipment and more that’s used to keep our youth off the streets and out of gangs and in school, while providing them with positive life and career skills.

It’s Easier To Catch On Now, Than To Catch Up Later.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Inspire Change Foundation

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The Inspire Change Foundation was established in 2010 by former Biggest Loser contestant and nationwide health advocate Tara Costa as a way to pass on the lessons learned through The Biggest Loser and pay it forward for generations to come. Through her own inspirational journey, Tara has become a master motivator and inspirational mentor for thousands of people all over the world. The Inspire Change Foundation is yet another dream Tara has seen come to fruition with hard work, desire and an unmatched passion for giving back. Stay tuned for more details! In the meantime, feel free to contact us at with any questions or comments!

The mission of the Inspire Change Foundation is to promote a healthy lifestyle by encouraging you to embrace positive changes to achieve your goals and inspire change in yourself and others.

The Inspire Change Foundation strives to be the most trusted source for inspiring you to become empowered to lead a healthy active life.

What’s stopping you? Join Tara now…
Get Inspired. Change Your Life.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Youth In Need

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Youth In Need is a nonprofit child and family services agency, headquartered in St. Charles, Mo. Through a variety of crisis prevention and intervention programs, Youth In Need is dedicated to building positive futures for the community’s most vulnerable children, teens and families.

Each year, Youth In Need serves more than 10,000 children, teens and families with residential homes, foster care case management, homeless outreach, counseling and support groups, education and infant, child and family development at more than 25 sites, spanning 100-miles, in six counties in eastern Missouri.

Youth In Need was founded by community volunteers, who opened the organization’s Emergency Shelter in 1974. It is through the generous support of community volunteers, business leaders and donors that Youth In Need has been able to continue its mission of believing in the power of potential.

Because every child deserves a future...
Youth In Need has been serving the greater St. Louis area since 1974, when volunteers reached out to the agency's first client. A teenage runaway, who left her home after another beating, was picked up on the streets and taken to the local jail with adult criminals. Troubled by the community's response to runaway and homeless teens, volunteers changed the way these teens were treated by opening Youth In Need's Emergency Shelter.

Today, more than 300 full- and part-time staff serve more than 10,000 of the area's most vulnerable children, teens and families at 25 locations in six counties in eastern Missouri.

A reputation for excellence...
Youth In Need is applauded for the professionalism of its staff and effectiveness of its programs.

Youth In Need:

Is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.
Is a recipient of the United Way of Greater St. Louis' highest possible quality rating.
Is a recipient of the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance Seal of Approval.
Is recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as an "exemplary program."
Practices evidence-based programs, based on solid research and proven, effective approaches.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Habitat For Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity fact sheet (frequently asked questions)

What is Habitat for Humanity International?

A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry.
We seek to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
To accomplish these goals, we invite people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.
Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda.
Today, we have helped build over 400,000 decent, affordable houses and served more than 2 million people around the world.

Habitat volunteers and homeowners build side-by-side in New Orleans, Louisiana

How does it work?

Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner (partner) families.
Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.
Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans.
The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.
How are partner families selected?

Families in need of decent shelter apply to local Habitat affiliates.
The affiliate’s family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan.
Every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection.
Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses.
What are Habitat affiliates?

Community-level Habitat for Humanity offices that act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International.
Each affiliate is an independently run, nonprofit organization.
Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area—fundraising; building site selection; partner family selection and support; house construction; and mortgage servicing.
Where does Habitat for Humanity operate?

Habitat is a worldwide organization, operating in all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and dozens of other countries. Use our search engine to find local affiliates and connect with Habitat in your community.
Our operational headquarters are located in Americus, Georgia, USA.
Our administrative headquarters are located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
How are donations distributed and used?

Donations, whether to a local Habitat affiliate or to Habitat for Humanity International, are used as designated by the donor.
Gifts received by HFHI that are designated to a specific affiliate or building project are forwarded to that affiliate or project.
Undesignated gifts are used where most needed and for administrative expenses.
HFHI’s most recent audited financial statement is available online.
Who controls and manages Habitat for Humanity International?

An ecumenical, international board of directors determines policy and oversees and guides the mission of Habitat for Humanity International.
Board members are dedicated volunteers who are deeply concerned about the problems of poverty housing around the world.
The HFHI headquarters office operates with an administrative staff, assisted by a core group of professional and support employees and supplemented by volunteers.
Each local Habitat affiliate is managed by its own local volunteer board.
How does Habitat work with the government?

Our Government Relations and Advocacy team works with legislators and housing regulators to increase support for affordable homeownership and eliminate poverty housing.
We monitor public policies related to housing, community and international development.
We advocate policy choices that increase access to decent, affordable housing for people around the world.
We accept government funds for infrastructure, utilities, capacity building or training, and house building. We accept these funds so long as they have no conditions that would violate Habitat’s principles or limit its ability to proclaim its Christian identity.
How does a Habitat for Humanity affiliate get started?

Habitat affiliates start when concerned citizens of diverse backgrounds come together to address the problem of poverty housing in their community.
These volunteers research the community’s affordable housing needs and resources and evaluate the potential success of Habitat’s self-help model in their community.
The group then applies to HFHI to become an official Habitat affiliate.
If you are interested in eliminating poverty housing in your community, please call (800) HABITAT or (800) 422-4828. Those calling from outside the United States may contact HFHI headquarters at 01-229-924-6935.
How can I become a volunteer?

Use our search engine to find your local Habitat for Humanity and their volunteer opportunities.
Explore our Get Involved section.
How can I get more information?
Through any of the following methods:

Explore our Contact Us page.
Write to Habitat for Humanity International, 121 Habitat Street, Americus, GA 31709-3498, USA.
Call 1 (800) 422-4828.
E-mail us with your General Questions.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

American Diabetes Association

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), or simply, diabetes, is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body's ability to produce and/or use insulin.

Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless. Recent studies indicate that the early detection of diabetes symptoms and treatment can decrease the chance of developing the complications of diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes
Frequent urination
Unusual thirst
Extreme hunger
Unusual weight loss
Extreme fatigue and Irritability

Type 2 Diabetes*
Any of the type 1 symptoms
Frequent infections
Blurred vision
Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections
*Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms

Data from the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet (released Jan. 26, 2011)
Total prevalence of diabetes
Total: 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes.

Diagnosed: 18.8 million people
Undiagnosed: 7.0 million people
Prediabetes: 79 million people*
New Cases: 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010.

* In contrast to the 2007 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, which used fasting glucose data to estimate undiagnosed diabetes and prediabetes, the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet uses both fasting glucose and A1C levels to derive estimates for undiagnosed diabetes and prediabetes. These tests were chosen because they are most frequently used in clinical practice.

Under 20 years of age
215,000, or 0.26% of all people in this age group have diabetes
About 1 in every 400 children and adolescents has type 1 diabetes

Age 20 years or older - 25.6 million, or 11.3% of all people in this age group have diabetes
Age 65 years or older - 10.9 million, or 26.9% of all people in this age group have diabetes
Men - 13.0 million, or 11.8% of all men aged 20 years or older have diabetes
Women - 12.6 million, or 10.8% of all women aged 20 years or older have diabetes

Friday, April 22, 2011

Warriors In Pink

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Ford is proud of its 17-year National Sponsorship of the Komen Race for the Cure®. To date, Ford has dedicated more than $110 million to the cause. Our commitment runs well beyond raising funds. We know that awareness leads to early detection and early detection saves lives, so we are also working to increase breast cancer awareness, last year creating over one billion media impressions. We also encourage our employees to participate. More than 75,000 Ford employees have participated in the Race for the Cure and thousands of our dealers support local events in their area.

More than 75,000 Ford employees have run or walked in Races across the country to support the cause, and thousands of Ford Dealers across the nation have gotten involved by participating in their local Komen Race for the Cure events.

Nancy Brinker founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 1982 in memory of her sister, who died of breast cancer at age 36. 1983 marked the beginning of the Komen Race for the Cure, which has grown from one Race in 1983 to more than 127 Races and more than 1.7 million participants planned for 2011.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrating breast cancer survivorship and honoring those who have lost their battle with the disease. With funds raised by the

Komen Race for the Cure Series, Komen, along with its Affiliate Network, is able to fund breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards and educational, scientific and community outreach programs around the world.

For information on how to sign up for the Komen Race for the Cure® in your area, please call 1-888-603-RACE or visit

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ronald McDonald House Charities

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The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Guiding us in our mission are our core values:

* Focusing on the critical needs of children.
* Celebrating the diversity of the programs we offer and the staff, volunteers and donors who make them possible.
* Staying true to our heritage of 36 years of responsible stewardship.
* Operating with accountability and transparency.

We believe that when you change a child’s life, you change a family’s, which can change a community, and ultimately the world.

We strive to be part of that change and part of the solution in improving the lives of children and their families by providing programs that strengthen families during their most difficult or challenging times. We extend our reach and impact by leveraging our 36 years of experience and strong relationships with local communities and people in the field to continually establish Chapters across the globe. We continually work to improve and expand our core programs, while also developing new services to address the unique needs of the communities we serve.

We don’t do it alone. We rely on our Chapters to identify needs and carry out our mission on the ground. We rely on our strong relationships with the medical community to provide access to health care. We rely on strategic alliances with organizations that have the knowledge and infrastructure to extend our reach. We rely on you – our donors, volunteers, staff and friends.

RMHC makes an immediate, positive impact on children’s lives through our global network of Chapters in 52 countries and regions and through our three core programs: Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

We award grants to other nonprofit organizations that align with our mission to positively impact the health and well being of children.

We are also committed to education. Local Chapters award thousands of scholarships each year through RMHC U.S. Scholarships to students entering college across the United States.

Boys & Girls Club of America

In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.

Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.

There are 6 main programs that we concentrate on. Education & Career, Character & Leadership, Health and Life Skills, Arts, Sports, Fitness and Recreation, and Specialized.

To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of America, please visit:

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Make-A-Wish Foundation

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Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 250,000 children around the world.

Although it has become one of the world's most well-known charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has maintained the grassroots fulfillment of its mission.

A network of nearly 25,000 volunteers enable the Make-A-Wish Foundation to serve children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers serve as wish granters, fundraisers, special events assistants and in numerous other capacities.

As the Foundation continues to mature, its mission will remain steadfast. Wish children of the past, present and future will have an opportunity to share the power of a wish®.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder of unknown cause that affects nearly 5 million individuals worldwide. While advancing age remains the greatest risk factor, PD can strike people even under age 30. The full spectrum of Parkinson’s disease is not well addressed by current treatments, which can only mask some symptoms as the underlying disease continues to worsen. Learn more here about the disease, how to cope with diagnosis, and why MJFF believes a cure is within reach.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Light Foundation

The Light Foundation strives to instill and augment the values of responsibility, accountability, and hard work by providing youth with unique outdoor learning experiences that assist them in reaching their highest potential. Our goal is to lead young people down a path to becoming responsible member of their communities who are capable of passing on the torch of leadership and achievement to their friends and families.

Article found on
An NFL Pro Making a Profound Difference in Kids Lives

As the NFL faces the possibility of a lockout and delayed start to the season, players like The Patriots three-time Super Bowl winner Matt Light are dedicating the time to causes they care about. For Light, that’s The Light Foundation, a non-profit he began to help at-risk children grow into becoming the best adults they can be by employing tactics that he attributes to his own success.

Aiming to inspire the next generation of leaders and innovators, The Light Foundation’s mission is to, “Instill and augment the values of responsibility, accountability, and hard work by providing youth with unique outdoor learning experiences that assist them in reaching their highest potential.”

Light says, “I believe in helping out any way you can. I feel like there’s a real purpose for every person in life and believe we’re all here for a reason,” adding, “I think we all need to help each other out, and honestly and accountability and working hard are things I personally embody.”

The Light Foundation accomplishes their goals by providing college scholarships to high school kids who have shown leadership skills but may not have the means to build upon their potential and since 2008, it has been focusing its funds and attention on The Vohokase Camp at Chenoweth Trails in Greenville, Ohio. Each summer Light hosts at-risk a group of children from varied social classes and backgrounds during a week at the camp where they do a community service project, go on a career day to big area businesses, engage in fireside chats about goals and expectations and participate in activities such as fishing and various athletics activities.

“The main goal of the camp is to break down prejudices and barrier,” says Light. “At the end of the day, these kids realize that even with different backgrounds, they have a lot I common, like family issues and peer pressure – but they find common ground and learn from one another. It’s always a great experience for all of us.”

Those that do today’s deed and make a donation to The Light Foundation here, will be entered to win a football or jersey personally autographed to you by Matt Light!. Our goal is to help raise $5000, so we need 200 football fans to make a donation of $25. That's not too much to pay to help create a great memory for a kid while getting yourself in the running for priceless memorabilia!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Their belief that every life has equal value is at the core of their work at the foundation. They follow 15 guiding principles, which help define their approach to their philanthropic work, and employ an outstanding leadership team to direct our strategies and grantmaking.


The 15 principles below reflect the Gates family's beliefs about the role of philanthropy and the impact they want this foundation to have. The principles guide what we do, why we do it, and how we do it.

While many of them are fundamental to the way we operate, we will remain open to amending them as we grow and learn more about our work.

Guiding Principle #1: This is a family foundation driven by the interests and passions of the Gates family.

Guiding Principle #2: Philanthropy plays an important but limited role.

Guiding Principle #3: Science and technology have great potential to improve lives around the world.

Guiding Principle #4: We are funders and shapers—we rely on others to act and implement.

Guiding Principle #5: Our focus is clear—and limited—and prioritizes some of the most neglected issues.

Guiding Principle #6: We identify a specific point of intervention and apply our efforts against a theory of change.

Guiding Principle #7: We take risks, make big bets, and move with urgency. We are in it for the long haul.

Guiding Principle #8: We advocate—vigorously but responsibly—in our areas of focus.

Guiding Principle #9: We must be humble and mindful in our actions and words. We seek and heed the counsel of outside voices.

Guiding Principle #10: We treat our grantees as valued partners, and we treat the ultimate beneficiaries of our work with respect.

Guiding Principle #11: Delivering results with the resources we have been given is of the utmost importance—and we seek and share information about those results.

Guiding Principle #12: We demand ethical behavior of ourselves.

Guiding Principle #13: We treat each other as valued colleagues.

Guiding Principle #14: Meeting our mission—to increase opportunity and equity for those most in need—requires great stewardship of the money we have available.

Guiding Principle #15: We leave room for growth and change.


Thank you!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Dizzy Feet Foundation

Dizzy Feet Foundation was founded in 2009 by Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Katie Holmes to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States. Guided by a board consisting of some of the most illustrious names in the American dance community, the foundation's mission is threefold: (1) to provide scholarships to talented students studying at accredited dance schools, studios, or institutions; (2) to establish national standards for dance education and an accreditation program for dance schools in all of the major styles of dance; and (3) to develop, provide, and/or support dance education programs for disadvantaged children through and with local community organizations.

DFF offers scholarships to dance students through its Scholarship Program. Scholarships of up to $10,000 will be granted annually. The Scholarship Program guidelines and application process will be posted on the DFF website in the near future. DFF also aims to increase and standardize the quality of dance instruction throughout the United States by offering accreditation and/or certification to dance schools and studios in most styles of dance, including ballroom, contemporary, ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. DFF's Accreditation Program will be known as the American gold standard of dance instruction and will ensure that students know that they are receiving high-quality dance instruction based on a national standard. In addition, DFF also sponsors, funds, and/or offers community-based dance programs which will expose children in low-income areas to the lifelong benefits of dance education.

In order to further its mission, DFF accepts tax-deductible contributions from corporations, patrons, supporters, and dance fans and raises additional funds through direct solicitations, fundraisers, and other events.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ryan Seacrest Foundation

The Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for seriously ill and injured children through unique programs that utilize multimedia and interactive platforms to enlighten, entertain and educate.

RSF’s first initiative is to build broadcast media centers, named THE VOICE℠, within pediatric hospitals for patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. RSF’s aim is to contribute positively to the healing process for children and their families during their stay by developing these centers to bring an uplifting spirit to the hospital community. We believe access to multimedia experiences will bring patients exciting and stimulating adventures to encourage optimistic thoughts during treatment and for the future. It is also our intent to reach out to the community and involve students from local journalism schools, colleges and universities to provide them with the opportunity to gain first hand experience in broadcasting, programming and operating a multimedia center.

The Ryan Seacrest Foundation has selected The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as its newest site for the construction of The Voice, an interactive broadcast multi-media center for sick and injured children.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Mary Kay Foundation Helps Women in Violence and Cancer

Check out the great work that The Mary Kay Foundation is doing.

There are many organizations and foundations that are out there helping women today. Mary Kay Ash started The Mary Kay Foundation in 1996 with a mission to eliminate cancer and to end the epidemic of violence against women. There are many ways to help. You can donate money, suits that you don't wear any more (still in good condition), walk, shop at certain grocery stores, recycle laptops, hand out cards with a violence information hotline and much more.

If you are interested in finding out more about the The Mary Kay Foundation, click on the link above.