After the ice bucket challenge: they raised $115m for the fight against ALS. So how did they spend it?
When a viral challenge raised $115m to fight ALS, the charity that got the money was overwhelmed. As the first breakdown of spending emerges, David Cox asks what happened next — and what it means for patients
By David Cox

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Of the $115M raised, ALSA has given 70% of it to research projects, including genetic research that might be the best bet for a treatment.  Another 20% was used to reopen assistance centers shuttered during the crash, restore funding to others and build some new ones, and provide assistance to ALS patients all over the country.  The remaining 10% went to publicity, additional fundraising and administration.

Their spokesman said that the increase in visibility and awareness for ALS is immeasurable, and ought to benefit them for years to come.

So next time you get sick of a viral campaign, maybe reconsider.

Charitable Works

Marilyn donated time and/or money to:
- A 1953 benefit for underprivileged children at Jude’s Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee - singing with Jane Russell at the Hollywood Bowl.
- WAIF - an organization that placed abandoned children in homes, after Jane Russell enlisted Marilyn’s help in 1955.
- The Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation in 1955 - astride a pink elephant at a benefit given by Mike Todd’s Circus at Madison Square Garden, New York.
- The Milk Fund for Babies in 1957 - Marilyn decided to give earrings from the world premiere of The Prince and the Showgirl to this charity.
- Marilyn was one of the models in the 1958 March of Dimes fashion parade, that aided children with polio - held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.
- A children’s welfare organization that gave free breakfasts to underprivileged youngsters - a donation of $1000.
- An orphanage Marilyn visited during her 1962 trip to Mexico - she ripped up her initial check of $1000 and donated $10,000. That night was one of the few nights in her later life that she recalled sleeping without the aid of sleeping pills.
- S.A.N.E. - an organization dedicated to eliminating nuclear weapons.
- In 1962 German Bruno Bernard set up the Marilyn Monroe Memorial Fund to benefit struggling young actors.
- A muscular dystrophy benefit held at Chavez Ravin Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, on her thirty-sixth birthday - This was Marilyn’s last public appearance.

Marilyn’s final donation to charity was the biggest. In her last will she left 25 percent of her estate (after provisions for her mother and legacies for some friends) to a former psychiatrist, Dr. Marianne Kris, “to be used for the furtherance of the work of such psychiatric institutions or groups as she shall elect.” Knowing Marilyn’s enormous love for children, Kris chose the Anna Freud Children’s Clinic of London. This behest has been used to set up the Monroe Young Family Centre, in Daleham Gardens, London.

Among friends and colleagues, Marilyn was renowned for her generosity in helping people wherever she could; stand-in Evelyn Moriarty remembers Marilyn making an anonymous donation of $1,000 to a crew member on Let’s Make Love (1960) who needed the money to cover funeral expenses for his wife.

In recognition of Marilyn’s love for and connection with children, writer Gloria Steinem and photographer George Barris set up a trust fund to help children in need, starting it off with the proceeds from the book Marilyn Norma Jeane.

- The Marilyn Encyclopedia by Adam Victor.

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This week’s Give Back Tuesday is dedicated to The Fulfillment Fund. The Fulfillment Fund partners with schools in Los Angeles to provide financial aid counseling and college mentoring to over 2,500 students. Their goal is to make college a reality for kids growing up in economically challenged communities. Program graduates have become doctors, lawyers and college professors dedicated to making a difference. I’m so inspired by this amazing organization - everyone deserves the opportunity to have a college education.

Help make college possible for even more kids by donating here!


Next time a charity asks for a contribution, ask them what else they’re gonna do with it.

real talk for a bit my friends. most of you don’t know this but I am a victim of child abuse. the details are irrelevant but this post is about power to those who had none. if you are reading this and have fallen victim to this I want you to know how proud I am of you right now wow look at this you are here right now, everything that has happened to you is not your fault or your doing by any means and its been said so many times before but to emphasis IT IS NOT YOUR DOING OR FAULT WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO YOU you did not deserve it  BUT YOU MADE IT THROUGH. 



  • the ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality.
the strength we have inside all of us is immense. somebody abused their power when we were small(or in some cases are still) and in turn we suffered, we had no choice but to endure and we survived, you survived, i survived. now is the time you can take control of those weights that have been strapped to you, we have the POWER to take control of our happiness, our health, our hearts. together we can heal, we may spend the rest of our lives healing but its better than hurting and listen to me. everybody is healing form something, everyday, we are all trying to better ourselves given our circumstances on earth. I believe in each and every one of you, it was unfair what has been done to me, or you, and everyone else who has been abused by someone we trusted or didnt. the scars are deep and not just physical but know you are not alone. I am rooting for you in your journey. together we can heal here are some links to some charities for information + donations UNICEF ChildHelp MercyHome JoyfulHeart love yourself, you deserve the world, you deserve to make the world your own and thrive, to be everything you can be. i believe in you and I am here. my ask box is always open for anyone who needs to talk. you are a flower and you will bloom! thank you for your time (´⌣`ʃƪ)


This week’s Give Back Tuesday is dedicated to the Special Olympics, a year round, athletic training program and competition for kids and adults with disabilities. Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in the late 1950s, the program began as a summer day camp for kids with intellectual disabilities and was held right in Eunice’s own backyard. Throughout the 1960s, Eunice’s admirable vision and determination led to the formation of the Special Olympics program. Impressively, Special Olympics trainings and competitions now happen worldwide 365 days a year in over 170 countries! I’m so excited the next Special Olympics Summer Games are going to be held right here in Los Angeles this summer.

Every donation to the Special Olympics helps give one more athlete the chance to fight stereotypes and compete. Learn more about how to get involved here.
Wealthy Americans Are Giving Less Of Their Incomes To Charity, While Poor Are Donating More

In the wake of the Great Recession, the richest Americans are donating a smaller share of their incomes to charity, while lower- and middle-income are stepping up giving.

In a report released today, the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that Americans who earned at least $200,000 gave nearly 5% less to charity in 2012 than in 2006.

Higher-income people tend to give proportionately less during tough economic times, says Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy.“

The downturn was a shock to so many of them, and they’ve been nervous and cautious,” she says.

The shift has likely meant less money flowing into universities, hospitals and cultural institutions, which the wealthy tend to patronize. Lower- and middle-income donors often give to social service organizations, Palmer says. In part because these groups have had fewer dollars to give, those organizations have still faced a squeeze.

Unlike their wealthier counterparts, low- and middle-income Americans — those who made less than $100,000 — gave 5% more in 2012 than in 2006, the Chronicle found. The poorest Americans — those who took home $25,000 or less — increased their giving by nearly 17%.


anonymous asked:

Feminism is needed in countries where girls are kidnapped and raped and they are married with men double their age when after they get their first menstruation and in countries where women are beaten and killed and there is acid thrown at their faces;Women in first worl countries aren't having a perefect life, obviously, but they aren't living in a patriarchy,catcalls and manspreading or whatever it is called aren't opression and western feminists should already stop with the huge victim complex

I would definitely agree that many countries need some kind of gender equality movement, but I’m not entirely sure it should be modern Feminism, just because I find modern Feminism to be at best useless, and at worst destructive.

And yes, I definitely agree that women, and men as well, have gender related issues still, of course they do, it’s just that I don’t see Feminism actually doing anything to help, and in fact they’re often a hindrance instead, which is why I don’t support it.

That said, we shouldn’t despair entirely, we don’t need a single movement to fix the social issues of either the west or the east, we can all do our bit to help with or without associating with a movement. Just by making an attempt to be aware of the issues of both genders, and doing the right thing whenever we can we can all help out. And as for helping with the issues in other countries, there are many charities that are out there to help, personally I regularly give to Save the Children and UNICEF, because I think children should be given the best opportunities in life possible, but there are also charities that focus on the issues of women in developing countries:

Save the Children UK
Save the Children US
Women and Children First UK - Helping women and children in developing countries to survive childbirth and return to good health.
Desert Flower Foundation - Aiming to protect young girls from female genital mutilation.
Aid for Africa - Empowering women and children in East Africa.

Bodyartforms donates over $1,000 a month to charities. Ellen and Amanda (the owners) work to have BAF reflect our values in how we treat others.

Did you know that if you donate money to a charity through BAF we’ll match your donation 100%? Just select a charity and amount you’d like to donate during check out :)

Here’s a link to the charities donation page.

Give Back Tuesday: A Walk On Water

This week’s Give Back Tuesday, I want to highlight a charity organization that is using surf as a therapeutic method for special needs children to gain self confidence. A Walk On Water provides surfing lessons, aka “water therapy” giving a positive outlet for kids whose life may be clouded with worry and other problems many of us are so lucky to live without. 

My friend, Swampy from Phineas and Ferb will be participating in a celebrity charity event this Saturday, where he will be racing to benefit A Walk On Water.
The event will be held April 11 and all proceeds will go towards the charity, so bring your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, EVERYONE. The more, the merrier! 

More info about A Walk On Water here:
To purchase tickets to the celebrity NASCAR event: