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Ben Affleck Named People’s Choice Awards’ Favorite Humanitarian

May 24, 2015

Ben Affleck was awarded the People’s Choice Award for favorite humanitarian at on Wednesday night’s award show.  This is the third annual People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian, presented by Walgreens.  The live award show was aired on January 7th from the Nokia Theater L.A.

“We are so pleased to honor Ben with the 2015 People’s Choice Humanitarian Award,” said Executive Producer Mark Burnett. “This award has become an important part of our show. It highlights a different side of a celebrity and helps bring awareness to a cause that our audience can support.”

Affleck was chosen as this year’s recipient in recognition of the work he has done with Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), which he founded in 2010.

In 2010, Affleck and Whitney Williams co-founded the Eastern Congo Initiative.  Investors include Howard Graham Buffett, Google, Laurene Powell Jobs and Cindy McCain. ECI supports “Africans finding solutions to African problems” by acting as a grant maker for Congolese-led, community-based organizations.  ECI, with two employees in the US and 12 in the Congo, makes grants and offers capacity-building support to over 20 charities involved with supporting survivors of rape and sexual violence, reintegrating child soldiers into their communities, promoting economic opportunity, increasing access to health care and education, and promoting community-level peace and reconciliation.  One ECI grantee, Green House, offers training and resources to Congolese farmers.

Charities & foundations Ben Affleck has supported

Source Wikipedia
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Giving Back to the Community

Mar 16, 2015 0

People have always given back to their community, either as a marketing tool for their company or to satisfy a deep innate desire to be of impact to their community.

In light of this selfless nature of an otherwise selfish being, research has been widely conducted to find out why people give back to their communities. It has been discovered, that not only does it give someone a feel good about themselves, research has also proved that service back to the society is also good for physical health as it’s an act that stimulates the release of endorphins, which is linked to improve nervous and immune systems functions. It’s also a way to build a social life and improve your emotional and physical health all at the same time. Holidays will be marked with giveaways and meaningful giving to the needy and to the community at large.

People whose lives are geared towards giving are known as philanthropists. When you think of the word “Philanthropists”, people such as Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey and Bill& Melinda Gates come to mind. These are just a few of the many who have dedicated their wealth to changing the world for the better through the riches and success they have made over their lives. Bill Gates and his wife Melinda were brought up with the belief that if life happens to bless you, you should use those gifts as well and as wisely as you can.

Their first project, like bringing the Internet to public libraries, sprang from their founders’ Microsoft experience. However, in the 1990s, Bill and Melinda came to know about masses of children who required simple medical treatment. With an expanded focus, they searched for and supported organizations which were saving lives globally. The project was connecting all public libraries to the internet and was founded on Bill Gates’ Microsoft Company. They then became aware of the millions who needed simple medical care. This gave them an extended attention on their service to the society and they searched out and gave support to organizations around the world which were geared to improving lives.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the most renown private foundations globally, established by Bill and Melinda Gates. It was launched in the year 2000 and it is said to be the biggest transparently ran private foundation around the world. The main focus of the foundations is to improve healthcare and lessen great insufficiency. In America, their interest is to increase opportunities for education and make it easy to get information technology.

Their giving has improved lives all over the world and widely recognized beyond those lives they have touched. In 2013, The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation is one of the many organizations that have recognized the Gates’ service to the community and it awarded them the public service award for pace setting a significant revolution in the way people perceive the globe’s most persistent well-being concerns and refining the lives of the world’s most susceptible individuals.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/

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RED WAGONS REINVENTED: Chad’s Bracket Cheer Up Children with Cancer

Mar 6, 2015 0

Recently, we, at the GoodNews Notebook, learned about a wonderful father who is doing “Good” as an answer to his grief. Roger Leggett lost his son to a heart attack and now helps his granddaughter, Felicity, who has pediatric cancer. But, he is making a difference in the lives of many as he travels through this heart-breaking journey.

According to his Facebook Page, Chad’s Bracket (https://www.facebook.com/ChadsBracket), while visiting his cancer-fighting granddaughter, Roger noticed several families having difficulty transporting their children—and their medical equipment—through the hospital. So Roger enlisted help from several local organizations to create a device that safely connects I.V. poles to our red wagons. Did he stop there? Nope! Earlier this week, Roger delivered 20 brand new wagons.

Wow. Since that moment, Roger has partnered with WellStar, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospitals, Tanner Medical Center, and even the Hiram Police Department to sponsor and deliver these “red wagon miracles” to some of the most amazing children.


The origins of Chad’s Bracket are as bittersweet as any history could possibly be.

After a week of severe headaches and vomiting, on Friday, April 22, 2011, Felicity Withrow was diagnosed with a brain tumor. An MRI on Saturday, April 23 confirmed that it was a 3cm by 2cm ependymoma. Felicity had surgery on Monday, April 25, 2011 to remove the tumor.

While it may seem like a brain tumor diagnosis and immediate surgery was the worst possible scenario, Felicity’s family would soon learn that heartbreak could run much deeper.

During the surgery, doctors discovered that they had to leave a small 4-5mm portion of the tumor that was on her brain stem and could not be removed. This was unexpected, and it meant a change in the chemo plans. What followed was a roller coaster of medications and MRIs and then, another surgery when an MRI showed that the tumor had returned before even the first checkup scan following the first surgery. Even with these events, there were many blessings from God along Felicity’s journey, including on September 6, 2014 when Felicity had her first completely clear MRI.

During one of the many visits to see Felicity in the hospital following that first surgery, Roger Leggett (Felicity’s grandfather, a firefighter and now-retired expediter at Lockheed Martin) and Chad Leggett (Felicity’s uncle, an Emergency Medical Technician) encountered the mom of a patient entering an elevator. That mom was using a wagon to transport her child while also attempting to move an IV pole along with that wagon. Roger and Chad noticed that the mom was having such a difficult time that the IV pole almost fell on her child. They knew immediately that there was a need for some way to attach an IV pole to those wagons so that parents would be able to utilize the wagons in an easier and safer manner.

Tragically, just a few weeks later Chad passed away from heat stroke at one of Roger’s and Chad’s favorite hunting sites.

In the weeks to follow, heartache flooded the family, faith was shaken to its core, and despair was evident to all who surrounded the family with love and support. The family was torn between celebrating Felicity coming home from the hospital and the new baby, Felicity’s little sister, who would soon make her debut, and the sorrow that threatened to take over. But through it all, one thought remained in Roger’s mind: Chad’s legacy. Chad wanted to create an IV pole attachment for those wagons, and would have wanted Roger to continue on that course without him. That thought sustained Roger while he set out on his mission to develop Chad’s Bracket.

That mission included collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Atlanta engineers to check every safety concern, guaranteeing that the wagons were safe even with the weight of a pump and IV bags attached. These measures included using wagons with seat belts, with wheels on the outer perimeter, and that have a low center of gravity.

Also included in the process were Lewis Holland, Grant Little, Dave Taylor, and the welding class at Chattahoochee Tech in Jasper, Georgia, as well as L&W Welding in Paulding County. Their participation was crucial in bringing Chad’s Bracket to life.

Organizations such as the Masonic Lodges in Douglas County, Heard County, Carroll County, and Paulding County (all in Georgia), Georgia Heritage Bank, Grand’s Convenience Store (Dallas, Georgia), the City of Hiram, Georgia, and many others (including individuals we are not specifically naming in order to protect their privacy) have donated money to place wagons specially fitted with Chad’s Bracket into specific hospitals, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta facilities, Wellstar Paulding Hospital, and Tanner Medical Center facilities. Requests have begun coming in from hospitals and organizations in other states as well, and Roger is working quickly to determine how to best meet those needs.

There have been many news articles and reports, and much recognition. But true to his character, Roger made this statement: “Thank you everyone for the nice comments. I don’t feel I deserve the praise. I’m just trying to make the time a child and parents spend at CHOA easier and safer. The time spent there is traumatizing enough dealing with many times a life threatening event, without having to deal with the IV stand and the wagon separately.”

CHAD’S BRACKET – FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ChadsBracket

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Man Who Walks 21 Miles To Work Given $280,000 For A Car

Feb 4, 2015 0

We love a touching story of giving at the GoodNews Notebook. This is the perfect way to kick off February, a month of love and caring. Recently, according to the Detroit Free Press, we discovered a story about James Robertson, a Detroit man who commutes about 21 miles a day on foot to and from work has spurred reaction from across the nation, including social media fundraisers that have netted more than $280,000. (UPDATED 2/4/15)  But, our focus is not only on James, but the young student from Wayne State University who took action. How many times have we seen friends and family in need? How often do we fail to take action in one way or another? Therefore, we would like to extend the GoodNews Honor Award to Mr. Evan Leedy for going that extra mile for Mr. James Robertson. Evan’s GoodDeeds shows that you can IMPACT someone’s world in only 3 days.

Evan Leedy, 19, of Macomb Township, a WSU student studying computer science, said he was struck by the article and by the sudden torrent of people commenting online, many of them asking how they could help Robertson. Leedy said he decided to act.

“I just used my phone. I created the go-funding site and within an hour we had $2,000,” he said.

“I set the goal at the beginning of $5,000. Right now my page has more than $30,000” as of 6 p.m. Sunday, Leedy said.  As of February 4th, GNN has learned that the donations have continued to stream in at over $280,000. If you would like to donate, then simply go to http://www.gofundme.com/l7girc.


The concerned by Leedy started because buses don’t cover the full distance between James Robertson’s home in Detroit and his job in Rochester Hills, he walks a little more than seven miles headed to work and about 13 miles home, five days a week. His story — told by Bill Laitner in Sunday’s Detroit Free Press — has inspired hundreds to offer money to buy him a car, pay his insurance and professional help in managing the donations.

james-robertson-gofundme-car-donationRobertson said Sunday he was flattered by the attention he’d gotten for his arduous commutes after the Free Press published a front-page story about him — and amazed that complete strangers would respond so generously, some by offering to buy him a new car and others offering to give him one.

According to the Huffington Post, Robertson’s work ethic and spirit are truly inspiring. Robertson doesn’t complain and he manages to have perfect attendance at work.

“I set our attendance standard by this man,” Todd Wilson, the plant manager at Schain Mold & Engineering, told the Detroit Free Press. “I say, if this man can get here, walking all those miles through snow and rain, well I’ll tell you, I have people in Pontiac 10 minutes away and they say they can’t get here — bull!”

“I do it with no excuses,” Robertson told CBS News. “If you want something, you’ve gotta go out and get it … You better go ahead and do it because your girlfriend don’t want to hear it, your coworkers don’t want to hear it and you got to get up and do it again the next day.”

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Usher Donates 100,000 New Children’s Books

Jan 5, 2015 0

Atlanta native and R&B Mogul, Usher, is known for his on-stage showmanship. But, recently, the GoodNews Notebook was captivated with his tremendous act of charity and service to the community. In conjunction with publisher Scholastic, Usher and the school publication magnate recently announced that a donation of 100,000 usher-scholastic-kids
new children’s books from The Scholastic Possible Fund will be donated to children in need this holiday season through three non-profit organizations that work to improve global literacy: Save the Children,Toys for Tots and Room to Read. The donation was made together with Usher and his New Look Foundation, a nonprofit organization that develops youth from underserved communities into global leaders. Usher recently joined with Scholastic to launch the new “Open a World of Possible” initiative, designed to elevate the importance and joy of reading for all children.

On November 6th 2014, eight-time Grammy Award-winning artist Usher hosted a live classroom webcast, viewed by close to 3 million students and their teachers, where he talked about the ways children can get involved in spreading the joy of reading. For their first call to action, students were asked to learn about three leading non-profit organizations and vote for the organization(s) they’d like to receive a donation of books. Each organization is receiving a portion of the donation from The Scholastic Possible Fund based on the students’ votes.
“We know from research that when children discover a book they love, they are motivated to read more, understand more, and learn more. When that happens, everything is possible,” said Dick Robinson, Chairman, President and CEO, Scholastic. “We applaud all the work that Toys for Tots, Save the Children and Room to Read do to ‘Open a World of Possible’ for children in the U.S. and around the world by giving them wonderful new books and stories to experience, enjoy, and own.”

SOURCE: Black Celebrity Giving.com | http://www.blackcelebritygiving.com/2014/12/usher-new-look-foundation-scholastic-possible-fund-donate-100000-new-childrens-books/

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R.I.P. Joan Rivers Charities & Foundations She Supported

Sep 4, 2014 0
By Connie Alsobrook
Joan Rivers, born Joan Alexandra Rosenberg on June 8, 1933.  Rivers was best know for her stand up comedy,  she was also an outstanding actress, producer, writer, television host and a comedic fashion critic.
In February 1983 Rivers became the first female comedian to perform at Carnegie Hall.  Rivers became a first again in 1986,  being the first woman to have her own talk show with a major network.
Another beautiful thing about Rivers was she never fell short on giving back, here is a list of charities and foundations she supported throughout her life.
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