August 29, 2012

Phone It In

This year’s Stand Up to Cancer telethon has more stars than you can shake a stick at. So far the line up includes celebrity appearances by Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Douglas, Jessica Biel, Jeremy Renner, Seth Rogen, Emma Stone and Katie Couric; musical performances by Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw plus live help from dozens of TV, film and sports stars including Simon Baker, Jordana Brewster, Chelsea Handler, Marg Helgenberger, Rashida Jones, Minka Kelly, Joe Manganiello, Jillian Michaels, Masi Oka and Alison Sweeney. Somebody’s gotta man the phones!

You can catch the commercial-free fundraiser on all four major broadcast networks - plus more than a dozen cable channels - on Friday, September 7 from 8:00-9:00PM EST.  Click here to learn how you can help the Entertainment Industry Foundation stand up to cancer.

August 24, 2012

Hero Worship

That Anderson Cooper is a very busy man.  Between his reporting and anchoring duties for CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, his syndicated daytime talk show Anderson Live, and his New Year’s Eve gig with Kathy Griffin, he still finds time every year to celebrate a few heroic individuals in the world. Which brings me to the point of this post. There’s still time to nominate an everyday hero who’s doing great things in the world.

You’ve got about a week – August 31 - to submit someone (over 13) whose heroic deeds fit into one of the following categories:

Championing Children: Commitment to the welfare of young people
Community Crusader: Creating solutions to a local problem or social issue
Defending the Planet: Innovative efforts to preserve and protect the environment
Medical Marvel: Dedication to the enhancement of human health
Protecting the Powerless: Advancing the cause of human or equal rights
Other: Use this category if your hero's cause doesn't fit into one of those above

As in past years, competition is quite fierce, but the prize is also very high. Ten finalists will pocket $50,000 and one hero will take home $250,000. Every finalist be honored by a slew of celebrities - including the handsome host/anchor- on a fancy CNN program. Click here to nominate your hero.

August 23, 2012

Coupon Smarts

Attention coupon clippers. Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Communities In Schools just kicked off its second annual GIVE Education “School the Nation” campaign which aims to increase awareness of America’s dropout crisis and enable thousands of mentors across the country to support and encourage kids to graduate to a brighter future. 

Through the end of August P&G will donate 2 cents for every brandSAVER coupon (you know the ones that bulk up the Sunday paper) you redeem. Click here to turn your savings into a brighter future for children.

August 22, 2012


There is nothing remotely funny about malaria but thanks to “Malarious” - an online comedy collaboration between and Malaria No More - I guarantee you’ll crack a smile or maybe even lol. In celebration of World Mosquito Day (who knew!), more than 30 celebrities have teamed up to create 24 comedy web videos to help raise money for the fight against malaria.

For a minimum contribution of one dollar -- or more if you’d like -- you can catch clips including “Penn & Teller Snort a Bean,” “Ellie Kemper Criticizes Puppies,” “Allison Williams is a Bearded Lady,” “David Arquette: the Real Magic Mike” and “Weird Al Gets Dunked.”  Pretty funny stuff.
Click here to have a laugh and help stomp out this deadly disease.

August 21, 2012

Beyonce Was Here

In case you missed World Humanitarian Day on Sunday (oops!), Beyonce, the United Nations and dozens of global aid groups delivered one unified message to the world: perform a good deed, no matter how big or small, to help another person. In celebration of the special day, Beyonce debuted her new music video “I Was Here” on giant screens around the world and performed the new single live at the U.N.’s General Assembly Hall.
Although you probably don’t have Beyonce’s triple-threat talents (who does?), you can still get out there and do something good: make a sandwich for a stranger, pick up litter off the street or donate a few hours at a shelter or after-school program. Every good deed matters.
Click here to learn more about how to contribute to the “I Was Here” campaign and make the world a little better for all of us.

August 17, 2012

Bullish on Bullying

The Federal Partners for Bullying Prevention – with its nine departments and 34 offices – is reaching out to America’s teenagers for its new contest “Be More than a Bystander for Bullying.” Guess adults don’t know everything, huh.

Kids aged 13-18 are invited to submit a video (30-60 seconds) that informs and motivates their peers to prevent and end bullying in schools - and not just be bystanders for crying out loud. If you’re interested in taking home the $2,000 grand prize, make sure your creation is informative, creative, smart and entertaining. Runners up can nab a $500 honorable mention.

Click here to submit your video challenge before October 14.

August 15, 2012

Book Swap

I was taking “Mini” (my adorable 11 year-old Spaniel mix) for her weekly trip to Lafayette Park when I came across a curious blue book box. I went in for a closer look and the only identification I could find were the words “Take a Book, Leave a Book.”  It didn’t take cash or credit cards, just books! How cool is that?

I hope it’s still there (and full of books) on Friday, because I’ll be due for a new book by then. Do you have a book drop in your neighborhood?

August 14, 2012

Birchbox Builders

MDG eagerly awaits her monthly Birchbox brimming with beauty and skincare products for a mere $10 each month. Seriously! 

I’m also really excited to share with you that BB is partnering with Pencils of Promise this month to help with their mission of building schools in developing countries. During the month of August BB is donating 15 percent of the proceeds from all sales in its “shop” section – including makeup, skincare, hair, body, tools, and fragrance items – to POP to help build a school in Guatemala. 

They need $25,000 to make it happen, so please click here to get schooled on the best beauty and skincare products on the market, and make education a reality for dozens of kids in Central America.

August 10, 2012

Super Shopper

Continuing on this week’s theme of “five” (yes, two posts DO make a theme,) you’ll be pleased to hear that Macy’s is once again hosting its annual Shop for a Cause event. Feel great about supporting your favorite charity by purchasing a $5 shopping pass good for 25% off merchandise either in-store or online on Saturday, August 25.

100% of the proceeds go to the nonprofit organization of your choice and include hundreds of charities supporting everything from animal welfare to education, cancer research and the environment. Click here to shop for a cause close to your heart.

August 7, 2012

Give Me Five

In celebration of 10 years of click-to-give goodness, the Animal Rescue Site is partnering with the Foundation for its “$50K in 50 Days” campaign. Animal lovers are urged to “Give 5” for programs that feed, care and ultimately find forever homes for shelter animals.

You have until the end of August to give through YouTube, Facebook,Twitter or The Animal Rescue Site. One hundred percent of donations will benefit thousands (nearly 14,000!) of animal shelter and rescue organizations across the country in the network. Click here to give $5 – or more - to keep more shelter animals healthy, happy and alive.