Airbnb Co-Founders Commit Half Their Fortunes To Charity

via Huffington Post…

The three co-founders are among the youngest members to join the “Giving Pledge.”




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Sandals Resorts Partners with Delta Sigma Theta to Educate Teen Mothers

The Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, and The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the local chapter of an organization that is 350,000 women strong worldwide, today announced their partnership in support of the P.A.C.E. Program, (Providing Access to Continued Education) a community-based outreach initiative designed to provide education and support to teenage mothers and promote awareness to help reduce teen pregnancy among young adults. 983013019 Read The Rest

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Hosts 15th Annual Art for Life Gala

Rush Philanthropic Arts will host its 15th Annual Art For Life on Saturday, July 26th in Bridgehampton.  With the support of our sponsors, patrons and friends, Rush Philanthropic continues to provide art education opportunities for even more youth and enrich the cultural landscape of New York City.

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Bid On VIP Tickets To Oprah’s “The Life You Want Weekend”

Here’s your chance to share in Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. September 19-20, 2014 with 2 VIP tickets.

A new celebrity charity auction is giving you the chance to bid on VIP tickets that will ensure you’re seated in the first forward-facing rows, so close to the action that the experience unfolds right before you. Your VIP credentials includes a VIP Gift Bag, an Event Program, and a VIP Experience which includes an opportunity to have your photo taken with Oprah. Lunch will be provided as part of your Experience, as well.

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• Floor Seating, front forward-facing rows
• Photo Opportunity with Oprah
• VIP Credentials
• VIP Gift Bag
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Oprah Makes a Powerful Cup of Tea

This is the stuff that I love to see!  This is what makes me warm and fuzzy about philanthropy! I may have been under a rock for the past couple of weeks. So, please forgive me if I’m wrong…  I haven’t really heard much buzz about the announcement of Oprah teaming up with Starbucks to create the Teavana Oprah Chai Tea.  Yes, I saw that Oprah’s sites and social media pages announced it, but outside of that I haven’t seen much.  I would think that it would be since it’s Oprah and since it’s such an easy way to give back to education and get something tasty in return. (Not that you do it for the return.   You’re doing it out of the goodness of your heart. But, being able to give back while buying something that you would get anyway is always a hit to me..)

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Robert Reffkin to Serve as “Featured Maker” at Intimate Power Brunch

Robert.Reffkin_180x194_-180x194On Sunday, April 14th 11a – 2p, Robert Reffkin will serve as a “Featured Maker” at an invite-only intimate power brunch, “Trailblazing Your Way to Success: From Vision to Start-Up and Beyond”.  (To attend, send a resume and letter of interest to

Robert’s story is pretty impressive.  He’ll tell you that despite the circumstances in his youth that could have held him back, he’s living a good life.  He’s humble and appreciative – constantly giving credit to nonprofits like A Better Chance, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and Summer Search for helping to shape the man that he is today. Read The Rest

Magic Johnson, Common and Debra Lee Pay It Forward

Talk about a chance of a lifetime!  What kid (or adult for that matter) hasn’t dreamed of what it would be like to spend a day with their sports hero, or favorite rapper?!

I had a chance to hear Magic Johnson speak – a year or so ago – when he became an investor in Vibe Holdings.  It was a huge affair that was a who’s who of business, entertainment and publishing.  I could have filled up my notebook and packed it up after the introductory video that spanned Magic’s basketball career and showcased his business ventures across the globe – everything from movie theaters and Starbucks locations to the great work he does through the Magic Johnson Foundation.  If that wasn’t enough, he got up and spoke to the group!  He was mesmerizing and inspiring!  What I wouldn’t give to get a chance to pick that man’s brain!

Pay It Forward

Well, four lucky young people are going to get a chance to do just that.  In partnership with the United Negro College Fund, Coca-Cola “Pay It Forward” program will afford four 16-21 year olds will get an apprenticeship experience in business, music and media and entertainment.  This apprenticeship will be with one of three extraordinary celebrity history makers: Magic Johnson, President & CEO Magic Johnson Enterprises – and basketball legend; Debra Lee, Chairman & CEO BET Networks; Common, Hip-Hop Artist and Founder of Common Ground Foundation.

Over the course of this summer, they will get career guidance and job shadowing!  As I speak (type), I’m swooning over the thought! And, filled with such excitement for the world of opportunity that is going to open for those selected.  The magnitude of this opportunity in the lives of these youth doesn’t go unnoticed by the mentors. Read The Rest

DJ Kiss, DJ MOS, The Social Broker, and More Host Sips4Sickle Cell Valentine’s Fundraising Gala


6:00PM -12:00AM

On this red carpet night, Sips4Sickle Cell will gather the echelons of the city to raise support for this disease. Invited guests will be from vast age, social and professional demographics of the TriState area including Philanthropists, Fraternal Orders, Social networking groups, Wall Street professionals, Politicians, Medical and Legal Practitioners, Athletes, and Celebrities.

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USA Network and the NFL Team Up for 2nd Annual NFL Characters Unite

USA Networks has partnered with the NFL to produce the 2nd annual NFL CHARACTERS UNITE documentary that will premiere the week after Super Bowl XLVII on Friday, February 8 at 7pm.  The doc is part of USA’s award-winning public service campaign aimed at combating prejudice, discrimination and intolerance while promoting acceptance of the many characters on-air, online, and in communities across the country.   Read The Rest

Haute Carpet Looks at the UNCF Evening of Stars

On Sunday, January 27th, the stars hit the red carpet of the 33rd Annual UNCF: An Evening of Stars Gala that aired on BET.

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