MTV & Make-A-Wish Partner to Give 4 Teens a VMAs to Remember – Beyonce, Alicia, Britney, KimYe and more (PICS)

For the third year in a row, MTV granted four incredible wishes for four very special girls on Sunday at the VMA. Grace Fulcher, Madison “Madi” Haggard, Sierra Mason (all 16) and Samantha Savioe (14) — spent four magical days behind the scenes of the awards show thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes for kids living with serious medical conditions.
“In a very short amount of time, we were able to create an incredible four-day experience for these incredible girls, who are all going through tremendously difficult and uncertain times in their young lives,” said Matt McDonough, Senior Director, MTV Digital Strategy & Fan Engagement. These were wishes 18 through 22 for Matt says he’s been lucky enough to be a part of at MTV.

Swizz Beatz, BACARDÍ x Dean Collection Present “No Commission: Art Performs” (PICS)

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There was an incredible week/weekend of performances at the BACARDÍ and Swizz Beatz’ Dean Collection Present No Commission: Art Performs – a multi-day immersive event where art and music collided for showcases by day and night.  The experience featured musical performances, visual art galleries featuring famed artists including Kehinde Wiley, Tomokazu Matsuyama, and Zio Ziegler, and immersive installations in the Bronx, all in celebration of the artist hustle, where it all began.  No Commission is a platform that’s designed specifically to support artists, and forges a direct link between artists’ practices and art patronage.  All artists are given their exhibition space for free and 100% of the sale of each artwork goes directly back to them.  The event closed this weekend with 98% of the art being sold. Read The Rest

Forbes Hosts Fifth Annual Forbes 400 Summit On Philanthropy – Ted Turner Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Forbes hosted its fifth annual Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy under the theme “Moonshots — Big Bets for Social Change.”  This exclusive brought together 200 of the world’s leading philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and business leaders for a critical discussion on how to apply wealth and resources to solve today’s most intractable problems.  Forbes turned the lens on the audacious thinkers, entrepreneurs, inventors and scholars who are proposing and initiating these radical ideas, creating philanthropic solutions to change our world.  Royal Bank of Canada was a presenting sponsor, and McKinsey & Company was the Knowledge Partner.

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Alicia Keys Wants to Change the Way Women Think About HIV

Fourteen-time Grammy Award-winning artist and HIV advocate Alicia Keys has teamed up with Greater Than AIDS to launch EMPOWERED, a new public information campaign to reach women in the U.S. about HIV/AIDS. Being released in the lead-up to National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10), the ongoing EMPOWERED campaign includes targeted public service ads (PSAs) and community engagement opportunities.

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Survey Says: Michelle Obama Top Charity Influencer, Not a Celebrity

A survey conducted by crowd funding organization specifically for causes, Razoo, reveals that the top charity influencer is the First Lady, Michelle Obama and not a celebrity.
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Americans are twelve times more likely to donate to a charity endorsed by Michelle Obama than by a famous actor or singer  Read The Rest