YouCaring, the world’s trusted leader in free crowdfunding for personal, medical, and charitable causes, has announced that Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt’s Houston Flood Relief Fund reached $10 million, officially becoming the largest and fastest-growing charitable crowdfunding campaign in the industry’s 10-year history.
JJ Watt kicked off the campaign on Sunday afternoon with a personal contribution of $100,000. With the help of over 100,000 donors across the US, including recording artist Drake, who issued a video message of support to the city, Tom Brady, Ellen DeGeneres, Walmart, Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk and Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul, the campaign surpassed its initial $200,000 goal in less than two hours, and has now surpassed $11 million. The vast majority of donations are under $100 each from Americans across the country.
As a certified B-Corporation with a focus on helping people faced with hardship, YouCaring does not take a cut of each donation, but instead relies on voluntary donor tips to fund operations.
“We’re a small team of about 50 people,” said Dan Saper, YouCaring’s CEO. “The influx of donations and support has been overwhelming, and we’re proud to announce that we are giving back $50,000 of donor tips to JJ’s fundraiser to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.”
“Unlike other crowdfunding platforms, we have always been free to use, ensuring more money goes to the people who need it most,” said YouCaring’s CMO, Maly Ly. “I am amazed and humbled by the many tens of thousands of individual donations that have been coming in since Sunday, and which testify to Americans’ ability to empathize with those in need and their willingness to help however they can.”
Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters have talked about the stigma of mental illness during an interview with a radio station in New Zealand.
“When it comes to someone like Chris Cornell or Chester, depression is a disease,” Grohl told The Rock FM. “Everybody kind of goes through it their own way. I can’t speak for anybody else’s condition, but the hardest part is when you lose a friend.
“I think that mental health and depression is something people should take seriously. There’s a stigma attached to it, which is unfortunate. Just as you take care of yourselves in every other way, I think it’s important that people really try to take care of themselves in that way. It ain’t easy, life is hard.”
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins added: “It just goes to show you, it doesn’t matter what’s in your bank account, or how many hits are on your YouTube page, all that kind of crap, it all goes out the window if, like Dave said, you’re not feeling right.
“Look after yourself, and if it looks like someone is down, way down, check up on them.”
The PSA, titled “SPF Splain”, informs viewers about the dangers of sun overexposure and the importance of wearing sunscreen to help protect against skin cancer.
The video takes a humorous approach to address the serious topic of sun safety. King plays one of two lifeguards who spring into action to educate beachgoers about the harmful effects of too much sun and the importance of using sunscreen to help prevent skin cancer.
The PSA encourages people to always use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater, and reapply at least every two hours or after swimming, sweating and toweling off.
According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 5.4 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the U.S. – more than breast, lung, prostate and colorectal cancer combined. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
“I am honored to join Stand Up To Cancer, Rally and ATTN: in this campaign,” said actress and SU2C Ambassador Jaime King. “So many of us don’t realize just how dangerous overexposure to the sun can be, and how prevalent skin cancer is in the U.S. Through this PSA, we want to emphasize the importance of sun-safety and the simple steps people can take to protect themselves against skin cancer.”
“Skin cancer is one of the most diagnosed cancers, yet it is also one of the most preventable. We hope this PSA will help raise awareness,” said Stand Up To Cancer Co-Founder Lisa Paulsen. “We are so grateful to Rally, ATTN: and our incredible SU2C Ambassador Jaime King for helping us raise awareness for this important initiative and rally the public in the fight against skin cancer.”
“We remind Rally members and others that taking even the smallest step when it comes to their health can have an enormous, positive impact on their life, and even be potentially life-saving. Applying sunscreen every day is one of those small steps that we hope people take away from this entertaining video. Our thanks to Jaime King, SU2C and Attn: for helping to spread the message about using sunscreen to help reduce skin cancer risk,” said David Ko, president and COO of Rally Health.
“ATTN: is always trying to inform our audience about health and wellness issues, and preventing skin cancer is right up there as one of the most critical issues we cover,” said Taryn Crouthers, ATTN:’s head of brand partnerships. “It is great to join Stand Up To Cancer, Rally and Jaime King to spread awareness with this campaign.”
Last summer, SU2C and Rally Health launched their GetScreenedNow.org campaign to help people find out which cancer screenings are recommended for them and to take the pledge to get screened.
One of this year’s most innovative design events, Architects for Animals “Giving Shelter” exhibit, returns to the Herman Miller Showroom in Culver City on October 19th 2017.
The event is expected to be a sold-out fundraiser for LA-based non-profit FixNation, which provides free spay and neuter services for the city’s skyrocketing population of homeless cats.
LA’s top architecture and design firms as well as individual architects and designers have been invited to design, build and donate one-of-a-kind and functional outdoor dwellings for cats. Shelters will be displayed at a cocktail reception attended by the public, VIPs and media representatives. Also on display: cat food bowls decorated by feline-loving celebrities such as Jay Leno, Beau Bridges, Morgan Fairchild, Tricia Helfer, Jackson Galaxy and Elvira; all bowls will be available for purchase via an online auction.
“These cat shelters are absolutely remarkable,” says FixNation’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Karn Myers. “They will help raise awareness about homeless cats and provide practical solutions that can be implemented throughout our community.”
This year’s event has added significance as the organization honors Myer’s late husband, Mark Dodge. The couple co-founded FixNation 10 years ago. Los Angeles is home to one of the nation’s largest populations of homeless felines, an estimated one to three million cats. FixNation is a model for successful Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and humane colony management programs across the country and around the world.
“Many communities use lethal methods in an attempt to control the population of stray, abandoned and feral cats. Such methods are not only horribly cruel, they simply don’t work,” explains Myers. “TNR is a much more effective and compassionate alternative. Our mission is to manage colonies of homeless ‘community cats’ and gradually reduce their number through sterilization.”
Participating firms include Abramson Teiger Architects; ES-EN-EM; HLW; HOK; Knowhow Shop; Kollin Altomare Architects; Pfeiffer Partners Architects; RNL; and Standard Architecture | Design.
The “Giving Shelter” event is open to the public from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the HermanMiller Showroom. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased online or at the door.