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Charity spotlight: Concern Foundation

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Charity spotlight: Concern Foundation

Charity spotlight: Concern Foundation Concern Foundation is a volunteer-driven organization focused on making sure their dollars count in the fight against cancer. An organization that began with 15 Los Angeles couples coming together to help their friend, Beverly Wolman, battle cancer, has now donated more than $60 million to over 750 cancer researcher projects. Despite their reach, Concern Foundation now employs just 4 full-time team members. This helps them keep operating costs low so that donors' dollars are being used as efficiently as possible. Jena Brown, Director of Development & Outreach, is one such employee. She was driven to get involved with...

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Charity spotlight: The Hunger Project

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Charity spotlight: The Hunger Project

Charity spotlight: The Hunger Project It starts with women. That's the idea behind The Hunger Project’s programs throughout Africa, South Asia and Latin America. In fact, it’s the first of their three pillars that form the foundation for each of the 16,075 communities the organization aids: Empower women as key agents of change Mobilize communities into self-reliant action Foster effective partnerships to engage local government In general, The Hunger Project initiates campaigns against early marriage and violence against women, education programs for nutrition and sanitation and income-generating activities for communities in need. It’s their belief that by pioneering sustainable, women-centered strategies, we...

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Charity spotlight: Water.org

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Charity spotlight: Water.org

Charity spotlight: Water.org Water.org—it’s a charity that does just what it sounds like it does—or is it? Though, yes, the organization does work to empower people through access to safe water and sanitation, they take a slightly different approach than many traditional charities. The founders of Water.org, Matt Damon (yes, that Matt Damon!) and Gary White, believe that access to safe water is one of the building blocks that helps turn problems into potential. With easy access to clean water and sanitation, communities are able to improve health, embark on education and increase economic prosperity. So how is Water.org’s approach...

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Switch it up: How LED lights can save you big time

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Switch it up: How LED lights can save you big time

Switch it up: How LED lights can save you big time Sometimes, saving the world starts just one light bulb at a time. LED stands for “light emitting diode”, which is just science speak for the way the bulb converts electricity into light -- which, by the way, is super efficient. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, LED bulbs use 75% less energy than your traditional incandescent lighting and emit almost no heat rays. But that’s not all. They also last 25 times longer than regular bulbs and have the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the...

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Kick your water bottle habit

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Kick your water bottle habit

Kick your water bottle habit The beginning of a new year is notorious for resolutions and big hopes for improving ourselves. Goals to eat healthier, exercise more and stick to a budget abound. And while that's all well and good, a new you can start right now (without counting calories). We could all drink more water, but for many, drinking water means disposable plastic bottles. But bettering yourself doesn't have to mean worsening the environment. You've probably heard that it takes anywhere from 400 - 1,000 years for a plastic water bottle to decompose. But really, think about that. That's...

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