5 Cool Things in Philanthropy this Month

From time to time, Philanthropy411 is asked to highlight or blog about events going on in the world of philanthropy.  We are going to look back, and ahead, and share some of these great stories with you!

What Will Your Good Deed Be This September 11th?
This September 11th marks the 10 year anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11. In honor of those who lost their lives, survived the attacks, helped in rescue efforts or were personally affected – MyGoodDeed (www.911day.org), a leading 9/11 nonprofit organization, and HandsOn Network, the volunteer activation division of Points of Light Institute – have just launched an inspiring national PSA campaign themed “I Will.”

The goal is ONE MILLION GOOD DEED TRIBUTES before September 11, 2011.  To post a personal “I will” tribute, go to the 9/11 Day Observance Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/911dayPlease click through and post your good deed!

PUMA’s Project Pink
PUMA is leaving the decision of Project Pink’s ultimate beneficiary up to young soccer fans, gathering nominations for deserving charitable organizations at www.puma.com/projectpink between July 17 and September 22; voting opens on September 26 and runs through October 7. The group with the most votes will receive 100% of profits from the sale of PUMA Project Pink merchandise, as well as additional funds raised via initiatives throughout the season, at the culmination of the program in October.

Toyota 100 Cars for Good
Toyota recently announced the final 25 winners in the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program, which awarded 100 vehicles over the course of 100 days to 100 deserving nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public.  The final set of winners spanned several categories including human services, child advocacy, health & safety and animal welfare.  Click here to see the entire list!

ColdAvenger Donates Cold Weather Gear to Clothes4Souls Nonprofit
Talus Outdoor Tech is donating more than 1,000 lung-and-airway-protection masks to Clothes4Souls. Clothes4Souls coordinates worldwide donations of new and gently used clothing items to those who need them most.  Read more about providing hope through the gift of clothing here.

IBM’s Smarter Planet Grants
“Non profit and education organizations are the lifeblood of local communities, and we want to help them by offering support to build a smarter planet,” said Stanley S. Litow, vice president of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs at IBM. “In conjunction with our employees making their skills available through massive volunteer efforts, IBM’s Centennial grants will help non profits and educational organizations meet their key goals.”  Read more about building a smarter planet here.

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Posted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly © Kris Putnam-Walkerly and Philanthropy411, 2011.