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Bassita

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For some people around the world, the click of your mouse can change their life.

A startup company in Egypt called Bassita has launched a concept in that country called click funding. With a name that means “simple” in Arabic, Bassita is combining the spread of the internet in Egypt and social media to help people gain access to simple things such as water.  read more »

Charitable Countries

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It’s the season of giving; and we’re looking pretty generous.

According to the charities aid foundation, the U.S. is tied with Myanmar as the world’s most charitable country. And if that’s not enough to warm your heart, the U.S. is the only country to rank in the top ten for; helping strangers, volunteering time and donating money.

So just how generous are we? According to reports 95% of households donate an annual average of about $3,000 to charities. Last year alone Americans donated more than $335 billion, with most of that coming from individuals. And if they weren’t opening up their wallets, they were donating their time. Nearly 63 million people volunteered with at least one organization over the past twelve months.  read more »

The Business of Football

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The rules of football are changing; to a business plan.

At a recent charity event benefitting a bay area food bank i spoke with former NFL player Jesse Sapolu. During his 14 years with the San Francisco 49ers he played center and offensive guard helping the team win four super bowl rings. I asked him what some of the biggest differences are between his days on the field and today.

“Well obviously the money is so much bigger now, social media, you cringe every time ESPN talks about one player that gets in trouble almost every day. But that's the world we live in now.”  read more »

A Taste of the NFL

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The NFL is teaming up with food banks all across the country; and they're hoping to score against hunger.

The day before the super bowl the NFL is hosting an event called “A Taste of the NFL.” It will feature a chef from each NFL city along with a current or former player from that city's team. They will have a table where guests can taste a dish designed to complement a wine. Up until that event similar tastings are happening all across the country. I recently spoke with former San Francisco 49er Eric Wright at the event in the bay area.

“If it's not in your heart and you're just out here and you really don't want to be here then i don't invite you, you have to want to give.”  read more »

A Pot of Gold

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Thanks to some golden donations it’s going to be a very merry Christmas for the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army’s red kettles are hanging a bit heavier after some very generous donations. The charity says anonymous donors are leaving gold coins in kettles across the country. So far there have been reports of gold found in Indiana, California and Chicago.

The South Bend Tribune reports someone dropped a one once U.S. gold coin in a kettle in northern Indiana. The coin was wrapped in a one hundred dollar bill and is worth about fourteen hundred dollars. In a nearby city a South African Krugerrand worth more than $1,500 was found. The charity is also reporting gold coins showing up in kettles in Chicago and four of the cities surrounding suburbs.  read more »

A Charitable Connection

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Feeling a little charitable this holiday season? A new website could help you tap into your spirit of giving.

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes launched a new venture earlier this week aimed at the big hearted. Called Jumo.com the purpose of the site is to connect people who are already working to improve the lives of others with those who want to do the same but isn’t sure where to start.  read more »

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An Inapropriate Charity

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Cereal boxes are being pulled from the shelves after some shoppers got a bit more than they paid for.

Charity toasted oats cereal boxes featuring Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ocho Cinco are being pulled after phone calls to the charity hotline got a little risqué. The phone number printed on the box was meant to direct callers to the “Feed the Children” charity. But because of a misprint callers heard the voice of a seductive woman asking them for a credit card to continue the party.  read more »

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A Deathbed Donation

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Many people make death bed confessions, particularly if you’ve led a life of crime, but not too many make death bed donations.  read more »