Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day was first designated by Congress on August 26th, 1971. If that date sounds familiar it’s because it was on that day in 1920 that the 19th Amendment – which granted women the right to vote – was certified. This year it will be particularly notable, as the first woman to ever be nominated to be the presidential candidate for a major political party will be in the thick of a national campaign.

So in honor of Women’s Equality Day, we wanted to highlight some amazing female-led fundraising campaigns in the CrowdRise community.

Donating Your Birthday to Women in Ethiopia

Mallory Brown was about to turn 30 and wanted to do something big. She decided to donate her birthday to raise money to get 30 women in Ethiopia jobs. She mobilized her community and found 30 women in America to fundraise on her behalf. It all culminated in a 24 Hour Impact fundraiser that ended up collecting over $40,000 – and got sustainable jobs for those 30 women. Just watch this video:

Amazing, right?

Running to Prove a Point

Distance runner Cheryl Hile was blindsided by a diagnosis of MS at the age of 32. She fell into a depression but then started running again – and felt a lot better. She started running marathons again, and then last year had an idea: she was going to become the first person with MS to run seven marathons on seven continents – in one year. She wanted to show newly diagnosed people that MS can’t stop them from doing anything. So she’s fundraising to make this dream a reality. Her first race is in September in Cape Town, South Africa, and every penny counts.

Helping Where You Didn’t Know Help Was Needed

Lori Gerlach just returned from a trip to Haiti. She stayed with some family friends in the village of Petit Goave, a small town about 3 hours southwest of Port Au Prince. Gertha, the woman she was staying with, took her to visit the local school. Lori was shocked. She says, “the ‘building’ was no more than a tin roof with holes, rigged over some wooden beams lined with plastic for ‘walls.’ Several of the children were not in uniform, some were even in pajamas because they can’t afford the required attire.” Gertha explained that even though Haitian schools require uniforms, leniency is given to those who don’t have the means. But Lori learned that this doesn’t take away the shame and feelings of lacking among the underprivileged kids. There are about 50 students without uniforms at the school (which cost $40 each) and Lori took it upon herself to raise money for these kids using an online fundraising page. She’s raised nearly $2,000, which will be enough for all of the kids. Anything more will be donated to improve the building facilities.

Women's Equality Day - Haiti - CrowdRise

How Can You Honor Women’s Equality Day?

These are just a few examples of how women are using crowdfunding for good, and absolutely crushing it. These women are so inspiring. So in honor of Women’s Equality Day, why don’t you get started and raise money for a women’s cause that you care about? It’s so easy.


International Youth Day

International Youth Day is Friday, August 12th. And the general consensus here at CrowdRise is this: the children are our future.

First started in 1999, the theme of IYD 2016 is The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production and it focuses on “the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production.” And in all seriousness, we think that that there are few things more important than this.

We see it every day on CrowdRise: children doing amazing things. Whether it’s saving animals for their mitzvah project, or donating their birthday to help ALS research or creating a virtual lemonade stand to help kids in Africa access clean drinking water, kids are embracing the power of crowdfunding. It amazing to see the next generation using technology to change the game and help others in completely new and innovative ways. Here are just a few examples to inspire you – and let you know what International Youth Day is all about.

International Youth Day: Helping terminally ill children

Madi Groharing is a soon-to-be fifth grader who started an amazing community service project last school year. She researched and found an online registry of sick and terminally ill children across the country and she went into each and every one of the classrooms in her school and shared the story of one of the children. She had each class “adopt” a different child by creating cards for them and included them in a care package. She also included a prayer bear in each package that will recite the goodnight prayer. She’s raised nearly $2,000 on CrowdRise, which allowed her to send over 60 of these care packages. You can donate to her ongoing campaign here and check out this video of her talking about the campaign. So awesome.

International Youth Day: Giving selflessly

10-year-old Grif is waiting to learn if he has pediatric carcinoid cancer, an extremely rare condition that takes years to properly diagnose. As he waits, he’s raising money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital because, as he says, “I want to help kids who know they definitely have cancer, whether I have it or not.” Truly amazing. He’s raised nearly $7,500. But the inspiration he’s putting out there is priceless. And here’s his video thanking donors.

International Youth Day: Making the best of a situation

Presyce Baez is a singer and songwriter who graduated from high school earlier this year after emancipating himself from a difficult family situation. His dream is to work in music, but knows that he must gain skills and experience so that he can be successful. He’s raising money to study at the Dark Horse Institute (a professional recording studio in Franklin, Tennessee, where he has already been accepted), purchase necessary musical equipment and cover basic living expenses. His immediate goal is to support himself in the world and take the path necessary to be a success in the sound engineering industry. But he is thinking big as his ultimate goal is to create a series of music centered facilities/organizations, which will include music/performance venues, instrumental schools, vocal schools, charities and a studio. By donating to his CrowdRise fundraiser, people can invest in Presyce’s future and set him up to achieve his dreams and make a lifetime of impact on others. This kid is making moves.

International Youth Day

These are just three examples of the hundreds of fundraisers we have on CrowdRise where kids are showing us how it’s done. So in honor of International Youth Day 2016, why don’t you donate to a child out there who’s trying to improve the world. Or better yet, have any kids in your life set up online fundraising pages on CrowdRise and start making the world a better place. Remember, they’re the future.


Decent Humans – July 2016 Edition

It’s incredible to see so many Decent Humans out there helping friends and strangers, neighbors and people on the other side of the world. In the wake of so many recent tragedies and horrific events, we are humbled to witness so much good being done by the CrowdRise community. Take a look at some of the amazing campaigns going on right now.

“I really get excited about the concept of being a lawyer for the people funded by the people.”


Pro Bono Lawyer and one of the Decent Humans

A typical attorney probably has an office where they work from. A typical attorney probably has an apartment or house that they go home to after a long day of lawyering. A typical attorney probably has an intense focus on maximizing their billable hours. But Melanie Gleason is not your typical attorney. Read more over on Medium.

“I want to help kids with cancer, whether I have it or not.”

Chasing Zebras

Griffen has missed 67 days of school and spent 40 nights in the hospital and still isn’t 100% sure if he has cancer. In the face of daily blood draws and the fear of the unknown, Griffen and his family are out to help other kids with cancer by pledging $1 per shot to go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Learn more.

Meet members of Pearl Jam at their sold-out Boston show

Pearl Jam are Decent Humans

Win tickets to see Pearl Jam’s sold-out Boston show at Fenway Park on August 7th. You’ll also get a meet and greet with members of the band, VIP passes to the Fenway Park Infiniti Suite, up to $1,000 in travel expenses, and a signed limited-edition event poster. Plus you’ll meet Peter Gammons – MLB Network Insider and On-Air Analyst, and Sam Kennedy – President of the Boston Red Sox. Proceeds support Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation. Get started here.

Helping those affected by the Dallas police shootings

Picture of Memorial

In the wake of the Dallas tragedy, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is committed to giving aid to the grieving families. He’s ready to stand tall and demonstrate support and respect for the fallen by helping their families during this trying time. See his fundraiser here.

Changing the lives of homeless women

Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg is matching all donations up to $50,000 in an effort to help The Empowerment Plan provide training and employment to two homeless women. By beginning their careers as seamstresses, they’ll be breaking a cycle of homelessness that has lasted generations. Donate here.

No warning, no wind, no reason, why did this happen?

Trinity Bellwoods

Mike was relaxing at a park in Toronto when a tree limb fell on a man right in front of his eyes. Mike was one of three people who performed CPR on the victim in an effort to keep him alive. Now he is relentlessly CrowdRising to provide support and aid to the man’s wife and unborn son. You can help here.

SU2C + Beautycounter = Decent Humans

Beauty Counter

Stand Up To Cancer and Beautycounter have come together to honor all who have been touched by cancer. Consultants are fundraising for critical cancer research and Beautycounter is matching donations up to $50,000. Incredible.

If you ever feel inspired to help a friend or loved one who is in need, or just want to join the ranks of Decent Humans, just Click Here and you’ll be ready to launch in less than two minutes.

People need direct support from their communities for these and other reasons every day. At CrowdRise, we’re so committed to helping you get all the money you raise to the intended recipient that we’ll guarantee it’s cost-free for your beneficiary.


Independence Day: Building Community in America

Independence Day. The most American of days: commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which declared that the colonies regarded themselves as a new nation and were no longer part of the British Empire. Somehow, 240 years later, this is extremely topical again.

So being that today is all about America, let’s take a look at some of the amazing organizations that are focusing on building community in our country – and making America remain an awesome place.

Fighting poverty

Robin Hood is New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization. Since 1988 they have focused on funding and creating programs and schools that help families in New York’s poorest neighborhoods. Robin Hood has raised more than $2.5 billion in dollars, goods and services to help provide NYC’s neediest citizens the tools they need to build better lives.

Robin Hood impact

Honoring those who have served

Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. They do this through tens of thousands of events a year that unite both veteran and civilian populations.

Team RWB events

Enterprising in the community

Enterprise Community Partners believes opportunity begins when people have a safe, healthy and affordable place to call home. They also believe that opportunity grows with access to good schools, jobs, transit and health care. Since 1982, Enterprise has invested $18.6 billion, helped create nearly 340,000 homes and affected millions of lives.

Enterprise Community Partners

Global and local this Independence Day

While global by definition, CGI has a US-specific program called CGI America. It brings together the business, philanthropy, government and nonprofit communities to find solutions that encourage economic growth, support competitiveness and increase social mobility. Since 2011, CGI America participants have made nearly 600 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of nearly 5 million people.

CGI America

This is just a minor sampling of all the amazing work that people do out there in trying to make the places that they live better. We should all strive to be like them. Happy Independence Day, everyone.

Independence Day fireworks