BBH, the same ad agency behind Axe body spray’s noxiously viral campaigns, have hit the streets of massive internet partyapocalypse South by Southwest this week – well, actually, they haven’t hit any such streets. But they have outfitted 10 homeless men with 4G wireless devices and T-shirts stating “I Am a Homeless Hotspot.” Internerds struggling for web connectivity are prompted to tip the men $2 for each 15 minutes of access. That’s just enough time to refresh your own Twitter mentions and stew in your own complicity in what now passes for charity. Keep reading »
We’re all for wearing completely unreasonable and painful shoes, but en pointe Louboutins? No. No no no. Louboutin made them to benefit the English National Ballet — they’ll be auctioned off in a charity auction. Said designer Christian Louboutin: “Isn’t the classical dancing ballet slipper the ultimate heel? The heel which makes dancers closer than any other women to the sky, closer to heaven.” Kind of “Black Swan”-ish, no? [Grazia Fashion] Keep reading »
You missed your chance! The eBay auction for Princess Beatrice’s crazycakes fascinator sold for more than $130,000. Proceeds from the auction will go to UNICEF and Children in Crisis charities through her Little Bee Initiative, which she set up for the purpose of the auction. Said Beatrice of the sale: “I’ve been amazed by the amount of attention the hat has attracted. It’s a wonderful opportunity to raise as much money as possible for two fantastic charities. I hope the winner of the auction has as much fun with the hat as I have.” No doubt. [The Telegraph] Keep reading »
The onslaught of tax return documents starting arriving in my mailbox a few weeks ago — from banks and places of employment (I had a few last year) — and I began to feel the familiar and perennial angst; tax day is coming! I stuck most of them in a pile to be looked at later, you know, like in March. But when I spotted a letter from my church the curiosity got to me. What I didn’t expect was to be so disappointed in myself. It listed my total donation from the past year and it was paltry! Who the heck was I donating more to – my local bartender and hair colorist?
Going forward, I resolve to donate more, but I also want to find more charitable organizations that appeal to my passions and interests. Plus, I feel incredibly guilty for using those free address labels from Smile Train and not sending a check back. For some tips on how to align charitable giving with personal financial goals and be prepared for tax time, The Frisky reached out to finance expert and author Manisha Thakor. Keep reading »
For well over a decade, Martin Margiela has made a point to contribute to AIDS charities and research. This year’s AIDS awareness t-shirt design features Japanese scripture, which reads: “There is more action to be done to fight AIDS than to wear this t-shirt, but it’s a good start.” Proceeds go to a French HIV/AIDS foundation. [NYU News] Keep reading »
Farrah Fawcett gets a posthumous Barbie makeover. In February, you can own the Farrah Barbie for a mere $1,500. Striped blanket included. All proceeds will go to the Farrah Fawcett Foundation, which funds cancer prevention and awareness. [The Hairpin] Keep reading »
RyanAir, the cheap-o European airline, has released its fourth calendar of ladies from its cabin crew frolicking on a tropical beach in bikinis. Proceeds from the 2011 RyanAir calendar, which costs $14, will be donated to a German kids’ charity. While, personally, I don’t care if women want to pose in bikinis for a calendar or whatever, I think it’s unprofessional for a company to do one with its employees. I mean, it’s an airline, not Hooters! Although I know the quality that I most appreciate in a flight attendant is her taut stomach. (Sarcasm again, people.) [NY Daily News]
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I’ve never been a huge fan of charity videos because they’re so dramatic and subsequently always make me cry. I cry at the babies playing with flies. The sad-eyed dogs. The animals in cages faintly crying. If Sarah McLachlan is playing in the background, I’m already bummed. But Judd Apatow
has gone a totally different route with his video for AJWS, the American Jewish World Service
. I literally laughed out loud several times and
it actually made me want to support them because they made a good case and didn’t mess up my mascara. Keep reading »
Blackbook informs us that shopping giant Nordstrom will be setting up a non-profit shop in New York City’s Soho neighborhood. The high-design charity boutique is an already-existing concept, and a successful one at that. Merci, a concept store in Paris, was founded by the past owners of Bonpoint, a fancy children’s clothing line. After selling Bonpoint, the owners created their own children’s charity and a boutique whose entire proceeds benefit it (after paying all costs). Merci has become one of the most-respected style spots in Paris. Now Nordstrom is doing something similar, opening a boutique to benefit non-profit organizations. Keep reading »
When I read that our blogger friends at Jezebel.com started a PayPal account for a “college fund” to help Catelynn and Tyler, the teens who gave their daughter up for adoption on “16 and Pregnant,” my heart melted a little bit. “Catelynn and Tyler have won us over, exhibiting strength and maturity in the face of hardship, and they’ve expressed a desire to continue their schooling,” wrote blogger Tracie Egan Morrissey. “So we’ve decided to raise some cash for their college education.” Who doesn’t watch those kids’ awful parents — Tyler’s dad, Butch, who is in and out of prison; Catelynn’s mom, who is nasty to Catelynn for not keeping her baby — without wanting to get them outta there? Anyone whose left their own family drama behind them knows it takes a certain amount of money for a young person to extricate himself or herself from their parents. I don’t know how much they’re paid by MTV to appear on “Teen Mom.” So, hell, if Jezebel wants to help these kids out some more, show me where I can donate.
But my colleague Julie couldn’t disagree more. Julie’s also a “16 & Pregnant”/”Teen Mom” fan and her soft spot for Catelynn and Tyler is just as big as mine. But she questions Jezebel.com’s motives for starting a PayPal college fund in the first place. Not to mention the fact that they’re just doing it for Catelynn and Tyler—not the others on the show.
So Julie and I did what we always do around The Frisky when we disagree: we had a catfight! After the jump, the hair will fly! Keep reading »