Sunday, December 8, 2013

NFL's Marcus Stroud and the Marcus Stroud Charitable Foundation

Name: Marcus Stroud

What is your job? Former NFL 3X Pro Bowl and All Pro; Founder – Marcus Stroud Charitable Foundation; Entrepreneur

What social causes are most important to you? Helping underprivileged children in low-income single parent homes.

What charity do you support – and how?  I established the Marcus Stroud Charitable Foundation in 2007 with the mission is to enhance and enrich the lives of under-privileged children by establishing various academic and athletic programs otherwise unavailable to them. I saw a need for a foundation which not only supports disadvantaged children but also encourages their wholesome development.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Christopher Brereton - PwrdBy People, Planet, Profit


Name: Christopher Brereton 


What is your job? I’m the founder and guru of a company called PwrdBy which is a platform for thought leading and progressive nonprofits to build and manage their own mobile apps.



What social causes are most important to you? I’m personally interested an involved in a number of social causes surrounding the issues of leukemia, education and the youth population effected of infected by HIV.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chef Ryan Butler: "Social responsibility to me is simply just being aware of what’s going around you"


Name: Ryan Butler

What is your job? Pastry Chef for the Highlands Restaurant Group (which includes NY hotspots Whitehall Bar + Kitchen, Highlands, and Byron at The Surf Lodge)

What social causes are most important to you? The social causes that are most important to me include; Autism, cruelty to animals, protecting the American farmer, human care for farm animals, and commercial whaling in the Antarctic.

What charities do you support – and how? I support a charity called Autism Speaks and for the last four years I have participated in the annual celebrity chef’s gala to raise money for the foundation to help continue it’s research and advocacy initiatives. It’s a fun night that raises a lot of money for an important cause. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Shawne “Lights Out” Merriman for Homelessness

Name: Shawne “Lights Out” Merriman

What is your job? Former 3X NFL Pro Bowl and All Pro; NFL Analyst; CEO of Lights Out Brand

What social causes are most important to you?  As a child, I was the victim of two house fires and was left homeless as a result. Because of this, I’ve dedicated my time and resources to making a difference in the lives of homeless families.

What charity do you support – and how? I established Lights On Foundation early in my NFL career to help fight homelessness and host annual events to benefit the cause. One event is my annual coat drive which is going on its 11th year. Lights On Foundation has been able to collect over 20,000 garments through this event, which have been donated to members of the Maryland and Washington D.C. communities where I grew up. Our upcoming coat drive will be held November 23rd prior to the University of Maryland vs. Boston College game.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Mana2 from Move2Change: Don't Forget Your Roots



Name: Manuel Weigel aka Mana2

What is your job? Assistant Director of Move 2 Change 


What social causes are most important to you? Cultural Preservation of Indigenous People, Cultural Hip-Hop not pop rap, Social and Environmental awareness, Working with at risk youth to over come the negative to the positive through creative elements of expression

What charities do you support – and how? Ceres Project, Native American Rights Fund, Indigenous Environmental Network, Redwood Empire Food bank.
I have done either fund raising, donated time and or money for these causes.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Emmy for Banaz: A Love Story

Inked for a Cause wishes to extend congratulations to the amazing performer, and activist, Deeyah.

Deeyah's documentary about honor killings, entitled: Banaz, A Love Story, won the 2013 Emmy award for best International documentary film last night in New York.

To watch this documentary, and learn more, please visit Deeyah's site.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

jme Thomas' Motley Zoo


Name: jme Thomas

What is your job? Full time volunteer executive director of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue

What social causes are most important to you? Animal welfare, primarily finding homes for pets in need.

What charity do you support – and how? Motley Zoo primarily, but I also started “Cancer is a Jerk” in honor of my best friend who is losing her battle to aggressive and advanced breast cancer. I have always been a person dedicated to service. I used to design clothing (came VERY close to being on Project Runway three times!) and my goal with the clothing line was to donate the proceeds to charity. Eventually I decided that instead of trying to get from A to Z by selling the clothes, I could instead just do the work myself instead, directly to the causes I cared about. So I have now funded 2 charities, though Motley Zoo is my full time priority.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Jordan Pease for Happiness, Safety and Individuality

Name and job: Jordan Pease - Comedian/Author

Causes most important to you? Happiness, Safety and Individuality among Youth.

What charities do you support? California LGBTCenters, The Trevor Project and Shelley Skyes Happy Charity. I wish I could donate more money, but I am constantly referring fans,families, parents and friends to their websites.  So much information and so many services are provided for free, just down the road, that most people have no idea about. I try to promote happiness in everything I do. Life is too short to dwell about things you regret.  Get help, it's everywhere!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Slants: "Don’t be a jerk: help make it a better place for us all."

Name: Simon Young

What is your job?
I play bass for The Slants

What social causes are most important to you?
I’m passionate about justice. Whether it is racism, bullying, sexism, homophobia, or inequity caused by corruption, I think there’s definitely something that we can do to make this world a better place. For the past few years, our band has been helping rescue refugees from North Korea and raising money for cancer research.

Monday, July 29, 2013

49ers' Tarell Brown and the Brown's Kids Foundation

Name: Tarell Brown

What is your job? Cornerback – San Francisco 49ers

What social causes are most important to you? Empowering at-risk youth in under-served communities.

What charity do you support – and how? The Brown’s Kids Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged youth while creating an environment of care and support in areas of education, reduction of poverty and disparity.  We want to convey to all youth that no matter what your circumstances are, if you work hard, you can achieve your goals and succeed. Our organization seeks to encourage today’s youth to reach their full potential in both academic and athletic pursuits.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Tattoo Tom and Stillbrave - Fighting Childhood Cancer


Name: Tom “Tattoo Tom” Mitchell

What is your job? Executive Director Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation

What social causes are most important to you? Fighting Childhood Cancer

What charity do you support – and how? I am the Executive Director of Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation. Our mission is to provide non-medical supportive care to children with cancer and their families.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Arts are not an illusion: Wayne Hoffman

Name: Wayne Hoffman

What is your job?
I'm a professional mentalist & illusionist. That basically means I read people's minds and make things disappear for a living.

What social causes are most important to you?  I'm a huge advocate for the arts. I believe that we need to give kids a chance to get away from their computer screens and experience live theater. There is something magical about sitting in a theater and watching a live performance. It's an experience I believe everyone should have at a young age.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Chase Dreamz for Book Bank Foundation and New Look Foundation

Name: Chase Dreamz

What is your job? Rapper/Entrepreneur

What social causes are most important to you?
Every issue facing our streets is relevant to me, but a few that hit me deep, are homelessness, hunger and domestic violence. Homelessness gets to me. We have vacant buildings all across the country yet people freeze, starve and die on the streets every night. I can't even count how many homeless veterans I've met. Our system is not set up for support from the bottom up, it's the other way around. Why? Domestic Violence bothers me more than anything. My mother was in an abusive relationship when I was a kid. I do as much as I can to be active for these causes and show my support for anyone who does the same.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Barbara Heidenreich Speaking for Parrots


Name: Barbara Heidenreich

What is your job?
I am a professional animal trainer that specializes in exotic animals.

What social causes are most important to you?
I am particularly interested in wildlife conservation.

What charities do you support – and how?
I work with two parrot conservation organizations. One is called the Kakapo Recovery Program

Monday, May 6, 2013

Lizard Lick Towing's Ronnie Shirley for Hero Rewards

Name: Ronnie Shirley

What is your job?
I hold several job titles. Repossession agent/owner is at the forefront of most of my resumes. I am also an ordained minister and full time evangelist, as well as a published author. I am also a full time reality tv personality, but the most important job that I perform is that of a caring and concerned father and loyal husband.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

luella's Chef Ben DeVries: Feeding and Educating Children

NAME: Chef Ben DeVries

WHAT IS YOUR JOB? Chef/Owner of luella restaurant (San Francisco, CA)

WHAT SOCIAL CAUSES ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Feeding and educating children, I was the recipient of a lot of good work other people were doing when I was growing up and know first hand what a little help when your young can do.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Shotsie's Tattoo for Garden State Equality

Name: Azarja van der Veen 


What is your job? Tattoo artist


What social causes are most important to you? Issues involving the LGBT community, women's rights and animal cruelty mean the most to me. 


What charities do you support – and how? My co-workers and I regularly hold fundraisers for different causes- such as Garden State Equality, Congenital Heart Defect Coalition, The ASPCA and other local animal shelters.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Kennedy Elsey for the Boston Children's Hospital

Name:  Kennedy Elsey

What is your job?  I am the funnier part of the Karson and Kennedy morning show on Mix 104.1 in Boston.

What social causes are most important to you?  Those fighting sexual violence and those helping young girls become amazing young women.

What charities do you support – and how?  I am a big supporter of BARCC (Boston Area Rape Crisis Center) hosting many of their events and doing what I can to spread the word of their incredible mission.  I have

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Soccer Passion: Quiana Martin


Name: Qiana Martin

What is your job? I am an international athlete, global soccer ambassador, owner of Eat Soccer and Fila Body Toning Spokesmodel.

What social causes are most important to you?
I am committed to causes that support youth development.

What charities do you support – and how? I donate my time, talent and funds to support initiatives with Sporty Girls Inc., Soccer in the Streets, the Martin Luther King Recreation Center, and The Anderson Monarchs.

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie? Soccer is the most watched/played sport in the world.  Athletically speaking, it is the universal

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Dedee Pfeiffer for The Giving Closet


Name: Dedee Pfeiffer

What is your job?  Mother of two boys, student & former actor/producer in Hollywood for over 30 years

What social causes are most important to you? A plethora of causes are so near & dear to my heart. They range from animal cruelty, AIDS Awareness, cancer research, feeding the homeless, to name a few.

What charities do you support and how? My newest passion is bringing awareness to The Giving Closet.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Jigme Ugen: For Tibet

Name: Jigme Ugen

What is your job?
Vice-President of SEIU Healthcare - Minnesota (Service Employees International Union) representing over 17,000 healthcare workers in the state, part of the largest and strongest labor union in North America with over 2.2 million members.

What causes are most important to you – and why?
I participate and stay involved in any and all causes and fights that emphasize the disparity on racial, social and economic justice, anywhere in the world. But my most important fight of course is for my country Tibet’s independence.

Since China illegally invaded Tibet in 1949, over 1.2 million Tibetans have been killed, more than 6000 ancient monasteries destroyed; there are countless political prisoners, forced labor camps, systemic torture, corrosive colonization, cultural genocide forced settlements of nomads, coercive birth control, population transfer, environmental destruction, and the list goes on. Innocent Tibetans peacefully rallying on the streets of Tibet are mercilessly shot with automatic weapons, ruthlessly beaten with spiked batons or were later arbitrarily sent to prison to be tortured or killed.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Juliana Um's Maiden Nation

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Name: Juliana Um


What is your job? Co-founder and Creative Director of Maiden Nation


What social causes are most important to you?
Economic empowerment, especially for women.


What charities do you support – and how?

 I’m all about short term and long term support for communities.