charity – Chris Pirillo http://chris.pirillo.com Geek Culture & Tech Expert: How Can I Help You Today? Mon, 11 Sep 2017 01:05:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 https://i1.wp.com/chris.pirillo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/cropped-37b9d6c24a61d1dd94c262aae9077715.png?fit=32%2C32 charity – Chris Pirillo http://chris.pirillo.com 32 32 Geek Culture & Tech Expert: How Can I Help You Today? charity – Chris Pirillo Geek Culture & Tech Expert: How Can I Help You Today? charity – Chris Pirillo http://chris.pirillo.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chris.pirillo.com 32776375 How to Pay it Forward http://chris.pirillo.com/2011/04/06/how-to-pay-it-forward/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2011/04/06/how-to-pay-it-forward/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2011 22:32:57 +0000 http://c.pirillo.com/?p=24936 Continue reading How to Pay it Forward ]]> When was the last time someone did a small favor for you? How did you repay their kindness? There are many ways to bestow a benediction and not all of them will cost money. Have you ever taken the time to pay it forward online? Did you even realize that this is something you should be doing each and every day?

Doing something nice for others is a basic human rule we should all live by. Sharing a friend’s site link with your network to help bring recognition to your comrade is one way to give back. Sharing invite codes with people who may not otherwise have access to them (instead of giving them out to the usual early-adopter crowd) is another friendly gesture that goes a long way. You most likely got where you are with the help of your followers, so why aren’t you giving the same hand up to others?

Gamers can play it forward, as well. A poster on the site will offer a game at no cost and a thread commenter is chosen to receive the gift. That person plays the game. If they like it, they should purchase another copy to give someone else. If they don’t end up liking the game, they are encouraged to gift a different game to a random player using the same site.

Speaking of gaming, my assistant Kat is a casual World of Warcraft player. Last weekend, her Mage was hanging out in one of the main cities while Kat was busy talking to her fellow guild members. Some random player sent our Kitty an in-game whisper, asking if she would please create a portal for them to another city. Most players do things like this for others in exchange for a tip of gold. Kat, however, always refuses the tip. Instead, she tells the character to pay it forward to another player in some way. Her talking about this to me is what gave me the idea to write this post. I know there are hundreds – if not thousands – of small ways we can help others while we are busy living our lives online.

You don’t have to be a gamer in order to participate, of course. You can be a Twitter addict or Facebook junkie. Why not give something to your friends’ Farmville crops without expecting (or begging for) items in return? Perhaps you know someone new to Twitter whom you believe has good things to say. You could always throw out a dreaded #FF Tweet to help them make new connections.

My challenge to you is simple: think back to the times someone has helped you for no reason other than to be kind. Now, go forth into the online world and pay it forward. I’d love to hear the ways you accomplish this task, so be sure to leave a comment here and share your experience with the community.

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Holiday Charity: Chrome for a Cause http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/12/16/holiday-charity-chrome-for-a-cause/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/12/16/holiday-charity-chrome-for-a-cause/#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 04:26:04 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=23601 Continue reading Holiday Charity: Chrome for a Cause ]]>
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Bowman is using his time this week to urge you to help donate to charitable organizations – without giving up a single cent of your own money. From now until December 19th, Google will donate money on your behalf for every Chrome tab you have open. You’ll need to install the free Chrome for a Cause Extension in your browser. Google has said they will donate up to one million dollars in this venture.

The Extension will keep track of how many tabs you use each day. At the end of the day, choose where you would like your donation to be sent: The Nature Conservacy, Charity: Water, Doctors Without Borders, Un Techo para mi País or Room to Read. That’s all you have to do – choose. Google will do the rest, including writing those checks.

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Social Media Battles Childhood Cancer http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/07/07/social-media-battles-childhood-cancer/ Wed, 07 Jul 2010 07:07:57 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=20871 Continue reading Social Media Battles Childhood Cancer ]]> The first time I wrote about my friend Drew Olanoff, he was speaking at Gnomedex about his battle against cancer. Drew was given the all-clear not long after that, thankfully. However, he vowed to continue the fight against cancer and uses social media to help spread his message. He has a lot of creative ideas that don’t always get to see the light of day. His newest venture, however, made its debut tonight.

Drew and his friend @Natasha (yes, THAT Natasha) put their heads together to create @LightLeague. The charity venture brings together their love of social media, fundraising for charities – and kicking the shit out of cancer. LightLeague’s plan is simple yet powerful: “Shining Light on Charities through the Power of Community and Art.”

Drew and Natasha did just that tonight during their first live event. Drew recently moved into a new home on the beach. Natasha is, of course, a fantastic artist. They both love Twitter and the little bird. Drew loves the color orange. Both of them support Alex’s Lemonade. Natasha created an amazing piece of artwork for Drew and they opened up donations to the charity. Their goal for tonight was $999.00. They succeeded that by a few hundred dollars at last count. Every person who donated had their name painted into the picture at the end of the night.

The fight isn’t over for any of us. Cancer touches us all in ways we hoped to never have to deal with. Alex’s Lemonade strives to help fight cancer in children by raising awareness and money. Even though the art festivities have ended, you can still contribute to this fabulous cause if you choose. Every dollar – and every prayer – counts in this war on cancer.

You can create your own LightLeague event. Natasha is willing to travel to other locations to paint while helping to raise money for a charity that touches your heart. Together, we can make a difference.

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When Gamers Give Back, it Makes a Difference http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/06/24/when-gamers-give-back-it-makes-a-difference/ Thu, 24 Jun 2010 07:53:27 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=20615 Continue reading When Gamers Give Back, it Makes a Difference ]]>

Mario Marathon is an event that takes place once a year to help raise money for Child’s Play Charity. Child’s Play is an organization that sends books, toys and supplies to young patients of hospitals worldwide. Beginning June 25th 2010 at 11:00 Eastern, you can tune in to watch the guys scramble to save countless princesses.

The goal is to raise as much money as possible throughout the event for the charity. None of the donations go through the players – it all goes directly to Child’s Play. The more money raised, the longer these guys have to play Mario. There are over 800 levels across the nine Mario games chosen for the Mario Marathon 3. Your donations determine how many of those levels the team will complete.

In Lafayette, Indiana, Brian, John and Chris take turns sleeping and playing the games throughout the weekend. They use a video capture card to show what’s on the TV game-wise, as well as a camera to view them in the living room. The live streaming event is hosted by Ustream.TV. While the event is going on, they will have several contests for the viewers to participate in for a chance at prizes. These events will be spread out during the event where you could win by tweeting, skyping in, or just being a viewer.

If you want to help out with the event, promote it as much as possible. Tweet out the information, blog about it, and get your friends interested on Facebook. The more people who know, the more viewers and possible donations Child’s Play can receive. Remember, the more you donate, the more time they spend cracking down on the controller to entertain you and give back to the community.

When gamers give back it makes a difference!

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Pause for a Cause http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/11/27/pause-for-a-cause/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/11/27/pause-for-a-cause/#comments Sat, 28 Nov 2009 02:01:54 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=15921 Continue reading Pause for a Cause ]]>
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Wicket and Pixie wanted to help me pass along a message. We want you to head over to SurveyForGood – Pause for a Cause to create a video related to your favorite non-profit or charity. Upload it to that website, and you’ll have a chance to win a trip to Africa. I happen to be one of the judges – but don’t think that I will play favorites!! What charity or non-profit do you support? Let us know.

Not only will the winning entries be used as Public Service Announcements around the World, there are some seriously cool prizes to be won!

  • Grand Prize: Trip for Two to Africa – One grand prize winner and a guest will receive a trip to Africa ($6,000 value) to contribute to charitable efforts in the field, while being introduced to tribal customs, encountering spectacular wildlife, and engaging in an unparalleled social and educational experience with the Freeplay Foundation.
  • The Jury Prize: A Trip to New York City and Portfolio Review – Two runners up will each receive a trip to New York ($1750 value) and an opportunity to showcase their portfolio in front of the creative heads of some of the largest advertising and media companies in North America.

What better (and more fun!) way could there be to promote the message of your favorite charity than this? This is a chance for you to show your creativity – your passion – and your loyalty.

Good luck to everyone. I sincerely hope to see a lot of entries, and a lot of charities being helped through the support of the communities.

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Brain Toniq http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/02/12/brain-toniq/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/02/12/brain-toniq/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2009 07:35:51 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=12492 Continue reading Brain Toniq ]]>
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Many of you follow me on Twitter, and know of the Twestival – a World-wide Twitter festival. People were busy raising money for Charity:Water. I decided to play Subservient Chris again, to help raise money. One donation request had me drinking three Brain Toniq’s within a minute… which I didn’t quite manage. I did, however, manage to drink all three within about three minutes! Does that count?? I brought my assistant Kat in on the video stream via our Ventrilo server, in order to help cheer me on! Of course, the live chat room was helping, as well.

As I said, it took me like three minutes to drink them all. I’m not sure I should be drinking that many in one day – let alone all at once! I felt kind of woozy and weird afterwards, but hey – it was for a great cause!

Outsanity: Your head will explode from all the thinking

about 34 minutes ago

danielaspenback: I think too much of the good stuff is never good.. 😛

about 35 minutes ago

toastpaint: “IS THERE A DOCTOR ON THE LIVE STREAM?!”

about 36 minutes ago

brianlayman: Coffee is having the same affect at this point. I&#39m 3 hours a head of you.

about 36 minutes ago

divinjohn: Burrrrp!

about 36 minutes ago

virtuallin: Eeeks, sorry – I felt like that earlier…not so good

about 37 minutes ago

 
 

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The Top 5 Reasons I Volunteer http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/09/the-top-5-reasons-i-volunteer/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/09/the-top-5-reasons-i-volunteer/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2008 03:40:53 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=10972 Continue reading The Top 5 Reasons I Volunteer ]]> Geek!This is Justin Lewis’ submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

I have been blessed with a reasonably comfortable life, and it disturbs me. I know that may be a rather odd statement, but it is the truth. Why have I been blessed with so much when there are those who have so little? This is the root of my desire to volunteer. I want to give back what I can to those who need it. In the event that I was to win the HP Magic Giveaway, I would donate three of the computers to the Sterling, Kansas chapter of Youth Friends. This is an after-school program which focuses on Pre-K through fifth grade students. Sterling is located in one of the poorest counties in the state of Kansas and thus, lacks the funds for technological advancement. At this point in time, there is no computer-based learning within the program. In a culture that is increasingly focused on technology, it is vital for these children to learn about and use computers. With that said, here are the five key reasons that I feel a need to volunteer.

I am an American.

I have been blessed with a wonderful democratic system and I should take the responsibility that accompanies it. We live in a country where the people are in charge and the people can make a difference. Only through experience can we gain awareness, and only through awareness can we elicit change. We must change, because the wars of this generation will be those of social inequality and poverty, not gold or territory.

I am a Psychologist.

This means that I have a passion for others and thus want to spend time and interact with people. What better way to do this than through service? On a personal level, I get fulfillment from these interactions. I want to be the one to directly help others. I want to be an advocate for the less fortunate and the forgotten. The only way to do this is to seek out injustice in the dark and desperate places of the earth. I must intentionally search and learn of the problems in the world, because evil is not always front-page news. Even as I type this people go hungry, children are sold into slavery, and parents wither and die from preventable diseases. Once I’ve been exposed to the injustice, there is no way that I can stand idly by and listen to their cries.

I am Human.

We are communal by nature, and thus we must take care of the community of which we are a part. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor, stated that he who is not in community should beware being alone. By design humanity is supposed to live together and help one another. Why should I have excess when there are those with none?

I am a Christian.

Biblically, we are called to be servants. Christ commanded his people to love God with all our hearts and love each other as He has loved us. “29: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30: ‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31: The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12: 29-31 ESV.

I am a Teacher.

There is no greater feeling than to know that the lives of others have been changed and shaped by my actions. I have a deep desire to pass on my knowledge, experience, and perspective to the next generation. There is no better way to teach love, compassion, and helpfulness than through demonstrating just that.

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How To Spread Christmas Cheer During Wartime http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/09/how-to-spread-christmas-cheer-during-wartime/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/12/09/how-to-spread-christmas-cheer-during-wartime/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2008 10:16:26 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=10957 Continue reading How To Spread Christmas Cheer During Wartime ]]> Geek!This is John Kennedy’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

Recently we marked the 67th anniversary of December 7, 1941; the day the nation of Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and brought the United States into War with Japan and the wider conflict of World War II. As the nation reminisces on those events we Must not forget the soldiers, sailors and airmen who are sacrificing for this great country of ours. Soon it will be Christmas, not a holiday, but a holy day.

We also must not forget the events of September 11, 2001, another day of infamy for the United States that most of us should remember. We are a nation at war. Some children will not celebrate Christmas with their father; some children will not celebrate Christmas with their mother. Many fathers and mothers, sons and daughters will be on the front line protecting another country struggling from the effects of an evil tyrant. More and more we are hearing encouraging words of progress. As for a free and democratic Iraq, time will tell if the sacrifices that were endured made a difference. At present, and all around us what we are seeing in Iraq and Afghanistan is humanity at its best — feeding and helping the needy children and distributing toys to young children. It is not easy to explain why God permits evil but in it all we see a lot of good being done to the neediest of the needy in the Middle East. The United Service Organization (USO) and Gary Sinise’s Operation Iraqi Children are two examples of humanity and hope at its best.

So, how can we help a soldier this Christmas? How can we employ our talents and say: “Thank You” for a job well done?

Don’t forget the soldiers. The best way to help a soldier, sailor, or airmen is support your local United Service Organization (USO).

Help the children cope with parents being overseas. For children, the producers of Sesame Street have produced free videos to help children cope with a parent who has been called to go overseas. Sesame Workshop has videos, pamphlets and learning materials on the topic of deployment. Their video on “deployment” is a good one to watch. You can either play or download the video. These videos and pamphlets can also be ordered and delivered through the mail.

Care packages are always welcomed by soldiers. Sometimes I have received a letter or e-mail from a soldier in Iraq for special items. If I could not meet the need immediately, my local American Legion Council in my neighborhood has a board for just that purpose.

As we move into the New Year, let us pray that all our young men and women come home safely. Sharing the Christmas joy is what this article is about. A simple note of thanks can mean so much to a soldier. So let’s not forget them, their sacrifice, their commitment, and patriotism this Christmas season. If we do our part we can be assured that our soldiers will do theirs. May God Bless them and May God Bless America!

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Gamers Raising Money for Charity through Gaming Marathons http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/07/30/gamers-raising-money-for-charity-through-gaming-marathons/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2008/07/30/gamers-raising-money-for-charity-through-gaming-marathons/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2008 09:09:21 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=7742 Continue reading Gamers Raising Money for Charity through Gaming Marathons ]]> I received a very interesting email recently from Cody, who goes by the name of Ninboycl in our chat room. He wanted to let me know about a very cool charity. I like the idea behind it so much, I had to pass it on for all of you to check out.

I am a follower of this group called TheSpeedGamers. They play video game marathons for charities that are in their area, and are in need of money. They have done a few of these marathons, but there are a few problems. They’re having a hard time getting publicity for the marathons, seemingly because they are promoting it for charities that aren’t well-known. They tried many times to gain publicity on well-known sites with high traffic. I was just wondering maybe you could mention them in one of your videos or blogs to possibly get more viewers for their upcoming 72 hour Metroid Marathon for St. Judes cancer fund starting on Friday, August 15 at 6pm CST. It would be great for publicity for upcoming marathons… and to boost their donations. I thought I would ask you as I know almost 80% of your audience (including me) are gamers, and it would be great if they could see this.

Cody, I am more than happy to pass along information about this wonderful group of gamers. Now THIS is what community is all about. TheSpeedGamers do gaming marathons to raise money for various charities. In their first marathon they raised $1090 for St. Jude. The second marathon they raised $1355 for Giggles Therapy, one of their local Autism organizations.

Keep up the great work, everyone. And to all of you reading this post… why not do what you can to help raise money for St. Jude’s? It’s an amazing organization, helping thousands of children every year.

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One Laptop Per Child vs Asus Eee Notebook PC http://chris.pirillo.com/2007/11/21/one-laptop-per-child-vs-asus-eee-notebook-pc/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2007/11/21/one-laptop-per-child-vs-asus-eee-notebook-pc/#comments Wed, 21 Nov 2007 08:15:54 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/2007/11/21/one-laptop-per-child-vs-asus-eee-notebook-pc/ Continue reading One Laptop Per Child vs Asus Eee Notebook PC ]]>

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SWAT sometimes hangs out on Ventrilo with us, and even occasionally streams for me when I’m gone. He was wondering if he should go with the One Laptop Per Child(OLPC) program and help another child as well, or spend the same money and get better components for his daughter by buying the Asus Eeee.

I just spoke with my friend David from EyeJot the other day about this same thing. In the terms of price and what you get, the Asus would be a better deal. But for the same price, you get a tad bit “lesser” laptop for your child… AND get one sent on your behalf to a needy child in a third world country. We talk all the time about how technology changes lives. We talk about the ways computers enhance our daily life, give us opportunities, and broaden our horizons. How could you not want to give those same opportunities to another child… and not have to pay anything extra?

One learning child. One connected child. One laptop at a time.

The mission of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. In order to accomplish our goal, we need people who believe in what we’re doing and want to help make education for the world’s children a priority, not a privilege. Between November 12 and November 26, OLPC is offering a Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. During this time, you can donate the revolutionary XO laptop to a child in a developing nation, and also receive one for the child in your life in recognition of your contribution.

The laptop through the OLPC program is a solid laptop. It’s good, and will work wonderfully for your child. Many years and an infinite amount of sweat equity went into the creation of the XO laptop. Designed collaboratively by experts from academia and industry, the XO is the product of the very best thinking about technology and learning. It was designed with the real world in mind, considering everything from extreme environmental conditions such as high heat and humidity, to technological issues such as local-language support. As a result, the XO laptop is extremely durable, brilliantly functional, energy-efficient, responsive, and fun.

If you’re planning to buy a laptop for your young child, or any young child… this is the one you should buy. It’s an excellent machine, and you’ll be giving the gift of opening the future to a child who otherwise may not ever have that chance.

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