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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Ham It Up For Charity

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Ham It Up For Charity
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It’s awesome when celebrities as famous as Matt Damon and Ben Affleck can poke fun at themselves. It’s even better when they do it for charity.

Hollywood’s favorite buddies recently got together to bicker onscreen to garner more attention for the fundraising start-up Omaze. According to The Fast Company, “The Oscar winners have teamed up with Omaze to offer up an exclusive hangout with them to raise money for organizations the two are actively involved in. The Easter Congo Initiative was founded by Affleck in 2010, while Damon is a co-founder of”

Omaze organizes once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for people to spend time with professional athletes, celebrities, and other famous figures. The organization creates a process that works just like a charity raffle, and anyone can join in by supporting a great cause. As friends and founders of Omaze, Matt and Ryan, explain, “Each experience is matched with a specific cause. Donate to be automatically entered for the opportunity to win. The more you donate, the better your chances of wining,” of the way each contest works.

To get the chance to hang out with Damon and Affleck, fans just have to donate a minimum of $10 to the East Congo Initiative or And what can the winner expect their exclusive experience with the actors to be like? In a promotional video for the fundraiser Affleck explains, “It would be like a best friend double date.” Chimes in Damon, “It would just like us hanging out, taking selfies, talking about how like the Sox are going to do…” Either way, winning a chance to spend time with the acclaimed actors really would be an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and one that supports a great cause.

Learn more about how to donate to great causes at Omaze.


Shakira’s Shaking Up Education


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Shakira’s voice is on the radio every day all around the world.  People recognize her picture on television ads and in magazines.  She is truly world famous.  However, she is not one of those people to let money go to her head.

Shakira made a commitment to give back.  In Columbia, where she is from, her non-profit is building schools and providing education for kids in need.  Instead of putting up a wall around her, she has invited the world into her heart.

Her success has really become a vehicle to give back.  She has won multiple awards and has been honored many times for all she does.  When any natural disaster strikes, Shakira jumps into action because she knows that there will be people suffering. She is not only hoping to help.  She is actually doing it.

To view Shakira’s entire profile, click here.


Prominent Profile in Philanthropy: Brooke Burke

Brooke Burke
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In the interest of exploring issues in philanthropy we are profiling prominent individuals in the field.  One such person is Brooke Burke.

Brooke Burke is the co-founder of the ModernMom Channel on YouTube, a free channel offering meaningful ideas, inspiration, and entertainment to mothers and parents. She also started a company called Baboosh Baby, which offered products and advice for pregnant women.

The oldest of nine children, Brooke Burke probably grew up with plenty of experience taking care of her younger siblings.  It makes sense that, as an adult, she would focus her attention on helping moms and pregnant women.

Read her full profile page here: Brooke Burke.