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7 years ago  ::  Nov 30, 2007 - 12:27PM #1
Rebecca
Posts: 27
Help a cause that's important to you this season--and get your chosen charity a bonus if you win!

You can use your Beliefnet Donation Badge to raise awareness and money for a charity, cause or house of worship that's close to your heart.  This month, Beliefnet will donate $1000 to the charity of the top fundraiser in the community. So create your badge, officially submit your entry here, and then spread the word so your friends and family know to support your cause.



Please post in this forum to officially enter the contest, and let others know what charity or cause you're supporting this season.

Questions about the contest? Check out the Holiday Giving Contest page for answers.
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7 years ago  ::  Nov 30, 2007 - 10:24PM #2
Chadwick
Posts: 6
Anti-Trafficking, Education, Hope for Children, HIV/AIDS, Microfinance, Community Orphan Trust, Rural Develpment

World Hope International is a faith based relief and development organization alleviating suffering and injustice through education, enterprise and community health.

Individuals and communities are transformed into dignity and wholeness when the redemptive power of Jesus works in and through the local faith community to bring spiritual, social, economic, and physical change.

Development occurs to the extent local communities, leaders, and individuals are empowered to affect change.

Creating locally sustainable programs is crucial to achieving a lasting impact.

Partnering with the local faith community, other like-minded organizations, and individuals demonstrates the means of development.
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7 years ago  ::  Nov 30, 2007 - 11:40PM #3
jenn4chrisphillips
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This Organization Is Dedicated To Protecting Our Children. 

Child Rescue Network, Inc Provides Several Different Services To The Community To Prevent, Educate, Protect, And Rescue Children.  They Provide Safety Identification Cards Of Children For The Parents; Education For Parents And Children About Preventative Measures Against Abductions And Dangerous Situations; Investigative Efforts For Search And Rescue Of Abducted Children; And Family Support.

This Organization Is Important To Me Because Every Minute Counts.  I Enter This Badge In Honor Of A Young Woman That Went Missing In 1993; Trinity Nicole Robinson.  She Was 17 Years Old At The Time And Little Efforts Were Taken To Search For Her.  She Has Never Been Found.  Please, Help Them Help Some Child Be Brought Back Home Safely.
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7 years ago  ::  Nov 30, 2007 - 11:56PM #4
Chadwick
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looks like a great organization.  i hope all is well.
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7 years ago  ::  Dec 02, 2007 - 6:09PM #5
Dustin
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Project H.O.P.E. (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) works to ensure health care is provided to the global community. Mostly serving impoverished nations, Project HOPE's mission is to " achieve sustainable advances in health care around the world by implementing health education programs and providing humanitarian assistance in areas of need."


Project HOPE provides the following services to impoverished nations:

* Humanitarian Assistance including long-term access to vital medicines and supplies, even after the attention of the outside world has moved on to other issues.

* Training for local health care professionals in the areas of infectious diseases (focusing on TB and HIV) and for the staff necessary to operate hospitals and clinics, especially those targeted to the needs of children. Project HOPE employs a "train the trainer" system of learning, whereby the recipients of HOPE's training are empowered to teach newcomers in the field of medicine.

* Establish Women's & Children's Health Programs which offer training and treatment for expectant mothers, newborn children and women who are facing a diagnosis of breast and/or cervical cancer.


The reason I give to Project HOPE:

The organization has been around since 1958 and provide a multitude of services (aside from the aforementioned) all around the world. Project HOPE is a group with the highest integrity. They do not do not discriminate against anyone for any reason. They provide top-notch assistance without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or age.
I also appreciate the transparency in their financial records.  Project HOPE makes all of it's Annual reports (2003 - present) available on their website. In 2007, 93% of every dollar went directly to those in need. Only 7% went to program management and fundraising.


Thanks to Beliefnet for providing us with this fantastic opportunity to raise $1,000 for our favorite charity.

Pax

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7 years ago  ::  Dec 02, 2007 - 10:48PM #6
doggod
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Hi
I just started my Charity Fundraising for the Charity "SAVE A PET".  This group does really hard work trying to keep so many of the 300 to 400 animals at the Dothan, Alabama animal shelter alive and well cared for.  Please help this Charity anyway you can.  This area of the Country needs total Animal Reform as most people here let their animals run freely and most never get vet care.....or are altered to help control the overpopulation.  Maybe your Christmas Gift to someone this year might be a letter stating that instead of them receiving a Gift from you directly, that you donated to "SAVE A PET" in their name, honor, or memory. 

Thanks for Listening
LOve and Peace
Gail
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7 years ago  ::  Dec 03, 2007 - 3:09PM #7
jojo1028
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There are so many wonderful animals being abused and used as Dog bait for Pit Bulls to be trained to kill :
The Bloodthirsty Underworld of Dogfighting
   
The  inner city alleys riddled with graffiti, quiet suburban backyards, and isolated barns on dusty country roads, the evidence is there. Scarred pit bulls on painfully short chains, tires designed to strengthen dogs' jaws hung from trees, treadmills to increase endurance, and, most chillingly, pits that hold dogs while they maul each other until one of the animals is unwilling, or unable, to continue.

Dogfighting's violent nature and appeal to gamblers have made the blood sport a brutal, yet popular pastime since its introduction to America in the early 1800s. But although the practice has since gone underground, the underlying theme hasn't wavered—dogfighting remains a malicious exploitation of animals.

"Dogfighting is severely cruel. Pit bulls are intensely loyal dogs and dogfighters exploit their positive characteristics to create violent animals," says John Goodwin, deputy manager of Animal Fighting Issues for The HSUS.

Fighting dogs are bred, conditioned and trained to do one thing—win. But no matter what the outcome, every fight has the potential to be a dog's last. Dogs who make it out of the pit alive often receive little or no aftercare for broken bones, deep bite wounds and internal injuries inflicted during fights. "It's not unusual for a dog to die from blood loss or infection afterwards," says Goodwin.

Those who do survive bear the hallmarks of fighting dogs. "These dogs are often riddled with scars from previous battles," says Laura Maloney, executive director of the Louisiana SPCA. "Some bleed to the touch due to deep scarring that never completely heals. Some dogs' broken bones heal over, which causes deformities."

In addition to the extensive injures they sustain, many dogs, once outside the ring, are barely provided with the basics they need to survive—food, water and shelter—and live in extended isolation. "Fighting dogs live on chains their entire lives, only getting off for training or a match," says Maloney.

The dogs aren't the only ones who suffer. It's impossible to estimate how many other animals and humans have been harmed by violent people who are desensitized to brutality, in part as a result of watching or participating in dogfighting and other forms of animal cruelty. "Violence begets violence," Maloney explains. "Research proves that people who abuse animals are more likely to abuse people. In addition, fighting enthusiasts often bring young children to the fights, desensitizing them to violence and teaching them that violence is accepted by society."

The dogs themselves, while victims, can also be extremely dangerous. Bred and conditioned to be animal-aggressive, fighting dogs pose a real threat to people and animals in the communities where the animals live. Children and pets are especially at risk for attack due to their small size.

Animals in communities where dogfighting exists are also in danger for another reason—birds, rabbits, cats, small dogs and other animals are often captured or stolen and typically killed during training sessions where they are used as bait for fighting dogs.

In addition, dogfighting is connected to other forms of crime, including money laundering and drug trafficking. "Crime doesn't happen in a vacuum," says Goodwin. "When you have violent people betting large sums of money, you're going to have problems. Dogfighting is heavily linked to gambling, drugs, prostitution, gangs, and guns."

The blood sport continues to menace communities despite the fact that it's illegal in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. While 48 states have made dogfighting a felony crime, most states impose only misdemeanor-level penalties for attending dogfights, which does little to discourage animal fighters or encourage law enforcement to pursue cases.

And sadly, even when charges are successfully brought against suspected dogfighters, animals continue to pay the price. After being confiscated, fighting dogs are typically euthanized due to their highly aggressive nature and unsuitability for adoption. In some states, the dogs are required to be held at an animal shelter until the court date, forcing shelters to euthanize healthy animals to make room for fighting dogs that will be euthanized at a later date.

But it's not all bad news. In the past few years law enforcement has dramatically upped their commitment to putting individuals involved in animal fighting behind bars. The recent succession of high-profile prosecutions is in large part a result of consistent lobbying by animal protection advocates to create stronger laws.

Yet while professional fighters are increasingly feeling the heat, street fighting—an unorganized network of amateur dogfighters—has gained popularity in urban areas. "Street fighting is booming due in large part to pop culture influences," says Goodwin.

Eradicating dogfighting—in all its forms—is no small task. But continuing to push for stronger penalties for those involved is the most effective way of closing the door on dogfighting for good. "A misdemeanor charge is just not a deterrent to people who are dealing with these large sums of money. The penalties need to be strong enough to discourage people from engaging in dogfighting," says Goodwin.

The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act aims to do just that—make it tougher for dogfighters to skirt the law. The bill, currently in the hands of the U.S. House of Representatives following its passage in the Senate in April, would make it a felony to transport animals—including dogs—across state lines or across international borders for the purposes of animal fighting. You can urge your federal representative to support this bill.

Another way to help is through education. Writing a letter to the editor or forwarding this article to friends and family will raise awareness about dogfighting. "Raising public consciousness about an issue like dogfighting is very important. If people care about an issue lawmakers will follow," says Goodwin.

Through public education, strong penalties and the dedicated work of law enforcement to find, catch and prosecute dogfighters, we can help make this dangerous and bloodthirsty sport nothing more than a page in a history book—and give these dogs a fighting chance.

as bait during their first years of life.
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7 years ago  ::  Dec 03, 2007 - 3:09PM #8
jojo1028
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There are so many wonderful animals being abused and used as Dog bait for Pit Bulls to be trained to kill :
The Bloodthirsty Underworld of Dogfighting
   
The  inner city alleys riddled with graffiti, quiet suburban backyards, and isolated barns on dusty country roads, the evidence is there. Scarred pit bulls on painfully short chains, tires designed to strengthen dogs' jaws hung from trees, treadmills to increase endurance, and, most chillingly, pits that hold dogs while they maul each other until one of the animals is unwilling, or unable, to continue.

Dogfighting's violent nature and appeal to gamblers have made the blood sport a brutal, yet popular pastime since its introduction to America in the early 1800s. But although the practice has since gone underground, the underlying theme hasn't wavered—dogfighting remains a malicious exploitation of animals.

"Dogfighting is severely cruel. Pit bulls are intensely loyal dogs and dogfighters exploit their positive characteristics to create violent animals," says John Goodwin, deputy manager of Animal Fighting Issues for The HSUS.

Fighting dogs are bred, conditioned and trained to do one thing—win. But no matter what the outcome, every fight has the potential to be a dog's last. Dogs who make it out of the pit alive often receive little or no aftercare for broken bones, deep bite wounds and internal injuries inflicted during fights. "It's not unusual for a dog to die from blood loss or infection afterwards," says Goodwin.

Those who do survive bear the hallmarks of fighting dogs. "These dogs are often riddled with scars from previous battles," says Laura Maloney, executive director of the Louisiana SPCA. "Some bleed to the touch due to deep scarring that never completely heals. Some dogs' broken bones heal over, which causes deformities."

In addition to the extensive injures they sustain, many dogs, once outside the ring, are barely provided with the basics they need to survive—food, water and shelter—and live in extended isolation. "Fighting dogs live on chains their entire lives, only getting off for training or a match," says Maloney.

The dogs aren't the only ones who suffer. It's impossible to estimate how many other animals and humans have been harmed by violent people who are desensitized to brutality, in part as a result of watching or participating in dogfighting and other forms of animal cruelty. "Violence begets violence," Maloney explains. "Research proves that people who abuse animals are more likely to abuse people. In addition, fighting enthusiasts often bring young children to the fights, desensitizing them to violence and teaching them that violence is accepted by society."

The dogs themselves, while victims, can also be extremely dangerous. Bred and conditioned to be animal-aggressive, fighting dogs pose a real threat to people and animals in the communities where the animals live. Children and pets are especially at risk for attack due to their small size.

Animals in communities where dogfighting exists are also in danger for another reason—birds, rabbits, cats, small dogs and other animals are often captured or stolen and typically killed during training sessions where they are used as bait for fighting dogs.

In addition, dogfighting is connected to other forms of crime, including money laundering and drug trafficking. "Crime doesn't happen in a vacuum," says Goodwin. "When you have violent people betting large sums of money, you're going to have problems. Dogfighting is heavily linked to gambling, drugs, prostitution, gangs, and guns."

The blood sport continues to menace communities despite the fact that it's illegal in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. While 48 states have made dogfighting a felony crime, most states impose only misdemeanor-level penalties for attending dogfights, which does little to discourage animal fighters or encourage law enforcement to pursue cases.

And sadly, even when charges are successfully brought against suspected dogfighters, animals continue to pay the price. After being confiscated, fighting dogs are typically euthanized due to their highly aggressive nature and unsuitability for adoption. In some states, the dogs are required to be held at an animal shelter until the court date, forcing shelters to euthanize healthy animals to make room for fighting dogs that will be euthanized at a later date.

But it's not all bad news. In the past few years law enforcement has dramatically upped their commitment to putting individuals involved in animal fighting behind bars. The recent succession of high-profile prosecutions is in large part a result of consistent lobbying by animal protection advocates to create stronger laws.

Yet while professional fighters are increasingly feeling the heat, street fighting—an unorganized network of amateur dogfighters—has gained popularity in urban areas. "Street fighting is booming due in large part to pop culture influences," says Goodwin.

Eradicating dogfighting—in all its forms—is no small task. But continuing to push for stronger penalties for those involved is the most effective way of closing the door on dogfighting for good. "A misdemeanor charge is just not a deterrent to people who are dealing with these large sums of money. The penalties need to be strong enough to discourage people from engaging in dogfighting," says Goodwin.

The Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act aims to do just that—make it tougher for dogfighters to skirt the law. The bill, currently in the hands of the U.S. House of Representatives following its passage in the Senate in April, would make it a felony to transport animals—including dogs—across state lines or across international borders for the purposes of animal fighting. You can urge your federal representative to support this bill.

Another way to help is through education. Writing a letter to the editor or forwarding this article to friends and family will raise awareness about dogfighting. "Raising public consciousness about an issue like dogfighting is very important. If people care about an issue lawmakers will follow," says Goodwin.

Through public education, strong penalties and the dedicated work of law enforcement to find, catch and prosecute dogfighters, we can help make this dangerous and bloodthirsty sport nothing more than a page in a history book—and give these dogs a fighting chance.

as bait during their first years of life.
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7 years ago  ::  Dec 07, 2007 - 5:23PM #9
stardustiam
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This year St. Joe's is nurturing 200 Lakota (Sioux) children on all levels.  They provide accredited education grades 1-8, housing, health care, religious education and spiritual guidance of all the religions the children practice including the Lakota Way.  Clothing, meals, a sports program plus others, Lakota history, language, culture and  a dance club, a waiting list of over 150 applicants at any given time are all part of the school.  The children come from abusive family situations, including substance abuse in the homes.  Some children are not able to be cared for in the home and are selected to attend the school.  The children or families are not asked for any money to attend St. Joe's.

Since 1927, St. Joseph's Indian School has provided care and education for Native American boys and girls. St. Joseph's Indian School's stated mission is to provide for the basic welfare of children (food, clothing and medical care) with special emphasis on the spiritual, emotional and educational development of each child, while respecting their culture and heritage.

Today, challenged by new problems facing Native Americans, the work and ministries of St. Joseph’s Indian School stretches beyond their campus — reaching out to other Native American children and adults on three reservations.  See the donation badge on my profile, or learn more at stjo.org
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7 years ago  ::  Dec 17, 2007 - 10:01AM #10
Rebecca
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Hi everyone,
We had a hacking issue late last week with the donation badges and need to make some modifications to how they are loaded onto profiles. It's taking longer to fix than I expected - I hope to have it completed today. I'll keep you posted.
In the meantime, the holiday giving contest is on a brief hiatus, though you can get the direct url for your badge from your account on Network for Good and direct people to donate there, too.
Thanks for your patience!
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