Islamic Organizations that You Can Donate to

With so many trying times going on all over the world right now charity organizations are more important than ever. Below are just three great organizations that individuals can donate their time and money to.

1. IRUSA: IRUSA is an amazing organization that has been helping to change the world for more than 25 years. They currently serve over 40 countries and donate to millions of people and causes every year. Each individual of IRUSA works to make the world a better place by responding to emergencies, offering their humanitarian work and donating their time, money, and effort to different organizations and individuals in need all over the world. In recent years IRUSA has donated time, money and tons of products and goods to the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis as well as the hunger crisis in Yemen and the hunger, medical, and refugee crisis currently happening in Syria. Everyday IRUSA strives to make the world a better place one cause at a time.

2. Cair: Cair is a great organization that works to defend the civil rights of Muslims. It was originally established in 1994 and has worked to offer civil rights to individuals all over the world. Cair staff and organization members work tirelessly to resolve discrimination issues. They use a variety of different methods including meditation, negotiation and even legal action. Their mission is to ensure that every American regardless of faith has the same civil rights. Since first being established Cair has helped more than 25,000 individuals. Cair often offers their services for free and works entirely on donations. It is one of the best causes to donate to to help fight discrimination.

3. United Muslim Relief: the Muslim United Relief Fund is an organization based in the United States that works to guarantee that everyone has a right to live in a world free of poverty. Each dollar and member of the United Muslim Relief Fund works to provide medical treatment as well as other basic Social Services to those in need. Their mission is to ensure that all people regardless of their faith have access to clean drinking water as well as good health care. To date they have helped over 700,000 people receive medical treatment. They offer a full line of educational programs as well as campaigns to help deliver their message. They are one of the best organizations to donate your time and money to.

Although there are many great charity organizations these are just three of the top ones that rely heavily on donations. All of their time, money, and effort is used to give back to those in need.

Hope for Henry Event Attracts DC’s Political Figures

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give,” said Winston Churchill.

The Hope for Henry Foundation is one of those charities that can make a huge difference around the country. The organization has been growing in popularity since 2003, helping to improve the quality of life for more than 16,000 children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Re-Designing the Pediatric Patient Experience
The Hope for Henry Foundation creates amazing programs that entertain, take away stress and empower children to become active participants in their own hospital care.

The foundation focuses on a child’s smiles and laughter, entertaining young patients with gifts, parties and pure fun and simply allowing kids to be kids. Distracting a child from his or her medical treatments, pain and boredom of their hospital stay, are just a few reasons the foundation lives on.

No Wingtips or Stilettos Required
The foundation held a super successful charity event in a Georgetown, D.C. bowling alley. Missing was the stiff, black-tie formality and equally fussy clothing. Instead, the Hope for Henry Foundation stuck to its fun for all roots at the cozy Pinstripes Bowling Alley for the 2015 charity event.

The bowling competition was a blast, with famous faces like CNN’s longtime anchor Wolf Blitzer, Georgetown cupcake owners and sisters Sophie Kallinis Berman and Katherine Kallinis Berman, comedian Donnell Rawlings, former Department of Health and Human Services Head Kathleen Sebelius and Yousef Al Otaiba (https://ambassadoryousefalotaiba.wordpress.com/), Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America.

More Than Pins and Keeping Score
Adding extra pizzazz to the event, featured a silent auction with items liked a signed guitar from the popular Australian singing sensation Cody Simpson, as well as an exquisite four-restaurant tasting by local celebrity chef Jose Andres.

Guests also enjoyed a cocktail hour with great appetizers, music and even a surprise visit from comic book fame’s Spiderman.

The charity event is so unique in concept, it has attracted coverage from the esteemed Washington Post, local television broadcast affiliates and others.

The Hope for Henry Foundation is non-profit organization located in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area. The foundation has been the winner of numerous awards, being cited most recently by People Magazine’s “Heroes Among Us” in 2016.

To learn more, visit the Hope for Henry Foundation here.

Social Enterprise Lets You Donate to Charity by Watching Ads

Ads are everywhere there’s media to be consumed — on your TV, in your airwaves, on your smartphone.

Entrepreneur Matt Sawyer realized advertising didn’t need to be a one-way channel. Enter AdWap, or “Advertising with a purpose,” the social enterprise Sawyer cofounded two years ago.

AdWap is an app in which users can watch up to 10 ads per day. With each ad viewed, a portion of ad revenue is donated to an AdWap-selected charity.

In other words, by watching the ads, you’re donating money to a cause you care about — without spending any of your own.

Organizations currently benefitting from AdWap viewership include Penn State’s THON, The Trust for Public Land, Operation Underground Railroad, Project ALS and about 20 more.

AdWap’s app formally debuted two months ago but has already raised $3,384.95 as of a few days ago, according to the in-app counter.

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Source: Generosity.com

AAM Honors Middle East Media and Talent at Awards Dinner

America Abroad Media (AAM) is a D.C.-based non-profit organization that aims to encourage free international media. On November 15, 2015 AAM gathered to honor media leaders that have made contributions to Middle Eastern media at its fourth annual Power of Film awards dinner. Honorees were recognized for contributing thoughtful, informative, and free media in spite of challenging circumstances.

The AAM Partner Award was presented to Tolo TV. Tolo TV is Afghanistan’s largest independent media channel with an audience of over 13 million people. The channel provides a wide range of programs including entertainment, drama, and political news coverage. This coverage came at a high price. In January 2016, a bus carrying Tolo TV employees was targeted by a Taliban suicide bomber. The attack killed 7 employees and injured 26 others.

Nasser Al Qasabi, a nationally beloved comedian and TV-satirist was presented with a Power of Film award. Qasabi is known for his comedy skits, where he makes fun of Arab social norms. His most recent comedy show Selfie became one of the most popular shows in the Middle East by lampooning ISIS through comedy. His show earned him a spot on ISIS’s hit-list.

Awards were also presented to congressmen Ed Royce and Eliot Engel. Royce (R-California) and Engel (D-New York) have crossed partisan lines to help make United States broadcasts more accessible to audiences in the Middle East. Their efforts to allow media access to Middle Eastern viewers been seen a large step towards preventing a Middle Eastern iron curtain, similar the iron curtain that occurred in Europe during the Cold War.

Journalist Steven Sotloff, was honored in memoriam. During his career he covered topics such as the Benghazi embassy attack, the Arab Spring, and the foreshadowing of the Syrian Refugee Crisis. He was kidnapped by ISIS and beheaded in 2014. His death sparked a complete overhaul of how U.S. hostage situations will be handled abroad.

The hit television series Homeland was also recognized during the ceremony. The show was praised for shedding light on the complex issues of the Middle East and U.S. National security. Homeland was also praised for giving human faces to the people involved in these current issues.

People in attendance of the event include retired General John Allen, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of Afghanistan Hamdullah Mohib, and Ambassador of Kazakhstan Kairat Umarov.

Miami’s Annual 365 Party Fundraiser

The 365 Party and After Party, an annual celebration and fundraiser for Miami’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, was held on November 11th. Cartier and City National Bank partnered in the creation of the event. Ellen Salpeter, Director of ICA Miami, welcomed guests and updated them on the institute’s initiatives and programs.

Among the famous faces who attended the bash were renowned fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger and supermodel Elle MacPherson, who served as an honorary chair along with Madeleine Arison and Petra Levin. ICA Miami’s Founder Circle members Allan Yarkin and Ray Ellen were honored for their years of philanthropy in the community. Also recognized was civic leader Alberto Ibarguen, President of the Knight Foundation which promotes the furthering of a healthy democracy through it contributions to journalism and the arts. Also in attendance were ICA Miami committee members Marc Spiegler of Art Basel, collectors Irma and Norman Braman, and Jackie Soffer (OceanDrive.com).

World famous choreographer Michael Clark provided the entertainment for the evening. Clark’s work combines elements of various styles, including pop, rock, punk, and ballet, to create a unique mix of the fluid and the vibrant. Clark has parlayed the attention he has received for his groundbreaking choreography into highly acclaimed collaborations with a bevy of well-respected artists. Trailblazing electronic producer Total Freedom provided the DJ services for the exciting After Party that began around 9:30 p.m. and lasted well into the night.

The Institute of Contemporary Art works to provide free access to contemporary art in an effort to give Miami’s residents a wide range of cultural knowledge. Besides acting as a fundraiser, this year’s 365 Party begins the official countdown to the opening of ICA Miami’s new permanent home in the Design District. Enthusiastic guests between $250 for individual tickets and $25,000 for a Gold level table for ten (Full details on the website).

Jackie Soffer & Craig Robins Donate 100 New Works to Perez Art Museum

Miami real estate mogul and land developer Craig Robins may not be well known for his deep and abiding enthusiasm for the Arts but he very likely will be now. Very recently, Mr. Robins and his wife, Jackie Soffer generously donated a whopping one hundred pieces of fine art to the renowned Perez Art Museum of Miami.

The donations were made to commemorate the hard work, dedication and zeal of the previous curator, Mr. Franklin Sirmans. Mr. Sirmans was highly praised by both colleagues dedicated museum goers alike, but none, perhaps, gave the storied curator more laudable praise than Mr. Craig Robins himself. Mr. Robins noted that he wished to donate in honor of Mr. Sirmans due to the man’s ability to discern the importance of timing as it relates to art – an empathetic sensitivity to the cultural zeitgeist, if you will.

This is Mr. Robins’ second major donation to the Perez Art Museum and his second largest, for back in 2013 the art loving real estate developer donated 102 different pieces of art to the aforementioned institute. However, Mr. Robins was not the only generous donor to give to the Perez’s vaults.

Other contributions made by various different well known, as well as lesser known, art personalities attached to the institute, aside from Mr. Robins, included cash donations as well as personal gifts and large scale installation pieces such as the imposing statuary of Ernesto Neto and P. Atchugarry. Mr. Robins contributions mark one of the absolute largest gifts bestowed upon the Perez Art Museum of Miami in its storied and over two-decade old history.

Craig Robins and Jackie Soffer’s donations include work on mediums that run the entire gamut of fine art – and even a little beyond – such as sculpting, filmic motion art, photosets, paintings as well as various integrated media pieces. The pieces themselves are quite notable and include art work from such famous modern artists as J. Caesar, Patty Chang, and Justin Lieberman. The museum has yet to release a price on any of the pieces but one can rest assured that should the Perez ever be forced to sell them the collective works will fetch a princely sum.

Top Five Arizona Golf Courses For All Player Levels

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, Maricopa

In Maricopa, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes is a paradise for the pro and a godsend for Phil Mickelson. The landscape offers calm surroundings, enabling golfers to focus on their game. Not content to be second best, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes stays on top of its conditioning and playability. There’s no time for slow-pokes, as a steady, sustained game is encouraged on the 18 hole course. With native turf, flowing hills, and tees ranging up to 7500 yards, the upscale Ak-Chin Southern Dunes golf course is maintained by Troon Golf.

Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale

Located in the Sonoran Desert, the thirty-six hole,semi-private Troon North Golf Club stands out as a gem of Arizona courses. Spanning the foothills and ravines, its a challenge for all levels, Troon North Golf Club is on every list of “must play” courses. Breathtaking views and recent course changes by Tom Weiskopf have taken the experience on the course to a new level. Fresh and original configurations make the course less intimidating and elevated its playability.

Gold Canyon Golf Resort, Fold Canyon

Far from the standard course layout, the Gold Canyon Golf Resort is recognized as the top- rated Arizona public golf course. Designed according to the confines and contour of Dinosaur Mountain, the course has a high playability for all levels of golfers. With shifts in elevation, long fairways and an abundance of native trees and cacti, the Gold Canyon golf course introduces a bit of a challenge for players.

Grayhawk Golf Club, Scottsdale

Grayhawk Golf Club is certainly on the bucket list of any golfer. Home to the most desirable courses in Arizona. The golf club features the finest 18-hole courses in Arizona, the Talon and Raptor. Overlooking the McDowell Mountains, the courses are comfortably squeezed into rising canyons, sheer drop-offs and native trees and flora. All levels will enjoy Grayhawk Golf Club as it’s recognized by Golf magazine as one of the “Best Public Golf Courses in Arizona.”

TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale

Considered by many as the “mecca” for golf in Arizona, TPC Scottsdale is a class above golf courses in Arizona. Designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, the “Stadium” course combines skill, knowledge and challenge for the beginner to the pro. Beginners will delight in mastering a professional course. Known for its lavish, manicured greens and the surrounding environment, TPC exceeds the expectations players have.

Birdies for the Brave how its helping soldiers heal

Birdies for the Brave has proudly raised more than $15 million to help Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Homes for Our Troops, Navy SEAL Foundation, Operation Homefront, Military Warriors Support Foundation, Green Beret Foundation, United Through Reading, K9s for Warriors and other organizations that help American military troops and their families. Over 20 Professional Golf Association (PGA) Pro players have made a commitment to assist these various groups.

When a PGA event is held, Birdies for the Brave gives away many complimentary tickets to active and reserve military members. Often times, these are tickets that the military member could not otherwise afford. The support at each event, however, does not stop there. The military members in attendance receive complimentary food and beverages in a designated area where they can talk and laugh with others who have bravely served the country. Furthermore, Birdies for the Brave often presents military programs honoring these outstanding men and women. Those military members who are able are given the opportunity to caddy for a professional golfer during PGA events.

Military members enjoy many long term benefits from Birdies for the Brave. They can receive a set of golf clubs from Callaway Golf along with free golf lessons. Some of the money raised is used to provide service dogs to military members diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorders or with traumatic brain injuries. In cooperation with the Military Warriors Support Foundation, select military members can also receive a 100 percent mortgage free home. It can be very traumatic to give birth when your spouse is on active duty overseas, therefore, these women are given a baby shower to help make the time easier for them.

Phil and Amy Mickelson created Birdies for the Brave in 2006 to support combat-wounded veterans. They felt that family was the most important thing in their lives and wanted to assist these veterans so that they could concentrate more on giving back to their own families. The partnership has been a huge success that continues to grow larger every year. This worthwhile program will continue to grow in the years ahead as more people become aware of it.

Best Buddies International Celebrates its 19th Year

To celebrate the 19th year of Best Buddies International, a huge gala took place in Miami last November. Over nine hundred people attended the celebration including a number of celebrities that have been supporting the organization, such as Verne Troyer and Steve Aoki. The event, co-chaired by power couple, Jackie Soffer and Craig Robins, proved to be a huge success and ended up raising over two and a half million dollars—all of which will go to furthering and developing the Best Buddies Foundation.

The event made for a great night, complete with a fantastic dinner, cocktail hour, and a silent auction, which is where a huge portion of the proceeds came from.

Some of the items that were auctioned off during the night included items that are themed around the Best Buddies organization, memorabilia, a plethora of trips that involve luxurious vacations all over the globe. One of the biggest items that were given away during the silent auction was a trip to attend the Olympic games that will be held next year, in the summer of 2016 in Rio De Janiero, Brazil.

Steve Aoki also put on a brilliant performance at the gala, as he is one of the most well-known and celebrated DJ’s that are around today.

Although the event was capped off during the evening hours with the entire presentation, silent auction, performance and dinner events, the day started bright and early, with a 62-mile charity bike ride that was held throughout the streets of Miami. Alonzo Mourning was also in attendance and was handing out signed balls to anyone that donated one thousand dollars or more to the organization.

All in all, the event was a tremendous success, as a great deal of people that have a lot of influence on the general population and the community came together to support a great cause. Everyone needs someone in life to have a connection with, who they know they can turn to if they need something and providing people with this type of love and support is what Best Buddies is all about. The night was a huge success and the amount of money that was raised what a huge plus, which should help the organization to continue to thrive in the years to come.

Chipotle closed until 3 p.m. Monday for food safety staff meeting

Scratch that burrito of your list of lunch possibilities today.

Chipotle, the fast-casual Mexican food chain, is closed until 3 p.m. for a company-wide safety briefing after outbreaks of norovirus and E.coli sickened customers.

While you may have to wait for your daily guacamole fix, the company says customers can tap into the briefing through Twitter and Periscope starting at noon ET.

About 50,000 employees are expected to attend the meeting by gathering in areas such as hotel conference rooms and movie theaters to hear broadcast remarks from executives.

Employees and customers alike may finally get an explanation from Chipotle regarding how E. Coli and norovirus outbreaks occurred at its restaurants last year. Executives promised to overhaul the company’s food safety standards and at an investor conference last month, Mark Crumpacker, chief creative and development officer, said people would get “a detailed story about what happened.”

Chipotle has been in crisis mode for months since the illnesses were traced to its restaurants. Its sales and traffic plummeted in the fourth quarter and its stock price has tanked. Shares are down about 1% in morning trading Monday.

Read full article here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/02/08/chipotle-closes-stores-live-tweets-food-safety-staff-meeting/79997444/ 

Source: USA Today