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How Michael Smith Makes Charity Beautiful

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Michael Smith works as a print designer for the nonprofit charity: water. To him, great design isn’t just about looking good, but communicating clearly and effectively to an audience. In the nonprofit world, communicating that message well is everything.

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian donate $500,000 to California wildfire relief

Kanye West and his family are on a philanthropic streak. Just last week, the rapper made a sizable donation to the family of Jemel Roberson, the Chicago security guard who was wrongfully murdered by police. Today, Kim Kardashian-West appeared on Ellen to gift three large checks to organizations and individuals directly affected by the massive wildfires decimating homes and communities across California.

While the West home was not affected by the fire, due to the efforts of a private crew hired to protect their neighborhood, Kanye and Kim are assisting others in need. During her appearance on Ellen, Kardashian presented checks to the California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund and the California Fire Foundation, each in the amount of $200,000 (according to TMZ).

Additionally, Kardashian presented another check for $100,000 to Michael and Lisa Williams, a couple who lost their home in the fire but continued with relief efforts to assist their neighbors.

As Kim explained, the donations were a gift from Kanye, his company Yeezy, and adidas.

Check out the touching moment below.

The Wests are the latest in a line of musicians to show their support for the relief efforts, including Metallica, Lady Gaga, and Dave Grohl. Some, like Neil Young and Miley Cyrus, were not so lucky and lost their homes in the blaze.

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Metallica’s charity foundation donates $100,000 to California wildfire relief

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The recent and current wildfires in California have been utterly devastating. Entire communities have been leveled and, tragically, the death toll keeps rising every day. Metallica call the Bay Area home, and Northern California has been hit particularly hard. Not only is the band helping out the cause through their charitable organization, they are urging fans to donate to two worthy foundations.

Metallica are doing their part through their All Within My Hands Foundation, which has offered monetary help to both Northern and Southern California by donating $50,000 each to the North Valley Community Foundation and the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation.

A Facebook post from the All Within My Hands Foundation reads, “Sadly once again communities in California are experiencing historically devastating wild fires in both the Northern and Southern parts of the state. All Within My Hands has made a $50,000 donation each to the North Valley Community Foundation and the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation; both agencies provide service to victims at evacuation centers and other much needed relief. We would like to encourage you to join us in supporting those in need and our first responders in any way you can by donating money, non-perishable food, clothing and other supplies or by giving your time volunteering or providing temporary housing. Every little bit helps.”

California is experiencing tragic wild fires. AWMH gave $50k to @NVCF & @LAFDFoundation. We encourage you to support those in need & first responders: donate money, non-perishable food, clothing, supplies or volunteer time/housing.

— All Within My Hands Foundation (@AWMHFoundation) November 16, 2018

Just two weeks ago, Metallica played a special acoustic show in San Francisco to raise funds for the All Within My Hands Foundation, whose general mission is to “create sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other local services.” Our photos, along with video from the show, can be seen here.

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Metal Gear Solid 5: Definitive Experience, Cities: Skylines head December Humble Monthly

The Humble Store is offering subscribers Metal Gear Solid 5: The Definitive Experience and Cities: Skylines for the month of December.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Definitive Experience and Cities: Skylines are just two of the titles Humble Monthly subscribers will receive in December.

Both are playable for subs now, and Cities: Skylines also includes the After Dark expansion.

Other titles included for the month will remain a mystery until December 7.

This month, Humble Monthly subscribers will also receive the bonus DRM-free and Humble-exclusive, Sneak Peek of Forager.

The game is a 2D open title full of exploration, farming, and crafting. It will be released to the general public on PC soon, but subscribers can play it now.

In November, subscribers were handed Hitman, Hollow Knight, 7 Days to Die, Dead Island: Definitive Edition, Resident Evil: Revelations, Sniper Elite, Sniper Elite 2, The Dwarves, Hard reset Redux, and Vape Escape.

The Humble Monthly service run $12/£10 and is a curated bundle of at least nine games handed out each month. Many remain a mystery until signing up. Each month a new game will be designated as the Instant Unlock title which subs can start playing on Steam immediately.

Humble also donates 5% of all Humble Monthly sub proceeds to charitable causes worldwide.

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Taylor Swift Donated BIG MONEY To A Fan’s GoFundMe!

A lot of artists say they love their fans, but Taylor Swift really puts her money where her mouth is!

Earlier this month, Sadie Bartell, a prominent 19-year-old in the Swifties community, posted a link to a GoFundMe for her mother’s medical bills.

Related: Taylor Causes Spike In Voter Registration

Her mom, Lauriann, had complications from a bleeding ulcer which led to a coma which has now lasted three years, and medical bills are piling up for the family:

Hey guys. I’m really nervous to post this. Please help if you can and pray for my family. I’m sorry I never said anything sooner and that I’m suddenly asking for help. I love you guys so much.

— Sadie 🍁 Love, Taylor, Meredith, and Olivia Swift. (@swiftsinautumn) October 2, 2018

Over the weekend Sadie got a massive surprise.

She saw this on the donations page, which clearly rendered her wordless:


— Sadie 🍁 Love, Taylor, Meredith, and Olivia Swift. (@swiftsinautumn) October 20, 2018

That’s right!

Taylor donated a massive $15,500 to the campaign, which is now over its goal of $25K!

Aww, and she signed it from Meredith and Olivia, too! Kind cats!

[Image via Brian To/WENN/Twitter.]

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Tatts for Cats: Charity Tattoos

The feline welfare charity, Cats Protection in Coventry, is holding a collection of tattoo fundraisers to help cats in the local area. Cats for Tatts will showcase three flash days in three different tattoo studios in the city of Coventry…

Saturday 20th October – Queen of Hearts Tattoo Parlour, Castle Yard, Hay Lane
Saturday 27th October – Grizzly’s Art Collective, Belgrave Road, Wyken
Tuesday 6th November – The Drawing Room, FarGo Village

The three tattoo flash days, and the cat-themed raffles will raise money for Cats Protection’s Coventry Branch, part of the UK’s leading feline welfare charity which help around 190,000 cats and kittens each year.

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Cat design raffle prize by Joanne Baker 

Each studio and tattoo artist is drawing up sheets of cat related tattoo designs for you to choose from and book. Once you have your tattoo you can donate to Cats Protection, alongside some of the artists who will be donating a percentage of their fee.

In addition there are two cat-themed raffles – one will see four lucky winners get one of four unique tattoo designs – including the Tatts for Cats china cat (above), by the renowned artist, Coventry born, Joanne Baker.

The second raffle includes a number of unique prizes such as a bespoke pet portrait and custom artwork. After all of the ink is dry you can vote for your favourite tattoo  which can win the ‘Cat’s Whiskas’ trophy.

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Cat flash sheet by @stephhesketh

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Dolly Osborne, volunteer fundraiser for Coventry Cats Protection:

Tatts For Cats promises to be three really special events – especially as it will help raise some much needed funds to help us care for unwanted cats. We would like to thank all of the wonderful artists who are giving up their time, talent and money to make the lives of little kitties a little bit easier.

As someone who has been a part of the tattoo community for a long time, I am aware it has a long and established history of supporting good causes. It also has a significant number of cat lovers. We thought it was time we brought these two elements together to help our furry friends

Make sure to follow Tatts for Cats on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more details and updates. 

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Thom Yorke unveils new song “Hands Off the Antarctic”: Stream

Thom Yorke, frontman for Radiohead, is using his talents for good – supporting environmental activism with a new solo track, “Hands Off the Antarctic”, and an accompanying music video.

The song and video are coming out in support of a new campaign by Greenpeace to set up a vast Antarctic ocean sanctuary. The video itself, a stark black-and-white showcase of the environment and wildlife of the region, is culled from Greenpeace’s own footage taken during a three-month research expedition early in 2018.

According to a statement from Yorke, “There are some places on this planet that are meant to stay raw and wild and not destroyed by humanity’s footprint. This track is about stopping the relentless march of those heavy footsteps. The Antarctic is a true wilderness and what happens there affects us all. That’s why we should protect it.”

This sentiment is matched by Frida Bengtsson of Greenpeace’s Protect The Antarctic Campaign, who notes that “The Antarctic doesn’t have a voice but we are a movement of two million people and we do. We’ve seen around the world what happens when we don’t put areas off-limits to human activity. This vast wilderness is more fragile than we might think and plays an important role for the planet’s climate and ocean systems.”

Later this month, the Antarctic Ocean Commission will meet in Tasmania to discuss the proposed site, which would offer sanctuary to many species that live in the area, including whales, penguins and seals.

Watch the music video for “Hands Off the Antarctic” below.

Next week, Yorke will make his film scoring debut in Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria.

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