Showing posts with label Non-Profit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Non-Profit. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

IfOnly, Extraordinary Experiences for Good

Established in the heart of San Francisco, CA IfOnly continues to prove why they are one of the best destinations, for only the best experiences. IfOnly not only works with global industry leaders, they search the planet for only the best memory breeding experiences.

And if that isn't priceless enough, IfOnly believes in seizing the moment, rather than living day-to-day. IfOnly infuses an inspiration into every experience. Every item and/or experience goes towards helping various charities and causes. And every luminary's proceeds go towards a different charity. For instance; Joseph Gordon-Levitt's proceeds go towards Stand Up 2 Cancer whereas; Miley Cyrus's proceeds go towards the Ronald McDonald House.

Individual luminaries (or individuals who inspire) range from celebrities to people like you and me. Some of them include: Miley Cyrus, One Direction, Mike Tyson, Bruno Mars, Kobe Bryant, Shakira, Fall Out Boy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Chris Cornell, Demi Lovato, Joe Montana, Justin Bieber, Amitabh Bachchan, Michael Chiarello, Tyler Florence, Brian Boitano, Dan Jansen, Salman Khan, Justin Tuck, Summer Sanders, Andrea Agassi, Ray Lewis, Jerry Rice, Stefanie Graf, Bonnie Blair, Greg Norman, Rajat Parr, and much more.

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With experiences such as Pasta Making Class + Dinner for 2 with luminary Thomas McNaughton to a meet-n-greet with luminary Kobe Bryant to the Greenmarket Tour with luminary April Bloomfield to a VIP experience with luminary Mike Tyson to a meet-n-greet with luminary Justin Bieber to a recipe showcase with luminary Tyler Florence to a 1 hour figure skating instruction with luminary Brian Boitano to a weekend tennis getaway with luminary Andre Agassi to a private workout on the hill with luminary Jerry Rice, and more; you can make someone's life brighter with just the click of a mouse.

IfOnly also offers last minute gifts that range from personalized gifts from your favorite luminary to individual gift sets put together by your favorite luminary to signed memorabilia that is actually owned (or was once owned) by your favorite luminary, and much more.

And when you become a member, you have additional access to all of the categories that you can't see if you were lurking IfOnly.

You can contact IfOnly directly where they offer Concierge via telephone from 9 AM to 6 PM PST and email. Whether you want to inquire about an experience or even suggest one to a specific luminary, you can. For instance, if you want to hang out with luminary One Direction, you can suggest this to the staff of IfOnly.

Would I recommend IfOnly to a friend? Absolutely. Especially to those that are interested in engaging in an experience they will remember forever. And the best part is, the proceeds go directly to charity. There are simply no words to describe the experiences you will have, as they will be something you will remember and cherish for the rest of your life.

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Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with IfOnly. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hey University of Wisconsin, STOP TESTING ON CATS


There is no excuse for the type of cruelty exposed in the photos seen here.

Please put your resources towards finding effective and kind ways to help people. Stop funding this type of animal cruelty and investigate this case to make sure those responsible are properly held accountable.

You will learn absolutely nothing by torturing an innocent creature. Torture is not science and this type of behavior refutes and emasculates human's natural rights to a modest degree of social harm. This is just unethical and should never be supported as ok. This is also relatively costly and no one wants to spend money supporting this sickening act.
I am disgusted that you have to go to such lengths as to test on a cat and it would be even more disgusting if you own one. How would you like to be experimented on? University of Wisconsin, you are disgusting for supporting this filth. Why test on cats when we have murderers, rapists, pedophiles, and other criminals in prison? On top of that, they (prisoners) are using government money to live a relatively lavish life. Leave the cats alone!
Let’s use our voices for those that cannot.
Please sign the petition. Just click here.

Friday, April 6, 2012

The truth about Kony 2012

These are some very insightful yet interesting facts about the whole "Kony 2012" crusade. I have to admit, I actually bought into the "Kony 2012" movement simply because it is/was an act of awareness. It was taking a negative and simply making it into a positive, using a very deep yet moving message. 

The truth is, there is a man named Joseph Kony that really exists, but the documentary that is going around the internet projects an entirely different message than what really does exist. In fact, the newest video (the actual follow up) has disabled the ability to rate and comment via YouTube. 

To separate fact from fiction, I saw holes in this documentary the moment they mentioned Jacob. He is the only African boy they mention in the Kony 2012 video. The biggest problem that I noticed is that they fail to mention any other people who live in Africa. They use one person's alleged commentary to support an entire cause? A cause asking for your time and your money.

Also think about this (and it isn't hard), if you were not a shady fraud, wouldn't you encourage dialogue and give individuals (especially Americans) that right to comment on something that is asking for their money and time?

This entire movement has more holes in it than the finest Swiss cheese you can find. I have spoke with several individuals who have been banned by the Invisible Children Instagram simply because they picked out small these holes (which are passed off as alleged fact) that this entire campaign lacks absolutism. The Invisible Children encourages people to donate their time and money, yet when they are questioned, they ban people? Even when there is zero ad hominem involved? No spam ad nauseum either.

That seems very shady to me. At this point, I do have a relatively mixed opinion on Kony 2012, but overall I think it is a ploy to generate revenue using an approach that lacks bona-fide knowledge. Great job Billy Housh for doing an incredible job filming this.

If you cannot see the video, just click here.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Stop Cyberbullying Day - Friday, March 30th 2012

Back in 2007, Andy Carvin posted a blog encouraging other people to not only celebrate March 30th as "Stop Cyberbullying Day" but to enforce it, as a recognized problematic issue in the world today. He stated several examples as to why it was important, including his example about Kathy Sierra, a programming instructor and game developer from California. Kathy is a victim of cyberbullying. She is a nice person, but she is quite vulnerable, as she let them intimidate her so bad, she didn't even leave her house. Now, that is just emotionally disgusting if you ask me. That people are so spiteful and hateful, that they threatened a woman for having a voice. Technology is a world that is interconnected through a machine and various software. It is a whole new world that allows you to connect with people without traveling to them. You don't use all of your senses, so therefore; it is not life. A lot of people abuse technology on various wavelengths and think it is "cool" to knock a person down because being an incognito yet coward cretin gives them pride within themselves because after all, they have no real goals and absolutely zero accomplishments.

I can honestly say that I am a current victim of cyberbullying. If I am not posting a picture of myself, receiving hate messages, as a result, I am receiving numerous death threats for absolutely no reason at all. My guess is some people feel affected by my freedom of speech and ability to project my liberty onto my readers. I understand that not everyone thinks on my wavelength, but I do not believe I should be cyberbullied simply because I wrote something you disagree with. Most of the messages are insanely irrational that I have received and currently do receive, so I just laugh for a second and delete them. Interesting how I, Sarah Afshar, with virtually no effort, whatsoever have managed to rattle their cage to an extent that they feel the need to bully, intimidate, and harass me. Can we say fragile psyche?

It is very obvious why people feel the need to cyberbully other people. They garner a sense of pride (which I have stated previously) because all of the foibles that currently define them as people exceed their strengths. Not to say that they do not have strengths, but because their weaknesses exceed them, it destroys their full potential. Ad hominem and other slander ad nauseum is banal and really can't hurt a person who is secure. The reality is cyberbullies have no real accomplishments. The goals they have set for themselves are not practical, even though most convince themselves that they are. Cyberbullies like the feeling of being liberated because they have convinced themselves that their words can control another person's psyche and/or bring them down to what they assume would hurt that person. Cyberbullies tend to feel isolated because they, themselves are bullied. It is almost like a pattern and it continues because most of these individuals haven't discovered their full potential and that, my friends, is a very sad thing.

I could go on and on and possibly write (and as sad as it may sound) a 300 page dissertation about this subject not only because I am a victim myself and have been for years prior (bullying, etc) but because I have managed to get into the heads of these people, which is a great thing. Considering it's a dopamine diversion.

Now to you cyberbullies that think you are "winning", you're not. Let’s face it, I don't have to physically fight you, especially when life's already doing a phenomenal job already kicking your (__!__) and more than I ever could in the first place. All I have to do is consistently show you why I own you on an intellectual level, just as I have been doing, and just as I'll always do. So keep playing the games, spreading lies, and cyberbullying me because what goes around, comes around, and springs into action. Those nasty remarks you make about me do not define me, however; it is very clear that they define you. No matter how much time and effort you put into trying to knock me down, I remain standing and guess what? No matter what your friends tell you, the good is not in your favor by the vast majority of status quo society. And it's for that reason that I have to plead the 5th and maintain my silence regarding your personal flaws, foibles, and the whole cornucopia of your own shortcomings that currently define you. The moment you mentioned my name, as the moment you mention my name proves that I am already the winner.

Let's celebrate Stop Cyberbullying Day on Friday, March 30th 2012.

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Talking to Ken Ramberg about

I had the perfect opportunity to speak with Mr. Ken Ramberg, the founder of and here is what he had to say...

Sarah: Hello Ken. How are you doing? Tell me a little about Good Search...

Ken: We all have a cause we care about - whether it's finding a cure for cancer, saving the environment, finding homes for abandoned pets or so many other worthwhile endeavors. But what we don't all have is the time or money to support these efforts as much as we'd like. So, what if we could raise money for our favorite charities and schools by doing something we do every day, searching the Internet?

Ken: GoodSearch enables just that! GoodSearch is a Yahoo-powered search engine which donates 50-percent of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. It's a simple and compelling concept. You use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine. Because it's powered by Yahoo!, you get proven search results. The money GoodSearch donates to your cause comes from its advertisers. The users and the organizations do not spend a dime!

Sarah: Tell me a little about your background...

Ken: Prior to founding GoodSearch, I was the co-founder and president of JOBTRAK Corp. Partnered with more than 2,000 college and university career centers nationwide, JOBTRAK grew into the largest career site on the Internet for college students and recent graduates. In November 2000 JOBTRAK was acquired by and continues to operate today as MonsterTRAK. I am active in a number of charities and sit on the Board of Phase One, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Phase I clinical research and treatment programs for patients with cancer. I am also member of Advisory Board of the Venice Family Clinic, the largest free clinic in the nation.

Ken: JJ Ramberg, my sister and Co-Founder, was a television reporter with CNN and MSNBC who covered a wide variety of topics ranging from breaking news to profiles of the country's top business leaders. Before this, JJ was the director of marketing and one of the first employees at, an Internet-based cookware retailer. She also spent four years working at NBC News where she was a part of two Emmy Award-winning production teams. JJ has spent her career balancing business with public service, spending considerable time during the past few years working for microfinance organizations in both Uganda and India.

Sarah: What was the major source of inspiration that inspired Good Search to become what it is today? Who or what is behind such an influence?

Ken: Internet search engines generated more than $8 billion in advertising revenue in 2007. After hearing that number I thought, what if even a fraction of this money was distributed toward organizations trying to make the world a better place?

Sarah: How many active organizations and charities are a part of Good Search?

Ken: 52,000 charities and schools are now participating in GoodSearch and more than 100 new organizations are joining each day! The grassroots-level support behind GoodSearch has been nothing short of astounding.

Sarah: Now...can just anyone sign up to your website

Ken: To participate in our program, an organization must be a registered non-profit. This can include schools, charities, hospitals and clinics, volunteer services, political organizations, fraternal organizations, professional associations, religious organizations, governmental agencies, etc.

Sarah: Is it true that there are actually a few big names that are a part of Good Search?

Ken: What make GoodSearch so compelling is that users can support the nonprofit they care about most regardless of its size. Our participating charities range from local animal shelters to national charities such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Sarah: Tell me a little more about the actual searching concept...

Ken: Because GoodSearch is powered by Yahoo!, visitors to our site get the same high-quality search results that they are used to. You use GoodSearch exactly like you would use any other search engine, but each time you do approximately one penny is earned for your designated cause. The pennies can quickly add up. For example, just 1,000 people searching four times a day for a specific nonprofit would generate $15,000 for that charity each year. If you add in the money from GoodShop, our online shopping mall, the total would double to $30,000!

Sarah: I think what you have done is incredible. Allowing others to use their searches and cents (or is it sense?) to earn money for those that need it...

Ken: Thank you. We are working extremely hard to expand this idea and appreciate your support. One of our users recently wrote to us saying I can search for a restaurant and help feed the homeless at the same time, why wouldn't I use it? We believe this sums up our idea and the possibilities for our site perfectly!

Sarah: Definitely a brilliant concept. Do you have any future plans for Good Search? Any plans of expanding?

Ken: In September, GoodSearch was expanded to include, an online shopping mall of world-class merchants dedicated to helping fund worthy causes across the country. Each purchase made via the GoodShop mall results in a donation to the user's designated charity or school averaging approximately 3% of the sale, but going up to 37% . Participating merchants include Nike, Target, Best Buy, eBay, Macy's, Wal-Mart, and hundreds more!

Sarah: Ken, for those that are reading this interview for the very first time...what do you want those people to know about Good Search? What would you like to say?

Ken: It's easy when you're searching the Internet, why not use make every search count? There is just no reason not to!