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Get to Know Some of the World’s Philanthropic Athletes

July 13th, 2016

david beckhamTo be philanthropic according to the dictionary means to be charitable, generous and devoted to helping people. We’ve come to know many actors, singers and celebrities who have done their fair share of generosity. Athletes are no different too. Take a look at this list.

  • Douglas Richard Flutie (American Football)

Doug is a former quarterback in the NFL, CFL and USFL who first gained prominence during his stint at Boston College where he was awarded the Heisman Trophy and the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Married to Laurie his high school sweetheart, he had two children Alexa and Doug Jr. The little boy was diagnosed with autism at an early age which prompted the athlete and his family to eventually set up the “Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Incorporated” who aims to help not only the afflicted patients but their families as well.

  • David Robert Joseph Beckham (Football)

Beckham is no doubt famous for his athletic achievements but even so for his many philanthropic works. A former professional footballer, he retired after twenty years in his career during which he has amassed nineteen major trophies. He has played for Manchester United, the England national team, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Milan and LA Galaxy. Together with his wife Victoria, they established the “Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust”. David is also a UNICEF ambassador and a founding member of the “Malaria No More UK Leadership Council”. He likewise supports other causes like the Red Cross, Help for Heroes and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

  • Jeffrey Michael Gordon (NASCAR)

Jeff is a former professional stock car racing driver who was named as one of NASCAR’s fifty greats in 1998, the fifth best of all time by Fox Sports and the tenth in the list of Terry Blount’s twenty five greatest drivers of all time. He was pretty much the force to be reckoned with in the track. He set up the “Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation” to support children battling cancer. Furthermore, the charity supports the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital and patients who need the healthcare, regardless of their ability to pay. This move was prompted after one of his crews had a son who suffered and battled leukemia.

So who are other philanthropic athletes that you know of? We’re sure the list is long so go ahead and share your thoughts.

Facts About Philanthropy and Charitable Works That Might Surprise You

February 3rd, 2016

Giving is considered a noble act and we see no reason why not. Help no matter how big or small is a huge thing and only further solidifies that there is still faith in humanity. Philanthropy and charitable works abound and everyone is welcome to partake in it. One doesn’t have to be rich in order to give. Even the smallest of gestures and the pledge of volunteerism is a blessing on their own.

Today, we’ll share a few fun facts and trivia about philanthropy that you may not know of yet. Hey, it pays to fill our heads with information no matter how random. Ready? Here we go!

  • The top three most generous countries are Australia, Ireland and Canada in that order. More than two thirds of Australia’s population is said to help a stranger in need or donate to certain causes or charities, a third of the populace on the other hand volunteers.
  • According to statistics, women are more likely to donate money to a stranger or a charity while men on the other hand are most likely to volunteer instead.
  • The most preferred philanthropic activity all over the world is related to health followed by environment and education.
  • Some countries allow tax deductions for charitable donations. The United States of America is one of them.
  • J.K. Rowling achieved billionaire status and became the first ever female billionaire novelist for her Harry Potter books but she was eventually booted off the said list after donating so much to charity. Not a bad way to drop from billions to millions right?
  • nick lesoufNick Le Souef, an Australian, once locked himself behind a glass store window together with three hundred poisonous spiders for three weeks in order to raise money and awareness for Variety,a children’s charity.
  • You’d be surprised to know that 22% of the total donations accumulated in the whole world are done during t
    he 30th and 31st of December, the last two days of the year.
  • Technology and social media has become very powerful tools in raising both awareness and funds for charity. Crowdfunding is by far one of the most commonly used methods. In terms of social media sites, Facebook is the most powerful.
  • In the United Kingdom alone, there are about 160,000 charities with a combined income from voluntary pledges, donations and investments of about £39 billion a year.