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Pop culture consumer products company Funko has announced a new philanthropic-driven initiative called Pops! With Purpose that ties Funko Pop! characters to social causes that are important to Funko fans and employees. “Throughout Funko's history, community has been at the heart of all of our efforts,” said Funko president Andrew Perlmutter in a media release. “When fans decide to purchase and display a Pops! With Purpose, they are signifying their support for a cause that contributes to making the world a more kind and equitable place for all.” Each Pops! With Purpose figure sold will...
USA Surfing teamed up with ocean conservation artist Wyland and his foundation to raise awareness and support for clean oceans as surfing made its Olympic debut this summer. The partnership involving USA Surfing, Wyland Foundation and Los Angeles-based virtual television stations KCBS2/KCAL9 kicked off in April with My Volunteer Water Project, where people were invited to form teams that made a concerted effort to conserve water in their homes, gardens and communities. An online auction of two surfboards painted by Wyland, which ran through June, commemorated surfing’s first Olympic Games....
Several celebrities have painted tote bags that are being auctioned off in support of the Chema Vision Children’s Center in Nairobi, Kenya. The auction ends tomorrow. Los Angeles art and luxury fashion retailer Church Boutique and eco-fashion house Ministry of Tomorrow (MOT) teamed up with Christie’s and its online charity auction partner CharityBuzz to produce Art for Education in support of the school in Africa’s largest urban slum. Bags up for bids were painted by Madonna, Naomi Campbell, Halle Berry, Zoe Kravitz, Lenny Kravitz, Usher, Lionel Richie, Bria Murphy, Eddie Murphy, Maggie Q,...
Bandcamp will hold its second annual Juneteenth fundraiser (June 19), where it donates all of its share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to support its ongoing efforts to promote racial justice through litigation, advocacy and public education. The online record store and music community held its first Juneteenth fundraiser last year in response to the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, as well as the long-standing structural oppression, state-sanctioned violence and daily racism faced by Black people and people of colour, including employees and artists in the Bandcamp...
June is Pride Month, and Universal Music Group (UMG) is marking the occasion by selling items to benefit GLAAD and  The Dru Project, as well as promoting a mental health content series, artist listening parties and curated playlists. GLADD is an media monitoring group for LGBTQ+ persons and The Dru Project an LGBTQ advocacy organization promoting gay straight alliances. Pride Month is celebrated in June in honour of the 1969 “Stonewall Uprising” in New York City. Homosexuality was still considered a criminal offence at that time and the Stonewall Inn was a popular gay bar. A police raid of...
Nespresso has released a three-minute video as part of its “Made with Care” campaign that promotes its belief that “crafting high-quality coffee can be both an art and a catalyst for positive change if care is instilled in every detail.”  People are invited to share what care means to them online with the hashtag #MadeWithCare. The campaign was spearheaded by actor and Nespresso brand ambassador and sustainability advisory board member George Clooney, who appears in the video with a variety of other people, such as Colombian fashion designer Johanna Ortiz, Rwandan-French actress Sonia...
Vanessa Bryant, who lost her retired basketball star husband Kobe and 13-year-old daughter Gianna in a Jan. 26, 2020 helicopter crash, has launched a clothing line with designer DANNIJO in her daughter’s honour to benefit the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation. The foundation bears the nicknames of Kobe and Gianna, who was also called Gigi, The non-profit organization provides funding and sports programming for underserved athletes and young women to enable their participation in school and/or league sports that enrich their socio-emotional and physical development. “Gianna was kind,...
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is also an accomplished painter, and he’s selling 500 signed prints of an inspirational work to raise funds for two related addiction treatment organizations. The painting, titled Affirmation 1, features a variety of bright colours behind the words “When I take care of myself I can achieve anything.” The numbered and hand-signed prints are 39 centimetres by 55 centimetres and are selling for £399 (approximately $682 Canadian) here. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the two addiction treatment-related organizations.
The International Humane Society (IHS)has taken a unique approach to shedding light on the awful practice of animal testing in the cosmetic industry with a star-studded stop-motion animation PSA, voiced by Ricky Gervais, Zac Efron, Olivia Munn, Taika Waititi, Pom Klementieff, Rodrigo Santoro and Tricia Helfer. The campaign is focused on 16 countries, including the U.S., Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, South Africa, and 10 Southeast Asian nations, some with different voice actors depending on the language. The 4-minute mini movie, Save Ralph, is set up in a mockumentary style as it follows...
Wilfred Laurier business student and professional photographer Isaiah Haber has used his downtime during the pandemic to create a beautiful keepsake that benefits frontline workers through University Health Network (UHN), a health care and medical research organization in Toronto.  The impressive 21-year-old created and produced a 153-page coffee table book, A Night Out, By Isaiah Haber & Friends, which “celebrates the glamorous nightlife we all miss.” Each photographer created their vision of a “fabulous and sensuous” night on the town.
Canadian online mattress retailer Endy just launched Healthcare Heroes Giving Campaign, which replaces old hospital mattresses in on-call rooms with brand new ones, after donating mattresses all last year when healthcare workers reached out. The giving campaign is now ongoing. Additionally, individuals can nominate their local hospital to receive mattresses by sending an email through Endy’s website. In 2020, Endy donated mattresses to seven hospitals across Canada, BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver; Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto; St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton in Hamilton, Ont.;...
The Tragically Hip’s Courage face mask is still for sale, but the rock band is already donating a good chunk of money from the sales to Unison Benevolent Fund, which provides emergency financial aid and counselling services to the Canadian music community. In a joint press statement, the band said, “We want to thank to all of you who have bought Courage masks to support the Unison Benevolent Fund. With your help, we have raised over $40,000 so far to provide ongoing emergency financial relief for musicians and crew members during the COVID pandemic. Until we are through this, please continue...
Clothing brand Distortion Unplugged's The Rock and Roll Project are selling t-shirts that read “rock and roll” in 13 languages, as well as featuring "the inspiring people who bring music to life and help out the music community." The t-shirts sell for $35 (USD) here and all the proceeds go to MusiCares, a charity that provides the music community with a support system of services, including physical and mental health, COVID-19 relief, addiction recovery, unforeseen personal emergencies, and disaster relief. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human...
World Wildlife Fund Canada is offering people a chance to symbolically adopt an animal in exchange for a plush toy of it, in order to support the protection, management and restoration of the environment. More than 40 species are available to adopt from the Wildlife Adoptions page of the WWF-Canada website. New for this year are the ring-tailed lemur, platypus, collared pika, red kangaroo and koala family. The platypus and red kangaroo were chosen to recognize the outpouring of support from Canadians to the Australian wildfires, which caused an estimated three billion animals to be killed...
Jeremy Logan, one-time Canadian importer for Vespa scooters and founder of clothing brand reps Next Agency, was excited about the launch of his first menswear line Easy Mondays earlier this year when something big got in the way, as it did for everybody:  covid-19.  Italy, where his classic crew and V-neck tees were being made, was among the first country to go into lockdown. When it reopened a couple of months later, the ambitious Toronto designer was told the factory had pivoted to making face masks, so Logan did the same. His Easy Mondays two-layer pleated and non-pleated masks are...
The Lady Gaga co-founded Born This Way Foundation has created its first book, Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community. “I wish I had a book like Channel Kindness when I was younger to help me feel acknowledged, remind me that I’m not alone, and encourage me to better support myself and others,” Gaga, who was born Stefani Germanotta to her mother and Born This Way Foundation co-founder Cynthia Germanotta, said in a media release. “Now it’s here and anyone at any age will benefit from the stories inside. This book affirms what we already know to be true — kindness will heal the...