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According to Charity Navigator the charity spends 60% of its funds on programs for veterans. The rest is in fundraising and overhead, which includes 'lavish' team building conferences. 60% may seem like a lot, but it really isn't when you compare that to the 96% spent on programs by the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust or 91% by Fisher House. Former employees say that spending and conferences have increased since CEO, Steven Nardizzi, started there.


via CBS NEWS

This is a man who knows how to make an entrance. He has been noted rappelling down the side of a building into a meeting, riding in on a Segway and even using a horse on one of these fantastic appearances. Former employees like Army Staff Sergeant Erick Millette have concerns that not only is the non-profit misusing money earned by exploiting the stories of wounded veterans, but it's not even providing adequate help with the programs it does spend money on.

This is the charity that Donald Trump intends to support while skipping the debate in Iowa.

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Mark Hamill joined Steven Blum, and the The 501st Legion to train some Padawans at a children's hospital in Los Angeles. 

Of course, Mark Hamill had the sweetest thing to say about the visit: 

Thank YOU Children's Hospital Los Angeles ! Feeling the pure joy & exuberance of those children up close & personal is a gift to cherish.

via Mark Hamill

A 99-year-old woman who won a shopping spree at a 99 Cents Only Store on her birthday filled her cart with Christmas goods Thursday, but she had no plans to keep the toys and stockings for herself.Instead, Donna Goldstein decided she was going to use her shopping spree at the Beverly Grove store to make holiday stockings for children in need and donate them throughout the community.“Sometimes we don’t realize how much is needed. I feel bad that I can’t do it for everyone, but it makes me feel very good that I am able to do what I can,” Goldstein said.Read KTLA’s story here: http://on.ktla.com/c7UaE

Posted by KTLA 5 News on Thursday, December 10, 2015
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Donna Goldstein filled her cart with Christmas gifts and stockings during a shopping spree she won at a 99-cent store on her 99th birthday. She's going to use her haul to assemble holiday stockings for kids in need. They will be distributed around her community in the Beverly Grove Neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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From the Swedish division of ActionAid comes the most unique charity Christmas album yet. Let goats serenade you with your favorite holiday tunes like Jingle Bells:



Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: 



And best of all, O Come All Ye Faithful:



ActionAid is a multi-national organization dedicated to fighting poverty. The eight song album is available on most streaming services and the money earned from the album will benefit ActionAid. 

Via: Ubermass
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Mark Cuban is so chill, you guys.

The billionaire was taking part in a League of Legends show match at the Intel Extreme Masters San Jose on Saturday when he started trash talking the other team.

During an interview (about 1 minute in the video above) he dropped an f-bomb and was informed he would have to pay $15,000, which was OK because it would go to charity.

But then he did it again.

"So if I say it again I have to pay another $15,000?"

You da man, Mark Cuban!

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On February 14, Zlatan Ibrahimović scored a goal against Caen and then proceeded to take off his shirt.

The move may have gotten him a yellow card, but it also got him a lot of attention for a much bigger issue: world hunger.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker had 50 names temporarily tattooed on his torso of starving children around the world to help promote The World Food Programme’s initiative “805 Million Names.”

“If I could, I would write all the names of people suffering from hunger on my body. But they are 805 million. It is a disaster,” he says.

The WFP is part of the United Nations, and the organization reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries each year.

“I had a dream that someone could convey this message in a simple way. We thought of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is always asked for his autograph,” said Marina Catena, director of the WFP in France. “So why shouldn’t it be Zlatan who has the autographs on his body this time? We’re proud that he accepted to convey this message.”

As a result of his charitable stunt, Ibrahimović is suspended and will not be playing in their game against Monaco on March 1.

You can donate to the cause on the WFP website.

Via: Band Aid
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Thirty years after the original recording, Band Aid has released its fourth cover of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" featuring - among others - One Direction, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran, and Chris Martin, Bono and Bastille.

And this time, of course, the cause they are raising money for is Ebola. (Warning: the video starts out with some pretty disturbing images.) The original version was recorded in 1984 for the victims of Ethiopian famine.

Before recording the latest cover, songwriter Bob Geldof says he gave a speech to everyone with updates about the situation in West Africa, according to the BBC.

"I said, 'OK, this is what it's about. When you sing this, be aware that the rest of the world will be singing it with you.'

The song premiered on "The X Factor" Sunday night, and you can buy a copy on iTunes, Amazon or Google Play.

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