CharityFocus is helping others help others -- and the press is taking note!
We don't have a media team, we don't pitch stories to reporters, but still, since the first article on us in May 1999, we have attracted a constant stream of publicity. With the tremendous response from the community, the scope of our services has changed, but our hearts still seek to serve selflessly.
Below is a sampling of articles on CharityFocus, in traditional media.
Award By ICA A report, following an award reception in the bay-area.
Jul 2008 Wall Street Journal
How I Got Here Wall Streeters trying to understanding gift-economy. Yes, it's true. :)
Jun 2008 Readers' Digest, etc.
Anonymous Interviews We gave three anonymous interviews to Reader's Digest, Better Home and Gardens, and beyond. No mention of us, but definite spread of kindness!
3 Dec 2007 Times of India
Logging Into Be-The-Change
"The idea was that if you make the change in one heart, the ripple effect of that change will continue in this world forever. We picked our instrument: worldwide web. CharityFocus soon became a bridge between the Internet and the inner-net. More than an organization, it was a mindset that stood for service."
Hooray, I Got My Smile Cards! A spontaneous coffee conversation leads to this story in a blog focused on bringing more "noble speech" into the world.
Sep 2007 EastBay Express
Instant Karma At a restaurant in Berkeley, an 'experiment in generosity' means the price of your meal is upto you.
28 July 2006 ABC TV
Travelling India on Dollar-a-Day Imagine travelling to India and going on a walking journey and surviving on just one dollar a day and the kindness of strangers? That's exactly what one Berkeley couple did.
29 Jun 2006 SF Chronicle
"I don't feel like the pilgrimage has ended. A pilgrimage is a kind of conscious intention to go from self-centeredness to selflessness, to move from fear to love, from arrogance to humility. I think that process had started for us before the walk in India, although the walk helped us to deepen that practice. And I think the practice continues."
24 April 2005 Times of India
A selfless journey
"Today this Ahmedabad-born, California-based techie (Nipun Mehta) is on an even bigger mission. Along with his wife Guri and a few friends, he is on a padyatra -- a journey in 'search of the realities of life.' But why would two high-flyers want to forgo everything to give something back to the society?"
Nov 2004 India Currents
Solutions for Nonprofits
"What makes CharityFocus so special is the mindset that anything is possible. If you are passionate about something, someone at CharityFocus will believe in you and help you develop your idea."
August 2004 India Abroad
Role Model Award
Arizona governor gives Nipun Mehta the 2004 "Viswa Jyoti" Role Model
Award of the North South Foundation.
13 Jun 2003 India West
Sony TV Owner Joins CharityFocus
"There were no lawyers, no piece of paper. We just shook hands," Parekh said of
CharityFocus and ProPoor merger.
(Front Page, Business Section)
5 Dec 2002 Times of India
Mountains Have Begun To Move
Refusing to adopt the cynical perspective of mankind having lost everything that was humanitarian, Mehta believes that "compassion is contagious."
29 Apr 2002 Philanthropy News
CharityFocus.org acquires dot-com
"PledgePage highlights the work of everyday heroes and CharityFocus is about everyday heroes. Sounds like a perfect fit."
(Front Page, PNN)
20 Apr 2002 San Jose Mercury News
SF dot-com becomes dot-org
``The dot-coms came and went. Here is a dot-org that stayed. The
glue that binds people together is inspiration, not stock options.''
(Front Page, Business Section)
April 2002 Press Release
Unleashing the dot-orgers
``PledgePage highlights the work of everyday heroes and CharityFocus is about everyday heroes. Sounds like a perfect fit!''
Dec 2001 Indian Express
Charity Begins At Home
You do not need to be a technical wizard to volunteer. Given the nature of our
services, our volunteers are not limited to any geographical boundaries.
My Mantra in life: "I don't know"
"That success isn't about CharityFocus or me; rather it's a testimony to the nature of things -- selflessness sustains life. It may take a while, but love will always triumph over greed."
April 2004 Link Club, Japan
Not outcome but journey people. The most important thing is that we
try to have an opportunity for doing volunteer work. If somebody has
a good experience, somebody else joins as a result.
(Center Fold feature)
Dec 2003 Money Magazine
Essentially, we've created a "napster of compassion."
(Holiday 'Giving Back' feature)
Oct 2001 Tricycle
Story will be put up soon.
Aug 2001 Mantram
Zen and The Art of Giving
"There is no end. You have to enjoy the means and let go of the end. Let each
moment be a manifestation of your real nature -- and that is compassion."
Feb 2001 Sony Style
"It's really more about self understanding. You have a choice. You
can either serve yourself or serve others."
Aug 2008 NaanSense
Spirit of CharityFocus A radio interview with a small, student run radio station in Washington DC. Interview time was 6:30AM-6:45AM. :)
Travelling India on Dollar-a-Day
Imagine travelling to India and going on a walking journey and surviving on just one dollar a day and the kindness of strangers? That's exactly what one Berkeley couple did.