|By Business Wire||
|March 18, 2014 01:01 AM EDT||
Razoo, the leading crowdfunding platform for causes, today announced the Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives campaign which will raise funds for nonprofits focused on ending the sex trafficking of minors in the U.S.
The campaign originated from a TED Challenge Group that formed at TED 2013, where a group of attendees was asked to seek solutions for some of the most intractable problems of our time, including the domestic sex trafficking of children in the U.S. This TED Challenge resulted in the formation of a small group of technology and media influencers dedicated to fighting the child sex trade industry. The group established a Razoo Giving Day to raise funds for nonprofits that combat domestic child sex trafficking, as well as a major media campaign and national Public Service Announcement (PSA) to raise awareness and inspire action on this important issue.
Hosted on Razoo.com, the 24 hour Giving Day will take place on September 16th, 2014 to support fundraising efforts for all registered organizations working to end child slavery and sex trafficking in the U.S. The campaign will be supported by a PSA created by Wondros, a creative media company and strategic consultancy founded by Jesse Dylan.
The PSA will raise awareness, and provide access to The National Human Trafficking Resource Center toll-free hotline, where victims can get assistance and individuals can anonymously report suspected trafficking. Other campaign partners include the Knight Foundation and Getty Images.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that there are 100,000 youths under the age of 18 forced into the commercial sex trade in the U.S. Polaris Project, which operates the national human trafficking hotline, has received reports of nearly 4,500 cases of human trafficking involving minors since 2007. Over 3,400 of these cases involved sex trafficking. Despite these numbers, there is very little public awareness about this issue, particularly in the local communities where it occurs. “Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry. “We know firsthand that traffickers are exploiting children, women, and men for profit here in the United States. All of us play a role in effectively stopping this form of modern slavery," said Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris Project. "By coming together, we can substantially increase desperately needed resources to train stakeholders, hold traffickers accountable, and provide survivors of human trafficking with services and support to rebuild their lives.”
Razoo Giving Days are powerful 24-hour, online crowdfunding fundraising events that unite communities around specific causes. Razoo and its partners will identify, educate, and onboard hundreds of nonprofits in advance of the Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives Giving Day to help them raise awareness and activate donors nationwide.
“While there are hundreds of U.S., organizations working to fight child sex trafficking and slavery, they are battling in an under-resourced and cash-strapped environment,” said Lesley Mansford, CEO of Razoo. “We are honored and excited to have such committed partners for Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives. Together, we hope to have an impact on the fight against human trafficking and slavery and end child trafficking now and forever.”
The Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives Committee includes:
Bonnie Calvin, Executive Producer, Everyone’s Kids/Wondros
Ann Charles, CEO BRANDfog
John Lapham, SVP General Counsel, Getty Images
Lesley Mansford, CEO Razoo
For more information or to sign up to participate in the Everyone’s Kids: Everyone Gives Giving Day, please visit: www.everyoneskids.org.
Razoo is crowdfunding for causes. Named for an Australian coin of little value on its own, until combined with many, Razoo powers small acts of giving that together change the world. From multimillion-dollar, community-led giving days to individuals collecting donations on behalf of the nonprofits or personal causes they support, Razoo has helped raise more than $200 million online – one small donation at a time. Razoo has offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and is seed funded by the Legatum Group. See how we're creating a new generation of everyday philanthropists at www.razoo.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Razoo, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/razoogiving.
Founded by director Jesse Dylan, Wondros draws on a powerful combination of filmmakers, activists, innovators, policy-makers, designers and storytellers to create content that informs culture and inspires change. Our portfolio includes campaign development and execution for organizations like George Soros and the Open Society Foundations, ONE, (RED), The Getty Foundation, Rock the Vote and The California Endowment, as well as film production for innovators such as the Clinton Global Initiative, the Columbia School of Journalism, the Council on Foreign Relations, MIT Media Lab and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
About Polaris Project
Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Named after the North Star "Polaris" that guided people escaping slavery along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project is transforming the way that individuals and communities respond to human trafficking, in the U.S. and globally. By successfully pushing for stronger federal and state laws, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-373-7888), conducting trainings, and providing vital services to victims of trafficking, Polaris Project creates long-term solutions that move our society closer to a world without slavery. Learn more at www.polarisproject.org.