Headed by Actor Raphael Sbarge, Green Wish will Help Raise Funds for Local “Going Green” Projects in Communities across America
Los Angeles, CA. Green Wish Inc., a start-up grassroots, non-profit charity with a focus on making local green projects come true, is officially launching their organization on April 20, 2009, in honor of Earth Day. The group is proud to name actor, environmentalist, Ed Begley Jr as spokesperson and member of their board of directors.
With growing concerns about the United States consuming 25 per cent of the world’s energy and generating 25 percent of global pollution, actor and father, Raphael Sbarge, and actress and wife, Lisa Akey, wanted to make a positive impact on the environment for the future of their children; and Green Wish was created. The organization received their 501(c)3 non-profit status and pulled together a team of well-known environmentalists such as Ed Begley Jr and Rachelle Carson Begley to help them build awareness for their unique program.
Green Wish is focused on helping local communities raise funds and fulfill their “green wish” no matter how large or small. Asking for donations in “give what you can” denominations makes it easy for anyone to give. Green Wish hopes to expand its online donation program to local markets and chain retailers who want to help give back to their local communities by collecting donations. Green Wish is using social media to help get the word out online, from donation sites such as YourCause.com and GuideStar to fund-raising parties on Twitter to Facebook. Green Wish has also collaborated with MomTV and NewBaby.com to help build awareness with the Mom community through video blogs as well as the “green” blogger community.
“We are so fortunate to have Ed Begley Jr and his wife, Rachelle Carson Begley, both environmentally active actors, join us on the Board of Green Wish,” said founder, Raphael Sbarge. “It makes the countless hours that we are all putting into building this program to benefit communities across the US achievable.”
Green Wish has created an online community to serve two groups of visitors, those who have green projects they need funding for and those who have green wishes or ideas they want to share with the community. By submitting your green project online, organizations across the US can have access to building awareness for their cause as well as get funding for it. Each month, causes selected by the Green Wish team will be spotlighted on the website and receive funds for their cause. Green Wish will work with these communities to help build awareness locally for offline as well as online fund-raising programs. Updates on how the projects are going will also be shared on the community, so visitors can see the success of their support at the local community level.
Between star power and the power of social media, Green Wish hopes they can raise awareness and the funds needed to help local communities get their green projects going. “It is truly something to look forward to as a parent, knowing we are doing everything we can to help seed the future with Green Wishes,” says Sbarge.
About Green Wish
Green Wish Inc is a grassroots, non-profit charitable organization that is focused on helping local green organizations and groups fund projects for their communities through small donations at local retailers and online in "pay what you can" denominations. Green Wish grants "Green Wishes" to different groups each month from submissions to their website, which are vetted by the board of directors. Board members of Green Wish Inc also include Ed Begley Jr and his wife, Rachelle Carson Begley, well-known actors and environmentalists. The Begley’s are also the stars of the hit show Living with Ed. Green Wish is also listed as a charitable organization with GuideStar and YourCause where online donations can be made.