Posts Tagged ‘Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation’

Richie Madden Children’s Foundation

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Founded in 2007 by Nicole Richie, her husband Joel Madden and Joel’s identical twin brother Benji, the Richie Madden Children’s Foundation provides direct assistance to those in need and seeks to raise awareness of systemic issues like health care, education and human rights as they impact disadvantaged children in the United States and around the world.

Some of the projects the Richie Madden Children’s Foundation has been involved in include raising funds for UNICEF’s Tap Project, and designing the inaugural Cup with a Cause for the 7-Eleven charity campaign aimed at donating more than $2 million to charities. They have also worked with Beyond Shelter Neighborhood Resource Center, a non-profit organization devoted to providing shelter to homeless families in Los Angeles.  

On tap for water

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Joel, Benji, and I along with UNICEF held a fundraiser for the Tap Project at MyHouse in Hollywood. It was such an amazing evening. Earlier that evening, Joel and Benji appeared on Larry King Live to talk about TAP. The rest of our family watched from home and I took some pictures of them on TV.

Once we all arrived at MyHouse we were met by friends and people who wanted to learn about The Richie-Madden Foundation. The night was intimate, informative and fun.

Joel and Benji gave a very moving speech, and shared their personal photos of their trip to Central African Republic (CAR). The night ended with an auction, and people were bidding on trips to Hawaii and Aspen. But then we decided to auction off Benji :). The women were bidding left and right, and a very lucky lady won a trip to Las Vegas with him.

The best part of the night was at the end of the auction when we told people about the opportunity to purchase actual hand water pumps (or “well hand pumps”) to bring water directly to the villages. I was so excited and humbled when our friends, one-by-one, started jumping up and offering to buy pumps!! That was the highlight of the evening, it literally brought tears to my eyes. We were able to sell 143 pumps and raised $100,000 among just a small group of friends! That alone is going to change children’s entire lives!

We had the best night, and I am so thankful for everyone who was willling to help. It really is crucial right now that we step in and help with the global water crisis. Please go here to donate. And learn MORE about the Richie-Madden Foundation.

Every child deserves the best

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Joel and I always say we feel so blessed to live the life we live. We also realize that Harlow is blessed to get to live a life about one percent of all the children in the world get to live.

We think it’s so important that every child has the opportunity to experience the absolute best in health care and education. And that’s why we started Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation.

We got to thinking about all of these issues when I was pregnant with Harlow, when we launched the foundation.

Joel travels all over the world, including Africa, for the organization. For the past two years, I have been either pregnant or breastfeeding, so I tend to stay closer to home. However, I did take a magical and moving trip to Moscow, Russia, about which I will write more soon!

Whenever we decide on a new project or endeavor, Joel and I pick the things that are closest to our hearts.

Keep checking back here to stay updated on how we are helping children all over the world and how you can get involved!

Watch my visit to Beyond Shelter

Thursday, March 19th, 2009