by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes, Internet
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Jessica Biel has hooked up with her father Jon to start a new social website called Make The Difference Network. The organizers hope to connect nonprofit organizations with caring individuals and businesses — and already over 150 orgs have signed on to be involved. From the press release,

“MTDN increases the visibility of nonprofit organizations by empowering potential donors to search, select and fund these organizations’ specific “Wishes” and then see the results of their giving. Nonprofits can join MTDN for free and they get to keep 100 percent of all donations collected through MTDN.”

Each registered organization receives a “powerful, eye-catching multi-media profile including pictures, videos and blogs.” Jessica Biel is thrilled that the site is finally ready, citing inspiration for the idea from a fan that suffered from muscular dystrophy. In her own words,

“I co-founded Make the Difference with my father after an experience I had meeting a 23- year-old fan who spent over 15 years in a wheelchair due to the devastating effects of muscular dystrophy. Timmy and his family never ceased to amaze me with their courage and fortitude in the face of this fatal condition. As a way to help, I highlighted this family on my professional website, provided a little support for them, and encouraged others to help, if they could. Timmy has since passed away, but knowing him and his family had a profound effect on me and helped me realize I really could make a difference in the world. I will be forever grateful that I knew Timmy – he is the inspiration behind Make the Difference Network!”

You can read Jessica’s profile here. Ready to get involved? Jump here!

via Max Gladwell

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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