by Ali Berman
Categories: Causes, Environment
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Photo: Gage Skidmore

‘The Vampire Diaries’ star Ian Somerhalder lives and breathes his organization, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. If you follow the ISF on twitter or facebook, you know that he is constantly sharing information and figuring out how to mobilize youth to change the world for the better. His foundation works to “empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.”

Now, utilizing his own 33rd birthday and the generosity of his fans, the actor is looking to change the way birthdays are celebrated. At least in his case.

Somerhalder writes, “Every year so many of you awesomely lovely people choose to send me birthday gifts–how amazing is that?? People send all sorts of goodies from stuffed animals and scrapbooks to jewelry, books and so much more. But when you stop and think about it, each of those gifts has an impact behind it: raw materials, manufacturing processes, energy consumption, packaging, shipping, just to name a few.”

Being the smart eco warrior that he is, Somerhalder is asking fans to hold back on sending him “stuff” this year and instead, to donate to his foundation. He goes on to say, “If you really are driven to still give, the best birthday present I could possibly imagine receiving is a donation to ISF. Everyone who has it within their hearts to support ISF deserves some respect and love, and the only way I know how to give a little of this to so very many is to try my very best to try to send each and everyone of you a personal email.”

That’s right. A personal email from the talented actor and devoted activist. How could you not love that? In fact, I love it so much (and of course the mission of his foundation), that after finishing typing these words, I’m going to donate myself. $33 for every year he’s been on the planet. Now, if you’ll excuse me. I need to go find my purse.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • Fatima Rammal

    Wish him all the best ! I'm one of his supporters in Lebanon !

    • nannan

      yes God bless you ,Ian ,WISH YOU WELL,LOVE FORVEVER.