2017 Year in Review
In case you missed any of it, here are the highlights…..
It’s hard to believe 2017 is already coming to a close. We had such a great time partnering
with some tremendous nonprofits this year in our mission to help bring greater impact to those local organizations around the country. We continued to strive to harness the kindness that connects us all.
Cycle For Survival was a blast this year. Kevin and Michael Bacon rode alongside each other in the nationwide fundraiser to raise funds for Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital and their fight to beat rare cancers. The annual event raised over $34 million dollars from their events in cities across the country. That was another huge step towards beating rare cancers once and for all!
Kevin and Michael also popped into “Karaoke For Cops”, a fundraiser for The Alexandria Police Foundation (APF) in Virginia. They surprised the crowd that had gathered at Rock It Grill on King Street in the historic district of Alexandria, VA. Chief Michael Brown began a rendition of Footloose and called out for help.
That’s when the Bacon Brothers burst out of the kitchen to give him some backup. We had a chance to honor the officers that acted as heroes and saved many lives during the congressional Baseball Shooting earlier that summer. All in all we raised over $3,000 for APF and had so much fun doing it.
Join us in congratulating our Founder, Kevin Bacon, with his recent Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his character Dick in the new Amazon Prime show, “I Love Dick”. Go Kevin!!!
Take The Pledge
We kicked off the SixDegrees Pledge in the 4th quarter, asking each of you to take the first step in committing to do more, be kinder, and take a stand to create an impact this year. 150 of you have taken this pledge and its growing daily. Head over to SixDegrees.Org, take the pledge and stay connected on all the latest ways to giveback and get involved.
So Fresh and Clean
We need to give a HUGE shout out for the designers at Hadley Impact Consulting for our updated logo and website. We feel so shiny and new! It was time for a new look to go. We hope you like it as much as we do.
We love you guys and want to hear from you!
Our new blog is launched and we want to fill it with stories from you. How have you chosen to give back? What hometown stories of good works do you think the world should hear? Learn more by emailing blog@Sixdegrees.org. You can also follow along on the journey by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
“Stories constitute the single most powerful
weapon in a leader’s arsenal.”
- DR. Howard Gardner
WQXR, the local NPR station for New York and their foundation went out with a bang by helping us to donate 30+ Ukuleles to the Morgan Stanley Presbyterian Children’s Hospital of New York. These Ukuleles will be used to support healing through their music therapy program. I’m not sure who enjoys the sessions more, the kids or the staff! Thanks again WQXR and The Music Instrument Drive!
This year School on Wheels, one of our favorite nonprofits in the heart of Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles named SixDegrees.Org for their 2017 Spotlight Award. We were so honored. School on Wheels is a nonprofit that helps tutor over 3,300 homeless children in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Their services help to minimize how behind these children can fall when there is inconsistency in their living situations. Keep up the good work. You are a shining light!
One of our more inspiring projects this year happened when a private donor reached out to us. They had an entire music studio full of equipment and were wanting to donate it. We love projects like this because it allows us to fulfill our mission in the most basic way. Share. Connect. Transform. We connected with Eagle Academy of Young Men in Brooklyn. They were opening a new Charter School in Harlem this Fall but did not yet have musical equipment to launch a program from the beginning. We shared their story and the donor agreed it was a great fit. Now these young men have a music program from year one.
Using Technology For Good
JP Morgan Chase and SixDegrees.Org partnered this year for the annual JP Morgan Chase “Code For Good“ Hackathon Challenge in New Jersey. Over 300 College and High School Students attended and put their skills to good use, demonstrating how technical skills can make a tremendous impact in the nonprofit sector.
SixDegrees along with several other NGO’s presented individual challenges. Over the next 24 hours the student coders built platforms, websites and other technical solutions to solve those issues. They blew everyone away!
The winning team’s solution will be adapted into a new charitable tool that will be released late 2018. Make sure you stay tuned for that and subscribe to get updates.
The future is bright if it is in the hands of these young people. We landed on our next big thing and we can’t wait to bring it to you in 2018.
We want to give a special thank you to other friends and partners of SixDegrees.Org this year. It takes a village and we couldn’t have done it with out you. Thank you for your continued work to make the world a little better.