Big Business Giving Back

Every now and then we like to take a quick break from our fun and crazy challenges to acknowledge all the other companies out there that are fighting for corporate social goodness alongside moolta. In a world filled with big business, greed and corporate irresponsibility, a few companies stand out and shine amongst the rest as honorable ventures always looking to give back.

As you already know, moolta raises money for charities. We take pride in helping those in need and cherish everything we do for the organizations that benefit from our work. Here is a list of three other companies who also give back and the different ways they go about doing so:

 

TOMS

For a company who claims that giving is part of their DNA, TOMS sure lives up to it. TOMS sells shoes, eyewear and apparel, all made from sustainable and vegan materials… even the box is 80% recycled material! But more importantly, for every pair of shoes you buy from TOMS, another pair is donated to somebody in need in poor areas around the world. The company is currently running a giving campaign as well. “Ticket To Give” is a way for TOMS to send 50 people on trips to different parts of the world to give shoes to those who need and chronicle the events. You can even enter to be one of the 50 who take a trip! If you would like to sign up or are interested in learning more, check out the Ticket To Give website here: Ticket To Give

 

Pepsi

Pepsi launched their “Pepsi Refresh” project as recently as the Super Bowl, but they have managed to make great contributions to society in that time. Pepsi Refresh is a community based around Pepsi where customers can communicate with the brand. Customers can vote on which charity they want Pepsi to support, what contributions they want Pepsi to make to society, and even what fundraising events Pepsi should have. The community is the perfect mix of modern social media, corporate responsibility, and fun! To check out the site for yourself, follow this link: Pepsi Refresh

 

Wear The Fund

One of our favorite young companies today is Wear The Fund and it’s not because they were also first launched at the University of Florida. Wear The Fund is not only the epitome of corporate responsibility, but the whole brand is based on it. When you purchase a trendy and original article of clothing from Wear The Fund, 20% of your bill goes to one of six charities and the choice is yours! Customers currently get to choose between the Jack & Jill Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Big Hearts For Big Dogs Rescue, Kiwanis International, The Alzheimer’s Association and Tabarinni. Finally, you can go on that big shopping spree and not feel guilty at the end of it. Check out the Wear The Fund website to learn more about the company and buy your first Wear The Fund shirt! Follow the link to the website: Wear The Fund

 

If we’ve inspired you to give back to charity, make it easy on moolta. Go create a few challenges and raise some money for one of our 12 charities!

Moolta’s Top 5 Food Challenges

The Art of Eating

Bet you can’t eat 64 hot dogs like Joey Chestnut

We’ve truly come a long way since the beginning of the famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. New challenges are added every day on moolta, but recently it has been some of the food challenges that have caught our eyes. Whether you’re eating hot dogs, cinnamon, crackers, wasabi, chugging milk or chowing down on abnormally large burgers, every effort deserves a round of applause. We’ve gathered a few unique challenges that have all taken place on moolta and they’re sure to give you a laugh.

Black Guy Does Mayo Challenge

Many of us are used to saying “hold the mayo,” on food orders. The ridiculously high amounts of calories and fat isn’t a healthy addition to any meal. Forget eating a serving or two on your sandwich though, this guy eats an entire jar!!!

The Ran Over Burger

Anybody can eat a burger, that’s not what made this challenge special. Michael and James Glaze completed their challenge to flatten burgers with the tires of their car and eat them. Everybody hates a “hit-n-run,” but these two make you laugh with their “hit-n-bun.”

15 Shots in 90 seconds

Ok, this one isn’t food, and it actually doesn’t even get completed. But the process of trying to complete the challenge is absolutely hilarious! Phil has to take 15 shots of whiskey in 90 seconds, and without spoiling the ending, I just want to tell you he gets nowhere close!

Eat a Bowl of Grass

Salad is about as far as I will go with vegetables, to be honest, it’s a challenge in itself for me to even eat a full bowl. But Shoenice takes it to another level with this challenge. He somehow manages to eat four square feet of grass in a bowl despite an obvious struggle.

Eat a coworkers doughnut behind his back

This wasn’t an eating challenge, it was an eating prank! And it gets better, this prank took place in our very own moolta office! This is what happens when you’re socializing instead of working… and you leave a delicious doughnut on the table. Sucks to suck, Sagi.

To try your very own eating challenge, go on moolta.com and create a challenge! We’ll be waiting to see your results. The person who completes our favorite eating challenge will not only receive a blog post dedicated to them that will be viewed by our thousands of fans, but the video will be posted on our Facebook page as well!

Best of luck to all of you!

Getting naked for the needy

Celebrities have a history of stripping down to their knickers for charity

If you haven’t seen it yet, the Warwick University Rowing Club’s naked calendar is something you won’t want to miss. Both the men’s and women’s team posed nude to help raise money for charity… and the web is going absolutely bonkers over it.

When are tryouts? I’d do whatever is needed to join this rowing team.

Once the pictures went viral on the internet, both teams sold out of every calendar and they are now on backorder. While this is the first year the women’s team made a naked Continue reading

HARLEM makes you SHAKE?

The Harlem shake is the latest trend to drive youtubers crazy.

In 2012 the track “Harlem Shake” by Baauuer was released on to the web and pretty much did nothing. Only about a year later, ‘Filthy Frank’ used the track for a video of 4 people dancing in spandex suits, and all Harlem broke loose. Check out the original –
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vJiSSAMNWw

Like most YouTube trends, it then snowballed into a full blown epidemic. There are already tens of thousands of versions – from college kids to firefighters, and even Norwegian soldiers (who knew there are Norwegian soldiers?). Everybody wants in.

So, to help you out, we at moolta.com have compiled a recipe that will make your Harlem shake bring all the boys to the yard.

The ingredients:
– One bizarre person in a full head mask or helmet.
– One bunch of people willing to dance like they’re having a seizure.
– One working camera.
– One space big enough to fit all dancing people.
– Props – the more, the merrier. The weirder – the better.

Instructions:
Try (it’s hard) to think of a situation no one has ever done before. Start semi-normal, with everyone being themselves, except bizarro guy in the full head mask – make him dance even before you start filming.

15 seconds in is when all hell should break loose – everyone joins in on the seizure-dancing. Make sure you give every dancer his own specific move to repeat for the next 15 seconds. Want to earn extra Harlem Shake points? Include at least one person dry humping an inanimate object and another dancing in a hand stand. Farm animals (even stuffed ones) are also a welcomed addition.

Now edit, add music, and voilà! Your very own Harlem Shake.

For your inspiration and our selfish reasons, here is Moolta‘s very own Harlem Shake ZOMBIE version:
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Now go forth, young one, and make your own.

Or are you not up for the challenge?

Seven pieces of advice for an epic Rag week

We all know Rag week is one of the best weird traditions out there, it’s an invitation for people to do crazy fun things for a good cause and raise money for charity. You basically get a whole week to do all the crazy stuff you don’t normally get to do, and there are a lot of things that can be considered “Crazy”. We here at Moolta decided to perform an important public service and collected some of the most out-Rag-eous, funny, creative Rag stories to inspire you to make sure your Rag week is as epic as it can possibly be.

Here are some guidelines:

1. Silence is not only golden, it can be Epic.ape

This is Alfred, a stuffed ape and a long lasting Bristol symbol. Alfred was kidnapped (or shall we say – ape-napped) from the Bristol Museum in 1956, and though a major police investigation took place, no genuine leads were ever found.

Fast forward 54 years later, Fred Hooper breaks his silence and solves the mystery – Hooper told the world how he, along with Ron Morgan and a third friend who to this day remains anonymous, decided to steal the giant Silverback during the city’s university Rag week. They kept him for 24 hours and brought him safely back to his cage, but of course no ape-napping would be complete without playing dressup, thus the photo.

CUM2. Don’t be afraid to get messy

Rag week is all about raising money for charity, but, like Moolta, you’ve got to have fun in the process. Dirty, slimy and messy is just how Rag week should be, and it makes for some great photo-up moments.
UCC’s RAG Week charity fundraisers include “Lube Wrestling”, which is sort of a cross between sumo wrestling and doing the dishes.

CROP GAM BAZAYAR3. Go BIG or Go Home!

During the University of Bristol Rag week’s jailbreak, two chicks named Emma Blott and Mary Spender managed to get all the way to Australia in 36 hours without using a single pound. They made the call 4 minutes before the deadline and won first place in that year’s jailbreak challenge. Check out how they did it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKSiRhpEXtg

4. As always – think creatively!

In the Rag week of 74′ students from Bangor University wanted to get some air time on Radio Liverpool, and decided to make an entrance to make sure they get it. They rode to the Radio Liverpool building on an old hospital bed that had been converted into a lean mean road machine by an Engineering student- with lights, wheels and brakes. They got the bed inside the elevator and went up 12 floors with little to no room or air, and sure enough – the radio station just couldn’t say no and granted them a guest spot on a local hit radio show.
(Remember – we’re talking about 1974, radio was a big thing. It’s like you would ride today into the building where SNL is filmed and ask in)

5. If you fail – Make it epic

The University of West England decided that for Valentine’s Day 2007 they would attach tickets to pink balloons and hand out music vouchers to the person whose balloon traveled the furthest after being released. You can see in the link below why it didn’t go quite as planned, but the funny video of The Epic-Fail supplied that year’s Rag with a lot of publicity and became a symbol. Watch it here: http://youtu.be/3wZW7_4p98k

6. Break boundaries, break records.Rag week is all about knowing your boundaries, and then breaking them, preferably with a bang. One traditional way of doing so is by attempting to break a world record, and there are some world records that can be good fun breaking. SUSU attempted to break world record for the most people downing shots at once, UCD SUA Society managed to break the world record for the biggest game of Twister, played on a ground area of approx. 15478 square feet. NUI Gallaway students broke the Guinness World Record for “rocking the boat”: 907 students sat on the floor of a gym in lines singing “Rock the boat” and danced a special rock the boat dance, which should have also broken the Record for the silliest Guiness World Record. See it here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHfd4crYAdk

Oh, another tip from us – if you’re going for the world record, don’t forget to invite the Guiness World Record inspection guy.

7. Challenge. Yourself, your community and everyone around you.

Take on the challenge, think outside the box, be original, include as much people as possible, and MAKE IT COUNT!

For more creative ideas and fun ways to fundraise, check us out at Moolta.com or mail us at info@moolta.com and we would happily help.

What will Crowdfunding look like in 2013?

crowdfunding

2012 was the year crowdfunding became a household name. With the amazing success of the Pebble Smartwatch, iPhone-powered gTar, and endless arts, media, and design projects, funding as we knew it changed entirely. Kickstarter became not only a spreading phenomenon, but an actual verb. “Great idea, you should Kickstart it”.

small businesses today are struggling more than ever to stay afloat, and entrepreneurs are not facing great odds. Crowdfunding offers these individuals a chance at success, allows creators to stay true to their projects without having to neither answer to any greater structure nor follow any agenda forced upon them. It is also a great way to build a community that is attached to the product. Fundraising can sometime be more effective in friendraising than the actual raising of funds.

2012 was the year a couple of projects made it big, meaning It only makes sense that 2013 will see even more projects and hopefully even bigger funding numbers. But the fresh and innovative crowdfunding of last year is starting to wear down and getting creative is becoming more and more challenging.

In an effort to stand out in an ocean of other projects, crowdfunding – mainly for nonprofits, became entertaining. Nowadays, you don’t just ask for money, you earn it. Most commonly by making sure your contributors are well amused.

The Huffington Post wrote “For causes, 2012 proved to be the year of the risk-taker, as do-gooders around the world – with some of the biggest cajones we’ve ever seen — used their fearlessness to inspire others to donate money and goods to people in need.”

From eccentric homages like men wearing high heels to raise awareness of sexual abuse, thousands of Santas running the Santa Claus Marathon in NY, or simply taking on challenges in exchange for donations like we at Moolta do on a daily basis, fundraising has never been more lively and colorful.

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At Moolta, we are amazed to see how well people react to the prospect of doing something crazy for donations. It might be because people see the entertaining side of it as a cause for itself, or because it makes them feel more connected than simply writing a check, or maybe we all just like to make fun of ourselves and a charity is a good excuse to do so.

Whatever the reason is, the result is amazing and the concept is spreading rapidly. We see time and time again that the commitment and passion in these kinds of projects are like no other and people involved in such process are eager to continue to do the next crazy thing.

We welcome you all to go crazy, be stupid, never take yourself too seriously and make the world a little better while doing so. May 2013 be the year that emphasized the fun in fundraising.