Make A Wish

Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 37 minutes. We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. Wishes make life better for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. This simple, but powerful belief drives Make-A-Wish. Wishes are only made possible through the hard work of many dedicated staff, volunteers, donors and other supporters.


Food For The Poor

Food For The Poor is one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the United States. Our work is motivated by our faith in God, spreading His unconditional love, regardless of race, wealth, or creed as we minister to the poorest of the poor in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. By providing lifesaving food, secure housing, clean water, healthcare, emergency relief, micro-enterprise projects and education opportunities, we are giving the poor a chance at a better future, and showing them God’s love. Join us.

More than 95 percent of all donations go to programs that help the poor.



The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. Our organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and are proud to boast more than 2 million supporters across the country. The ASPCA’s mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”


Save The Bats

Our mission has always been to educate people about bats and inspire them to become actively involved in conservation. We were founded in 1992 in Michigan with a small team offering live bat programs to schools, nature centers and museums. Founder Rob Mies remains Executive Director of the organization and has been featured on national television shows, has spoken at leading conferences and has written many books on the subject. We began operating the Bat Zone at Cranbrook Institute of Science in 2002. In September 2014 we launched the national ‘Save the Bats’ campaign to mobilize millions of Americans to become even more involved in bat conservation.




Listen Up Submissions

Are you a solo artist or in a band and you want to get your music heard and reviewed? Then you've come to the right place! My readers are discovering new music right here within the blog entries of Listen Up, where I personally share the stuff I'm listening to.

Want your music to be featured in a future blog? Fill out the form below, but please ensure you read this numbered nonsense first.

  1. Before you do anything, note that I will not review Country, Rap, or most Hip Hop. This is not because I don't ever listen to or appreciate these genres (quite the opposite, actually), it's more because I do not feel properly qualified to review it for you and do it the justice your work deserves. If your music is just about anything else, please proceed.
  2. I only share 5 songs per week (at this time), giving preferential treatment to songs I like the most, and then on a first come, first serve basis. I will always let you know when/if I'm going to feature your song within a week (no later than two weeks) of your submission. I cannot guarantee I will let you know if I won't feature it.
  3. I am only looking for one song, but if this one song comes from an album you are promoting, please ensure you note the album in the "Extra Details" field below.
  4. Note that I only show music via YouTube embeds, so you'll want to ensure your music is on that service. If you also have a SoundCloud link for it please share it in the "Extra Details" so I can add it to my playlist there (I'll add the YouTube version to another playlist on that service as well). I do it this way because I send out an email blast to my mail list, and it doesn't accept SoundCloud embeds at this time.
  5. Make sure you have a bio prepared - just cut and paste in the proper field.
  6. If your music is for sale, make sure you mention where it can be purchased, whether it's a catch-all website that has links to many services, or just one service you want to focus on.
  7. It's very important that you include a genre and your biggest influences.
  8. Don't forget your website and social media.