Serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, Todd Wagner, become a billionaire at the age of 38 after he and his partner, billionaire Mark Cuban, sold Internet startup Broadcast.com to Yahoo for $5.7 billion in 1999.
A year later, in 2000, Wagner become a professional philanthropis. He founded a foundation that funded charities helping underprivileged children. But in the last two years he was deep into philanthropy by running three online fundraising platforms.
Today Wagner announced the launch of the Charity Network—the largest coalition of digital fundraising platforms.
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The Charity Network will all three platforms: Chideo, which Wagner founded in 2014, Charitybuzz, and Prizeo, both of which Wagner acquired in 2015, as part of his ongoing mission to centralize and modernize the charitable giving space.
Chideo, Charitybuzz, and Prizeo will continue to serve as consumer-facing platforms, while the Charity Network will serve as the parent company overseeing topline strategy for fundraising campaigns.
With each organization working in partnership toward a common goal, the Charity Network will provide a one-stop shop for brands, celebrities, and nonprofits launching fundraising and awareness campaigns. Each platform within the Charity Network is already an established leader in its own field: Charitybuzz in online charity auctions, Prizeo in sweepstakes and experiences, and Chideo in cause and entertainment content. Now the three fundraising giants will work together to offer an unparalleled and customizable “menu” of resources to raise funds and awareness for charity.
“It’s time to disrupt traditional fundraising models and the launch of the Charity Network highlights our approach to moving charity from analog to digital, ” explains the Charity Network Founder and Chairman Todd Wagner. “I’m thrilled that Chideo, Charitybuzz, and Prizeo will now work together to build the most comprehensive and strategic campaigns possible. As a Network, we are excited to harness the power of celebrity, technology, and media to raise awareness and funds for some of the world’s toughest challenges.”
The Charity Network’s fundraising and awareness campaigns will be amplified by a network of syndicated partners including: Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Tribune Company, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Delta and Virgin America Airlines, Twitter, Facebook, and a growing roster of others. The wide range of partners will allow the network and its campaigns to reach a diverse group of global donors from millennials to baby boomers via online and on-air.
The combination of these three platforms provides Wagner a unique opportunity to bring together some of the greatest minds in the digital charity landscape to form a new consulting team called CN Solutions. CN Solutions is a team of experts strategizing on the full range of Charity Network offerings to create a complete solution matched to the client’s needs.
Wagner helped pioneer the streaming media landscape in the late 90s as CEO of Broadcast.com and pushed the boundaries in the film industry in 2006 through his 2929 Entertainment properties with day-and-date movie releases. Today, he looks to adopt that same disruptive mentality and apply it to the cause arena. This most recent venture is a combination of the tent poles of his career, his entrepreneurial spirit, unique digital and media background and a substantial commitment to philanthropy.
Chideo (chideo.com) is the first and only charity broadcast network connecting celebrities with their fans in the spirit of driving awareness and raising money for important causes around the world. Chideo serves as a multi-platform network offering users exclusive video content, as well as the opportunity to engage with some of their favorite personalities from the worlds of entertainment, sports, music, fashion, food, design and culture. Chideo also offers a dedicated platform to distribute original cause-focused content via TV, web and mobile app.
The network is currently home to more than 100 ambassadors including President Bill Clinton, Patricia Arquette, Bradley Cooper, Morgan Freeman, LL Cool J, Chris Paul, Debby Ryan and many more, along with 100+ of the world’s leading non-profits such as the American Heart Association, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Easter Seals, and Feeding America. Entrepreneur and philanthropist Todd Wagner founded Chideo in 2014.
Chideo is a member of the Charity Network. It serves as a sister company to charitable online auction platform Charitybuzz and charitable online sweepstakes platform Prizeo.
Charitybuzz raises funds for non-profits around the globe through online auctions with the world’s most recognizable celebrities and brands. Featuring access to acclaimed actors and musicians, business and political leaders, sports stars, luxury travel, couture fashion, rare memorabilia and more, Charitybuzz brings its online community of bidders exclusive opportunities to live their dreams and make a difference. Since launching, Charitybuzz has raised more than $150 million for charity. Its roster of celebrity supporters includes Sir Paul McCartney, Tim Cook, Mick Jagger, Warren Buffet, Robert Downey Jr., Taylor Swift, Ralph Lauren, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Howard Stern, Billy Joel, HBO, Victoria’s Secret, John Varvatos, Bruce Springsteen, Hugh Jackman, and Beyonce.
Charitybuzz is a member of the Charity Network. It serves as a sister company to charity video network Chideo and charitable online sweepstakes platform Prizeo.
Celebrity digital fundraising platform Prizeo was launched in 2013 and is dedicated to the principle that influential personalities can maximize both the funds and awareness they raise for charity on a unique platform that gives their fans the chance to win unique experiences while contributing to meaningful causes.
Prizeo campaigns featuring celebrities including One Direction, Justin Bieber, Will Ferrell, Lady Gaga, Bill Murray, Samuel L. Jackson, Steven Tyler, Mark Ruffalo, George R.R. Martin, Ed Sheeran, Zac Efron, Tyler Oakley, Connor Franta and Kobe Bryant have shown the immense power of social media to raise funds and awareness for charitable causes, raising 10s of millions of dollars to date. Key campaigns featuring Justin Bieber and One Direction have each raised over a million dollars for the charity of their choice.
Prizeo is a member of the Charity Network. It serves as a sister company to charity video network Chideo and charitable online auction platform Charitybuzz.