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Denver Man Uses Popular Website to Launch Earth Force Fundraiser Campaign

A resident of Denver and lacrosse camp founder named Jon Urbana has launched a campaign that seeks to raise about $1750 for Earth Force Inc. The campaign, launched on GoFundMe, aims to incorporate the crowdfunding and online community.

Through their contributions, people will directly be contributing towards a better and cleaner environment, plus Urbana tweeted out that for Cyber Monday he’ll match all donations. Earth Force Inc is a charitable environmental organization based in Denver. It seeks to help clean the environment and make it safer, healthier and greener to live in.

Earth Force aims to mobilize the youth to become more actively involved in environmental causes. There is a need for more young activists in the fight to improve local environments. Jon is a keen and avid believer in using his mastery of the blogosphere and PR to help to improve the environment.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Jon said he believes that the masses, as well as the youth can positively contribute to this cause. Actually, this is not the first time that the Villanova lacrosse player has been involved in charitable campaigns. A while back, he initiated another fundraising campaign in support of ARAS, which led to a multitude of videos including the two below.

Donate to Jon Urbana’s Charity Drive from Jon Urbana on Vimeo.

Many websites much like GoFundMe provide excellent platforms and arenas to mobilize online surfers to be more involved in charitable campaigns. It provides the perfect opportunity to raise funds and garner support because majority of people today are online. These online platforms help create awareness about environmental and societal issues and how to be more actively involved. Jon uses his Instagram handle to reach online users because he realizes that it is the perfect opportunity to reach the youth. And if you can find me a teen who isn’t watching MTV, I’ll buy you dinner. It’s why he’s very active there too (visit his MTV page here). This is the main reason why he chose this media to create awareness for Earth Force Inc.

Jon Urbana is a former lacrosse player, an avid supporter of charity as well as a pilot featured in the Aviation Business Gazette. He was born in 1982 in Denver, Colorado. He has two younger brothers, and you can see some pics with his family on his website. He majored in economics in college.

According to Crunchbase, Jon is one of the co-founders of a camp for lacrosse players. The camp, based in Colorado, offers youth training programs during summer. It offers a great platform for youth players to learn the beautiful game and get exposure. The kids get a chance to learn from prominent lacrosse professionals and instructors. Jon is an activist and aims to involve more youths in caring for the environment.

Kenneth C. Griffin

He was born on October 15, 1968 at Daytona Beach in Florida. Kenneth C. Griffin is currently an American hedge fund manager. Ken Griffin founded the Citadel which is a global investment firm. He is the CEO of this firm.

Citadel is one of the world’s renowned alternative investment management firms as they are ranked among the world’s largest and most successful hedge funds on businessinsider.com. As at May 2015, Griffin’s net worth was estimated at $6.6 billion.

Kenneth C Griffin is also known for his philanthropy. In January 2014 he made donation to Harvard University worth $150 million to the financial aid program. Harvard University is his Alma Mater and this donation was the largest ever received by the institution during that time. His donations to various charities and organizations have added up to about 500 million dollars.

During his freshman year at Harvard, Kenneth C Griffin was reading a Forbes magazine article which inspired him to start investing. While in his sophomore year, using a capital $265,000 of he initiated a hedge fund which focused on convertible bond arbitrage. This starting capital was sourced from friends and family, most notably, from his grandmother.

He had a satellite link get installed in his dorm so that he could get the market data as they occurred. This investment strategy helped save some capital during the 1987 market crash and the subsequent depression. This success with his initial hedge fund made it possible for him to begin a second fund. They both valued at just over one million dollars at the time. In 1989, he graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Economics.

After Kenneth C Griffin’s graduation, the founder of Glenwood Capital LLC and an investor, Frank C. Meyer provided him with an opportunity to invest $1 Million. Meyer made a 70% return on his investment, having his expectations exceeded by griffin. This was according to the New York Times.

In the year 1990 Griffin founded Citadel with a starting capital of $4.6 million. Eight years later the company had recorded a tremendous growth with a team of more than 100 employees and 1 billion dollars investment capital.

Two decades in the industry later, Kenneth C Griffin has graced Forbes’ list a good number of times in the Forbes’ 400 in his position as the CEO of Citadel. His debut appearance on the Forbes’ 400 was in the year 2003 with a net worth estimated at $650 million. He was the youngest self-made man on the list. He was 34. The following year, at 35 he was ranked again on Forbes’ as the eight richest American under forty self-made and US-based wealth. In 2006 again he was on the Forbes’ 400 and this time as the fifth youngest out of the seven members under the age of 40. The following year his net worth was an estimated 3 billion dollars and by 2014, seven years later, his net worth was at an estimated 5.5 billion dollars.

His company Citadel has received an award for being among the top ten Great Workplaces in financial services. The ranking was done by the Great Places to work Institute, based on the findings of a survey by citadel employees.