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Join Us in the Mozilla Firefox Challenge This Holiday Season

December 14th, 2011

We’re excited to announce that, in parallel to our own annual end-of-year fundraising campaign, we’re sponsoring the Mozilla Firefox Challenge on CrowdRise to raise awareness and money for social and humanitarian causes.

Mozilla builds products, like Firefox, that put users in control of their online experience and shape the future of the Web — not for profit, but for good. As part of our commitment to making a difference, this holiday season we’re hoping to get everyone in on the spirit of doing good. So, just like we do with Firefox, let’s turn individual action into global impact together.

We brought together 12  cause-minded celebrities, and started each team with a $5,000 donation.

The initial celebrity and cause teams include:

Starting today, anyone can take part in the Mozilla Firefox Challenge by donating to a celebrity’s cause or fundraising for their own cause.

Mozilla will donate $25,000 to the cause that raises the most money between now and Jan 11, 2012. Each celebrity team is giving away great prizes too. You could win a poster from the film Milk, signed by Sean Penn, an iChat with Seth Rogen, a visit to the Arrested Development set with Jason Bateman, an outgoing voicemail greeting recorded by Paul Rudd and more.

Join us and let’s show the world how much good we can do!

Learn more and view the complete terms and conditions at http://crowdrise.com/firefoxchallenge

Paul Rudd

Actor Paul Rudd has starred in such movies as Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Dinner For Schmucks, Role Models, I Love You, Man, and recently, Our Idiot Brother. Rudd’s cause is the Rolling Dog Farm, which was his father’s pet project, so now he’s throwing them a bone, too.

Rolling Dog Farm rescues and shelters disabled animals. They come to the farm from human societies, animal control shelters and rescue groups across the country. They do not consider themselves handicapped – they want to get on with life and enjoy themselves and that’s what they get to do at the Rolling Dog Farm.

Click here to check out Paul’s fundraiser and donate $29 for a chance to win a voicemail greeting on your phone from Paul Rudd.

Will Ferrell

Actor Will Ferrell has delighted audiences in such movies such as Old School, Elf, Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Stranger Than Fiction, Semi-Pro, and The Other Guys. He launched the popular website, “Funny or Die.” Recently, Ferrell starred in the dramatic, Everything Must Go. Ferrell is supporting a cause that hits close to home – Cancer for College. This charity was founded by Ferrell’s good friend, a two-time cancer survivor.

Cancer for College was founded by Craig Pollard, a two-time cancer survivor, to help cancer survivors and amputees realize their dream of going to college. The bills from hospital visits, surgeries, and treatments are expensive, and even when cancer goes into remission, the battle and bills aren’t over. Cancer for College provides hope and inspiration by providing college scholarships.

Click here to check out Will’s fundraiser and donate $21 for a chance to win a Cowbell signed by him.

David Blaine

The New York Times calls David Blaine a modern day Houdini. USA Today calls him the “hottest name in magic right now.” He sets and breaks world records, performs for American presidents, international presidents, actors, even Muhammed Ali, and performed during the Superbowl Half Time Show. Blaine travels across the world to perform magic for charity – and the charity he’s supporting now is Charity: Water.

There are a billion people on the planet who don’t have clean water. That’s one in every eight people. Charity: Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

Click here to check out David’s fundraiser and donate $22 for a chance to win a signed deck of cards and he’ll follow you on Twitter for a week.

Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman starred on the hit series, Arrested Development. Bateman is also known for his roles in the films we watch over and over – to name a few, Dodgeball, The Break-Up, Juno, Hancock, Up in the Air, Couples Retreat, The Switch, Paul, Horrible Bosses, and The Change-Up.Bateman is fighting for the charity, City Year, because he knows the statistics – every 26 seconds, a student gives up on school in America. City Year members serve as tutors and role models to help students stay on track to graduate.

City Year is an education focused, non-profit organization wholly focused on fighting the national school dropout crisis. City Year is committed to leverage the talent, energy and idealism of its members to serve as tutors and role models in schools to help students stay on track – and get back on track – to graduate.

Click here to check out Jason’s fundraiser and donate $59 for a chance to win a visit the Arrested Development set.

Christy Turlington Burns

Christy Turlington Burns is a model. Turlington Burns appears in fashion documentaries, music videos, and graces the covers of hundreds of magazines. She has worked as a guest correspondent on the NBC Today Show. In 2005, Turlington Burns began working with CARE, and, since became their Advocate for maternal health. This work inspired pursuit of a master’s degree in public health and her first documentary, No Woman, No Cry, which tells the stories of at-risk pregnant women worldwide. After the documentary in 2010, Turlington Burns founded her charity, Every Mother Counts, so she could keep the action going.

A woman dies every 90 seconds from complications of pregnancy. 90% of these deaths are preventable. Every Mother Counts is an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal and child health. Every Mother Counts is working to build a clinic for mothers in need in Indonesia this holiday season. Why Indonesia? It’s one of the hardest hit countries in terms of maternal death.

Click here to check out Christy’s fundraiser and donate $21 for a chance to win a live chat over Skype with Christy.

Sophia Bush

Sophia Bush is an actress, director and spokesperson, currently starring in the hit television series, One Tree Hill. Bush appears in movies, including Van Wilder, The Hitcher, John Tucker Must Die and The Narrows.Bush is a serious activist, involved in both political and environmental issues. This time, Bush is fighting for the charity, F Cancer, because she knows that this is one of the only charities that focuses on the early detection of cancer, which may be the very best chance at a cure.

F Cancer is a movement that activates Generation Y to engage with their parents about early detection of cancer. Over 90% of cancers are curable if caught in stage one – why don’t more people know this? F Cancer is creating a generation of early detection ambassadors who, by learning about what to do to stay healthy, what to watch out for, and what questions to ask, are taking control of their own health and the health of their parents.

Click here to check out Sophia’s fundraiser and donate $29 for chance to win a signed F Cancer T-Shirt.

Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen is a comedic genius. He has starred in the 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad, Pineapple Express, Funny People and The Green Hornet. Many of these movies he wrote and produced as well. He won an Emmy for his writing on Da Ali G Show. We hear Rogen’s voice in Horton Hears a Who!, Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens, and Paul. And, recently we see and love Rogen in his comedy-drama, 50/50. Rogen is supporting the Alzheimer’s Association – a fatal disease, affecting millions of people and it’s on the rise.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. The mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Click here to check out Seth’s fundraiser and donate or raise $75 for a chance to win an ichat with Seth.

Sean Penn

Sean Penn is a two-time Academy Award winner for his roles in Mystic River and Milk and received a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for the same roles. Penn’s beloved movies include Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Carlito’s Way, Dead Man Walking, Being John Malkovich, I am Sam, All the King’s Men, and recently, The Tree of Life.In addition to his films, Penn is known for his activism – notably his humanitarian work following Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. Penn, committed to his work in Haiti, founded his cause – the J/P Haitian Relief Organization.

The J/P Haitian Relief Organization formed shortly after the 2010 earthquake hit in Haiti. Founded by Sean Penn, they began as an emergency response organization. It became clear that Haiti didn’t need a quick fix – Haiti needs long-term support, including fixing homes, helping families, providing education, building job programs, and developing health programs. Working with the Haitian people and their government, JP HRO is committed to helping the hundreds of thousands still displaced by the earthquake.

Click here to check out Sean’s fundraiser and donate $32 for a chance to win a signed Milk movie poster.

Edward Norton

Edward Norton is an actor, screenwriter, director, producer, activist, and recently, launched online fundraising, social networking website, CrowdRise. He earned Academy Award nominations for his roles in Primal Fear and American History X. Other Norton films include Kingdom of Heaven, The Illusionist, The Painted Veil, Rounders, Fight Club, 25th Hour, Red Dragon, The Incredible Hulk, and Leaves of Grass. Norton made his directorial debut in 2000 with film, Keeping the Faith and is slated to direct an adaptation of novel, Motherless Brooklyn.Norton ran the NYC Marathon in 2009 to raise money for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation with a team of Maasai Warriors. Edward is the UN ambassador for Biodiversity and president of the board for Maasai Wilderness Conservation.

The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT) works to protect the legendary ecosystems and astounding biodiversity of East Africa through conservation that directly benefits local Maasai communities – lions, elephants, great herds of antelopes and the Maasai people of Kenya. MWCT funds and operates programs that promote a cutting edge model of successful community-based conservation – programs include lease payments for conservancy zones, carbon credits, payments for watershed protection, sustainable eco-tourism, wildlife monitoring and security, conservation and tourism employment.

Click here to check out Edward’s fundraiser and donate $33 for a chance to win 2 tickets to the premiere of his new movie, Bourne Legacy.

Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill is currently starring in The Sitter. His other films included Superbad, Knocked Up, Funny People, Get Him to the Greek, Cyrus, and Moneyball. Jonah is also a writer and will be seen in the upcoming 21 Jump Street.Malaria is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes.Malaria kills nearly one million people per year – mostly children under the age of five. Malaria is also the number one killer of refugees in Africa.

Nothing But Nets is working closely with the United Nations Refugee Agency to send urgently-needed insecticide-treated bed nets to more than one million refugees in 15 countries.

Click here to check out Jonah’s fundraiser and donate $30 for a chance to win a signed BUZZKILL T-Shirt and he’ll send you a personal voicemail.

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel is an actress and musician. Deschanel’s has appeared in Elf, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Failure To Launch, Bridge to Terabithia, The Happening, Yes Man and 500 Days of Summer.Deschanel currently stars in the Fox series, New Girl. She plays keyboards, percussion, banjo, ukulele and sings in some of her films. Deschanel’s cause is The Innocence Project. She cannot imagine how the devastation a person experience when wrongly accused of a crime.

The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the judicial system to prevent future injustice. To date, 280 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 17 who served time on death row. These people served an average of 13 years in prison before exoneration and release.

Click here to check out Zooey’s fundraiser and donate $26 for a chance to win a signed Elf DVD

Barbra Streisand

Actress, singer, director, writer, composer, producer, designer, author, activist, Barbra Streisand is the only artist to receive an Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts and Peabody Awards and France’s Legion d’Honneur as well as the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The three films she directed won 14 Oscar nominations. Only Elvis has more Gold records than she. Her activism is just as impressive. Ms. Streisand is incredibly passionate about her cause Women’s Heart Disease and the Women’s Heart Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. For this reason, she created a program in her name to fight the epidemic.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women today. More women are dying of heart disease than men. Despite the fact that heart attacks present differently in men versus women, we still treat women based on research done on men. For these reasons, Barbra Streisand created the Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Click here to check out Barbra’s fundraiser and donate $31 for a chance to win a signed copy of Barbra’s book: “My Passion for Design.”