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Month: December 2018

Sports Professionals serving as Charity Ambassadors

Sports Professionals serving as Charity Ambassadors

By Niovie Constantinou, Contributor The sports industry is no longer solely associated with exercising the human body; billions of people all around the world are inspired by sport and that inspiration can be used to promote a good cause.  Sports professionals have the platform and opportunity to be able to inspire, motivate, and use their celebrity status to make a difference in causes and issues that are important to them. Donating to charity is definitely a good start. However, a…

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Teaming up to tackle the greatest challenges of our time

Teaming up to tackle the greatest challenges of our time

Common Goal is not a charity but a movement. We connect our members – players, coaches, fans and businesses – with a network of 127 high-impact NGOs across six continents, each of which harnesses the power of football to advance the United Nations Global Goals. Our members pledge a minimum of 1% of their football earnings with which they can support specific organisations from a region or champion a cause close to their hearts such as health, education or gender…

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Tax Efficient Philanthropy for Sports Professionals

Tax Efficient Philanthropy for Sports Professionals

By Lazaros Ioannou, APC Sports Consulting Ltd While the main motivation for donating to charity is helping the less fortunate, giving back to the community and contributing to making the world a better place, there is also a significant tax benefit to those who give.  The purpose of this blog post is to inform Money Smart Athletes about the tax benefits of charitable giving and give guidance in connection with the manner that charitable contributions may be structured for maximum…

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Organized Philanthropy in Sports

Organized Philanthropy in Sports

By Constantinos Massonos, Contributor The power of sports in implementing positive change is recognized at a global level and not only from organizations focused on sports.  The United Nations, one of the world’s largest organizations, has introduced the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace back in 2001, to help coordinate all their charitable efforts that create positive change using sports. The amazing growth of organized professional sports and the sports industry in general, has transformed athletes into…

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Athletes and charity – Ways of helping the less fortunate

Athletes and charity – Ways of helping the less fortunate

By Demetris Constantinou, Contributor Charity is important for all of us, athletes or not, as it allows us to take a step back from what we passionately do and share our success with those in need.  However, there are effective and less effective ways to engage in philanthropy and they need to be closely considered.  Good news is, there are already established athlete philanthropists out there who have set a path to pursuing charity the right way.  Of course, charity…

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December 2018 Editorial: Philanthropy in Sports

December 2018 Editorial: Philanthropy in Sports

1 December, 2018 Sports have become one of the most popular global activities, attracting the attention of millions of people.  This growth is producing more and more powerful social icons that have considerable influence in society.  Athletes serve as role models for the youth that follow the sport and admire their heroes. Financial wealth and personal influence can be used towards positive social development and athletes have a long track record of aligning themselves with charitable causes, something that has…

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