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How to Host the Perfect Social Impact Oscar Party

How to Host the Perfect Social Impact Oscar Party
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After a less-than-stellar track record (a-hem) on diversity and social justice in previous years, this year’s Academy Awards are coming on strong. The powerhouse films this year tackle a broad range of issues including racism, sexism, xenophobia, refugees, LGBTQIA youth, elder isolation, the environment, mass incarceration and the impact of war. Some of them address these issues with a light touch and warm fuzzies, and some pull no punches.

Many of these movies rocked our world and made us want actually DO something to honor filmmakers and, most importantly, the people and communities whose stories were told. We figure you might feel the same way. So whether you’ve seen all of the films or just one or two of them, and whether you’re watching with one friend or fifty friends, here’s our 5-step guide to hosting the perfect social impact Oscar night.

1) Pre-Party: Give Your Guests a Heads Up
Let your guests know ahead of time there’s going to be a social impact component to your Oscar night party. Here’s a sentence you might want to add to your guest reminder email:

“This year we’re hosting a Social Impact Oscar party inspired by #MY100DayPlans, so we’ll be giving from the betting pool to charities working on social issues in the films. Have a look at the special ballot we’ll be using and feel free to check out both the films AND the charities ahead of time:  Download Ballot MY100DayPlans Social Impact Oscar ballot.”

2) On the Big Night: Pick Your Movies & Your Causes
Before the ceremony kicks off, give guests their printed Download Ballot MY100DayPlans Social Impact Oscar ballot so they can pick their winning films AND pick a charitable cause from our recommended “nonprofit nominees”:

Bonus Game: Throughout the night from red carpet coverage to the last award, keep track of the nominees and announcers making speeches that pack a social impact punch. Instead of “Who wore it best?” tweet out your vote for “Who said it best?” to #MY100DayPlans.

3) Donation Pool
Everyone who gets a ballot should put some money in the pool. Host should announce how much of the pool will go to charity — if you have an especially philanthropic crowd, go for 100%! If you want to mix it up, go for a 50/50 split (half to the winner, half to the winning charity).

4) Trade Ballots
After filling out the ballot and making film and charity selections, everyone should trade ballots with someone else at the party who will keep track of their score throughout the night.

5) Announce the winners!
At the end of award ceremony, announce which guest won and which charity they chose on their ballot – that organization will receive the donation from your Oscar party! The host will take whatever cash is going to charity and make the donation. Consider making the donation in honor of the winner, the Oscar nominee related to the organization’s mission, or even MY100DayPlans.

Send us a note on Twitter or Facebook to share which organizations won your social impact Oscar night (and if you want, go ahead and say how much you’re donating — every dollar makes a difference). We’d love to see pictures from your #MY100DayPlans social impact Oscar party too!

Regardless of who wins or loses on the red carpet, thank you for playing along with #MY100DayPlans to make sure that incredible charities working tirelessly on the front lines will have a big win on Oscar night.


Follow @MY100DayPlans on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to get a daily civic action and take a stand for a strong, thriving and inclusive democracy.

We note we intend this event to be a charitable, nonpartisan event, open and welcome to all who will be watching and hosting an Oscars party.

We are not in any way connected to or endorsed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, or any related entities, or any broadcast entities involved in a telecast of the ceremony.

Updated press release available here: MY100DayPlans Social Impact Oscar Night Press Release




A Few Thoughts on Leadership from Past Presidents

A Few Thoughts on Leadership from Past Presidents
By the MY100DayPlans Team

This Presidents’ Day the My100DayPlans team is thinking a lot about presidential leadership. We were reviewing C-SPAN recent survey of 91 presidential historians, ranking each of the the 44 presidents on leadership characteristics, including traits such as  “moral authority,” “international relations ,” and “pursuit of equal justice.”

It made us think of where 45 could possibly end up on this list. And in light of these reflections, we offer up some guidance for the current president from a few of the presidents who came before. These quotes are also reminders for all of us to think about what we not only request but demand of our presidents, what kinds of values we hope they might embody, and what visions they might inspire.

John Adams
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

John Quincy Adams
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

“Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.”

Dwight Eisenhower
“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”

Abraham Lincoln
“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.”

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.”

Barack Obama
“I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.”

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

James Polk
“In his official action he should not be the President of a part only, but of the whole people of the United States. While he executes the laws with an impartial hand, shrinks from no proper responsibility, and faithfully carries out in the executive department of the government the principles and policy of those who have chosen him, he should not be unmindful that our fellow-citizens who have differed with him in opinion are entitled to the full and free exercise of their opinions and judgments, and that the rights of all are entitled to respect and regard.”

Ronald Reagan
“We the people tell the government what to do, it doesn’t tell us.”

“Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”

Harry S. Truman
“Of course, there are dangers in religious freedom and freedom of opinion. But to deny these rights is worse than dangerous, it is absolutely fatal to liberty. The external threat to liberty should not drive us into suppressing liberty at home. Those who want the government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.”

Woodrow Wilson
“I can imagine no greater disservice to the country than to establish a system of censorship that would deny to the people of a free republic like our own their indisputable right to criticize their own public officials.”

“You are not merely here to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”