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This morning Ian Somerhalder stopped by Fox & Friends to chat about natureispeaking.org and his brand new campaign to raise money for ISF. Watch the video interview below. You can find out more about this amazing opportunity for fans (a chance to win a set visit to The Vampire Diaries, have dinner with Ian, and shoot a scene with him) HERE.

As a lot of you are aware, Ian Somerhalder is desperately trying to raise funds through his foundation, ISF, to open an eco-friendly animal sanctuary in his home state of Louisiana.  But not just any animal sanctuary.  The aim is to provide a place for outcast, neglected, and mistreated heavenly creatures, with their two-footed human counterparts that have bullying problems learning to care for them.  It’s a win-win!  The kids will find compassion through caring for the animals—who accept love so easily and want it so badly!  The animals will get to teach the kids about love and kindness, the kids will learn how great it is to care, and maybe all their lives will be the better for it!

Time is running out.  The desired land needs to be purchased quickly or it will be back to the drawing board.  Ian figured it out for us:  If 1000 people pledge/donate $10 a month for one year to get this off the ground ISF can make the purchase!  Less than the cost of most movie nights out, your online video service, or what you spend on junk food in a month!

We’re sending out an SOS to all loyal Vampire Diaries Online readers to please help ISF save animals, stop bullying, and support ISF’s goal of building a sustainable future for them.  Added bonus, there will be great volunteer programs to spend time at the sanctuary!

Won’t you help Vampire Diaries Online, ISF, and Ian Somerhalder reach the short-term goal by visiting the ISF Animal Sanctuary Donation page and making a donation or pledge?  Thanks for answering our SOS!

~Mak and Ruthie

Photo Credit: St. Tammany Humane Society

As many of you may already know, Ian Somerhalder and his brother Bob have started a very unique business. Built of Barnwood is special that it takes vintage wood to create usable art pieces and decor items for your home.

Via Built of Barnwood’s website:

BOB is a collaborative effort between two multi talented brothers. Built of Barnwood is based in the charming coastal town of Bay St Louis Mississippi. They are focusing on reclaiming, recycling and re-purposing vintage wood and building materials. Once reclaimed they are turned into usable artwork, home furnishing and design accent pieces. Together Bob Somerhalder and Ian Somerhalder strive for a greener more sustainable economy. With this green desire in mind, they have launched a clean and sustainable business that is a hot and trendy product line for home decor and furniture.

And today, they are trying to sell 1000 Earth Day Green Crosses by midnight. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. But that’s not all, if you purchase 5 crosses, you will receive a personalized autographed photo from Ian himself! FREE Shipping is only available to those living in the 48 US states. International shipping will be billed separately. So to help this great cause and unique business, head on over to Built of Barnwood to get yours now!

The CW has just recently launched a new feature on their website, Causes to Care About. The page includes several CW actors and information about each cause they support. Vampire Diaries cast members Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Kat Graham and Joseph Morgan are listed.

Via Press Release:

December 7, 2011 (Burbank, CA) – The CW has launched Causes to Care About, an online destination where viewers can learn more about the charities embraced by the stars of their favorite CW shows, and donate to their favorite causes this holiday season.
Fans can go to causes.cwtv.com to find videos from stars of many of The CW’s primetime shows, in which each actor talks about why their chosen charity is one close to their heart. The site will also link to each actor’s chosen charity, so fans can easily donate directly to them.

Here are the causes each one supports:

Nina Dobrev – Free the Children

Ian Somerhalder – Ian Somerhalder Foundation

Paul Wesley – Global Roots

Kat Graham – Ian Somerhalder Foundation/The Ripple Effect

Joseph Morgan – Positive Women

Click the links above to view each actor’s personal page, information on how to support and/or watch their personal message.

Also, today is Ian Somerhalder’s 33rd birthday! And what better way to celebrate than donating to his cause The Ian Somerhalder Foundation. View his birthday project message below! And we at Vampire Diaries Online would like to wish Ian a very Happy Birthday, and wish him many more to come!

Thanks to @Mak75231 for the heads up, Ian Somerhalder will be honored at the Carmel Art & Film Festival October 15th. He will be receiving the very first “World of Good” award for his environmental work. Check out the deets below!

Via Press Release:

09.28.2011– The third annual Carmel Art and Film Festival will award its first ever “World of Good Award” to actor and activist Ian Somerhalder on Saturday, October 15. The award, conceived by festival founders and created by famed jewelry company Tiffany, will be awarded each year to an influential actor, filmmaker or artist who is using their notoriety to “do good work.”

The Carmel Art and Film Festival will recognize Ian Somerhalder during its Founders’ Party on Saturday evening, October 15, at the Carmel Art Association. The party, which is for Patrons of the festival and invited guests only, is part of the public five day festival showcasing independent film and contemporary art as well as music concerts, art auctions, photo exhibits, “Art in the Park” and the “Conversations and Encounters” lecture series. Festival passes are available online at www.carmelartandfilm.eventbrite.com or by calling (831) 625-3700. Individual tickets to film screenings and lectures can be purchased at Festival Headquarters in Carmel Plaza on the 3rd floor and at the door ten minutes to start time if space permits. For a complete festival schedule visit www.carmelartandfilm.com.

We know that your ultimate dream is to hang with our beloved bad boy vamp Damon Salvatore for the evening, are we right? Well here is your chance!

With all proceeds benefiting the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, Ian Somerhalder is throwing a kick-ass Halloween bash in Atlanta, GA October 29th, 2011, and you are all invited! Empoweresque, which will be a burlesque themed costume ball, is ISF’s first fundraising event. It will take place at the beautiful Opera Night Club.

Ian Somerhalder tells Zap2It:

“I want to make this fun. Yeah, there are some serious issues at hand, but what better way to celebrate the changes that our generation is going to make than to throw a party? There’s no reason to be all doom-and-gloom. Let’s dance. Let’s celebrate good will and initiative and people coming together to make change. That’s what ISF is about.”

For more information on ticket levels and purchasing your ticket head over to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation website, but first check out this awesome contest they have going on over at Crowdrise. The first 100 people to donate or raise 75$ or more will win a silver level admission ticket to the Empoweresque Event. And out of these 100 people, the person who raises the most will be upgraded to a Platinum ticket. The contest ends September 17th, so head on over to the Empoweresque Crowdrise page today!

The Ian Somerhalder Foundation has announced their very first fundraiser event, “Empoweresque“. Tickets are on sale now and the event will be held October 29th, 2011 at The Opera (1150B Peachtree St.) in Atlanta, GA.

The fundraiser will feature events for kids, teens and adults.

Via the official announcement:

United Empowerment!

  • Raise funds that will contribute to the expansion of ISF programs that empower youth to create the change.
  • To empower existing ISF GLOBAL Groups to co-create with each other, and encourage new groups to become a part of ISF.
  • Reach 1 million followers with Ian Somerhalder’s twitter to expand the potential ISF family population.
  • Ultimately, empower generations to support each other with intense focus on supporting youth to become active, innovative, successful leaders.

For more information about the event and to purchase your tickets, visit the ISF event page for more details!

Thanks to @ash_486 for the heads up! Ian Somerhalder has been nominated in the TV Star category for VH1’s Do Something Awards for his work with the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Head on over to VH1 and vote now! The show will air on VH1 Thursday, August 18th, 2011 at 9/8c.

Via VH1:

Founder of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF), Ian is making it his mission to protect the planet and its creatures; currently ISF is protecting 300 acres of trees and has launched a petition to protect sled dogs.

Wetpaint had a chance to chat with Kim Klingler, Executive Director of The Ian Somerhalder Foundation for an exclusive interview. She talks about how the Ian Somerhalder Foundation came about, what the foundation’s main focus is now and also reveals plans for their very first ISF event, which will take place October 22nd and most likely will be held in Chicago, IL.

What are you working on currently?

A few things are evolving. One of them is a strong partnership with Conservation International. We’re looking at bringing in more of our ISF youth groups to learn more about deforestation. The other aspect that’s developing is we’re really, really intensely focusing on developing a tangible youth program to get that out for distribution. And it will be done through a variety of different channels who are partners, like Conservation.org. It will be a program that will enable children of any age to learn how to create change-making projects and go out and do them with ISF behind them.

The other exciting element is that we’re going to be hosting our first huge ISF event. It’s going to be a fundraiser and we’ve been teasing the fan base with little snippets about what it will be like. There will be two events — one that will meet the needs of, let’s say, 8- to 21-year-olds, and then an evening event that will definitely meet the needs of 21 and up. It will most likely be held in Chicago, and it will be held October 22. Once we release what the theme is, I think Chicago makes perfect sense. It’s going to be a celebration, not a standard fundraising gala. This event will be all fun. All fun.

Read the rest of the interview over at Wetpaint.

A trio of amazing young women, Alex, Erika and Laura, emailed me today about a really cool idea they came up with. They will be attending the BloodyNightCon Vampire Diaries convention in Barcelona, Spain, and decided to create an initiative to raise money for the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. They are planning to present Ian with the donation at the convention, and have gotten the permission from BloodyNightCon and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation to make their idea a reality. So with that said, if you are going to BloodyNightCon (you don’t have to be going, anyone can donate) and would like to participate in this really cool initiative, please head on over to their donation site and make a donation. They will be including all the names of the donors in a letter to be given to Ian during the presentation. Click the banner below to be a part of their efforts! The site is available in English or Español.

The Ian Somerhalder Foundation and PeaceKeeper Cause-metics are teaming up for a very cool auction/giveaway. Ian is asking you to…

“Be My Valentine and Donate to Help Heal the World!”

In the spirit of unity, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (IS Foundation) is collaborating with PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics to raise funds to heal our planet! Join our cause by donating to our Valentine’s Day Charity Auction. All funds raised will be shared equally between the two organizations and donated to urgent environmental and human rights issues.

The largest auction donor will win a juicy IS Foundation Gift Basket which includes:

  • An official personal message from Ian to YOU.
  • An IS Foundation t-shirt, gym bag, cap, and some oh-so-sexy undies.
  • Two tickets for a tour of Mystic Falls (provided by Mystic Falls Tours), the fictional city and setting of Ian’s hit TV show The Vampire Diaries.(transportation not included)

The 20 largest donors after the winner will also receive a PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics Gift Basket (valued at $100.00) which includes our award-winning lipstick, gloss, nail polish and lip balms. In a tie, the winners will be chosen by date and time on a first-come, first-win basis. All donors will receive a confirmation email containing both organizations’ tax numbers so donations are 100% tax-deductible!

So be sure and head on over to PeaceKepper Cause-Metics to make your donation!

Listen up peeps! Want your chance to work with Ian Somerhalder’s Foundation? Well, we just got word that ISF is looking for a highly skilled Flash Animator who would be interested in working on a multimedia project as a volunteer with Ian Somerhalder (ISF).

If you are skilled in flash animation, can create detailed animations and would like to contribute to a powerful ISF project, send an email to getinvolved@isfoundation.com. Be sure to put – Flash Animator in the subject field including samples of your work. Good luck!

The Ian Somerhalder Foundation has asked us to spread the word about Member’s Project sponsored by Take Part and American Express. Every 3 months, 5 charities will receive a total of $1,000,000 funding from American Express. And here’s where YOU come in. Please head on over and nominate the Ian Somerhalder Foundation.

Here’s what you need to fill in:

  • Organization Name: Ian Somerhalder Foundation
  • Location: International
  • Email Address: Your email address goes here.
  • Comments: Give them some info as to why you think the Ian Somerhalder Foundation deserves to be nominated.

And that’s it for now! We need to get enough nominations so the Ian Somerhalder Foundation will be listed as one of the charities. Then once it is listed, we will be able to vote ONCE per WEEK until February 27th, 2011 and new winners will be announced every 3 months. So let’s do this! I have complete faith that the TVD fandom is capable of making this happen!

In support of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation and St. Tammany Humane Society, my good friends Romancia and Marilyn have teamed up to create this awesome site GenerationExtinction.com. If you are wondering, “Where have I heard that before? Generation Extinction…” Well, the phrase was coined by Ian in article from Zap2It in this quote:

There’s Generation X. There’s Generation Y. This generation is Generation Extinction. This generation holds that in their hands – the responsibility of it, and the power to change it. They have the ability to make the changes for themselves and for their environment. It’s pretty badass, if you think about how much they can do.”

And speaking of badass, check out these awesome T-shirts that Romancia designed herself. They are currently taking pre-orders and all the proceeds will go to benefit IS Foundation and it’s current benefactor St. Tammany Humane Society. And Vampire Diaries Online is currently partnering with GenerationExtinction.com to help promote their cause. So I really hope you guys will head on over and pre-order one of these one-of-a-kind T-Shirts. Such a great cause and a great message. Defenders & Warriors lined up and ready! (Click to Enlarge)

The deadline is sneaking up on you! If you haven’t already pre-ordered your Vampire Support Activist T-Shirt supporting the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, now is the time. These shirts are a Limited Edition and will never be for sale again. So get one now! Their goal is to sell 500 shirts and the proceeds will go to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. So PLEASE help them reach their goal! We can do this! Here are the details and link to where you can pre-order yours today.

Description: An activism shirt that bites back!  The top vampire is biting a sorority girl with the words “Animal Rights Activist.” He’s biting a human because he’s against biting animals. The other vampire is biting a bunny with the words “Human Rights Activist” because he’sagainst biting humans. Sport this clever tee around anywhere and show your Vampire Support!

NOTE: THE SHIRT WILL HAVE VAMPIRE SUPPORTMYSTIC FALLS TOURS, AND THE IAN SOMERHALDER FOUNDATION’S LOGOS ON THE BACK. (see photo below)

**All profits made from these shirts will go directly to The Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Approximately $15 per shirt will be donated depending on how many shirts we sell. They will set aside the money from our shirts for projects with The National Wildlife Federation and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill clean up efforts. The IS Foundation supports our efforts 100%.

REMEMBER: THIS IS A PRE-ORDER. YOUR SHIRT WILL BE SHIPPED TO YOU AFTER OUR PRE-ORDER’S HAVE CLOSED AND WE ORDER THE NEEDED AMOUNT OF SHIRTS MADE. THIS IS TO BENEFIT OUR CHARITY OF CHOICE AND MAKE SURE MORE MONEY IS DONATED TO THE IAN SOMERHALDER FOUNDATION. YOUR SHIRT WILL BE SHIPPED TO YOU IN 4-6 WEEKS AFTER OUR PRE-ORDERS CLOSE ON DECEMBER 24TH.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER!!




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