As of October 21st, NBC decided to officially cancel their critically acclaimed summer series The Philanthropist. However, a number of fans and supporters of the show are trying to do something encourage the network to rethink that decision. They have turned to the popular social networking site, Facebook, and started a charitable cause titled "Save The Philanthropist through Charity" using an application called Causes.
According to cause creators, Deborah Brancheau and Tamara Rudorfer, the purpose behind this cause is two-fold. First and foremost is to save this show from cancellation. "This show is a great example of how two different ideologies (for lack of a better word) â capitalism and philanthropy â can coexist and work together effectively," explains Ms. Brancheau. "In fact, the show not only demonstrates philanthropy and giving of oneself but it also shares ideas about how to solve tough social and economic problems by encouraging job stability in war torn and poverty stricken areas."
The second purpose of this cause is to demonstrate the impact that a show like this can have on its audience. Therefore, they have decided to collect donations on behalf of Human Rights Watch, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. The show itself depicts human rights abuses worldwide, so it seems fitting to have the donations go to such a worthy cause.
The cause is in its infancy right now and is looking for supporters and members who are willing to help. They are asking supporters of the show and of human rights in general to:
a. As you go through the process, you will be asked to supply your email address. While this is not necessary, it is highly recommended so that they can keep you up-to-date on the status of the cause and the show.
They are also looking for people that are willing to help them spread the word about the cause. While the ultimate goal is to get the show back on the air, they are just as focused on generating money for their beneficiary, Human Rights Watch, in the spirit of the show.