The Philanthropist Has Been Officially Cancelled But A Group Of Fans Are Trying To Save It

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) – capitalism and philanthropy – 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:

1. Become members of "Save The Philanthropist Through Charity" by visiting:

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.

2. Donate at least $10 to the cause. The money will go directly to Human Rights Watch. If you have any questions about how donations are handled check out .

3. Urge NBC's President of Primetime Entertainment to reverse the decision to cancel The Philanthropist by Following the directions for this action:

You can also find this information at:

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.



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Dec 18, 2009 10:59PM EST

Our cause is so much bigger now. We have a new website, Facebook Fan Page and a Twitter account. We also just set up partnerships with two non-profits, Bountiful Harvest and GEANCO, that focus their efforts on Nigeria. In fact, GEANCO just held the 2009 African Health Symposium at Caltech with Forest Whitaker as their keynote speaker.
We are looking to network with many more non-profits and for-profits and generate support from as many people as possible. So if any of you are a phans (as we like to spell it) please join us.We mean business so please check us out:
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Jan 4, 2010 4:13AM EST

Do your part to help those who are in need - visit the site and help with whatever cause you can.

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