News moves us
In today’s fast-paced world, news is everywhere — on computers, tablets, and phones in addition to traditional media outlets like newspaper, television and radio. We are often moved by what we read and hear, but until now, we’ve struggled to find ways to participate, to actually reach out and change the news. That’s where RYOT comes in. Instead of leaving you feeling helpless and frustrated, RYOT gives you the power to “Become the News.“
RYOT activates us
1. Every story posted on RYOT.org is accompanied by an action box, which links directly to a leading organization that is making a positive impact on the issue.
2. At the end of every story, you’ll find a RYOT note, our take on the traditional editor’s note. This is where you can read about the connection between the story and the featured cause or organization. You can also discover additional facts and figures related to the story.
3. In addition to donating, some stories will have different ways for you to participate, such as signing petitions, reaching out to someone who can make a difference or registering to vote. Look for the gray box alongside the story.
4. A percentage of all advertising revenue goes to a featured non-profit, which changes weekly. Just by getting your news from RYOT and sharing our stories, you are helping to change the world.
5. If you want to learn more about an organization before donating, you can click on their name inside the box to visit their partner page without ever leaving RYOT.org. You’ll be able to learn about the organization’s mission and philanthropic activities. You can even donate from the partner page without having to navigate back to the story.
6. When you donate to a RYOT partner through RYOT.org, your money goes directly to the organization. This is especially important during disaster relief, when organizations need immediate access to funds to make the biggest impact as quickly as possible.
What can you do?
1. Read. Staying informed is your duty as an American citizen. RYOT is a full-service news website bringing you stories on everything from politics, global events and breaking news to entertainment, sports and oddities.
2. Learn. All RYOT partners have a page where you can read about their efforts, watch video and discover how you can make a difference.
3. Donate. One of the most effective ways to support an organization making an impact on the news is by donating. And when you donate through RYOT, you know your money is going directly to the organization.
4. Participate. Donating isn’t the only way to make a difference. Some stories give you the opportunity to register to vote, sign a petition or volunteer your time.
5. Share. We understand not everyone can donate to every story they read. But just by sharing a RYOT story on Facebook or Twitter, you’re making a difference by reaching out to people who could take action.
Who’s behind RYOT?
David spent 10 years as a first responder and frontline contributor for Reuters, the BBC and CNN, covering some of the world’s largest natural disasters and wars. As Vice President of Operation Blessing International, he has traveled to over 30 countries and is currently based in Haiti. As a filmmaker, David has won numerous awards including a Special Jury Mention at the 2012 Tribeca film festival as Co-Director of Baseball in the Time of Cholera. David grew up in the Middle East and England. After receiving his degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, he moved to Africa to work in the non-profit sector. David loves to surf and play guitar.
Bryn Mooser — Co-Founder
Bryn has spent the last three years in Haiti as the Country Director for Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ). He helped build APJ’s secondary school in Port au Prince—the only free school of its kind serving the poorest areas of the city. Before working in Haiti, Bryn served in the Peace Corps in West Africa. He then hitchhiked from Bangkok to Berlin. He speaks Creole and parts of several other African languages. Bryn Co-Directed Baseball in the Time of Cholera with David, which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and has won numerous awards. Bryn grew up in Los Angeles, New York City and Africa. In his spare time, he plays bass and sax in the London-based band Proud Mary.
Molly Swenson — Director of Partnerships
Originally from Seattle, Molly lived in Cambridge, Buenos Aires, New York and Washington D.C. before moving to Los Angeles. After graduating from Harvard University, she worked in the fashion industry in NYC. Molly then took an internship at the White House and made a brief but memorable appearance on American Idol Season 10, where Randy Jackson punched her in the kisser. Since moving to LA, she has worked with some of the world’s most high-profile individuals on philanthropic strategy. Molly still sings and has been known to rap, occasionally.
Brian Klonoski — Editor in Chief
Born in Krakow, Poland, Brian moved with his family to America when he was one year old and spent much of his childhood moving throughout the United States. He graduated from Colby College in Maine with a degree in English Literature and Government. Inspired by writers like Ernest Hemingway, Brian decided to explore his passion for journalism, creative writing and photography after graduating. He published several short stories and worked as a designer, editor and reporter for the Lewiston Sun Journal. After an especially brutal Maine winter, and compelled by a shocking deficiency of Vitamin D, Brian set off for the warm, sunny embrace of Los Angeles. In addition to writing, Brian loves spending time outdoors, fly fishing, camping and working on his photography.
Olivia Wilde, Actress, Producer, Activist
Ian Somerhalder, Actor, Activist,
Barbara Burchfield, Activist, Co-Founder Conscious Commerce
Trevor Neilson, President — Global Philanthropy Group
Bill Horan, President — Operation Blessing International
How are donations processed?
When you donate to a RYOT partner, your donations go directly to the organization’s bank account. This is especially important in disaster relief scenarios when non-profits need quick access to funds in order to make an immediate impact on the ground.
RYOT takes 0% (zero percent) of donation proceeds.