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V!NG Project

Charity, named after the latter part of the word 'giving', is sending $1,000 to hundreds of teens - but it's not for them!

This charitable foundation, called the VING Project, is giving away $1,000 dollar checks to teenagers. However, the money is not for the kids to keep. It’s for them to give away to a deserving person outside of their family and is designed to inspire the next generation in humanitarian causes. Or, as VING says, to spark the next generation of giving.

To receive money from the charity, teenagers are asked to submit a short video explaining why they want to give money to their nominee. If the video is accepted by the VING Project, the $1,000 check is then mailed directly to the teen so they can, in turn, present it to their nominee. In the month of April alone, the charity gave away more than $250,000 in checks to teens.

VING Project was established by Liz Lefkofsky, the wife of Groupon co-founder Eric Lefkofsky. She told WGN-TV in a recent interview that she launched the charity with the hopes of giving teens their own special philanthropic experience which they will never forget. “Those kids ten, fifteen years from now, they will remember that they got to do something powerful and impactful in a crazy difficult time,” she told the news outlet.

Teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18, living in the US, are encouraged to submit their nominations to the VING Project website.

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