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Hayley Orzech is the News & Opinion Editor for Miss A. She found her passion in writing. She grew up in Detroit, MI and though it has been through the mill, she still has faith in it. She just graduated from Northern Michigan University and believes that you have not seen snow until you’ve spent a winter in Marquette on the shores of Lake Superior. She is in love with traveling and her hope now is to see as many places as she can while pursuing her dreams. She grew up in a large Polish family, full of firefighters. If she has learned anything other than how to not set her house on fire, it is that you can never take your blessings for granted because they might be up in flames before you can blink.

She adores traveling and meeting new people from all walks of life. She reads and writes everyday in between navigating her early 20’s. She's made it her mission to spread the wealth to those who are less fortunate. We are all in this together, after all.
She has had the privilege of adventures like snowboarding down the Rocky Mountains, jumping off of a cliff into clear, beautiful Lake Superior, hearing music on the Detroit River, running down a sand dune into the Au Sable River, looking up at the Statue of Liberty, climbing up a waterfall in Jamaica, letting her fingertips graze over a shark in Key West, hiking in California, gazing at Mount Rushmore, holding onto a giant Redwood tree and so many others that she can hardly believe her luck. All she truly want out of life is to have more adventures while helping others and doing the thing she love to do most: write.

Corporate Philanthropy: Apple

What’s the first thing you did this morning? I’ll bet you did something like open your eyes, stretch and shut off the alarm coming from your iPhone and haven’t set it down since. You’ve plugged in an iPod or used an iPad or downloaded something new onto iTunes and even if you haven’t, you have certainly heard about and seen Apple products everywhere. Steve Jobs left behind a legacy when he died, and this legacy wasn’t without charity.

(Photo Credit--www.picstopin.com)

(Photo Credit: www.picstopin.com)

Apple is one of the most profitable companies in the entire world, but for the most part, they keep a lid on their charitable giving. However, Bono recently praised Apple for being one of the largest donors to the (RED) campaign, which works alongside The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, whose goal it is to rid Africa and the world of the dreaded disease and since it’s inception in 2002, the Global Fund has treated 4.2 million people. Apple reportedly donated $500 million to the (RED) campaign and all of their products sold in conjunction with (RED) also earned the charity some of the profits.

Tim Cook and Steve Jobs (www.wired.com)

Tim Cook and Steve Jobs (Photo Credit: www.wired.com)

In a recent meeting with the current CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, it was revealed to employees even more how much Apple had given back to the world. The new CEO told his employees that the company had given over $50 million dollars to Stanford University hospitals, with half of the sum going towards the children’s hospital and the other given to the main hospital. In another effort to turn around the company’s image for being tightfisted with money, Cook also announced that along with displaying more transparently the inter-workings of the company, he will also match employee charitable giving up to $10,000! That means that potentially millions could be flooded back into charities that employees choose.

As Steve Jobs once said, “The people who are crazy enough to change the world are the ones who do.” With that in mind, the next time you create a presentation on your iPad or get a text from your sweetheart on your iPhone or download your new, new favorite song from iTunes, you can be happier about it. You are using a product created by a man who refused to give up the fight against AIDS and you are supporting the new CEO and the entire Apple company in their efforts to give as much back as they can. Be crazy enough to change the world.

(Photo Credit--www.tuaw.com)

(Photo Credit: www.tuaw.com)

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