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Disney To Donate a Million to Environmental Charities

Disney To Donate a Million to Environmental Charities

Disney Channel will donate nearly $1 million dollars globally through Disney’s Friends for Change, its multiplatform pro-social initiative, and the new “Disney Friends for Change Games” that helps kids help the planet and their communities. 

Starting Friday, June 24, and continuing for five consecutive weeks, over 30 Disney Channel and Disney XD stars from around the globe will compete in “Disney Friends for Change Games.” These games are a series of fun, physical challenges inspired by everyday “green” acts. 

Four teams will play on behalf of an environmental charity – Fauna and Flora InternationalWorld Wildlife FundOcean Conservancy and UNICEF

The “Disney Friends for Change Games” will air during the Friday, Saturday and Sunday primetime original series programming on Disney Channel, and Disney XD will present a special episode from the games Monday nights beginning June 27 (9:30 p.m., ET/PT). The Games will culminate with a special half-hour episode Sunday, July 31 on Disney Channel.

As part of “Disney Friends for Change Games,” Disney will make a $125,000 donation to each charity and the winning team’s charity will receive an additional $100,000 donation from Disney. 

How kids can participate

Beginning June 10, kids and families worldwide are invited to visit, and Friends for Change international sites to pledge actions they will take in to help the planet. 

Young planet crusaders can play online versions of the games that took place during “Disney Friends for Change Games” and donate their earned points to their favorite teams. The team with the most online points will be named the regional “Fan Favorite” team and awarded an additional $100,000 for their team’s charity. 

Kids can also participate by creating a piece of online art for the Disney Friends for Change Games Group Wall at


The teams are:

Blue Team playing to benefit Ocean Conservancy
Captain: Debby Ryan (“Jessie”), Allisyn Ashley Arm (“So Random”), Olavo Cavalheiro (Disney Channel Brazil), Hutch Dano (“Zeke and Luther”), Roshon Fegan (“Shake It Up”), Doc Shaw (“Pair of Kings”), Stefanie Scott (“A.N.T. Farm”) and Jake Short (“A.N.T. Farm”).

Green Team playing to benefit Fauna and Flora International
Captain: Brandon Mychal Smith (“So Random”), Valeria Baroni (Disney Channel Argentina), Paula Dalli (Disney Channel Spain), Adam Hicks (“Zeke and Luther”), David Henrie (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), Sterling Knight (“So Random”), Ryan Ochoa (“Pair of Kings”), Eve Ottino (Disney Channel France) and Bella Thorne (“Shake It Up”).

Yellow Team playing to benefit UNICEF
Captain: Bridgit Mendler (“Good Luck Charlie”), Jorge Blanco (Disney Channel Mexico), Valentina Colombo (Disney Channel Italy), Adam Irigoyen (“Shake It Up”), China Anne McClain (“A.N.T. Farm”), Sierra McCormick (“A.N.T. Farm”), Logan Miller (“I’m In The Band”) and Gregg Sulkin (“Wizards of Waverly Place” and Disney Channel UK).

Red Team playing to benefit World Wildlife Fund
Captain: Mitchel Musso (“Pair of Kings”), Jake T. Austin (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), Doug Brochu (“So Random”), Kelsey Chow (“Pair of Kings”), Davis Cleveland (“Shake It Up”), Dean Delannoit (Disney Channel Holland and Belgium), Carlon Jeffrey (“A.N.T. Farm”), and Zendaya (“Shake It Up”).

*Special guest Leo Howard (“Kickin’ It”) will also participate.


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10:32PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

I've been suspicious of Disney ever since I discovered that they place sexually suggestive subliminal messages in their children's movies. To their donation--ONLY 1 million? Seriously? They're worth billions!

6:15PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

I was happy to hear that one of my favorite snow leopard conservation groups won a grant from Disney- every little bit helps...

6:54AM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

go disney

11:47AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

wonderful to see those who can give back and raise awareness, do so. thanks Disney

4:04PM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

There are plenty of companies with more money than Disney that are NOT donating a million dollars- so good for Disney. I also like the fact that they are including children in the process- because if our kids can grow into good stewards of the environment, the world may have a chance...

9:12AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

Great news!!

7:47AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011


7:08PM PDT on May 25, 2011

Thank you for this article. While I agree with most of the comments regarding the fact that Disney is fully capable of more than 1 million dollars, I applaud Disney's efforts to be of service to the world. They are also (God willing) going to educate children and their families on fun ways to go green and help the environment.

11:03PM PDT on May 22, 2011

Thanks for the article.

7:47AM PDT on May 22, 2011

i`m sure disney could afford to donate a bit more than a million,

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