September 24, 2010 07:00 AM by Lisa Princ
ABC‘s The Bachelorette bachelor Kiptyn Locke was lucky enough to find love despite not winning Jillian Harris’ heart on the show and now he is paying it forward. Kiptyn has recently started a new charity that is a gift giving service that also gives back. Keep reading for all the details!
In a recent interview with BuddyTV, ABC’s The Bachelorette bachelor Kiptyn Locke discusses his new charity: Hope Rose. So what exactly is Hope Rose? Kiptyn Locke explains by saying “Hope Rose is a business that a friend and I have been working to develop for about eight months. It’s an online business where you can send someone a gift (a single rose or a dozen roses) as well as a contribution. The recipient receives the rose and a gift card with a redemption code that can be taken back online to a site where they can browse dozens of charities. Ultimately the recipient chooses the charity of their choice, and 100% of the contribution amount funds go directly to the nonprofit organization or specific highlighted project.” and he goes on to say that the goal of Hope Rose is to “changing the model of giving while also empowering people. Think pay-it-forward.”
When asked about how his fame on the Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad has helped him in his charity, Kiptyn says “I’m doing a lot of the same things as I’ve done for years but the big difference is now having a larger platform to meet others and together make a more significant impact. The hard part about philanthropy is many times you’re asking for people to get involved with nothing in return other than feeling good about helping others. With more visibility it’s been easier to advocate for different causes and then let people choose for themselves what causes they want to get involved with. It feels good to be able to direct the visibility away from myself and towards a cause.” Kiptyn is hoping to have the new charity up and live by November 1, 2010 so keep an eye out for this one!
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