Background

Stricken with ALS, Pete Frates Shows the Will to Live
How one man’s diagnosis led to a viral movement to find a cure.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Takes U.S. by Storm
Leadership of the ALS Association applaud the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge and encourage continued participation.

The Ice Bucket Challenge is back
Corporate executives, pop culture celebrities, and the general public embraced the return of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Impact of the Ice Bucket Challenge
Several new partnerships, collaborations, and research initiatives have been made possible by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The ALS Association Announces Initial Commitment of $21.7 Million
Details of new partnerships and initiatives to find a cure, thanks to donations from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Critics

The Truth about Ice Bucket Challenge: Viral Memes Shouldn’t Dictate Our Charitable Giving
The author argues that more serious diseases get overlooked as the public focuses on fun, celebrity-driven campaigns like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

We Need To Do Better Than the Ice Bucket Challenge
According to this author, the campaign focused more on a fun challenge than a genuine attempt to raise awareness and funds.

Why the Ice Bucket Challenge is Bad for You
This article holds that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fails to meet three good reasons to donate: need, influence, and urgency.

Take the “No Ice Bucket” Challenge
The writer views the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge more as an exercise in self-promotion than an attempt to promote awareness of the disease and contribute to its cure.

#IceBucketChallenge: Why You’re Not Really Helping
Why the campaign may simply be an expression in “slacktivism.”

Champions

Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? Here’s What Happened to the Money
Analysis of how the ALS Association managed the Ice Bucket Challenge funds and praise for its activities and transparency.

Charity Navigator Ratings
A charity watchdog gives high marks to the ALS Association for its handling of the Ice Bucket Challenge donations.

Impact of the Ice Bucket Challenge
Infographic on how the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has accelerated research, care services and public policy initiatives (Infographic).

As 2015 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Heats Up, Donations Fuel Significant Research Discovery
The highly successful fundraiser is directly linked to important new research findings.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Wins Webby
The popular campaign is recognized with a special achievement award for online innovation.

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Bandwaggon Effect
A phenomenon responsible for certain types of group behavior in which individuals follow a popular course of action because others are doing the same.

Fundraising Ethics
News and discussion related to ethical issues in non-profit fundraising.

Other

ALS Association
Website of the national association leading the fight against ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Obama refuses ALS Ice Bucket Challenge but Donates Instead
Even the U.S. leader was drawn into the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, although President Obama chose to make a donation rather than get doused.

#icebucketchallenge
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge quickly became a trending topic on Twitter.

#everyaugustuntilacure
Twitter posts related to the ALS Association’s new annual awareness and fundraising drive slated for August every year.

Patrick Quinn
Bio of one of the co-founders of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Pete’s Challenge
Feature on Peter Frates, one of the co-founders of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (video).