Alex Sheen

  • Philanthropist
  • Founder, Because I Said I Would

Alex Sheen is the founder of because I said I would, the international social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through the importance of a promise. Inspired by his father, Alex began sending promise cards to anyone who requested them at no cost. Since his father’s death on September 4th, 2012, because I said I would has sent over 2.4M promises cards to over 150 different countries around the world. Through the viral nature of social media, Alex has reached millions of people by dedicating himself to philanthropy.  

 
  

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From top to bottom, our staff have “because I said I would” cards taped, tacked and displayed in cubicles and offices to showcase how we have made and kept commitments. We have Alex to thank for that.

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Because I Said I Would

Alex will deliver a keynote speech about the importance of honoring your promises. He will tell emotional and inspiring stories that have been shared with him through because I said I would. Alex also speaks to his personal experiences in leading the social movement. The keynote will end with a stro ...

Alex will deliver a keynote speech about the importance of honoring your promises. He will tell emotional and inspiring stories that have been shared with him through because I said I would. Alex also speaks to his personal experiences in leading the social movement. The keynote will end with a strong call-to-action activity that connects the promise cards to the lives of your students and faculty. 

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Alex Sheen is the founder of because I said I would, the international social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through the importance of a promise. Inspired by his father, Alex began sending promise cards to anyone who requested them at no cost. Since his father’s death on September 4th, 2012, because I said I wouldhas sent over 2.4M promises cards to over 150 different countries around the world. Through the viral nature of social media, Alex has reached millions of people by dedicating himself to philanthropy.

To encourage others to make a positive impact,Alex makes charitable promises. Some of his philanthropic promises include:

  • Walking 245 miles across the entire state of Ohio in under 10 days to fulfill a promise to Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, raising awareness for the victims of sexual violence.
  • Volunteering at a different nonprofit organizations each week for 52 consecutive weeks in 2014
  • Driving through the night to deliver disaster relief aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
  • Promising children with cancer trips to Disneyland and personally delivering 100 tickets.

Alex’s work has been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, NPR, Fox News, Los Angeles Times, HLN, CBS Nightly News, The Steve Harvey Show and may other programs. Alex has had over had over ten front page, number one posts on reddit.com, with over 7 million views on those stories alone. His work in social media was featured in BuzzFeed’s list of “Most Important Viral Videos of 2013.”

He has been featured as a cover story in Spirit magazine and was the closing TED speaker at TEDxUtica, TEDxYouth@Austin and the MDRT Annual Meeting 2014.