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Because I said I would‘s work has been featured on CNN, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, the TODAY Show, the Steve Harvey Show and many other programs. Our efforts have made the #1 spot on the front page of over 10 times and our work in awareness videos was listed BuzzFeed’s “Most Important Viral Videos of 2013″.


Community Spotlight: because I said I would
January 22nd, 2019
In this episode of Community Spotlight, host Leah Haslage sat down with Alex Sheen, Founder and CEO
In the age of accountability, this Clevelander has just the message we need
January 17th, 2019
FreshWater Cleveland covers the latest happenings from the movement.
Lakewood Resident, Alex Sheen Knows A Single Promise Can Change A Life Forever
January 8th, 2019
Thousands of people have shared their Promise Stories with this growing organization, and now they are proud to share them with you!
[VIDEO] How a promise can help change the world
January 3rd, 2019
Live, in studio, interview with Fox 8 Cleveland
Do Good: Millenial Philanthropy
December 12th, 2018
Alex Sheen knows what you think about millennials. The 33-year-old would like to tell you that you’re wrong — and also maybe just a little bit right.
Lorain County nonprofit leaders hear about promises kept
November 16th, 2018
Amanda Messer, co-founder of the nonprofit group and social movement because I said I would, speaks to Lorain County nonprofit group leaders in a leader luncheon sponsored by Leadership Lorain County on Nov. 16, 2018.
‘Because I said I would’
October 2nd, 2018
The Jersey Shore Area School District Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) embarked on a community service project that may be their most influential effort to date.
CHS art show honors shooting victims
May 11th, 2018
When Croatan High School art teacher Catherine Olander and her students heard about the mass shooting Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., they wanted to do something to honor the 17 victims and families. They stuck to their commitment after hearing an assembly from because I said I would.
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Keynote builds winning nonprofit on foundation of keeping promises
April 17th, 2018
Founder Alex Sheen delivers the opening keynote address for the annual conference of Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. in San Antonio.
Because I Said I Would movement comes to Marshall County
April 9th, 2018
Following the devastating shooting in January, Marshall County High School welcomes because I said I would founder Alex Sheen to speak with students about the importance of a promise as they recover from the tragedy. Marshall County students are interviewed to reflect on promises made to them in recent months and promises they will make going forward.
Nonprofit Shows How Promises Can Inspire Social Change
January 23rd, 2018
Introducing Founder Alex Sheen for his keynote, the UCI Student Center Director discusses the impact of because I said I would on her own struggles with disease.
Alex Sheen Speaks at UCI
January 19th, 2018
Alex Sheen delivers a free keynote presentation at University of California, Irvine as part of UCI event including an anonymous promise board on campus and a school produced promise video.
Alex Sheen to Headline Texas A&M System Technology Summit
January 13th, 2018
Because I said I would Founder Alex Sheen will give the opening keynote speech at the Summit, focusing on how to make a greater impact on the future of education and technology.
Greater Cleveland nonprofit helping to change the world one promise at a time
January 5th, 2018
Alex Sheen details how because I said I would bridges intention and action to help make the world a better place.
Fairview High School students featured on ‘Today’ show
January 3rd, 2018
The Today Show films at Fairview High School for segment on its because I said I would chapter.
Promises kept: How one man’s loss of his father sparked a mission to help others
January 1st, 2018
Megyn Kelly interviews because I said I would Founder, Alex Sheen live.
Fairview High School selected for Because I said I would pilot program
December 8th, 2017
Fairview High School is highlighted as becoming one of the first High Schools ever to start a because I said I would Chapter
Because I said I would worldwide social movement visits Comal ISD
December 6th, 2017
Alex Sheen, Founder, visited Canyon High, Smithson Valley High and Canyon Lake High schools this week. In addition, students from all five of Comal ISD’s middle schools as well as its Memorial Early College High School were able to hear Alex speak.
Because I Said I Would’s Alex Sheen challenges students, Leadership Tyler to embrace the power of a promise
September 22nd, 2017
Leadership Tyler is a nonprofit which seeks to identify, motivate and develop future leaders in Tyler. The annual event, which introduced Leadership Tyler’s Core Class 31, began with guest speaker Alex Sheen talking to local high school students.
High school seniors leave their legacy
June 29th, 2017
In September, student leaders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to introduce a “promise wall” in the high school. There are two sides of the promise wall: a “promises” side and a “promises kept” side. Students and staff members write promises on promise cards to place on the left side of the wall. When that promise is fulfilled, the card is moved to the right side of the wall.
Altruism Is Not Enough | Alex Sheen | TEDxAkron
June 27th, 2017
75.1% of the population did not volunteer 1 hour to a non-profit or civic organization in the last year. Alex Sheen, Founder of the social movement because I said I would, volunteered at a new non-profit organization each week for a year and provides a list of suggestions on how to make the volunteer experience more engaging and exciting.
How to Handle Broken Promises | Amanda Messer | TEDxTAMU
May 18th, 2017
Because I said I would Co-Founder, Amanda Messer, will bring you into her life’s story. She will tell you of her father and how he has impacted her life. Promises have impacted her life in so many ways.
Man spends 24 hours straight cleaning up Cleveland streets
July 29th, 2016
A Cleveland Chapter member is recognized in the news for picking up trash for 24 hours straight.
10 Chilling Social Media Confessions To Murder
August 26th, 2015
Matthew Cordle is listed as number 5 in this list of Social Media Murder Confessions.
‘Because I Said I Would’ Showcases Woman’s Animal Protection Promise In Light of Cecil the Lion Coverage
August 3rd, 2015
Cleveland Scene Magazine features because I said I would and one of our promise story videos. See more promise story videos click here.
Why People Suck at Keeping Promises: Alex Sheen at TEDxSDSU
April 26th, 2015
Alex Sheen, Founder of because I said I would, delivers his third TEDx Talk.
Because I Said I Would‘ Founder Offers Volunteer Help as New Year’s Resolution
January 6th, 2015
Alex Sheen, Founder, is interviewed by “Right This Minute” for the third time and talks about his promise to volunteer at 52 different nonprofits in 2014.
25 inspirational stories of 2014 showcase strength, love and tenacity
December 25th, 2014
“Napkin Notes Dad”, Garth Callaghan, is featured as #13 in this list of inspirational stories of 2014.
23 Of Our Favorite Feature Stories We Published This Year
December 22nd, 2014
BuzzFeed names a story about Matthew Cordle, YouTube drunk driving confessor and because I said I would supporter, as one of their favorite stories of 2014.
Good Day Columbus interviews Alex Sheen
September 1st, 2014
Good Day Columbus has Founder, Alex Sheen, live on the show to talk about our Inaugural Event.
Fine Brothers make “Teens React to Drunk Driving” video
August 24th, 2014
Fine Brothers Productions release “Teens React” video featuring the “I killed a man.” video.
Founder of good deeds website drives bar-goers home
July 11th, 2014
The Real Story interviews Alex Sheen, Founder, about his act of kindness in dedication to Vincent Canzani
Man Spends an Entire Night Driving Drinkers Home for Free
June 24th, 2014
Yahoo! News interviews Alex regarding his gesture to drive people who have been drinking home for free.
Reason Why Man Gave Drinking Strangers Free Ride
June 24th, 2014
ABC News features because I said I would and Alex’s free rides to drinkers.
Why This Stranger Picked Up Some Drunk People Is Shocking. You Have To See This.
June 24th, 2014
Viral Nova features because I said I would.
This Is What Happens When You Offer To Drive Drunk People Home For Free
June 23th, 2014
BuzzFeed writes about Alex’s experience driving drinkers home for free.
Man Volunteers ‘To Drive Drunk People Home For Free’ In Memory Of Fatal Crash
June 23th, 2014
The Huffington Post features Alex’s story of driving home strangers who have been drinking.
The Promise Ring
June 4th, 2014
Cleveland Scene Magazine features because I said I would on their cover and interviews the staff.
Lakewood Headquartered Nonprofit “Because I Said I Would” Opens Storefront
May 13th, 2014
The Lakewood Observer writes about because I said I would‘s official storefront opening.
“I Killed A Man”: What Happens When A Homicide Confession Goes Viral
March 13th, 2014
Joel Oliphint, BuzzFeed Contributor, interviews both Alex Sheen and Matthew Cordle to get the story behind the “I killed a man.” video.
Lakewood man seeks volunteers to help others keep their promises and honor his dad
March 4th, 2014 features because I said I would for the second time.
What all great superheroes have in common: Alex Sheen at TEDxYouth@Austin
February 16th, 2014
Alex Sheen, Founder of because I said I would, delivers his second TEDx Talk.
Daughter: Napkin notes from dad with cancer mean I’ll ‘always have a part of him’
January 30th, 2014
Matt Lauer interviews because I said I would supporters Garth and Emma Callaghan live on the TODAY show.
Cancer-Stricken Dad Writing Magnum Opus To Daughter On 826 Napkins! Prepare For The Waterworks!
January 28th, 2014 features a because I said I would supporter and his promise card.
Napkin notes: Dad with cancer preps lunch messages for his daughter
January 28th, 2014
Because I said I would founder, Alex Sheen, comments on Garth Callaghan’s promise.
Dad with Cancer Writes Daughter 826 Lunchtime Notes
January 28th, 2014
Because I said I would is featured on for the second time.
Make It Real, Make It Happen
January 2nd, 2014
Because I said would is featured on “Right This Minute” for the second time.
Son Offers Advice For Keeping Promises
December 30th, 2014
Founder, Alex Sheen, is interviewed about our New Year’s Promise Project
The 39 Most Important Viral Videos Of 2013
December 20th, 2013
The video that because I said I would filmed for Matthew Cordle was named the 21st most important viral video of 2013.
The Everyday Action Hero
November 1st, 2013
Because I said I would’s first magazine cover feature.
Alex Sheen, Founder of because I said I would selected to be a speaker at TEDxUtica.
October 23rd, 2013
Founder, Alex Sheen will be the final speaker at the TEDxUtica event on October 23rd. This will be because I said I would’s first TED talk.
Philanthropist urges Bartlett students to make, keep promises
September 24th, 2013
Founder, Alex Sheen visits the Chicago area and speaks to students at Sycamore Trails Elementary.
Ohio man who made confessional DUI video pleads guilty to vehicular homicide
September 18th, 2013
CBS Coverage after Matthew Cordle plead guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in a video filmed by because I said I would.
DUI Confession Message: Don’t be like me
September 10th, 2013
Founder Alex Sheen interviewed on CNN about Matthew Cordle’s promise to take full responsibility for taking a man’s life in a drunk driving crash. Click here to watch the video
What This Guy Did To One Family Was Shameful. How He Decided To Make Amends Is Gut-Wrenching.
September 9th, 2013
Upworthy features the “I killed a man.” video on their website.
Ohio man to plead guilty after YouTube confession
September 9th, 2013
USA Today coverage after Matthew Cordle was indicted on a felony charge for aggravated vehicular homicide in a video filmed by because I said I would.
Lakewood Man Finishes 10-day Walk to Benefit Seymour Survivors
June 29th, 2013
Alex was featured on WKYC and spoke about his journey and some of the challenges he faced.  Watch the interview to find out what made the whole experience worth it for him.
Cleveland Kidnapping Suspect to Appear in Court
June 26th, 2013
This story focuses on Ariel Castro and his indictment.  The story mentions Alex and his walk across Ohio. Correction: The Chicago Tribune URL is no longer available so this link takes you to another site with the same article on it.
A Northeast Ohio Man is Walking 240 Miles Across the State
June 25th, 2013
This story briefly describes Never Enough and Alex’s walk across Ohio.
Lakewood Man Finishes Walk Across Ohio to Seymour Avenue for Cleveland Kidnapping Victims
June 25th, 2013
News Channel 5 followed Alex to 2207 Seymour Ave.  This video shows a clip of the speech Alex gave at the end of his journey.  Watch the end of Alex’s walk and read about his journey.
Olentangy Alumnus Follows Through on Charity Pledge
June 21st, 2013
The Columbus Dispatch covered Alex’s midway speech at Olentangy High School.  Alex talks about the first half of his walk and his initial progress.
Walking for Ohio Victims
June 18th, 2013
A few days into Alex’s walk he spoke with the Huffington Post’s Huffpost Live blog.  In this live interview he speaks about the initial phase of his walk and how the first few days went.  Watch the interview to hear about the early days of his walk.
Man’s 240 Mile Walk to Support Victims of Sexual Violence
June 15th, 2013
Cleveland’s 19 Action News interviewed Alex the day he began his walk in Cincinnati.  In this video interview he speaks about the importance of putting more good into the world.
Amazing Guy Keeps His Promise to Walk Across Ohio for Sexual Violence Survivors
June 14th, 2013
Alex spoke with MTV’s Act blog before he left for his walk across Ohio.  In this interview he talks about how this idea to walk came about and how he prepared for it.
Man Makes Promise to Knight, Berry, DeJesus
May 10th, 2013
Alex was interviewed on Fox 8 about his promise to Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
Alex Sheen appears on Steve Harvey
April 5th, 2013
Alex was honored on Steve Harvey, a nationally syndicated daytime show, as a “Harvey’s Hero” for his work in raising enough money for 100 tickets to Disneyland for children with cancer.
Promises, Promises
March 8th, 2013
Syndicated in over 50 cities across the United States, “Right This Minute” featured a great story about the Hurricane Sandy and 52 promises projects.
Cancer-Stricken Kids Promised Free Trip to Disneyland
March 7th, 2013
Click the link above to check out the adorable interview with Delilah 🙂
Because I said I would was featured on Fox 8 Cleveland
March 1st, 2013
Because I said I would made this post about the Disneyland project that went viral and was then featured on the news.
“Because I Said I Would”–A New Year Of Promises
January 9th, 2013
Big thank you to Fee’s Kompany for having me on the show and for including the story on their website. Hope to see you guys again soon!
Marcia Campbell was kind enough to have me on the show on New Year’s Eve. We talked about the Promise Wall project and it turned out to be a big success!
December 31st, 2012
Greg Vlosich & Alex Sheen: GV Art & Design Company & Because I said I would Campaign 10/16/12
October 16th, 2012
My first appearance on TV with Live on Lakeside, a local talk show in Cleveland. Thank you to GV Art + Design for creating these great t-shirts! You can check them out and buy a shirt here. The “because I said I would” segment starts at minute 2:20.
“Because I said I would” was featured on WKYC Channel 3 in their nightly newscast.
October 16th, 2012
One correction: Kris mentions that my father died last year. He actually died on September 4th, 2012.
Lakewood man keeps promise to dad with “because I said I would movement”
September 27th, 2012
The first piece of press coverage about because I said I would. The Plain Dealer is Ohio’s largest newspaper.