The past decade (2001- 2010) has been defined by Impact news stories that have moved us and inspired us. From the reaction to the earthquake in Haiti, to outreach after Hurricane Katrina, it has been an era for significant impact news.
In honor of the new year, we're asking HuffPost readers, what was the most important Impact news story of the first ten years of the 21st century? Please submit your nominations below, or tweet them using the hashtag #storyofthedecade or email them to email@example.com.
We will soon post the most nominated entries, and then you can vote on the story of the decade.
U.S. Humanitarian aid following the earthquakes in Haiti and Southeast Asia ocean, Hurricane Katrina and 9/11 created a new wave of activism -- help to those in need, when in need. From formal international aid campaigns to everyday volunteers giving their time to those in need, in times of crisis it seemed all Americans responded.
The popularity of text-to-give and mobile giving fundraising took off in the weeks since the earthquake in Haiti, leading many national and international nonprofits and charities to follow suit. Raising $35 million for Haiti alone, texting donations made it fast and easy to raise funds anywhere, any time.
In an attempt to urge other wealthy Americans to do the same, billionaire investor and the world's second richest man Warren Buffet gave away half his fortune to charity. A total sum roughly worth $46 billion, Buffet spearheaded a new wave of philanthropic giving by the wealthy.
In August of this year, billionaires Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates pledged to give at lease half their wealth to philanthropic causes -- dubbing it "The Giving Pledge". Joining Buffet and the Gateses in their efforts are moguls such as George Lucas, Ted Turner, Michael Bloomberg, Mark Zuckerberg and David Rockefeller.
Selling the bracelets at $1 each to raise money for cancer, the yellow silicon bracelets sparked a national craze, and trend, for cause-branded wear.
Actress, television host, and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey broke new ground in 2006 when she launched her international vision for peace in Africa. Oprah not only founded a new all-girl leadership academy in South Africa, but she turned the nations eyes on the needs of the vast continent.
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