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A Peaceful and Just Future Will Require Mindset Mentors

Rodney Walker | Posted 11.27.2015 | Impact
Rodney Walker

Since I was five years old, I spent my childhood in and out of foster homes after my parents developed drug addictions on the south side of Chicago. My world changed when I met my mentor at 17 years old.

My Giving Story

Sue Desmond-Hellmann | Posted 11.26.2015 | Impact
Sue Desmond-Hellmann

Generosity isn't just about money; it comes in all shapes and sizes.

Give Opportunity on Giving Tuesday

Ann Wang | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Ann Wang

I realized that talent may be spread evenly around the world, but opportunity is not. From this point on, I was insatiable in my quest for answers -- looking for both why poverty exists and how we tackle such an overwhelming challenge.

Giving Girls Around the Globe an Education Is the Most Powerful Way to Fight Poverty

Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Marc Kielburger

When you educate a girl, you lift up her whole family and entire community so they can stand on their own. I

Syrian Artist Finds New Home In Mississauga

Anu Vittal | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Anu Vittal

We hear about artists who left war torn countries, who left small towns, and even who left other lucrative art careers to pursue life in a new country. Every one of these artists is looking to turn their passion for art into their career.

How Giving Begins: My Family's Story

Dr. Marti Smye | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Dr. Marti Smye

Then we waited for my mother to pick up her fork, which was our cue to follow suit. This was not just an Emily Post moment; it was the nightly ritual that signified that we were beginning our meal together.

#PlayItForward With the Gift of a Toy

Shaquille O'Neal | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Shaquille O'Neal

One Christmas morning, when I was a kid, I was given my very own Dr. J autographed basketball. That present changed my life. It inspired me to believe that one day I could be a basketball star.

For Millions of Kids, After-School Programs Light the Way

Ben Paul | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Ben Paul

Countless families who rely on after-school programing agree: the programs fill a much-needed gap between the ringing school bell at 3pm and the time mom and dad head home at 6pm. Sadly, after-school programs aren't available everywhere.

Keeping Families Close: One Dad's Bond With His Critically-Ill Daughter

Jared Calhoun | Posted 11.17.2015 | Impact
Jared Calhoun

In the isolation unit, parents handle much of the daily care like changing diapers and sheets and administering medications. Since I was on my own, I kept odd hours, sneaking away only when Katelyn slept.

Giving the Gift of Childhood on #GivingTuesday

Bethany Rubin Henderson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Bethany Rubin Henderson

What Ingrid's, Betelihem's, Carlos', Claudia's and Jose's stories show is the transformative impact that sports, arts and service can have on young children's lives. An impact you don't realize is missing until you experience a childhood without them.

The Joy of Giving: Life Lessons From an Entrepreneur

John Hallward | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact
John Hallward

The truth is, the very first time I donated to charity, I was forced into it!

Make a Difference: Give Wisely on Giving Tuesday

H. Art Taylor | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
H. Art Taylor

I can see how charities uplift our giving spirit when they live up to standards that give us confidence in them. This is no small matter. Americans are incredibly generous. We give more than any other people on the planet.

'I'm 17, and I'm Paying for My Bone Marrow Transplant'

Andrew Davies | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact
Andrew Davies

One day, after the news had sunk in a bit, I asked Julie, my bone marrow transplant specialist nurse, how much a bone marrow transplant would cost the NHS. Suddenly I had my answer to how people could help me.

Giving Is Your Superpower

Dale Nirvani Pfeifer | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Dale Nirvani Pfeifer

I see generosity as a superpower. Everyone has the potential to tap into it and become a force for good; it brings health, happiness and meaning to life. We have the power to change our world and the worlds of those around us through the simplest acts.

How My Son's Accident Made Me Believe In The Power of Bicycles

Amy Thompson | Posted 11.09.2015 | Impact
Amy Thompson

Bicycles change lives. I know because a simple bicycle changed my family.

'Our Innermost Wish Is For Syria and Its Population to Finally Find Peace'

Karsten Malige | Posted 11.06.2015 | Impact
Karsten Malige

When I came to Syria for the first time in 1997 to conduct survey work for an archaeological excavation, this wonderful land was instantly strangely familiar to me. Whatever it was: ever since, Syria has not let go of me.

Why the Zoo Should Matter to You

Elliot Zirulnik | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Elliot Zirulnik

Tens of millions of Americans live in urban areas that might be described as concrete jungles, largely devoid of nonhuman life. Sure, there's probably a nicely manicured oak tree on the street corner and your apartment building may be overrun by roaches, but when was the last time you truly connected with nature? Let me guess: your childhood?

Feeding the 'Hunger for Education'

Michael Gallaspy | Posted 11.04.2015 | Education
Michael Gallaspy

In August of 2013, I arrived in a small Liberian village deep in the forest near the border with Sierra Leone, where I was sent by the Peace Corps to teach high school. The hunger for education I witnessed there was astounding.

Why #GivingTuesday Matters, Globally -- and Personally

Asha Curran | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
Asha Curran

We created #GivingTuesday as a day to follow Black Friday and Cyber Monday, days that are lucrative for the retail sector. Could we, we wondered, help to create the same kind of energy and activity for the social sector, with the same concrete financial benefit?

Iman Opens Up About Deeply Upsetting Career Moment

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 09.10.2015 | Style

Supermodel icon Iman took the stage at the 92nd Street Y on Tuesday for "Fashion Icons," a 90-minute moderated interview where virtually no topic...

Is Angel Investing Poised to Be Disrupted?

Ellevate | Posted 08.12.2015 | Women

Natalia Oberti Noguera, founder and CEO of Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women, often gets asked why she started her company. She had grown a network of women social entrepreneurs in New York City in 2008 from a six-woman network to 1,200 within two years. And throughout, she kept hearing from them how hard it was to secure funding for their ventures.

Public Relations Expert Shares How to Communicate More Effectively

Ellevate | Posted 08.11.2015 | Women

Public relations expert Jennefer Witter has something to say to women in business about the language that we use. As the founder and CEO of The Boreland Group, a public relations agency in New York City, and the author of The Little Book of Big PR, Witter speaks with authority on communications.

Women Who Lead: Debunking Misconceptions About Women and Money -- With Amanda Steinberg

Ellevate | Posted 07.23.2015 | Women

By: Christine Condon Amanda Steinberg, personal finance expert and the founder and CEO of, a financial media company, has always been ...

On the Culture Front: Better Call Saul, Constellations, Tijuana Picnic, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 04.08.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Last night, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, and Michael McKean took the stage at the 92nd Street Y to talk with moderator about the highly anticipated "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul." I interviewed Banks the previous day for the Washington Post and avoiding spoilers felt like dodging carefully planted land mines in a desert war zone.

2014: Year of the Funny Women -- Record 60 Women Get Last Laugh At NY Comedy Festival

Beverly Wettenstein | Posted 12.22.2014 | Comedy
Beverly Wettenstein

With all due respect, this positive progress report on Women in Comedy is a tribute to Joan Rivers. She persevered to pave the path for generations of funny women. Rivers auditioned seven times over three years, before making her Tonight Show debut in 1965.