'Tis the season for giving. I'm always looking for ways to combine gift-giving with funding sustainable, positive change for those in need. Here are the top ideas this year from our Billions Rising Foundation.
The holidays can inspire people to adopt a generous mood. You're thankful for the blessings you've received and want to pay it forward -- and you've also realized charitable giving can lower your taxes, as well.
Nonprofits that are used to relying on super donors writing hefty checks need to learn to embrace a better way: The idea of crowd-funding, where numerous smaller donations add up, powered by social media marketing.
As opposed to art collectors who are entitled to deduct on their tax returns the full market value of any object they might donate, the Internal Revenue Service only permits artists to deduct the cost of the materials used in creating their own artwork that they contribute.
For me, what is so ruthless about Ebola in particular, is the way it forces victims to anticipate death, be ostracized and feared and remain void of human touch and personal connection. My test results came back negative for Ebola. I had never been happier to have Malaria.
We are deeply investing all we have in a shifting culture with time, energy and minimal resources. We are not selling treatment, we are selling prevention. There is no short term financial model for prevention -- no buildings, machines or treatments.
The reality is that many who have completed the challenge have also donated to the cause. Those who have completed the task without donating have, through their online videos, raised awareness and encouraged others to donate.
We get in a particular groove, driving the kids to school, cheering them on at sporting events, helping them with homework. But are we teaching them how to pitch in and help others who are not as fortunate?
The day after Christmas means a lot of different things to a lot of different people - obligatory gift returns, post-Christmas sales, pouring the last of the eggnog in your coffee, an end to holiday music in public spaces and on public airwaves.
During the holidays, an estimated 75 percent of Americans plan to donate to charity but what many don't realize is that they can turn their generosity into tax savings by claiming a variety of donations on their tax returns.
This year, have you thought about a charitable donation? Not throwing money out into the void, hoping that some good will come of it, but giving to one of the charities that are taking the new "hand-up, not handout" approach to helping.
The goal of keeping your overhead low is demoralizing for NGO's, and a misguided strategy for donors. If we want to change the world we need to change the way we think about a growing sector that is well positioned to do this job.