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Local Solutions: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two years ago, The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Since we started, 50 individuals and families have joined us, each giving $1 or more a day to support grantees in 55 countries. Here are the extraordinary people we supported this week.

The Top U.S. Charity Donors Gave 28% More In 2014 Than They Did The Year Before

Associated Press | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact

The Chronicle of Philanthropy in Washington released its annual list Sunday of the top 50 American donors to nonprofit organizations in 2014. Here are...

$75 Million Pledge To Help Reduce Number Of Nonviolent, Poor, Mentally Ill In Jail

Associated Press | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact

NEW YORK (AP) -- In an effort to reduce the number of people locked up in local jails around the U.S., the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundati...

Norway Drops Plan To Jail People For Helping Homeless

Reuters | Posted 02.05.2015 | Impact

OSLO, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Norway's government dropped a plan to ban begging on Thursday after opposition parties and rights campaigners said it would ...

NFL's Crotch-Grabbing Fine Should Go To Women's Shelters, Local Charities: Lawmaker

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch got a little carried away after his team won the NFC championship game on Jan. 18. He grabbed his cro...

Don't Dismiss Teens Who Volunteer Just To Boost Their College Applications

New York Times | Nicholas Kristof | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact

In my last column, I wrote about a high school buddy, Kevin Green, a warm and helpful man who floundered in a tough job market, hurt his back and died...

Family Reunited With Son Forced Into Child Slavery After Haiti Earthquake Tore Them Apart

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact

Chantale's life was turned upside down when the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti tore her family apart. Not only was she forced to move out of...

Why Millennials Don't Put Money In The Church Offering Plate

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Luxury shoppers in the Millennial generation have been given a label by the retail industry: HENRY, meaning "High Earner, Not Rich Yet."

Building a Shared Vision: The Next Step in American Progress

Irv Katz | Posted 01.16.2015 | Impact
Irv Katz

The nonprofit sector has become an indispensable part of the American economy and society. While there have been cuts in government investments, if the past hundred-plus years (as well as the interest and vigor of the millennials) are any indication, the sector will continue to grow.

Slain NYPD Officers' Widows Receive Over $1 Million In Donations To Pay Off Mortgages

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.09.2015 | Impact

Supporters have rallied around the families of two NYPD officers who were killed days before Christmas. The widows of slain officers Rafael Ramos a...

Worker Productivity Can Jump 30 Percent When It's For A Good Cause: Study

Phys.org | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact

Working to benefit a good cause increases productivity by up to 30 per cent, according to the findings of a new study from the University of Southampt...

These Were The 10 Biggest Gifts To Charity In 2014

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact

Sometimes the 1 percent can come up big. This year, the top 10 philanthropic gifts to American nonprofits totaled $3.3 billion, according to the Ch...

College Basketball Player With Inoperable Brain Tumor Raises $1 Million For Charity

Associated Press | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A cancer charity backed by Ohio college basketball player Lauren Hill has used a final push to reach her goal of $1 million in dona...

With Holiday Giving, Be Merry and Be Wise

Jim Gibbons | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

Some for-profit companies solicit donations under the name of charities but give little -- if anything -- to the cause and the communities they claim to support.

We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day for the past two years, The Pollination Project has made seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. We are happy...

Brilliant Light Show Riffs 'All That Bass' And Moves Passersby In Huge Way

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact

It may have been dubbed "Quiet Corner Christmas," but this Brooklyn, Connecticut home is anything but demure. Chris Lambert decked his festive abod...

Take the $100 Tip Challenge to Make Someone's Christmas and Your Own

Heather Sample Spires | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Heather Sample Spires

We're giving to a person who is working hard and trying to support her family on minimum wage and $2 tips. But this moment of giving is not just for her -- it's also for us.

Charity Tax Breaks Only Extended Through End Of 2014

Forbes | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact

Charities wanted permanent tax breaks, but instead the Senate last night passed a one-year tax extenders bill, only good through Dec. 31, 2014. That l...

'Angel' Quietly Pays Off All Of Store's Layaway Gifts With $50,000 Donation

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact

Breaking: Santa has been spotted in a Pennsylvania Walmart. Or so it seems. According to the chain's Silver Springs Commons store, an anonymous ...

Chronically Ill Mom Forced To Choose Between Medicine Or Food Gets Help From Nonprofit

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact

Dahlia said she wasn't the type of person who'd ask for help -- the hardworking mother of three had had a job since she was a teenager, after all. ...

Teaching Children to Be Charitable

Christine French Cully | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Christine French Cully

This time of year, even the kindest children are susceptible to a bad case of the "gimmes." One good way to manage their expectations is to help them find ways to give back.

The #Unselfie Captures Important Causes, Trumps Those Duckface Photos

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is here, and the Internet is abuzz making the world a better place. For the third consecutive year, Giving Tuesday m...

What Will You Do For Giving Tuesday?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 01.31.2015 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

There's a new date to put on your holiday calendar -- Giving Tuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Introduced in 2012 as an international day of charitable giving, the idea behind Giving Tuesday is to channel some of the spending energy that flows around Black Friday and Cyber Monday into giving energy.

Donating -- Is It the American Way?

Marc Joseph | Posted 01.25.2015 | Impact
Marc Joseph

In the United States, there are 1,429,801 tax-exempt organizations made up of 966,599 public charities (including 321,380 congregations), 96,584 priva...

Democratization of Philanthropy Through Crowdfunding

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

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.