Aristotle said: "To give away money is an easy matter, and in any man's power. But to decide to whom to give it, and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man's power -- nor an easy matter." Here are four pieces of advice that might help make your decision.
Whether you are saving elephants by banning the ivory trade in Thailand with WWF or speaking up for a cause you are passionate about. all our collaborative efforts have true meaning and power, so use them wisely.
What is it that draws so many of us to community causes as we age? Is it just an excess of wealth that inspires philanthropy, or are our brains actually learning to perceive our relationships with the world around us in different ways?
It is of grave importance that we do not use yoga to perpetuate our freedom to self indulge. We could consider taking our newfound inspiration we've gained via yoga, and use it to empower other women, who may be less fortunate.
"Whether you are a CEO or a secretary, self-employed or unemployed, rich or poor, a 20-something or a 60-something, a master at the task or a first-timer, none of those labels matter when you are serving. I like to think of service as a great equalizer."
If someone does something nice, you should thank them. It's a simple and easy thing to do. Right But what if I wanted to thank 1 million people from all over the country for doing nice things? You may be wondering how I would possibly know a million nice people... Well, I actually do!
Brave Is Beautiful was the theme that rung clear at an event to support the Somaly Mam Foundation on Thursday night in New York City. The purpose of the event was to raise $25,000 for the Somaly Mam Foundation, a nonprofit that is committed to ending modern slavery.
My great granduncle used to answer Santa's mail. For decades, letters that kids addressed to Santa Claus went to the post office's Dead Letter Office. But in 1913, my grandma's uncle approached the postmaster with an idea of how to answer these wishes.
Most motivation behaviors are rewards for achievement, but what if there was a punishment for not achieving your goals? Enter the anti-charity. The less you believe in the cause, the harder you'll work to succeed at your goal!
If you're anything like me, you probably struggle to make enough "me time." With most hours of the day devoted to job, family, and commuting, most of us struggle to find energy to devote to ourselves, let alone philanthropic causes.
The effective use of data is paramount in nonprofit operations and in the way they tell their story to you, the supporter. Have you heard a good story lately? Chances are, it had good data backing it up.
This film urges us to look hard at what charities like Komen are really saying about breast cancer, those who have it and the companies trying to "pinkwash" themselves, insulating themselves from criticism.
Just as we require political ads to disclose the sources of their funding, we should make sure that these faceless front groups come out of the shadows and tell us up front -- on the ads themselves -- who exactly is paying for them.
Soup kitchens over art and music programs? Social justice over inner city education? Homeless shelters over medical research? ACORN over the environment? With the thousands of charitable organizations in existence, do we really want these decisions politicized and manipulated?