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Everything You Need to Know About Finances in Your 20s

Avelist | Posted 09.29.2015 | College

Everyone's different. Different personalities. Different goals. As with everything else, having a healthy financial life can look different for everyone. To find the budget style that's best for you, start by writing down all the elements of your finances:

You Want to Talk About #TheShoe? Fine. Talk About #TheShoe. But Do Something Actually Useful First

Abby Rosmarin | Posted 07.10.2015 | Impact
Abby Rosmarin

All this talk about nail polish matching our shoes -- meanwhile there are children and adults who don't even have shoes. I know that's an old and tired sentiment, but it's still true. The cliché does not take poverty away.

Big Heart? Small Wallet? A Thrifty Guide to Giving

Melanie Young | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Melanie Young

My mother (known in her hometown of Chattanooga as "The Purple Lady") lives by what she calls her "Purple Rules: Do unto others and for others." Give graciously and generously to help people without expecting anything in return. Her gift to me was the lesson of being a giving person and not a getting one.

The Joys of Giving Large

Brad Hurley | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Brad Hurley

For me, it boils down to this: There are plenty of other things I could do with the money I give away to effective charities each year. But can I think of anything better to do with it? No. It feels like the best possible use of my money. I'm a lot happier giving large than living large.

What Causes Do Americans Really Care About?

Simone Collins | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Simone Collins

We live in an age in which our personal interests and activities can be tracked at scale. This enables us to understand our cultural values with a level of accuracy that would before seem unfathomable.

9 Home Items That Are Practically Extinct

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 06.25.2015 | HuffPost Home

It's time to get rid of your television once and for all.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Class of 2014

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 05.28.2014 | College
Victor M. Feraru

Give back. Sure you paid tuition and ate ramen noodles. You are on a shoestring budget, but even if it's $5, pay it forward. It will ultimately be giving to a good cause.

How Not to Muddle the Middle

Gary Laermer | Posted 05.25.2014 | Impact
Gary Laermer

Unfortunately, the mid-sized donor base has reduced its nonprofit support in recent years. The good news is that there are ways to reverse this trend and prevent core donors from drifting.

The New WhatsApp Billionaires and the Future of Philanthropy

David Callahan | Posted 04.24.2014 | Impact
David Callahan

Once upon a time, big philanthropy worked like this: After decades of building a great fortune (because it used to take decades), a titan of industry would create a major foundation late in life and, not long after, would pass from the scene.

A Divorce Life Lesson

Debbie Martinez, M.A. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Divorce
Debbie Martinez, M.A.

Decorating the tree and shopping just seem so much more joyful when you are doing it with someone by your side. Well, I would like to share a Christmas story with you that just might warm your heart and help you see this season through different eyes.

The Season of Giving

Anita Casalina | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

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 Inner Landscape of the Children Who Survived Typhoon Haiyan

William Spear | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
William Spear

The similarities are striking - we've been in this place before. The past echoes in my brain and I feel as if I am sitting in my living room the day after Christmas in 2004.

5 Simple Ways To Give Back While Traveling

Posted 11.09.2013 | Travel

We’d all love to go on a volunteer vacation, learn about the local culture and perhaps save the world. With the average American getting a total of ...

The Static State of Philanthropy (Part 2)

Marc Chardon and Hal Williams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Marc Chardon and Hal Williams

With giving already such an abstract concept, shifting it to something that happens behind the scenes -- or at least away from the community gathering -- means we 'lose a tangible teaching moment in how we form identity.'

Making a Difference: The World of Giving - Going Back to School and Giving Back to Educators

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

I believe in the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." Let's work together to be a close-knit village, ensuring all students have the items and materials they need to be successful.

Making a Difference: A World of Giving - Honoring America on Independence Day by Giving Back

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Independence Day is not just a great time to be with family and friends watching fireworks and enjoying the perfect barbeque. It is also a time to reflect on the many gifts we, as Americans, have been given every day, as a community and as a country.

What Is The 'Return' On Charity?

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 08.23.2013 | Impact
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

When you give you receive not because it "gets" you anything but because giving of yourself is what we were all meant to do. It is the internal reward of doing something right and good, and the moment you begin to calculate what it will yield the purity of the gesture is lost.

Wildlife Tracking in the Adirondacks (PHOTOS)

Alissa Rafferty | Posted 03.26.2013 | Green
Alissa Rafferty


Mindful Charitable Giving as a Pathway to Enlightenment

Fred Lawrence Feldman | Posted 04.07.2013 | Impact
 Fred Lawrence Feldman

It is our intent to give and awareness of our acts, more than the amount of our personal philanthropy, that will bring about a brighter future for us in terms of our personal outlooks on life, and for our planet as a whole.

It Takes a Village of Donors

Judith Sandalow | Posted 02.09.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

You've heard the familiar adage that it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to support the work of the many terrific nonprofits that serve our most vulnerable neighbors. A gift of any size is worth giving.

Donor Etiquette 101

Thea Montanez | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
Thea Montanez

Although the majority of us mean well when we attempt to help those in need, at times we go about it in a way that can be insensitive or even rude. Regardless of someone's unfortunate circumstances, no one receiving help wants to be viewed or treated as a poor, helpless soul.

Why Fundraising Should Be About Creating a Culture of Giving

Weh Yeoh | Posted 08.25.2012 | Impact
Weh Yeoh

Realistically, pretty much all of us can afford to give just that little bit more. There isn't a limited and static pool of private donations that NGOs need to fight tooth and nail over.

Teens Collect 1 Million Jeans For Homeless

Posted 03.06.2012 | Impact

Teens across the country collected a record-breaking 1 million jeans for homeless youth in just one month. For the fifth year running, DoSomething....

Jeremy Lin Raises $42,388 For Signed Jersey He Wore In Win Against Lakers

Posted 02.21.2012 | Impact

UPDATE: Bidding for Jeremy Lin's autographed jersey, a four pack of tickets, and a meet-and-greet with the athlete came to a close Tuesday. The winner...

The Christmas Spirit?

Steve Heilig | Posted 02.21.2012 | San Francisco
Steve Heilig

Last cold Christmas morning I took a traditional dogwalk through S.F.'s fabled Haight-Ashbury. It was pretty much empty of people on the streets. But left behind were a fair number of unfortunate souls lying in doorways.