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No Ordinary Friday

Kate Grant | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Kate Grant

The most extraordinary conversation I had this year almost didn't happen. The woman calling said her name was Lisa, and she'd called to thank me for a thank you letter I had sent to her for her recent donation.

5 Lessons I Learned From Running a Crowdfunding Campaign

Erica Swallow | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact
Erica Swallow

This holiday season, my mother and I hosted a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for our local Humane Society animal shelter.

Put This on Your Year-End Planning List: Volunteer More!

Susan Danish | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact
Susan Danish

If it's that time of the year when we search for tax write-offs for charitable donations in the year just ending, why not also make it the time to plan for the charitable "donations" you won't be able to deduct in the year ahead?

How to Turn Your End of Year Charitable Contributions Into Tax Savings

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 12.24.2014 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

While many of us show our generosity throughout the year by donating to charity and volunteering our time to help causes we support, there's no better time than the holidays to get into the spirit of giving.

16 People Who Made a Big Difference in 2014

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Mobility for physically and mentally challenged people in Northern Uganda. Widespread humane education in Australia. Community gardens for all in Chico, California.

With Holiday Giving, Be Merry and Be Wise

Jim Gibbons | Posted 12.23.2014 | 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.

Rings Dropped In Salvation Army Donation Kettle Pay For $21,000 Worth Of Toys For Kids

The Associated Press | Posted 12.15.2014 | Good News

BOSTON (AP) -- Not even J.R.R. Tolkien could dream up rings as precious as these. A former Salvation Army bell ringer is paying $21,000 for a diamo...

Generosity Around the World: Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.12.2014 | 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 ...

'She Can Have Some Of My Hair': After Seeing Girl Without Hair, Toddler Moved To Donate Hers

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 12.03.2014 | Good News

This young girl is truly benevolent beyond her years. Three-year-old Ariana Smith from Winterport, Maine watched a video from Extra Life, a charity...

54 Top Writers and Mom Bloggers Reveal Where They Give

Estelle Sobel Erasmus | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Estelle Sobel Erasmus

Move over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Make room for #GivingTuesday -- a global rally for great giving which falls on December 2 this year.

Give the Best Gift on Giving Tuesday

Juanita Rilling | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Juanita Rilling

Following the buying frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday offers an important opportunity to complement our own holiday shopping with a day designated to helping those who may be less fortunate.

Giving To Charity For The First Time? Read This First

WiserAdvisor.com | Posted 12.01.2014 | Money
WiserAdvisor.com

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.

Why Give? Gratitude and Giving for #GivingTuesday

Verneda White | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Verneda White

I am grateful for this year's #GivingTuesday to coincide with World AIDS Day and to continue our workshops that teach children to value their own lives even when others do not. I am reminded of the valuable contribution and dedication of so many who work in the trenches across such organizations.

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...

For Ebola Response - Think Infrastructure, Not Donations

Ifeoma Ajunwa | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Ifeoma Ajunwa

I have no doubt that those who give donations to charities or NGOs working in developing nations have good intentions and are trying to help; the problem is that, most times, this isn't the most effective way to help.

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.

What Are You Doing Tuesday?

Ana Garcia | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Ana Garcia

If you don't know about Giving Tuesday, that's because there's no giant corporation flooding you with ads about it. Why would they? They don't want you to give your money away to charity when you can use those credit cards to buy ugly sweaters.

6 Ways You Can Give Back Like a Celebrity This Thanksgiving

Hervé Larren | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Hervé Larren

Here are just a few of the ways some of our favorite celebrities and their families give back over the holidays. You can add some of this same star power to your Thanksgiving this year by getting together with your loved ones to help make someone else's Thanksgiving holiday special.

The Power of #GivingTuesday -- December 2, 2014

Benjamin Kallos | Posted 01.26.2015 | New York
Benjamin Kallos

As Americans, we have much to be thankful for. As a City Council Member representing the East Side of Manhattan, I am deeply thankful to be a New Yorker. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for the many blessings that we have, and #GivingTuesday is a time to give back.

#GivingTuesday: A Guide for Nonprofits

Hilary A. Doe | Posted 01.25.2015 | Impact
Hilary A. Doe

It's coming up. Every Dec. 2nd, families, students, businesses, and organizations around the world come together for Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back.

Giving Back This Season

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Folks, I believe that it's really important to give back to our communities. One way to do that is to participate in #GivingTuesday and CrowdRise's ...

8 End-of-Year Tax Tips You Won't Want to Miss

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 01.18.2015 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

2014 is quickly coming to a close. Before ringing in the New Year, take December to round out some quick and easy tips to lower your tax obligations and even boost your tax refund. And who doesn't want more money?

#GivingTuesday Giving Will Double in 2014 -- and That's a Good Thing

George Weiner | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
George Weiner

The amount of money donated on #GivingTuesday has doubled each year since 2012, and it is predicted to double again in 2014.

8,000 People Gather on National Mall to Raise $1.9M for Heart Disease Research

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Last Saturday the Greater Washington Region of the American Heart Association hosted its 11th Annual DC Heart Walk on the National Mall.

Progress and Education: This week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with 40 other daily givers, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. All o...