#GivingTuesday refers to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and was a movement started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation. This national day of giving was a response to the commercialization and consumerism that created Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
The traditional giving season is upon us, as is the time of year when many people set goals and resolutions for the new year. What better opportunity to look for ways to boost our giving by spending money more efficiently and consciously?
Getting involved in nonprofits is a lot of work, either as an employee or board member. There is a constant need to raise visibility, do more with less, and, in the process, constantly raise funds to keep the momentum going.
To the people who think of donating to food pantries as a way to toss out expired, no longer food that you yourself would eat, can I ask you to throw it away rather than use it as a donation. If someone goes to a food pantry, it's because they need to eat.
The man I once viewed as "the strongest daddy in da' world" was now too weak to defend himself against the young dope boys in the community. Overnight he became less entertaining. His jokes became irritating. His singing and dancing morphed into buffoonery. He could do no right in my eyes.
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:
Having an app that alumni actually love using would be a major game changer to the industry. Not only would it improve relationships between schools and alums, but it would also give schools meaningful user-engagement data that they've never had before.
Visiting refugee camps in Eastern Turkey, I was appalled at the conditions I witnessed firsthand. Upon returning, I decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign in support of children living in the camps. The thing they need most of all -- and it might sound counterintuitive -- is to be able to play.
By day, Patrick Mancini is a successful software executive at IBM. While his ability to lead people in a business context is impressive, by night, he doubles as an impassioned painter whose creations serve as the engine for a life committed to honest to goodness charity.
We truly believe that you never know which dollar is going to make the difference and lead to the next big discovery to help kids with cancer, and that every single dollar adds up toward making those dreams of a cure a reality.
I think that giving would be more effective if we nonprofits were clearer about not just what we need, but also what we don't need. Well-meaning donors tend to err on the side of excess: "Well, maybe they can use it."