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Mystery Salvation Army Coin Donors Give $10,000 Over 15 Years, Finally Reveal Identities

Posted 01.20.2012 | Impact

In Gettysburg, Penn., part of the magic of Christmas has included a mysterious gold coin anonymously dropped into a Salvation Army red kettle every ye...

Restaurants May Be Able To Donate Leftovers To Hungry Without Liability | Posted 01.08.2012 | Impact

As the economy continues to falter and the number of families seeking help at local food pantries increases, there is one possible solution gaining mo...

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.

David Lohr

Florida Community Rallies In Support Of 8-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Forced Into Prostitution | David Lohr | Posted 12.23.2011 | Crime

It's hard to get into the Christmas spirit when you hear a mother in your community allegedly offered up her 8-year-old daughter for prostitution, but...

Will Ferrell: 'The Only Thing Fame Is Really Good For' Is...

Posted 12.22.2011 | Impact

Will Ferrell may be known for his slapstick antics and witty lines, but when it comes to charity, he's dead serious. Ferrell told CNN that giving ...

Bright Lights, Holiday Sights At National Zoo (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 12.15.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Have you noticed the bright lights in Woodley Park? For the fifth year in a row, the Smithsonian's National Zoo is hosting ZooLights, a ...

Give Money, Get Impact, Save Taxes: The Power of Social Entrepreneurs for Your Portfolio

R. Paul Herman | Posted 02.11.2012 | Impact
R. Paul Herman

Can charitable dollars be recycled? In the words of famed venture capitalist John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins, can you "write one $10 million check and h...

Soldiers 'Jump' At Chance To Donate Toys

Posted 12.09.2011 | Impact

Donating a toy action figure and mimicking one is a long-standing tradition for soldiers in North Carolina. Fourteen years ago, Ft. Bragg began its...

Study: The Number One Way Nonprofits Can Increase Donations

Posted 12.08.2011 | Impact

If donors just had access to the information they want, charitable contributions would increase by $15 billion, a recent study revealed. Money for ...

Penn. Gift Shop Owner Sends Warm-Weather Presents To Afghanistan

Ardmore Patch | Posted 12.02.2011 | Impact

Sherry Tillman, from behind the counter of Past*Present*Future, a gift shop in downtown Ardmore that she’s owned for the last decade and a half, rel...

'Tis The Season: Who Will You Donate To This Year? | Posted 12.01.2011 | Fifty

Snowed under by seasonal solicitations from all kinds of worthy-sounding charities and not sure where to send your money? There's a blizzard of worth...

8 Accidental Charitable Donations (VIDEO)

Mental Floss | David Moye | Posted 12.01.2011 | Weird News

You know how you hold on to some stupid kitchen item for like eight years, then decide that you’ve used it once and donate it to Goodwill? Then ...

We're Number 6! We're Number 6!

Stuart Paskow | Posted 01.29.2012 | Miami
Stuart Paskow

Fans at football games are not chanting: "We're No. 6!" Well, maybe they are in Dolphins Stadium these days, but you get the point. 

Miami was once first in the nation in per capita charitable giving and now we are sixth.

Mariano Rivera Hosts, Feeds 42 Children And Their Families

Posted 11.28.2011 | Impact

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera hit a grand slam with children in need Tuesday when he opened up his Italian-American restaurant for an early Thanksgivi...

The Insane Amount Bidder Donated To Charity For Role In Ben Stiller Movie

Posted 11.23.2011 | Impact

Rather than hire an extra for his upcoming film, Ben Stiller auctioned off the role for charity. The "Meet The Fockers" star auctioned off a walk-o...

Black Friday, Cyber Monday Alternative: Charities That Stretch Your Dollar The Most

Posted 01.23.2012 | Impact

These charities will make your money multiply! This Black Friday or Cyber Monday, make your dollars count. Our top picks of charities that, for exampl...

10 Tips For Reducing Food Waste During The Holiday Season

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 01.22.2012 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

The holiday season is a time for gifts, decorations, and lots and lots of food. As a result, it's also a time of spectacular amounts of waste.

Which 'Occupy' Movements Are Seeking, Considering Nonprofit Status?

Posted 11.21.2011 | Impact

UPDATED: Monday, November 21, 2011. 5:45 p.m. As the message of the 'Occupy' movement grows stronger, a handful of cities are looking to nail down ...

Making a Difference: The World of Giving -- Hunger and Thankful Giving

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 01.16.2012 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

During this time of year, many local grocery stores as well as chains, offer the opportunity for shoppers to purchase a bag of food, a meal or to drop off a food item in a "food barrel".

Boy, 7, Raises Money To Give Homeless Family A Christmas

Posted 01.10.2012 | Impact

Like many other young Taekwondo yellow belt-hopefuls, 7-year old Bradley Thomas was tasked with doing a community service project to move up the ranks...

Boston Shelter Director Transforms Homeless Women's Lives | Posted 01.09.2012 | Impact

The words 'I have enough' will always ring strongly in the ears of Sharon Reilly, executive director of the Women's Lunch Place. She was visiting S...

Pretzel Company Gives Away 1,500 Salty Snacks A Week To Homeless

The Tigard Times | Posted 01.03.2012 | Impact

Two embarrassing truths are at war with each other in our country right now. On one hand, we’re informed, 14 billion pounds of food are sent to U.S....

Donations To Occupy Wall Street Skyrocketed In Last Three Weeks

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.28.2011 | Business

People seem to be getting more and more eager to send their money to the Occupiers. As the protest movement -- initially based in Manhattan's Zucco...

Christina Wilkie

Family Matters: Rick Perry Cronies' Young Kids Donate Big Money | Christina Wilkie | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The last week of August was a very generous one at the Smitherman household in Austin, Texas. Barry Smitherman had recently been appoint...

How to find good, effective nonprofits

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.14.2012 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Okay, say you're one of most people who'd like to help people out, maybe with your time and money. Usually, we do that by finding an effective, trustw...