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The One Metric I'll Use to Measure My Company's Success in 2014

Brittany Hodak | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Brittany Hodak

My head began spinning as Joanna went through the next 10 or so cards. I don't think I heard a single word she said afterward. I just kept thinking about Joshua and his heartbreaking request. All of a sudden,our 2014 goals seemed meaningless.

This is not an exaggeration: Over a million dollars raised for nonprofits

Craig Newmark | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Folks, huge news! The #HolidayChallenge recently passed $1,000,000. That's a million dollars for charities. As many of you know, I'm helping to fund ...

'Tis the Season -- for Sensible Charitable Giving

Lily Casura | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Lily Casura

The Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting recently identified the "50 worst charities in America".

What are Our Charitable Obligations?

Eric Friedman | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Eric Friedman

I get more authentic personal satisfaction from giving when I put aside my personal experiences, do some research into charitable effectiveness, and give based on what I think is most effective at helping others.

The Five Mistakes Donors Make (and How to Fix Them)

Eric Friedman | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Eric Friedman

By many measures, Americans are among the most generous people in the world, giving about $300 billion to charities every year to help those who are less fortunate or to otherwise make the world a better place.

The Big Question To Ask When Making Charitable Choices

Eric Friedman | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Eric Friedman

Any time a donor chooses one health care charity over all the others (or makes no donation at all), the donor is literally making a decision that affects who gets sick and who doesn't, who is cured and who isn't, and--at the extreme--who lives and who dies.

Thanks Giving Back

Hilary Young | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Hilary Young

In the process of helping these organizations, however, a strange thing happened: they made our lives better too.

Why I Don't Give to Holiday Toy Drives

Eric Friedman | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Eric Friedman

Are toy drives the most effective way to help others? How does the impact of a toy drive compare to other charitable opportunities? Since the money you are able to give to charity is limited, are toy drives worthy recipients?

Ten Ways to End Hunger

Bill Ayres | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Bill Ayres

In order to create lasting change, we need to further the conversation and advocate for solutions that address the root causes of hunger and poverty.

Why I Won't Donate To Typhoon Relief Efforts

Eric Friedman | Posted 01.24.2014 | Impact
Eric Friedman

The damage from Typhoon Haiyan has been absolutely horrific. We've all seen the images of the disaster by now. The death count is still being tallied,...

How to Avoid Holiday Charity Scams

Mark Steber | Posted 01.25.2014 | Money
Mark Steber

Before you make your contributions, take a minute to make sure you are not being scammed and your donations are tax deductible. Unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous people using major disasters and the holidays to impersonate charities.

The Rich Are Getting Richer, but They Still Don't Do Enough for the Poor

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Pablo Eisenberg

Where have all the billionaires gone? Their philanthropy is now needed more than ever, yet their giving, especially to needy constituencies, remains paltry, often nowhere to be found.

Picking the Best Charity for Typhoon Haiyan Relief

Eric Friedman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Eric Friedman

The result can be that money isn't the limiting factor in the immediate relief effort. We found evidence of this both for the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the 2011 Japan tsunami.

Experts: Charity Telemarketers 'Rip Off' Donors And Nonprofits | Posted 11.15.2013 | Impact

Judith Johnson of Stacyville, Iowa, doesn’t get out much anymore. Legally blind and living on a small Social Security pension, the 72-year-old us...

Why It Is Important To Remember LGBT Teenagers When You Donate to Holiday Toy Programs

Sue Kerr | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sue Kerr

This is not easy. Most programs are about toys and toys are for younger kids. We would often receive items like portable CD players or handheld poker games for the older youth -- one of which was very outdated and the other very inappropriate.

How to Give Kids the Gift of Giving: Clean Out a Closet

Women & Co | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Women & Co

For Women & Co., by Cynthia Hutchison, VP, Marketing Operations, Citi Retail Services There is a chill in the air, fall is in full swing, and the hol...

The ONE Partnership You Need to Know About

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 12.24.2013 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

What do you get when you combine the active voices of 3.5 million people who want to change the world with nearly 70 years of experience in on-the-ground programs that have helped lift 20.7 million families out of hunger and poverty?

A Powerful Method for Nonprofits to Raise More Money

Auren Kaplan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Auren Kaplan

When you are using a challenge-based event to tap into the power of third party fundraising, you are unleashing the extremely powerful force of motivated individuals, all of whom have a network of motivated individuals that they can tap into as well.

Charity Navigator's Focus on Results Isn't a Slam Dunk

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

Charity Navigator, a web site that provides potential donors with a way to evaluate in which nonprofits to invest, has announced a shift in how it will evaluate nonprofits itself. Some nonprofits are up in arms over whether such reporting will be fair and sufficiently nuanced.

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.'

Give While You Live

Jeremy Balkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jeremy Balkin

In December 2008 Credit Default Swaps (CDS) were all the range. Everywhere you looked in finance there was talk about this company on the verge of collapse or that institution about to go under.

35% Of U.S. Foundation Giving Helps Economically Disadvantaged: Report

Reuters | Posted 12.01.2013 | Impact

By Manuela Badawy NEW YORK, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Giving in the United States by private and community foundations reached an estimated $5...

Why We Need to Overhaul Philanthropy: Interview With Peter Buffett

Idealist | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact

We talked to Peter about why he wrote the article, his reflections on the responses, and why he thinks everyone who works in the philanthropic sector needs to be "driven to lose their jobs."

Why Giving Unconditional Handouts To Poor Is A Good Thing | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact

Morocco is one of the more developed countries in Africa, but only about half -- 56 percent -- of its population can read. Most schools there lack ele...

Who's Connected to Whom and How in the Lawmaker Pay Lawsuit?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.14.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Sometimes you need a flowchart to understand all the connections between public figures in Illinois. That certainly could be useful in the case of the suit filed by Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan against Gov. Pat Quinn.