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This Traveling Dog Film Festival Is Raising Money for Animal Shelters Across America

Jen Reeder | Posted 10.01.2015 | Good News
Jen Reeder

I love dogs, so I was thrilled last month when my town's animal shelter hosted the Bow Wow Film Festival. My husband and I had a fun date that involved popcorn, beer and watching about two hours of short films celebrating dogs.

The Future of Business

Samie Al-Achrafi | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business
Samie Al-Achrafi

Disengaged workforces. Water shortages. Financial oligarchies. Climate change. Charismatic leadership. Mass migration. Wealth inequality.

#HungerChallenge Day 4: A Whole Different World

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.18.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Folks, my neighbors have made it to Day 4 of the #HungerChallenge. They've definitely faced some dilemmas and made some tough choices. Remember that f...

Where's Your Happy?

Kerrie L Cooper | Posted 09.15.2015 | Women
Kerrie L Cooper

Some are called to it. Some fall into it. Some have never considered it seriously while others have acknowledged it all of their lives and will not act on it. I think that a few would admit to feeling like it would be a selfish pursuit; too indulgent to consider if you have responsibilities like a mortgage and a kid and a tuition payment that rivals the aforementioned mortgage.

#HungerChallenge Day 2: Could You Resist the Cupcakes?

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Folks, we just got a #HungerChallenge update from Teri, Roxy, and Natalie - my neighbors who I've challenged to the #HungerChallenge. For each day the...

After They Died, I Found My Purpose

Jill Sullivan Grueter | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Jill Sullivan Grueter

Right now, I have six applications on my desk from animal rescue organizations in desperate need of help. Each one of them is unique -- yet, the urgency is the same. Their facilities are on the verge of collapse or closure. And, without the buildings -- what happens to the animals they rescue and save?

4 Innovative Ways to Give Back

Daffnee Cohen | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Daffnee Cohen

As we evolve and grow as a society, there are so many new and innovative ways to give back. I encourage you to make time for charity, regardless of what that looks like, and start a chain reaction of positivity and selflessness.

One Thing You Can Do to Give Back to Teachers

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.09.2015 | Education
Craig Newmark

Okay, the deal is teachers in lots of schools never get a break, and that's often true in schools that serve military families, too. DonorsChoose.or...

Doing Something for Someone Else Without Keeping the Score!

Amanda Gore | Posted 08.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Amanda Gore

A person who is happy to help you, guide you or set you on the right path and expects nothing in return. They don't think in terms of "reward," or expecting you to reciprocate. Their joy is in seeing you prosper, grow or develop.

You Can Change the World in 5 Hours. Here's How.

Josh Schukman | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Josh Schukman

Fresh out of high school, I crammed my little Honda with my earthly possessions, swallowed my fear, and pointed that fine piece of Japanese engineering northward. My destination? Cleveland, Ohio. The reason? A year of service with AmeriCorps.

Writing Well and Giving Back

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.07.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Some authors, in addition to perfecting the art of the written word also practice the art of charity. Their efforts both on the page and off seek to illuminate and improve this world we call home.

Rethinking 21st Century Philanthropy

Natalia Martinez | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Natalia Martinez

Our informal guiding theory is that a rising tide can lift all boats. Larger, community-wide tipping points are the result of the gradual accumulation of individual tipping points, of people "turning on" to trust their own potential, and that of their ideas and projects.

Becoming a "Brand New Man" after weight loss surgery

Don McNay | Posted 08.02.2015 | Business
Don McNay

Obesity was messing with my "you can do anything you set your mind to" theory. On weight loss, I felt like Sisyphus from Greek mythology, who was punished by the gods by pushing a boulder up a hill each day and then having the boulder roll back down. Forever.

Why Having a Heart Is Good For Business

Gabriel Bristol | Posted 07.13.2015 | Business
Gabriel Bristol

In today's corporate landscape, the modern employee is more socially conscious than they were a generation ago. They're also more generous and inclined to donate to causes that resonate with them.

The New Normal: Mega Donors and Fewer Recipients

John E. Kobara | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

The recently released annual report on American philanthropy, Giving USA, cites a 5.4 percent surge in charitable giving last year to $358.4 billion, reaching above pre-recession levels.

Here's More Proof That Millenials Are The 'Giving Generation'

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact

Though millennials are often stereotyped as lazy, selfish and entitled, new research has again shown that donating to charities and volunteering are i...

A Different Kind of Lottery

Emily Champion | Posted 07.06.2015 | Teen
Emily Champion

Who doesn't dream about winning the lottery? In the United States 47 states have a Lottery. States make billions of dollars of revenue for their state just from Lottery sales.

Kids and Kindness - How You Can Get Your Child Involved This Summer!

Leigh McManus | Posted 08.18.2015 | Good News
Leigh McManus

Those who know me best, know how much I long to be a Mom. While the process to become a mother, has so far been a long and challenging one for me (which I will share some other time), it is always in my heart.

Finding Joy Through Random Acts of Kindness

Leigh McManus | Posted 06.17.2015 | Good News
Leigh McManus

In this lifetime, I spent a long time looking for joy. I found that for me, choosing a good attitude and trying to affect positivity for those that I'm able to interact with is where I have joy. This is the joy that's available for's love for other people.

A Closer Look at the Impact of #GivingTuesday

Steve MacLaughlin | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Steve MacLaughlin

We all know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Chances are you also know about Giving Tuesday.

Big Slick: Celebs Gather in Kansas City to Focus on Family, Charity This Father's Day Weekend

Rob Riggle | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Rob Riggle

The event has increased in size, awareness, donations and celebrity attendance, but it still remains all about family: those families impacted by childhood illness and seeking care from the incredible doctors and team at Children's Mercy.

Picturing A Future Where Beauty Is Defined By Doing Good

Nigel Barker | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Nigel Barker

You ask any father, anywhere, from any religion, any culture, and they'll speak as if they love their daughters more than anything -- girls hold a special place in their fathers' hearts. Yet in all cultures, that changes when it comes to positions of power, and family, and role in society.

The Best Volunteer Programs Do This

Ryan Scott | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Ryan Scott

If you're wondering why, despite all of your careful planning and grand volunteer and giving activities, your participation numbers are flat, you need to take a look at how you're hooking your employees into your program in the first place.

Almost Going to Jail Taught Me How to Give!

Ama Nkwa | Posted 06.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ama Nkwa

I have learned about giving through the experience of receiving. There have been a lot of people in my life that gave to me, when they didn't have to,...

Here's How You Can Be The Most Helpful When Donating To People In Need

Mashable | Katie Dupere | Posted 06.11.2015 | Impact

Giving back is important, but all those canned pineapples and piles of forgotten T-shirts aren't really doing the trick. Take Hurricane Sandy as an...