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Local Solutions: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two years ago, The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Since we started, 50 individuals and families have joined us, each giving $1 or more a day to support grantees in 55 countries. Here are the extraordinary people we supported this week.

A Can't-Mess-It-Up Checklist for Feeling Better -- According to My 8-Year-Old

Casey Erin Wood | Posted 02.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Casey Erin Wood

There's something my 8-year-old wants you to know and as a coach, writer and speaker who spends her days supporting people in creating lives they love, I have to say the kid is on to something:

The Impetus for Change Is Compassion

Nicole Dash | Posted 02.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Nicole Dash

Today, my voice joins 1000s of others to share the message that compassion matters. Compassion makes a difference. Compassion is the answer. The impetus for change IS compassion.

Want Better Work-Life Balance? Try Doing Something Kind For Others

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living

Want to feel a great sense of work-life balance? Instead of doing less, try doing more -- for others. According to a new study, volunteering may i...

UTA Foundation Mentors the Youth of L.A.U.S.D

Marc A. Coronel | Posted 02.17.2015 | Impact
Marc A. Coronel

The agents hail from nearly every department of the agency, including talent and literary for TV, film and digital media, Corporate Communications, Client Development, Advertising and more.

The Top U.S. Charity Donors Gave 28% More In 2014 Than They Did The Year Before

Associated Press | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact

The Chronicle of Philanthropy in Washington released its annual list Sunday of the top 50 American donors to nonprofit organizations in 2014. Here are...

What Planned Parenthood Means to Me

Susan Chatzky | Posted 02.09.2015 | Women
Susan Chatzky

All people are valuable and have something to offer. What they need is the opportunity and the encouragement. Planned Parenthood provides sexual and reproductive healthcare, education, information, and outreach to more than five million women, men, and adolescents worldwide each year.

4 Ways To Be The Best Mentor

Rob Weaver | Posted 02.04.2015 | Business
Rob Weaver

Growing up in St. Louis, I was lucky to have several mentors that took me under their wing and helped me navigate humble beginnings. Others have worked diligently to help me accomplish what I have. It's my responsibility to offer the same to those that follow me.

From New York to NOLA: A Moral Obligation to Give Back

Nasir Fleming | Posted 02.02.2015 | Teen
Nasir Fleming

We often think that issues are irrelevant because they do not directly affect us, but we forget that we can easily be the ones in an unfortunate situation at any moment.

Art Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with a group of nearly 50 other people, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. The Pollination Project helps this community of daily givers identify new grantees. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that we supported this past week.

What Makes Your Heart Happy?

Jaclyn Mullen | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Jaclyn Mullen

We've all heard the term, "When your heart leads you in a different direction." But for most, the term isn't literal...unless you are Heidi Burns. From the moment she made her debut in this world, Heidi, the Founder of Project Happy Hearts, had to listen to her heart.

MLK, Jr. Asked Us 'What Are You Doing For Others?' Here's How We Answered

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact

In a legacy as profound as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, one thing is for certain -- the civil rights leader lived to help those who needed him most....

If Memory Serves: How Giving Back Shaped My Life

Chirlane McCray | Posted 01.19.2015 | New York
Chirlane McCray

If Dr. King proved anything, it's that service isn't a series of discrete acts -- it's a way of life.

My Best Leadership Experience at Work: Beyond Handshakes

Karthik Rajan | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Karthik Rajan

Many years ago, I was in the office of one of my former bosses for my annual review. He was very diplomatic and shared that he was happy with my work. When he asked me, "Do you have any questions?"

Fashion and Philanthropy

Sara Lee Bentley | Posted 01.13.2015 | Style
Sara Lee Bentley

Customers want to feel that they are making a positive difference in the world. Giving a gift that "gives" even more than the actual item makes both the gift's giver and receiver feel a part of something greater.

Three New Mantras: Talk to Strangers, Say Yes, and Give Back to Others

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 01.09.2015 | Women
Brandi Megan Granett

While this is my blueprint for a Year of Awesome and yours may vary, I recommend the backbone of talking to strangers, saying yes, and giving back to others. Think about places to volunteer, new places to visit, or people you want to meet. You never know who or what you might find.

Worker Productivity Can Jump 30 Percent When It's For A Good Cause: Study

Phys.org | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact

Working to benefit a good cause increases productivity by up to 30 per cent, according to the findings of a new study from the University of Southampt...

Nonprofit Employment Actually Grew During The Recession: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact

Nonprofits are becoming an increasingly vital aspect of the American economy, new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. For the first tim...

7 Ways To Give Without Spending A Dime

Holly Leber | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Holly Leber

Though there are many, many organizations doing wonderful work to help the less fortunate, doing good and giving does not have to be applied to only to the non-profit world. Here are (lucky) seven everyday ways to do good.

3 Ways to Bring More Love Into Your Life

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Twardowski

Love isn't something to look and search for. It's something that we open ourselves to. It's a matter of finding the love that is already within us and expressing that out into the world so that we can create the love in our lives that we desire.

12 Ordinary People Whose Lives Can Inspire Us In 2015

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact

2014 was a year filled with stories of people who changed their lives, and the lives of others, by looking beyond conventional definitions of success ...

These Were The 10 Biggest Gifts To Charity In 2014

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact

Sometimes the 1 percent can come up big. This year, the top 10 philanthropic gifts to American nonprofits totaled $3.3 billion, according to the Ch...

Taylor Swift Named Most Charitable Celeb For Supporting Feminist Causes, Education, More

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact

No one pulls off selflessness quite like Taylor Swift. The 25-year-old pop star landed the top spot on DoSomething.org's Celebs Gone Good list, whi...

5 Lessons I Learned From Running a Crowdfunding Campaign

Erica Swallow | Posted 02.28.2015 | Impact
Erica Swallow

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

Where Our Common Interest Meets Your Self-Interest

John E. Kobara | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

Most people view this desire to give back as "charity." The arrogant thought that people in need deserve our help. What we neglect to understand is that we need to engage our hearts, minds and yes, our pocketbooks, because it helps us too.