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How Pope Francis Gives Me Hope: A Philadelphia Story

Catherine Nagle | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

Last week, one of my dear brothers was blessed to be seated at the Papal Mass in Philadelphia, and also present at the Pope's address to Congress in Washington. He was one who drank from the Pope's water glass, too. I pray that Pope Francis understands my brother's love for him.

Ten Years After Katrina: The Evolution of Corporate Response to Disasters

Daryl Brewster | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Daryl Brewster

At the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, CECP looks back at how disaster relief response has changed among companies. We found that overall, the data show that aggregate giving from corporations for disaster relief has declined over the last five years. A deeper look into the data and additional resources shows that it's a complex story. We explored:

How This Teen Gave a TEDx Talk and Changed the World

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 09.25.2015 | Parents
Sarah Cottrell

What if I told you that a kid as young as four years old has what it takes to change the world? That's exactly how old Aidan Thomas was when he told his mother that he wanted to be a "difference maker" and that he wasn't going to wait until he grew up to do it.

Want to Be a Rock Star? Start By Lighting People Up

Hallie Sawyer | Posted 09.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Hallie Sawyer

I'm adding "Rock Star" to my resume, which already includes a few job titles like writer, health/soul coach, mom, and traveler. Yet, I have no inten...

Human or Robot?

Danielle Posa | Posted 09.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Danielle Posa

At the end of the day, when you lay your head down on your pillow... ask yourself "Was I a robot or a human today." The world needs the human in you.

charity: water Launches Their Crazy Good September Campaign

Brady Josephson | Posted 09.03.2015 | Impact
Brady Josephson

The fall is my favourite season. The weather cools down and the baseball season heats up (have you seen the Toronto Blue Jays lately...). And for me since 2009 it also means charity: water's September campaign. As a known and unabashed admirer of Scott, his team and their work, I always look forward to seeing what they will do with their September campaign.

6 Things That Might Secretly Be Making You Miserable

Susie Moore | Posted 09.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Susie Moore

Put simply, we need to do some unlearning in our lives. I have observed that there are key things we do that keep us stuck, unhappy and living in the past. By holding on and continuing to do these we are guilty of sabotaging our success, our sense of peace and our joy.

Childhood Cancer: Don't Look Away

Jacqueline Dooley | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Jacqueline Dooley

When you have a child going through a serious illness, you don't want people to look away. You want people to see you, see your child. It's the only way to keep from drowning. I'm not proud that I lived in a bubble of unawareness. When I finally couldn't look away anymore, when I didn't have the choice, I learned about a lot of amazing kids. My world got wider, not smaller.

The Pattern of the Universe

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 08.31.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Bill Halamandaris

A hundred years ago, a Scottish farmer heard a cry from a swamp near his farm. When he ran to see what was happening, he found a boy stuck to his wais...

Community Needs Can't Wait for the Markets to Rebound

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Like everyone else, I've been carefully paying attention to the stock market the last few days. As the leader of a community of more than 500 grantmakers, I'm conscious of how attentive foundations are when the US stock market tumbles.

Julian Edelman Reaches for Roots

Stacey Alcorn | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Stacey Alcorn

Over the past year, Julian Edelman has been exploring his Judaism and reached out to CJP, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, to set forth on a journey of self-discovery in Israel.

You Have Giving All Wrong

Tim McDonald | Posted 08.23.2015 | Impact
Tim McDonald

Giving has always meant, to me, being able to give a gift or listen to someone by giving my time and energy. But I had no idea the path I would take -- as a result of one simple idea I had -- that would fundamentally change my outlook on life.

12 Commandments For A Happy Life

Elyse Santilli | Posted 08.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Elyse Santilli

Wake up and ask yourself: how can I serve today? How can I embody love? How can I bring joy? How can I leave this world a better place? Have a spirit of service as you go about your day. Be a blessing, good company, an inspiration to others. You get more of what you give, so if you lack love, joy or abundance, find a way to help others find it. It will return to you a hundredfold.

What I Really Want for My Birthday, and Why You Might Want the Same Thing

Eric Friedman | Posted 08.17.2015 | Impact
Eric Friedman

It seems like a good strategy to design my birthday wish to help others. A simple way to do this might be for me to buy presents for other people. But I'd prefer an approach that doesn't just help others, but helps them as much as possible.

Be Perfectly Imperfect: Transform Insecurity Into Intent Today

Cortney McDermott | Posted 08.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Cortney McDermott

The Perfectly Imperfect series is about acknowledging and embracing our individual gifts and quirks-our perfect imperfection. It's time we release the...

Nationals Centerfielder Denard Span Empowers Single Parents

Kandice Ferrell | Posted 08.05.2015 | Impact
Kandice Ferrell

I recently spoke to Washington Nationals centerfielder Denard Span about his mission to uplift single parent families. His non-profit, The Denard Span Foundation was borne out of a desire to extend assistance proactively.

My Mentor Never Gave His Last Lecture

Adam Grant | Posted 08.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Adam Grant

To millions of beloved readers, Jeff Zaslow was the advice columnist who replaced Ann Landers and the bestselling author who captured our hearts with moving books like The Last Lecture with Randy Pausch. But to me and countless other writers, Jeff was a devoted mentor who gave countless hours of his time and energy to help aspiring authors.

3 Things You Can Do to Engage Millennial Employees

Brady Josephson | Posted 07.13.2015 | Business
Brady Josephson

As companies become filled with Millennials and they start to drive more of the work and giving culture, the relationship between companies and causes will only grow in importance.

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.

A Loving Realization: You Get What You Give Is a Lie

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 07.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lulu Salavegsen

"You get what you give" is a lie. A better way to phrase it to me: "Without expectation, give what you truly want out into the world, only then, wil...

Ramadan Reflection Day 13: Hunger Is Not A Choice for Some But Giving Is

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

They had no tangible means to move it so one came up with the idea of saying a prayer to God by a sincere deed that they had respectively carried out at some time prior for Him.

$3 Can Buy You Happiness: How I've Learned Integrity Fom the Poorest People in the World

Dragos Bratasanu | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Dragos Bratasanu

A few years ago I went on a journey in Nepal. From the moment you land in Kathmandu, taxi drivers ask absurd sums of money for very short rides, merchants charge you a lot more because you're a foreigner.

The World's Poorest Country Has No Borders

Richard Stearns | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Richard Stearns

While the world's refugees would fill an entire country, they have no land, no borders, no security, no hope and almost no friends. It is time to change that.

Why Is This Happening to Me?

Catherine Nagle | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

It's very refreshing to know that mindfulness has grown over the years and has entered the mainstream today as one of the many ways of demonstrating prayer.

You Can't Do Everything for Everyone

Melissa Heisler | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Heisler

Recently I watched a TED talk by Marla Spivak about why bees are disappearing. I learned a lot about how intertwined we are with nature and how some o...