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Exclusive: Melinda Gates on Family Planning and Changing the World

Marianne Schnall | Posted 01.28.2013 | World
Marianne Schnall

Controversy over reproductive rights has been at the forefront of our national conversation, but philanthropist Melinda Gates would like to take the controversy out and transform the narrative into a global one through education and advocacy.

Hailing Humanitarian Heroes On #GivingTuesday

Sue Pleming | Posted 01.27.2013 | Impact
Sue Pleming

As a reporter, I've come across humanitarian heroes in places from Afghanistan and Burundi to Somalia, Indonesia and Haiti. One person who made a strong impression was a gutsy South African woman who reached millions of chronically hungry people during the apartheid era.

Reinventing the Season of Giving

Carly Fiorina | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Carly Fiorina

On the heels of a hard-fought election cycle, it's hard not to reflect what divides us, but so much more unites us. I can't think of a better time to rally around an ideal that we all can agree on -- the importance of giving.

Can Children Really Learn To Give Charity In Front Of A Computer? | Posted 11.26.2012 | Impact

More than one parent is challenged this time of year by how to instill a sense of charity in a child. The holiday season seems to every year become...

Volunteers Change Lives, While Enriching Their Own

Demetria Arvanitis | Posted 01.26.2013 | Impact
Demetria Arvanitis

One of the enduring traits of the American people is our spirit of volunteerism. We see it every day as people give of their time, energy and compassion to serve communities, participate with countless organizations and help those in need.

Living Thankfully

Leigh Anne Tuohy | Posted 01.22.2013 | Impact
Leigh Anne Tuohy

Dig deep the next couple of weeks and finish this year doing things that aren't so frenzied and frustrating but are life changing. Think hard about what really matters and make someone else's holiday season merry and bright!

Receiving and Giving

Tiffany Stephenson | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
Tiffany Stephenson

I had a relatively normal, American, middle-class upbringing. I've been very blessed. My parents worked hard and built relatively successful businesses to provide for us. They gave me many opportunities, including a college education. But how different my life could have been...

It's Time for a Grand New Day

Dr. Mary Catherine Bateson | Posted 11.20.2012 | Impact
Dr. Mary Catherine Bateson

Rather than focus on what divides us, we can chart a grand new day for our country by focusing on what unites us. We can create an alternate path that engages one of our nation's fastest growing resources on behalf of our children and youth: grandparents and older adults.

Giving and Receiving Are the Same

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 01.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

As a person with illness and in a wheelchair for many years, I am so frequently on the receiving end of other people's attention that I often forget there are many ways I can give.

Dinner Centerpieces: Let it Grace Your Table One Day And Feed Another Family the Next

Gary Oppenheimer | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
Gary Oppenheimer

For your table centerpiece, why not replace flowers, however beautiful they might be for a moment, with something that can grace your table one day and then feed another family the next.

Six-Year-Old Halloween Hero Quadruples Goal, Brings Holiday Spirit to Sick Kids Pt. 2

Toan Lam | Posted 01.20.2013 | Good News
Toan Lam

After Nico was diagnosed with brain cancer last fall, he was worried that he wouldn't be able to celebrate Halloween, his favorite holiday. Thanks to a break in treatment, this caped crusader was given the all clear.

Donor Etiquette 101

Thea Montanez | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
Thea Montanez

Although the majority of us mean well when we attempt to help those in need, at times we go about it in a way that can be insensitive or even rude. Regardless of someone's unfortunate circumstances, no one receiving help wants to be viewed or treated as a poor, helpless soul.

A Holiday Gift from Me to You -- Really!

Tamar Birckhead | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
Tamar Birckhead

As we celebrate Thanksgiving and enter the holiday season, I am reminded of our annual family tradition, one that I imagine is shared by many across the United States.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving -- Thanksgiving, a Verb

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Many of us think of Thanksgiving as a day spent with family, eating a great meal and watching football. I believe that thinking needs to be changed! Thanksgiving should ignite a sense of gratitude for all that one has and also be a day of action.

Let's Create a Culture of Giving

John Arthur Nunes | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
John Arthur Nunes

In our culture of getting, so many of us get caught in the trap of "never enough." There's never enough time, never enough money. We need a bigger house, a better car. We'd love to be more generous, but we're caught on that exhausting treadmill.

Vote for Abigail

Josh Tetrick | Posted 01.16.2013 | Impact
Josh Tetrick

We live in a complex world. And having an impact is not always simple. This is. Here's why educating one girl changes, well, everything.

Barbara Gilbert Is Crazy!

Angel A. Aloma | Posted 01.16.2013 | Impact
Angel A. Aloma

In 2004, Barbara took a mission trip with Food For The Poor to Jamaica, and she fell in love.

Put the 'Giving' Back in Thanksgiving

Neale Godfrey | Posted 01.15.2013 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

When we learn to be charitable at an early age it becomes part of who we are.

Tricks Up the Sleeve: Learning to Make Specific Requests

Erin Michelle Threlfall | Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Michelle Threlfall

Filled with gratitude, God's humor was not lost on me. My specific request had more than been filled.

Be a Hero This Holiday Season -- Cape Not Included

Dave Girgenti | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
Dave Girgenti

Every once in a while, we come across real-life heroes. Your average, un-extraordinary person, who does an extraordinary deed which positively impacts someone's life. Wish Upon a Hero relies on just this type of person.

A Tale of Two Tuesdays: This Election Tuesday, I Look Forward to Another Tuesday

Dov Seidman | Posted 01.06.2013 | Impact
Dov Seidman

This Election Tuesday, I celebrate our American tradition of exercising the right to vote. While there will certainly be a lot of talk about voter tur...

Help Hurricane Sandy With a KISS

Emmie Twombly | Posted 01.05.2013 | Impact
Emmie Twombly

Hurricane Sandy showed us that life can sometimes be out of our control, but there are certain humanities uniting us all. Coming together to help in the relief efforts shows that there is a rainbow and a beauty even in the most challenging circumstances.

Establish A Tradition of Giving

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 01.01.2013 | Impact
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

My three children are beginning to understand the importance of supporting organizations which give back to the community.

A Gift From the Heart: Why One Family Gave Away $10,000

Cathy Herholdt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Cathy Herholdt

We've certainly received big gifts before, but what made this one special was how it came about. It was a spontaneous gift, given from the heart of a dad.

As Good as It Gives

Doug Binzak | Posted 12.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Doug Binzak

You are driving in the city, in line at a red light. Three cars ahead, you spot the weathered man or woman working his way up the line of windows, hand out, maybe a sign explaining his plight. Is there a flash of wanting the light to change before he makes it up to you?