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The Golden Rule: What Goes Around Comes Around

Donna Labermeier | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Donna Labermeier

Not only is it important to be aware that treating others the way we would like to be treated is morally the right thing to do, it is just as important to understand that for every one of our actions, there is an equal and opposite reaction that we draw toward ourselves.

The Giving Pledge Goes Global

Trevor Neilson | Posted 04.23.2013 | Good News
Trevor Neilson

A little noticed piece of news emerged in the world of philanthropy this week. A dozen new billionaires signed onto the Buffett-Gates Giving Pledge.

How Judaism Affects My View And Values Of Money

KidSpirit | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion

From giving tzedakah to making sure I don't spend all my money on myself, my religion has fully shaped my monetary mindset.

Mindful Charitable Giving as a Pathway to Enlightenment

Fred Lawrence Feldman | Posted 04.07.2013 | Impact
 Fred Lawrence Feldman

It is our intent to give and awareness of our acts, more than the amount of our personal philanthropy, that will bring about a brighter future for us in terms of our personal outlooks on life, and for our planet as a whole.

Learning to Give, Early

Maryam Zar | Posted 04.07.2013 | Los Angeles
Maryam Zar

I often look for charitable outlets in Los Angeles where young people can contribute in the act of giving, and through the years I have found and participated in many fun activities that involved the spirit if charity.

Why Spontaneous Kindness Makes You So Sexy

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 03.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

When we appreciate the beauty of kindness, it takes us out of such self-centeredness; it enables us to let go of self-centeredness and to freely reach out to each other. We can both give and receive. Such egoless moments are exquisite!

The Word YES

Laura Bushnell | Posted 03.20.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Laura Bushnell

Mothers are often so busy doing that they do not take the time to just simply receive their children's love. Take a minute and say YES to yourself and YES to them.

24 Hours of Giving in 2013

Charles A. Bentley | Posted 03.18.2013 | Impact
Charles A. Bentley

The truth is that every day we are surrounded by opportunities to give. Despite our packed schedules and shorter attention spans, there is no act too big or too small.

Unshakable Humanity: Altruism and Disaster

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.17.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Will the precocious altruism of childhood survive severe tribulation, or will kids revert back to their earlier self-centeredness? The Sichuan earthquake provided a natural "stress test" to examine the strength of youthful generosity.

An Invitation to Love

Laura Bushnell | Posted 03.11.2013 | Parents
Laura Bushnell

How many children have to die before we decide to change? How many mothers have to put their little innocent children in the ground? How many mothers have to say goodbye to their sons and daughters going off to war?

The Charitable Deduction and the Social Contract

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
Tiziana Dearing

We know we have a social contract. Reasonable people can disagree on how much government is responsible for that contract versus the private sector. That someone has to be, however, is not in dispute. That we have to pay for it shouldn't be either.

Eliminating Tax Breaks May 'Rip The Heart' Out Of Charitable Sector

Paul Clolery | Posted 02.27.2013 | Impact
Paul Clolery

As the debate and acrimony in Washington, D.C. continues regarding the absurd notion that the federal charitable deduction plays an important role in ...

Dave Eggers & San Francisco Writers Join Forces to Keep Kids in College

Lee Daniel Kravetz | Posted 12.27.2012 | San Francisco
Lee Daniel Kravetz

With an ever-widening gap between the number of rich and poor that earn bachelor's degrees, dropping out of college often has devastating effects on their lives. ScholarMatch harnesses technology and the community-at-large to make up these shortfalls.

The Benefit Of Divine Love: Being Thy Sister's Keeper

David Briggs | Posted 02.21.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

Individuals who reported experiencing God's love more than once a day were far more likely to say they have a strong meaning and purpose in life and to both find "great joy" in helping others.

Should We Subsidize Giving?

David Morris | Posted 02.19.2013 | Impact
David Morris

This year individuals will give about $30 billion to help the poor. Government will give close to 100 times more. Indeed, voluntary giving can't even keep up with government cutbacks let alone substitute for government spending.

How to Raise Giving Children

Beth Kobliner | Posted 02.17.2013 | Money
Beth Kobliner

In a time when families are struggling to make giving part of their budget, with donations still 11 percent below pre-recession rates, kids' generosity is more heartening than ever before. Here are some ways for kids to give back -- with or without money -- at every age.

15 of Chicago's Most Creative Share Their Gift Ideas and Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 02.17.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Tired of giving the same old thing around the holidays? In a bind for some gifts as the deadline draws near? Before you settle, get a pinch of inspiration from some of Chicago's most creative artists and entrepreneurs on the list below.

Are You a Proactive Giver, or a Reactionary Giver?

Gary A. Officer | Posted 02.16.2013 | Impact
Gary A. Officer

The holiday season has increasingly taken on an air of unbridled consumerism. Holiday spending by consumers during this period is often used by economists as a barometer on the health of our economy.

Surefire Stress Relief, Part 7: Giving From the Heart

HeartMath LLC | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
HeartMath LLC

Don't let your inner Scrooge short-change what should be one of the happiest times of the year. Make an inner decision -- a heart commitment -- that you're going to do things differently this year.

Grinching the Inner Scrooge

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 02.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Terry Kelhawk

Working as a professional, being a mother with lots of friends and family, and carrying the local reputation of social doyenne meant that the busyness of shopping, wrapping, and party-throwing ran my elf legs ragged. For years, the days between Thanksgiving and mid-January were a battle.

Will You #Hoot2Give This Holiday Season?

Craig Newmark | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey there -- here's the deal: my team and I worked with the good folks at National Wildlife Federation this past summer to help raise money for their ...

Making a Difference: The World of Giving - The Holidays and Theft

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Did you know December is Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month because of the increase in instances of theft in the last few months of the year? Theft comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes and it is important to realize we are all susceptible.

How To Make The MOST Of Your Holiday Giving

Bill Gates | Posted 02.11.2013 | Impact
Bill Gates

This holiday season, we decided to list several of the charity initiatives that have sparked our interest. Each of these projects takes a different approach, but they have three things in common: they're innovative, committed to transparency and accountability, and they're getting good results.

Making the Most of Your Holiday Giving

Impatient Optimists | Posted 12.12.2012 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

This holiday season, we decided to list several of the charity initiatives that have sparked our interest. Each of these projects takes a different approach, but they have three things in common: they're innovative, committed to transparency and accountability, and they're getting good results.

A Holiday Without Presents ... Would You Try It?

Terri Cole | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Terri Cole

If you are tired of your holiday experience being too focused on stuff, I challenge you to do it differently this year. Concentrate on how kind, generous, and present you can be during the holidays.