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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.

It Takes a Village of Donors

Judith Sandalow | Posted 02.09.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

You've heard the familiar adage that it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to support the work of the many terrific nonprofits that serve our most vulnerable neighbors. A gift of any size is worth giving.

Legacy Gifts From Angels

Rachael Freed | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Not long ago I was reintroduced to angels -- not the kind with rosy cheeks or gauzy, transparent wings, but the angels in real life. You know, the people who come into your life with special support, a gift of wisdom, full-hearted support.

Sending Clowns

Sam Lee | Posted 02.05.2013 | Impact
Sam Lee

In 2008, I bumped into two clowns on a rooftop in India and was both surprised and intrigued when they announced they were from an organization called Clowns without Borders.

Why #GivingTuesday is the Antidote for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

HooplaHa | Posted 02.05.2013 | Good News

"We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals...Wouldn't it be great to have a day for giving back?" reads the web...

The Poor, the Elderly, the Disabled Stand to Lose the Most

Marc Joseph | Posted 02.03.2013 | Impact
Marc Joseph

In reality, giving has got to come from the heart, not because you are saving some money in taxes. In actuality, though, movements by the government to guide how we live and spend our money are a major influence on how non-profits get funding.

Homelessness and the Holidays: A Wake Up Call

Bobbie Ibarra | Posted 02.03.2013 | Impact
Bobbie Ibarra

This past week a young NYPD officer's random act of kindness toward a man experiencing homelessness captivated national media headlines and the hearts of many Americans alike.

Homeless for the Holidays

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Well, Turkey Day is over and the malls were packed on Black Friday, and through the weekend, with shoppers trying to catch those quickly vanishing best bargains of the year. But, what does the holiday season really mean to us and to people living on the streets?

10 Holiday Gifts That Give Back | Posted 01.29.2013 | Impact

If you're looking to spread joy at home and around the world this holiday season, there's no gray area when it comes to the many ways these stylish items are making a difference.

Phoenix Kids Give Africare a Lot to Be Thankful For

Kendra Davenport | Posted 01.28.2013 | Impact
Kendra Davenport

The philanthropic enthusiasm represented by younger donors gives us pause and compels us to feel optimistic about the future. More and more, the importance of "giving back" and "paying it forward" are becoming the ethos of an educated, aware, empowered younger generation.

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.