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12 Steps To Create A Better Life

Elyse Santilli | Posted 02.08.2017 | Healthy Living
Elyse Santilli

When you smile at a stranger in the street they might go home in a better mood, compliment their partner, who will in turn show love to the next person they encounter. Your small acts of kindness can have a ripple effect on the world.

Finding a Cure For a Life of Constant Pain

Elli Thompson Purtell | Posted 02.05.2017 | Impact
Elli Thompson Purtell

Rafi was born with Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare genetic connective tissue disorder that results in extremely fragile skin and blistering. Even the slightest contact can tear the skin or cause blistering.

Charitable Giving Up Nearly 2% in 2015

Steve MacLaughlin | Posted 02.02.2017 | Impact
Steve MacLaughlin

Blackbaud just released its latest Charitable Giving Report, which provides largest analysis of real fundraising data from more than 5,300 nonprofit o...

Why Giving Is Not a Zero-Sum Game...

Dan Duffy | Posted 01.06.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Dan Duffy

I have donated to two of these causes, and I'm slightly considering giving to the turd...I mean third. I don't have the money to donate to these causes, but I did it anyway. And do you know why?

The Story of Happy: A Homeless Christmas

Stacie Huckeba | Posted 01.02.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Stacie Huckeba

("Happy" -- Photo Credit: Stacie Huckeba) This is "Happy." I met him Christmas morning. My friend Rod Picott and I spent our Christmas driving around...

How to Supercharge Your Generosity

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 12.28.2016 | Impact
Gleb Tsipursky

It feels great to see hope light up in the eyes of a beggar in the street as you stop to look at them when others pass them by without a glance. Their faces widen in a smile as you reach into your pocket and take out your wallet.

Giving Ourselves

Dana McKenna | Posted 12.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dana McKenna

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." -- Winston S. Churchill When I was left with nothing in the bank -- and nothing i...

38 Christmas Miracles

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.22.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

The Pollination Project makes micro grants every day of the year to social changemakers who have a plan and a project to help create a more kind, compassionate, peaceful and sustainable world.

How Our Kids Helped Save My Salvation Army Shift

John A. Tures | Posted 12.24.2016 | Good News
John A. Tures

On Friday, the kids celebrated their last day of school. On Monday, they were back at work, but instead of taking tests and writing assignments, they were doing a different type of job: helping the Salvation Army. But the response they got from the Wal-Mart crowd helped show them the true spirit of Christmas.

8 qualities of strong mentors

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 12.22.2016 | Business
Naphtali Hoff

Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction. John C. Crosby One of the most important roles of a leader is to ...

Room in the Inn

Liza Long | Posted 12.22.2016 | Impact
Liza Long

To those who say, "There's room in the inn" or "They should be grateful for what we give them," here's something to think about this Christmas season. Are we giving what we want to give, or are we giving what they need?

A Christmas Without Mom

Ken Budd | Posted 12.21.2016 | Parents
Ken Budd

This is my first Christmas without my mother. Mom died suddenly in mid-September, three months before her 75th birthday. For mom, the holidays were less about Santa than stress. The yuletide anxieties began around Labor Day, when she'd fret about finding the perfect gift, and finding the time to find the perfect gift, and whether she'd bought enough perfect gifts.

Why You Should Give With Two Hands

Anastasia Gavalas | Posted 12.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Anastasia Gavalas

I've been doing some major thinking recently about how to infuse more grace and awareness in my life especially during this time of the year. Repeated...

Holiday Giving: Ticking the Box or Making an Impact?

Kristin Nimsger | Posted 12.21.2016 | Impact
Kristin Nimsger

As we give more, we also have begun to wonder what happens after we drop the coins in the kettle, or hit 'Confirm Payment' on the screen. What is the outcome of this organization's initiative? What is the impact of that organization's work?

Efffective Altruism: Conversations with Peter Singer

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 12.20.2016 | Impact
Matthieu Ricard

Altruism Meets Effective Altruism: Thoughts on Conversations with Peter Singer In October, I had the honor of participating in a public discussion...

How to Give a Gift That Gives Back

Lisa Lori | Posted 12.20.2016 | Impact
Lisa Lori

If you haven't finished your holiday shopping yet (and of course, I haven't!), there are still wonderful gifts available for even the toughest people ...

Parents: We Should Quit Christmas

John W. Traphagan | Posted 12.21.2016 | Parents
John W. Traphagan

The next time you proudly look at all of those presents you piled under the tree for your kids, ask yourself what message this is sending them. Are you really teaching them about giving, or are you teaching them that the most important thing in life is to be excited about getting a lot of stuff?

In Praise of the People who Give a Little

Kelsey Hatchitt | Posted 12.18.2016 | Good News
Kelsey Hatchitt

When did apathy become the next big thing? When did compassion become a sign of weakness? And most importantly, where did the idea that people are two-dimensional come from? That a person can either be good or evil.

An Interview Regarding "Give Kids A Smile" Charity Event

Sam Rivman | Posted 12.16.2016 | Impact
Sam Rivman

I recently found out about a charity event called Give Kids A Smile from my father, a dentist. Dentists across the country provide free dental care fo...

7 Ways and Days of Giving From the Heart

John Schlimm | Posted 12.17.2016 | Religion
John Schlimm

There are no greater gifts than those that come from our hearts. Here are seven ways to spread the love during the holiday season, to kick-off the New Year, and all year-long.

Here's a Story That Just Might Restore Your Faith In Humanity This Holiday Season

Nina Tomaro | Posted 12.17.2016 | Impact
Nina Tomaro

What I think is most tragic, is that we've lost touch with the true magic that exists in every single one of us: the ability to help make someone else's dream come true. Here's a christmas story that will help you remember just how magical you are.

Creative Giving: Givling's Trivia- and Crowdfunding-Based Solution to Student Debt

Carol J. Carter | Posted 12.16.2016 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Over the next few weeks, in the spirit of the holidays, I'll be featuring different ways you can give to causes that can improve the world through solving a specific problem.

3 Holiday Hints for Teaching Generosity

Richard Greenberg | Posted 12.16.2016 | Impact
Richard Greenberg

For many children, this time of year is about getting gifts far more than giving them. This is completely understandable, as these holidays are for many parents an opportunity to show children that we love them and we want them to be happy. But it's also important to teach our kids that giving presents can be as gratifying as getting them.

6 Tips for Charitable Giving During the Holiday (or any) Season

Steve Delfin | Posted 12.16.2016 | Impact
Steve Delfin

According to Network for Good, nearly 30 percent of all charitable giving occurs during the month of December. Quite predictably newspapers, magazines, and other outlets churn out their annual tips for giving to charity.

Give Yourself the Happiest (and Surprisingly Healthy) Holiday Gift: Volunteer

Noelle Nelson | Posted 12.15.2016 | Impact
Noelle Nelson

Volunteering doesn't require a huge commitment of time, money or effort. You can choose to volunteer once a month, once a week, or once a year. What's important is to find the right fit of enthusiasm, time and effort that works best for you.