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Engagement: From Strategy to Success

Steve Delfin | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
Steve Delfin

According to Ryan Scott, "Each year, $10 billion is left unclaimed in matching gifts. That's more than is raised in all employee workplace giving campaigns each year."

It Takes a Community: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Each week, The Pollination Project announces our daily grants that we provide to individual social changemakers who are launching and expanding their projects around the world. A team of donors (myself included) provides $1000 of seed funding to help get these efforts off the ground.

The Neurology of Lending

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.02.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Microfinance is a psychological enigma. It is not in anyone's economic best interest to lend money to strangers without getting anything in return. Without interest or guarantee, what is the motivation to take on such financial risk? It seems more akin to charity than to banking. Is it? The fact is that we don't know the neuropsychological underpinnings of such selfless lending.

Why Give Philanthropically? A Practical, Financial Viewpoint from Sharon Epperson

Dr Monique Y. Wells | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Dr Monique Y. Wells

Giving is the fourth pillar of Arianna Huffington's Third Metric. It provides numerous advantages in terms of health and well being. For U. S. citizens, it also provides significant fiscal advantages for individuals - including those who are nearing retirement.

Gratitude Humbles A Giver

Kristi Nelson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristi Nelson

Gratitude -- truly felt in all its glory as gratefulness -- is a humbling, vulnerable state of being, which arises in equal measure to our capacity to be truly receptive.

We Want to Know That We're Making a Real Contribution. That's Why We Pledged at Least 10% of Our Income

Seini O'Connor | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
Seini O'Connor

In our relationship, we tend to think and talk a lot about whether we are doing useful things with our lives. It's important to us to believe that we are, but it can sometimes be hard to know.

How to Be Charitable

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Lammersen

One cause is not more important than the other. They are equal because when we give intentionally, selfishly to what we believe in, it in turn has an impact. Our individual causes add up, helping others one-by-one, and ultimately, collectively we will save the world.

Two Shoes and a Red Nose

Amber Browning-Coyle | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Amber Browning-Coyle

May 21st, Thursday, is the Inaugural Red Nose Day here in the United States. What is Red Nose Day? Simply put, it's the perfect opportunity to get involved, have fun, and raise money to end poverty.

Volunteering Knows No Age Limit

Bavani Purushothaman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Bavani Purushothaman

I can tell that this is not just a one-off experience with volunteering for Mariah. It is a way of life for her family.

Growing Up Oprah

Erin Parker | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Erin Parker

Every fiber of my being aches to be a part of positive change. Since the tender age of six or seven, I have been quietly carrying an unquenchable feeling that I was put on this earth to make an impact on a large scale. The cause? I am a part of Generation O.

Best Career Advice, I Received in my Early Years: Beyond Content

Karthik Rajan | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Karthik Rajan

My early days after graduation were a struggle of a different kind -- not subject matter expertise but having deep meaningful conversations on technical subjects. My work centered on core analytics -- statistics and related technical subjects.

Why on Earth Would You Give Away Your Money?

Frank Giustra | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Frank Giustra

I was at a loss for words. I had just been asked why I give away my money. I could tell this person was somewhat suspicious of my motives. My first reaction was "why do you think it's that strange that someone chooses to give away their money?".

Big Heart? Small Wallet? A Thrifty Guide to Giving

Melanie Young | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Melanie Young

My mother (known in her hometown of Chattanooga as "The Purple Lady") lives by what she calls her "Purple Rules: Do unto others and for others." Give graciously and generously to help people without expecting anything in return. Her gift to me was the lesson of being a giving person and not a getting one.

Remembering Dave Goldberg, The Ultimate Mensch

Adam Grant | Posted 05.10.2015 | Technology
Adam Grant

I don't believe this happened for a reason, but it has given us all a reason to be more present parents, more loving spouses, more supportive friends, and more caring leaders. The overwhelming sentiment from everyone who knew Dave is that he inspired us to be better human beings.

See a Problem, Solve a Problem: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Zhou Zi Ru is a 15-year-old who has dedicated herself to advocating for harmonious relationships between stray cats and humans in Liaoning, China by procuring food scraps from restauranteurs and feeding her feline friends in centralized locations in order to coax them away from local food vendors.

15 Essential Keys To True Happiness

Elyse Santilli | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Elyse Santilli

Happiness is an art that can be learned. Instead of sitting around waiting for joy to descend upon you or searching for fulfillment in all the wrong places, consider how you can incorporate these keys to true sustainable happiness into your life.

The Things We Take For Granted: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Super Food for Malnourished Children in Cameroon. After years of studying abroad, Marcel Kwedi returned to his native Cameroon with a desire support his community. When he returned to his village, he found desertification and rising food costs, which led him to launch NUTRIMAX.

The Man Who Couldn't Stop Giving

The Atlantic | Sam Kean | Posted 04.23.2015 | World

In the early 1990s, a quiet man named João quit his job running the human-resources department of an insurance company in Rio de Janeiro and began se...

Can Money Create True Wealth?

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Imagine someone handed you $100 out of the blue, but with one condition, that you use it to create goodness in the world with it. Would you take the money? Yesterday morning, that's exactly what we did.

Born to Be Good

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Matthieu Ricard

A wise education should highlight the interdependence that reigns between people, animals, and our natural environment. By being taught to put more emphasis on cooperation than on competition, and on caring rather than indifference, children will be better equipped to contribute to a more altruistic society.

33 Life Lessons In 33 Years

Cliff Hsia | Posted 06.09.2015 | Travel
Cliff Hsia

Sometimes it's important to stop, take a moment, and reflect on the lessons life has taught you over the years. I'd like to share some of the things I've learned about dreams, fear, work, marriage, children, health, travel, and giving.

Young People Making a Difference: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two years ago The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world.

Some Science Behind Why People Give [INFOGRAPHIC]

Brady Josephson | Posted 06.06.2015 | Impact
Brady Josephson

There is more and more research being done in this area to discover what really makes donors tick (as opposed to what they say makes them tick).

Finding Harmony in 2015, Part 2

Jodi B. Katzman | Posted 06.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jodi B. Katzman

Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water - it will make ripples throughout the entire pond. -- Jessy and Bryan Matte...

3 Reasons Why Consumers Don't Like Checkout Donations

Brady Josephson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
Brady Josephson

It's not that surprising to see some survey data showing that people don't like "feeling pressured" to give while buying other items. What is interesting, however, are some of the reasons why people don't like to give at the till and what companies can do to increase the likelihood of donation and overall experience when giving.