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Agents of Change: 5 Resilient People Who Are Empowering Others

Greg Archer | Posted 11.24.2016 | Impact
Greg Archer

They walk among us -- those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five noteworthy souls striving to make the world a better place.

Three Painless Ways to Increase Your Giving

Brad Hurley | Posted 11.24.2016 | Impact
Brad Hurley

The traditional giving season is upon us, as is the time of year when many people set goals and resolutions for the new year. What better opportunity to look for ways to boost our giving by spending money more efficiently and consciously?

Be Selfish This Christmas: Shred Your Wish List

Joey Savoie | Posted 11.23.2016 | Science
Joey Savoie

Our longing for a consumerism-free Christmas doesn't have to be wasted. There's one gift that let's you skip the lineups and stampedes and bring real joy to yourself, your entire wish list and the world at large.

Nancy Donahue: On Giving More

Stacey Alcorn | Posted 11.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Stacey Alcorn

I recently sat down with Nancy to find out how regular, everyday people, living in a busy world, can give more. From a woman who spent a lifetime serving others, here are Nancy Donahue's simple life lessons on giving more:

Generous Souls Fundraise Better

Cat Moore | Posted 11.20.2016 | Religion
Cat Moore

Written in conjunction with Nicholas Warnes* Unlike professional fundraisers, non-profit founders like Cissy Brady-Rogers are rarely excited (or skil...

My Proudest Mom Moment

Caurie Putnam | Posted 11.18.2016 | Parents
Caurie Putnam

My proudest mom moment happened in front of an audience of one. As all parents know, it is a feeling that doesn't come often, but when it does, it is a beautiful gift.

For Philanthropy, Make No Little Plans And Take Bold, Small Actions

Brady Josephson | Posted 11.17.2016 | Impact
Brady Josephson

The World's Columbian Exposition wasn't as much about a fair but an emerging city fighting for the respect of the world in times of change. Similarly, BBCON for me was less about a technology conference but the current changes that will affect the philanthropic sector in the near future.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Unconditional Loving -- I Exist As I Am

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 11.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

"I exist as I am, that is enough, If no other in the world be aware I sit content, And if each and all be aware I sit content. One world is aware, ...

The Power of Community: It's Just About... Life

Mark Brodinsky | Posted 11.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Brodinsky

It was Aristotle who first defined the word "community" as a group established by men having shared values.  Merriam-Webster defines it as a group o...

The Proper Way To Donate At A Food Pantry

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 11.12.2016 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

To the people who think of donating to food pantries as a way to toss out expired, no longer food that you yourself would eat, can I ask you to throw it away rather than use it as a donation. If someone goes to a food pantry, it's because they need to eat.

The Financial Crisis Facing U.S. Churches

David Briggs | Posted 11.06.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

The Catholic Church continues to grow with the population, with about a quarter of Americans identifying as Catholic. But a steady decline in Mass attendance means fewer are putting money in the collection plate on Sundays.

How to Raise a Charitable Child

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 11.05.2016 | Impact
Christopher A. Brown

What's the secret to raising a charitable child? It's simple. Talk to them about charitable giving.

Did You Know $1 Donated to the Food Bank Is Worth $5 of Food?

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.03.2016 | Impact
Craig Newmark

I challenged my neighbors to the SF-Marin Food Bank's Hunger Challenge. They took me up on the challenge, and shared daily updates that I posted on my own networks. I told them that if they finished the challenge, I'd donate $10K to the Food Bank.

One Man's Journey Across America in Search of Kindness

trivago | Posted 10.29.2016 | Travel

On less than $5 a day, former London broker turned author and philanthropist, Leon Logothetis, traveled across America with the help of some extraordinarily kind strangers who supported him and even took him into their homes.

The Invisible Superhero

Safa Sadeghpour | Posted 10.26.2016 | Impact
Safa Sadeghpour

If a comic-book superhero had stopped a falling plane, the entire entire nation would crowd to see it -- and the president himself would be giving her a medal on national TV. If we met her, we'd excitedly ask what her workout regimen is and what designer made her supersuit.

Self-Love Is Essential for Givers -- Here's Why...

Karuna Patel | Posted 10.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Karuna Patel

Love comes in many forms. There is romantic love, parental love, sibling love, and universal love. But what about self-love? Self-love means to give...

A Helping Hand -- The Season to Be Giving

Annalise Green | Posted 10.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Annalise Green

In my life I've always found that one of the magical keys to happiness is generosity, kindness, and helping others, so it's no surprise to you that on...

Why It Is Better to Receive Than Give

Kara Post-Kennedy | Posted 10.23.2016 | Women
Kara Post-Kennedy

Happy Halloween! Here's a "trick" question for you: is it better to receive a free treat or give one? Actually, no trick... receiving free candy is empirically better than giving it. Right?

3 Truths Well Women Know

Jill L. Ferguson | Posted 10.20.2016 | Impact
Jill L. Ferguson

Well women are at peace alone and at peace with people. They seek out others because of the added dimensions others bring to their lives. And let's face it, some things are more fun in pairs and groups.

Why Monthly Giving Is Good... For Donors

Brady Josephson | Posted 10.19.2016 | Impact
Brady Josephson

Lifetime Value is the most important metric for your organization's fundraising. The most powerful way to boost Lifetime Value is to keep donors around longer. The best way to keep donors around longer is to make them happy and satisfy their needs.

How to Create a Culture of Giving

Stephen Turban | Posted 10.12.2016 | College
Stephen Turban

Massage trains are the perfect "giving organization." They create a "pay-it-forward" norm, and they train members to help everyone else. Massage trains can teach us a lot about the psychology of groups. In particular, they show us how to create a giving culture.

How Pope Francis Gives Me Hope: A Philadelphia Story

Catherine Nagle | Posted 10.06.2016 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

Last week, one of my dear brothers was blessed to be seated at the Papal Mass in Philadelphia, and also present at the Pope's address to Congress in Washington. He was one who drank from the Pope's water glass, too. I pray that Pope Francis understands my brother's love for him.

Ten Years After Katrina: The Evolution of Corporate Response to Disasters

Daryl Brewster | Posted 09.28.2016 | Impact
Daryl Brewster

At the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, CECP looks back at how disaster relief response has changed among companies. We found that overall, the data show that aggregate giving from corporations for disaster relief has declined over the last five years. A deeper look into the data and additional resources shows that it's a complex story. We explored:

How This Teen Gave a TEDx Talk and Changed the World

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 09.24.2016 | Parents
Sarah Cottrell

What if I told you that a kid as young as four years old has what it takes to change the world? That's exactly how old Aidan Thomas was when he told his mother that he wanted to be a "difference maker" and that he wasn't going to wait until he grew up to do it.

Want to Be a Rock Star? Start By Lighting People Up

Hallie Sawyer | Posted 09.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Hallie Sawyer

I'm adding "Rock Star" to my resume, which already includes a few job titles like writer, health/soul coach, mom, and traveler. Yet, I have no intenti...