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How Giving Back Can Change Your Life

Bill Gates, Sr. | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Bill Gates, Sr.

I was struck by the ripple effect that philanthropy can have on a community. Callie turned her heartbreak into positive action, and in turn, changed the lives of many children who will benefit from pediatric cancer research.

Impact -- the New "It" Word: Evaluating the (Nonprofit) Evaluators, Part III

Barbara Harman | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Barbara Harman

NEED and VALUE have to be part of the equation, both for nonprofits and for agencies and groups evaluating them.

Caring for Each Other, Caring for the Earth: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

2014 is our second year of daily giving, a practice we recommend you take on in your own way. You'll understand how the simple practice of daily giving has the power to transform.

How Video Hackathons Are Strengthening Creative Communities Nationwide

Posted 02.13.2014 | Impact

This piece is a follow-up on our coverage of the 2014 DoGooder Awards. Are you a video visionary? Read more on how to enter here. After eight years...

WATCH: Now Here's One PSA That Will Hit Close To Home

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact

A real estate agent pitches a "rustic" and "exposed brick" property to house hunters, but there's a catch in this clever PSA: The living space is actu...

Super Bowl Was a Victory for People With Disabilities

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Hopefully, Derrick Coleman's success, coupled with the technology highlighted in the Microsoft ad with Steve Gleason, will show that wherever there is a disability, there is also ability.

Communities Taking Action: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.12.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

The Pollination Project provides $1000 in seed funding to an individual who is working to make the world -- or just their own community -- a better, more peaceful and more sustainable place.

AmeriCorps: Changing the Education Story

Wendy Spencer | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

Whenever the talk begins about our nation making quality education a priority, it's no surprise that some may be cynical. After all, we have too many ...

Mobilizing Others to Be the Change: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day of the week, The Pollination Project provides $1,000 in seed funding to an individual who is working to make the world -- or just their own community -- a better, more peaceful and more sustainable place. Here are the extraordinary people and ideas changing the world this week.

Solving the Problem Means Actually Solving the Problem

Josh Tetrick | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Josh Tetrick

The world requires profound and urgent changes in energy and education and food and healthcare. And whether chicken eggs or cars or cookies, it requires all of us to toss stale, incremental thinking back on the shelf.

Reflecting on Heroes

Dakota Meyer | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Dakota Meyer

Ever since I was thrown into the spotlight for my actions on the worst day of my life -- September 11, 2011 -- I've had my struggles. I'm continually asked the question, 'Why don't you just live your life and not worry about what people say?' I'll tell you why.

Why Nonprofits Should Ditch Old-Fashioned Professional Development

Shayla R. Price | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Shayla R. Price

Professional development is a critical tool to tackle challenges in your organization. However, it doesn't have to be boring! Boost the morale of your nonprofit team by pushing beyond the limits of cliché training. Your staff will be thankful.

Positive Steps That Protect People and Planet: This Week in Seeding the Change

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week, we funded projects in Kenya, Uganda, Morocco, India, and the U.S. Here are the extraordinary people and ideas changing the world this week.

Disney Princesses With Disabilities Redefine 'Standards Of Beauty'

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact

"There is a very sad laugh hiding in those artworks," says artist aleXsandro Palombo, who has created a powerful series imagining Disney princesses wi...

So You Want to Save the World? (Part 4): Making Your Own Luck

Alex Amouyel | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Alex Amouyel

Good connections in this sector, whether in your organization or across different organizations, are worth cultivating to get inside knowledge on open positions and even potentially good recommendations.

Five Things You Can Do to Fight Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Juhu Thukral | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Juhu Thukral

It's important to start the year thinking about ways to address and prevent trafficking in persons, given that, throughout the world, so many workers and young people experience this assault on their dignity and autonomy.

New Workplace: Giving Back Is Part of My Job

Crystal Chen | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Crystal Chen

When I started working I stopped volunteering. I didn't have the time. I didn't make it a priority. I found the number of organizations available to volunteer at in NYC overwhelming to sift through and commit to.

LOOK: Police Officer's Touching Gesture Caught On Camera

Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact

A Texas police officer said he wasn't looking for any recognition when he bent down and gave a local homeless man a pair of boots a few weeks ago. ...

20 Ways To Make An Incredible Impact In 4 Hours Or Less

Posted 01.25.2014 | OWN

By Emma Haak Giving back doesn't have to mean giving up every weekend. 1-5 Minutes • Want to save a life? Sign up for your state's d...

Galvanized Into Positive Action: This Week in Seeding the Change

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week, we added two new projects in Uganda, one in Spain and four in the U.S. Here are the extraordinary people and ideas changing the world this week.

To Stop Traffickers, Stop Their Supply of Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

While there are no firm numbers of how much the forced sex and labor trade expands during the week of the Super Bowl, the influx of hundreds of thousands of visitors means more homeless kids may be put at risk. And make no mistake, vulnerable kids are at risk.

Large Returns from Small Investments in Women's and Children's Health

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

There are no excuses: The logic is clear and we must respond with strong commitment and decisive action; we must make it happen now.

Generosity and Compassion Heard Round the World: This Week in Seeding the Change

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Last week, we introduced you to several people who made such an impressive impact with their grant that we've awarded them another grant to continue seeding the change. Here are a few more of these special projects to be awarded an impact grant.

So You Want to Save the World? Part 3: Take a Pay Cut

Alex Amouyel | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Alex Amouyel

From the private sector and even sometimes between NGOs, you have to be ready for a large pay cut. Every time I've changed organizations, I've taken a 40 percent pay cut, returning each time roughly to my original salary as an entry-level management consultant.

Making an Impact One Person at a Time: This Week in Seeding the Change

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

We would like to introduce you to several people who made such an impressive impact with their grant that we've awarded them another grant to continue seeding the change.