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Is Your Voice Worth Elevating?

Russell Bishop | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

In all the social media that you follow, how many messages do you see that are actually worth your time? For that matter, how much value is there in what you are posting? There are very different kinds of value that can be derived from all things social.

Make a Difference With a Purpose Driven Business

Lolly Daskal | Posted 05.20.2014 | Business
Lolly Daskal

We are all affected by the way we work, where we work, how we work and who we work for. More and more, we want to earn a living by doing something that involves our heart as well as our mind.

Behind the Scenes: #StandWithMe Against Child Slavery

Stephanie Be | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Stephanie Be

The photo that inspired a little girl to free child slaves. Photo by Lisa Kristine. "Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live. This is the...

4 Ways You Can Save The World (Without Moving To Mali)

Posted 03.11.2015 | OWN

Want to make a difference but don't know where or how to start? Consider these unexpected but realistic ways... from a man who's spent his life giving...

Reflections On The Holocaust

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 06.07.2013 | Religion
Deborah J. Levine

I will light that candle for my father on Holocaust Remembrance Day not just to honor his memory, but in greater understanding that I, too, was there.

You Are Not Helpless: How to Bring Light to the World

Holly Sidell | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Holly Sidell

How do you light up the world? How do you bring light to another person's life? Each of us has the power to make the world a little bit brighter. Each of us can choose to shine our own light, transforming the darkness one flicker at a time.

The Inspired Philanthropy of Denise Ilitch

2morrowknight | Posted 02.05.2013 | Impact

What motivates someone to give? What sparks the voice within to declare "I want to change the world?" Two simple questions that provide a glimpse of the scope and depth of one's philanthropic perspective. Questions that the dynamic Denise Ilitch knows very well.

Ready or Not, Here They Come

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D. | Posted 10.31.2012 | Education
Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D.

Most American high school students are not ready for college, according to two reports released last week. This bad news looms large as freshmen are showing up and settling in at a college near you.

Be Compassionate With Every Action

Intent | Posted 09.19.2012 | Healthy Living

What is it that keeps us from believing that we, as individuals, can make a change? Although we understand that as humans we cannot do everything, we still have the ability to do something.

Making a Difference

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

Often we resist the idea of making a difference, because we're convinced it will take a tremendous amount of our time and energy. Or, that we may not have the information or answers others seek.

Belonging to a Community: How Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Are Finding Joy

Dwight Robson | Posted 06.09.2012 | Impact
Dwight Robson

Institutionalized for most of his life, Edwin longed for the opportunity to live in the community -- and 15 years ago he got that chance when he was matched with his Mentor, Dawna, through The MENTOR Network's Host Home program in New Jersey.

Become The Love You Seek

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 05.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Be the love you seek in the world, beginning with the one in the mirror. A random good samaritan act reminds us we are worth it.

Why Would You Walk Across Africa?

Amy Russell | Posted 03.24.2012 | Travel
Amy Russell

In preparation to travel to Africa and start our 7,000 mile walk, I have read and watched many stories of people who have done long term treks, domestically and abroad.

Gearing Up for Make A Difference Day 2011

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 12.21.2011 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Make A Difference Day is this Saturday, October 22nd! What will you be doing to participate?

The Life Out Loud: How to Get SWAG

MeiMei Fox | Posted 12.12.2011 | College
MeiMei Fox

Vineet Singal is living proof that you don't need even two decades under your belt to get busy taking on the world.

Mom With Adopted Somali Kids Starts Famine Fund

2morrowknight | Posted 11.01.2011 | Impact

I am a huge fan of everyday people who push the boundaries of convention to raise awareness for causes that matter. And few causes are as urgent right...

Gen-Xers Are Propping Up U.S. Volunteering Rates

Robert J. Rosenthal | Posted 10.16.2011 | Impact
Robert J. Rosenthal

We often hear how Millennials are the most conscious consumers and that Boomers transition from careers to civic engagement. But according to a new federal report on volunteer trends, the oft-overlooked Gen Xers are becoming an important factor in social good efforts.

Sparked: A Revolution in Virtual Micro-Volunteering

2morrowknight | Posted 10.12.2011 | Impact

Jacob Colker and Ben Rigby, the architects of this concept and founders of Sparked took a look at a few things they figured would make volunteering faster, easier and more fun.

In Kenyan Slums, Access To Education Saves Girls' Lives

Posted 07.23.2011 | Impact

In the slums of Kenya, much like the slums of any developing country, girls are devalued, undereducated and often sexually exploited. Kennedy Oded...

Saving The Planet In Style

Chloe Spencer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Chloe Spencer

What does it mean when an item of clothing or an accessory is "earth friendly", or "eco-friendly", or "green"?

Change Yourself, Change the World

Birju Pandya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Birju Pandya

What if real change came not from attacking a global problem directly, but by focusing first on changing ourselves internally?

Thinking Outside The Wallet

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.26.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Abelson

During the holiday season, as you think about donating to your favorite charities, consider "thinking outside the wallet" as well.

Will More Money Save Our Schools?

Jessica Rauch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jessica Rauch

Philanthropists at all income levels are sharing their passions and exposing students to a range of experiences that would not have been available to them otherwise.

Who's To Blame For This Economic And Political Mess?

Russell Bishop | Posted 03.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

We seem to have devolved to a nation of six-year-olds, all too willing to get on the floor, the stage or the TV program, wailing and flailing as though that were going to fix anything.

Give the Gift of Sight

Angela Perkey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Angela Perkey

Every September, I go to the eye doctor for my annual eye exam. However, the upside of my regular eye appointments is that I get to help someone else be able to see.