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How This Woman Is Saving Starving Children In Central America

Ken Solin | Posted 07.16.2015 | Fifty
Ken Solin

I recently interviewed Diane Wamhoff who humbly describes herself as just another regular retired person. She's a 67-year-old wife, mother, and grandmother, and as her story unfolded, an extraordinary hero too.

Children Really Are Our Future

Jay Scott | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Jay Scott

As we enter the summer months and "lemonade season," as we call it at Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, I have the immense pleasure of hearing from children all around the country who are continuing what Alex started.

How to Make a Difference. Today.

Ira Israel | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Last week I attended an awesome event called "The Shine" and was blown away by the community created by my old friend and fellow meditation teacher Light Watkins.

Making A Difference: The World of Giving - US Charitable Giving Surpasses All Past Records in 2014

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

It feels like 2007...at least in the nonprofit world as that was the height of the philanthropic contribution levels. And yes, seven years after the devastating recession, charitable donation levels have exceeded the banner year of 2007 for the first time.

The Significance of 50

Jay Scott | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Jay Scott

Throughout my life there have been many numbers of significance. For instance 4 -- the number of children I have had the immense pleasure of being a father to; or the age when my daughter Alex first voiced her desire to host a lemonade stand to help doctors on their way to finding cures for all kids with cancer.

The Graduation Speech I Wrote But Didn't Want to Say

Anneli Lucia Tostar | Posted 06.01.2015 | College
Anneli Lucia Tostar

Our Harvard degrees matter, yes, but for reasons I feel are under-emphasized. It is true that some employers, neighbors, and people sitting next to us on airplanes react strongly to "the H-bomb," as it has so affectionately been called.

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.

68 Hours in Haiti, Part 3: The Orphanage

Dan Duffy | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Dan Duffy

Many people that I know are so caught up with the day-to-day that they forget what a gift life truly is, and I include myself in that condemnation. These kids did not take life for granted.

It's a Small World After All

Danielle Posa | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Danielle Posa

We never know exactly how many people are listening to what we say, watching what we do, or reading what we post... but we'd be crazy to think that it's anything less than a whole lot.

Africa's New Hope: Mentoring Mothers

Margaret Gardiner | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Margaret Gardiner

Mentor Mothers teach socialization, encouraging play and bonding. Young, alone, uneducated, and unprepared for parenthood, teaching a mother to show love is one of the most basic and rewarding tasks.

Your Turn: It's Just About... Life

Mark Brodinsky | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Brodinsky

It's all about awareness. Awareness that you have but one shot at this, one shot at life. There are many days in this life, or at least we hope, but...

Beyond the Classroom, an Education in Making a Difference

Jay Scott | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Jay Scott

My daughter Alexandra "Alex" Scott, the creator of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, would be 19 years old now, and I don't think it's a shock to learn that I often wonder what she would be like today.

'Sometimes It Happens,' And Other Great Life Lessons From A 4-Year-Old

Krista Pelton | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Krista Pelton

"Stop talking." I get this a lot. It's a constant reminder from my 4-year-old that we need to listen more than we need to speak.

Bullying in Politics

Ally Del Monte | Posted 04.22.2015 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

Politicians are supposed to be representative of the people they serve. Imagine, for one minute, if someone from every state in America were to stand up and say, enough, it is time for us all to #BeBrave and stand up to bullying.

Young People: Changing the World for a Better Tomorrow, Today

Eric Dawson | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Eric Dawson

Young people are not the future. They are the present. And in many ways they are the best hope we have for repairing a world divided by fear, hatred, and violence.

A New Year's Resolution With Lasting Value

Dana Westreich Hirt | Posted 02.28.2015 | Women
Dana Westreich Hirt

My overall takeaway as I was reflecting on this topic was to recognize the importance of seizing the moment to say what is on our minds: To take advantage of every opportunity to communicate our values to our children and to tell people in our lives they are loved and appreciated.

'Who Told You That You Were Naked?'

Gina DeLapa | Posted 02.19.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Gina DeLapa

Inspiration comes in strange ways. Two weeks ago at Mass, I arrived to find our great big sanctuary packed with people of all ages, including the scho...

Learning Compassion Through Human Connection

Julie Barnes | Posted 02.15.2015 | Impact
Julie Barnes

I often wonder how much more compassionate our world would be if we took the time to connect through story, instead of being consumed with the latest piece of technology.

Because I Saw the Difference

Catherine Nagle | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

I raised an only child twice and saw the differences in parenting styles because my children are 23 years apart. Living through the differences from...

Haven't Reached Your Full Potential? This May Be Why

Rosalie Puiman | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosalie Puiman

For 2015, I wish for you that you claim the tools and the power to change the strategies that aren't really helping you, but are in fact holding you back from growing into yourself and truly showing up for the life you want -- and deserve!

Why I Walk Barefoot

Amy Quinn | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Amy Quinn

This is not your everyday classroom. And these are not your everyday students. This is The Barefoot College, an NGO which aims to empower rural communities to become sustainable and self-sufficient by creating Rural Solar Engineers.

7 Key Behaviors of People Who Make a Positive Difference In the World

Kathy Caprino | Posted 01.14.2015 | Women
Kathy Caprino

Researching these makers, shakers and disruptors, and working with my own clients who shape the world around them in powerful and constructive ways, I've observed seven key behaviors that set them apart -- habitual ways of behaving and approaching life and work that distinguish them from those who long to make a difference but can't or won't find the way.

The Power of Words

Julie Barnes | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Julie Barnes

Do you ever stop to wonder how the words you say to other people impact them? How about the words you say to yourself? Words can create doubt and negativity, or be the seeds of change and the start of something great.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving -- Movers, Shakers and Bakers... Oh My!

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 01.08.2015 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Are you a wannabe mover, shaker or baker? Do you want to be? Remember, by doing any of the recommendations in this blog, you will definitely be on the path to offering people the chance to change the world and be M.A.D. (Making A Difference)! Are you M.A.D. today?

Move Over, Avengers: Single Parents Are The Real Superheroes

Kaly McKenna | Posted 12.22.2014 | Divorce
Kaly McKenna

As a single mom, the one thing I do have in common with these characters of fiction found in your local costume aisle is that I hide my superpower. I hide it really, really well. Instead of a mask, I hide my superpowers behind my tired eyes and weary yawns.