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Volunteers May Have Employee Legal Status

Brad Reid | Posted 12.10.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

If a volunteer is in fact an employee then employee protection laws such as minimum wage and overtime, as well as Title VII, will frequently apply. Consult experienced legal counsel to review your specific situation.

#GivingTuesday: What Are You Doing With Your Life?

Vicki Escarra | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

As we recognize #GivingTuesday and kickoff the holiday season, think about the choices you make, find what inspires you, commit to give back, and each day please do something that touches the lives of others either in your local community or in our global community.

Have You Heard of #GivingTuesday?

Sid Mohn | Posted 12.01.2014 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

This year, as you're searching for the perfect gift or stocking stuffer, consider that it may not be a sweater or the latest gadget. It can be as easy as sharing that moment of change through #GivingTuesday and changing the reality we see every day on the streets.

Adopt Don't Shop: An Exclusive Interview With Rescue Dogs Little Miss Lexi and Pumpkin

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

Little Miss Lexi and her sister, Pumpkin, are spokes-pups for Posh Pets Rescue in NYC, and they want you to consider adopting special needs and senior rescue dogs before hitting the pet shop.

#GivingTuesday: A Guide for Nonprofits

Hilary A. Doe | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Hilary A. Doe

It's coming up. Every Dec. 2nd, families, students, businesses, and organizations around the world come together for Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back.

An Open Letter to Business Owners Everywhere: You Can Do Better

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Alexandra Ostrow

As the founder of a marketing consultancy that focuses on social change, I work with my fair share of nonprofits. My team builds awareness around issues like lack of access to healthcare and clean water.

#GivingTuesday Giving Will Double in 2014 -- and That's a Good Thing

George Weiner | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact
George Weiner

The amount of money donated on #GivingTuesday has doubled each year since 2012, and it is predicted to double again in 2014.

Why Beyoncé Wants You to Buy This Backpack (and We Do, Too)

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

Operating on the TOMS Shoes model--for each backpack bought, a backpack is donated to a child in need -- STATE Bags was born out of a desire to help provide children in need with healthy snacks, school supplies, a reliable carry-all, and a group of positive role models.

The Culture of Collective Impact

Paul Schmitz | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

I came to believe in collective impact from a cognitive dissonance I increasingly experienced during two decades of work in the nonprofit sector.

The Hunger Language

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Hannah Laufer-Rottman

A parent who doesn't feed his/her hungry child is judged harshly -- and children come to understand that being fed regularly is their birth right, their entitlement. This is not the case for those living in poverty and with food insecurity.

Don't Just Sit on a Board: Stand for Your Mission

Anne Wallestad | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Anne Wallestad

I am a true believer in the power of boards. I have seen strong and courageous boards pull organizations away from the brink, and I have seen weak and disengaged boards allow an organization to languish.

The Next Big (Small) Thing for #TheStitch...

Matt Pipkin | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

While sharing about BLVR's investment in us, I shared my personal story of being sexually abused by a family friend when I was six, keeping it secret until after graduating college, and about the heavy toll it took on my life.

Will the Council on Foundations Be a Change Agent or Just a Trade Group?

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Pablo Eisenberg

Over the past few years, the council has lost well over 200 members dissatisfied with the direction of the organization. And some of the remaining 1,585 members feel they are no longer getting much bang for the big bucks they pay in membership fees.

Beyond the Clothes

S. L. Young | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
S. L. Young

It's often said that clothes make an individual, but this old adage isn't always true -- as there are many talented individuals who don't dress as expected and still have a lot to offer. The reality is that sometimes individuals who appear to be different don't always get a chance to prove their worth.

The Heartbeat That Changed the World

Tim McDonald | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Tim McDonald

This first step to letting people feel your heartbeat. That is, assuming you know what cause has meaning to you, or that you truly care about. This is my story of learning to share my heartbeat instinctively.

Nonprofit Watchdog Overhauls Rating Process To Resemble School Grading System

The NonProfit Times | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact

It might be time to dig out that retainer and tuba from your high school yearbook picture. Charity watchdog Charity Navigator changed in August the wa...

A Huge Economic Impact But Who Knew?

Shar McBee | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Shar McBee

Do you know that there is a sector of the economy that is larger than the construction industry, employs more people than real estate, and creates fifty times more jobs than agriculture... but this sector is almost totally ignored?

Innovating Impact: Two Social Entrepreneurs Tackle Critical Issues at Home and Abroad

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Overwhelmingly, these talented fellows represent a growing commitment to fighting social issues like poverty, terrorism, infrastructural collapse, and beyond -- through straightforward, effective means. I was lucky to learn from two of them, and share their stories here.

Taking Partnerships to the Next Level

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

When the mission of a nonprofit is well-aligned with the social impact goals of a for-profit partner, together they can help to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to the most pressing social and economic problems.

3 Ways to Give (Without Spending Any Money!)

Julia Schemmer | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Julia Schemmer

Unless you're Bill Gates or Angelina Jolie, it is nearly impossible to make a meaningful financial impact on the organizations you love. Thankfully, helping someone in need goes way beyond economic support.

How Tech Innovation Leads To Sustainable Solutions In Developing Nations

Lauren Woodman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Lauren Woodman

It seems as if the days of manually doing routine tasks such as shopping and health care are slowly fizzling into obsolescence. People in both developed and developing countries are reshaping their daily lives and interactions as digital technology becomes intertwined with their everyday activities.

Using Food as a Treatment for Mental Illness

Food Politic | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Food Politic

Most of us are familiar with food banks and soup kitchens, where donated food goes to feed hungry people in the community. Yet we rarely talk about the connection between mental illness and hunger and how access to food can do more than just provide a full stomach.

Think Big, Act Now for Nature: Unexpected Common Ground Between Montana, Azerbaijan and the Middle East

Sean Gerrity | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Sean Gerrity

Innovation, persistence, and an attitude of mutuality in the midst of intense sociological and political resistance is the key to creating more large-scale natural places that people will visit and cherish for hundreds of years into the future.

Buckle Up -- Things Are Getting Real With #TheStitch!

Matt Pipkin | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

You know those seasons in life that you look back on and think, "Whew, those were some amazing times!"? Well, that's how we're going to look back on what's happening right now.

Nonprofit Cleans Homes For Women With Cancer So They Have 1 Less Thing To Worry About

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.27.2014 | Good News

What started out as a simple, selfless idea to help women cancer patients, has grown into an incredible organization spanning all 50 states and Canada...