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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.

Laid Off by Corporate, Employed by Purpose

Oral Fixation | Posted 04.09.2014 | Black Voices
Oral Fixation

Three days ago, I celebrated the third anniversary of my lay-off. My marketing position was unceremoniously eliminated. I can recall the walk to the elevator with the Human Resources Manager.

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.

Why Do Nonprofit Leaders Get in Their Own Way?

Nell Edgington | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Nell Edgington

Once you have the courage to admit (to your board, to your donors, to your staff) that you don't know how to do everything, you just might finally get the help you so desperately need.

Let's Live The Monday Life: Nonprofit Changes Hospitalized Kids' Environments

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Rainesford Alexandra

It's not every day you hear of people loving Monday. To most people, Mondays are the back-to-the-grind day, a day of alarm clocks, deadlines and a slo...

Building Bears, Building Relationships

Megan Rosker | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Megan Rosker

In a society that struggles to be empathetic, this is the kind of loving experience that many of our children need. It's an experience that lifts them out of pure consumerism and strives to teach about generosity of spirit.

ReThink Review: If You Build It -- Helping Communities Through Design

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Jonathan Kim

While uplifting, the fact that a lot of things don't seem to have worked out as hoped for -- as is often the case with both documentaries and nonprofits -- gives If You Build It a slightly bittersweet feeling.

Richard Sherman's Big Mouth Will Pay Dividends in the Super Bowl

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 04.02.2014 | Sports
Marquis Cabrera

Richard Sherman's iconic postgame interview with Erin Andrews was candid, emotional, unsportsmanlike, and definitely EXTRA. Even so, as a sports fan, I loved Sherman's interview because it captured the heart of a city with a big mouth.

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.

Why Isn't This Straightforward Concept Happening More Often?

Rich Polt | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Rich Polt

Through her organization, Magic Me, Susan is rekindling that inter-generational dynamic, enriching everyone who is touched by it.

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.

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.

TAPIN: Through Self-Reflection a Broader Definition of "Social Good"

Idealist | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact

This article originally appeared on Idealists in Action. As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week and people across the U.S. come together t...

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.

Survey of World's Poorest Children Reveals Telling Insights

Anne Goddard | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Reflecting the differences in the range of responses from around the world, 90 percent of the children in Cambodia believe that alcohol is the chief cause of violence against children in their country.

Rock the Earth: The Drum Beat for Change

Marc Ross | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Marc Ross

How do we motivate a nation to take up environmental causes when so very few are listening?

Nonprofits, the Minimum Wage and Not Fighting Inequality

Mark Rosenman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Mark Rosenman

In the long-overdue battle to stem our country's growing economic inequality, too many nonprofits are either missing from action or part of the problem.

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.

Companies Seek to Meet the Challenges of Nonprofit Board-Matching

Alice Korngold | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Alice Korngold

Having trained and placed several hundred business executives and professionals on NGO/nonprofit boards and advised many businesses, I've had the opportunity to hone my approach to helping companies establish highly effective nonprofit board-matching programs.

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.

This Is What "Second Acts" Should Be About

Rich Polt | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Rich Polt

To bring this full circle, when I say that Joyce and Ted are "wealthy," I'm not referring to the size of their bank account (of which I have no knowledge); I'm speaking in the more humanistic and spiritual sense of the word.

APAP 2014: Six Things the Performing Arts Should Be Talking About in 2014

Marc Kirschner | Posted 03.15.2014 | Arts
Marc Kirschner

The broader point to be discussed is this: we have transitioned away from a paradigm where newspaper critics act as the gatekeeper between art and audiences to a new reality where algorithms perform that function.

A Nonprofit Board's Best Friend: A Robust Business Plan

Eugene Fram | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Eugene Fram

The key to long-term success for a nonprofit board is to seriously evaluate business plans on a regular schedule, even if a status quo plan is desired. However, there are some alternatives that can be developed if changes are needed.

Unbelievable: Over $2 Million Dollars Raised for Nonprofits

Craig Newmark | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The CrowdRise #HolidayChallenge just ended last week, and you won't believe how much the organizations raised collectively in small donations for their nonprofits: $2,394,827, more than double last year's total for the Vets Challenge.

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.