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11 Creative Ways Your Thumbs Can Prevent Texting While Driving

Gabriel Gomez | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Gabriel Gomez

Yep, these lil' protective coverings for your thumbs remind others not to text behind the wheel. Here's how 11 members got super creative while keeping their friends super safe.

Arts Education for Everyone

Tammara Fort | Posted 06.12.2015 | Education
Tammara Fort

Image used with permission of CAA The College of Adaptive Arts (CAA) is a revolutionary idea. A not-for-profit organization of higher learning that...

Perth Global Shapers Facilitate Social Impact

Keeya-Lee Ayre | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact
Keeya-Lee Ayre

The People of Perth love to give. Data shows that we give our time, our money and our energy to support a wide range of social initiatives. However, g...

For Non-Profits, There Ain't No Free Launch!

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Jerry Ashton

What could be easier than starting a feel-good, do good charitable operation? Especially one that would have universal appeal and which -- in one way or another -- likely affects almost every family in the United States?

Julianne Moore, Michael J. Fox and NBA Legends Support NYC Children's Charity Steady Buckets

Allison Carmen | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Allison Carmen

Academy Award-winning actress, Julianne Moore, Emmy Award-winning actor Michael J. Fox, and NBA Hall of Famers, Walt Frazier and Bernard King, gathered with a collection of committed New Yorkers to raise money Tuesday night for Steady Buckets.

And, STOP Calling Me a Non-Profit!

Jerry Ashton | Posted 06.05.2015 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Exactly why are "non-profits" considered second-tier? Why should a "corporate" business card trump one that reads "non-profit?" Why are (relatively speaking) so fewer dollars directed to social good than to commerce and industry?

Starting a Nonprofit Calls for Passion and More

Nicki Roth | Posted 04.12.2015 | Impact
Nicki Roth

After eight years as an English classroom teacher and another four as department head I felt I was missing something because too many of my students were not succeeding.

The President's Plan for Tuition-Free Education at Community Colleges

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.19.2015 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

The President has introduced only the grand idea of providing tuition-free education for all students attending community colleges, an idea which, at first glance, seems to have great merit. But at this point we know very few details.

The Delta Queen Riverboat, the Election and You

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.01.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Far too many of us spend our time paddling around in the shallow things of life instead of heading straight for the deeps. We get tangled up on the sandbars of the shallow waters of life, dissipating our energies on the trivial. This is especially relevant now as people prepare to vote in the election of this coming Tuesday, November 4.

Charity Exec Pay Is Catching Up With An Improving Economy: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact

A new survey is suggesting charities are climbing out of the Great Recession with the rest of America -- and their leaders are reaping the benefits. ...

Islands of Safety: Libraries and Books, Part 2, Orphanages

James M. Lynch | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
James M. Lynch

Why you might want do this I don't know, but let's pretend anyway that you're a 3-year-old boy in Mumbai and your parents and sister just died, l...

From Cubicle to Classroom: Corporate Volunteerism in a Purpose Economy

Michele Kotler | Posted 10.10.2014 | Impact
Michele Kotler

Companies that give their employees time to volunteer and bring greater meaning to their careers are doing it with purpose.

Offense Can Also Be Defense

Paul Clolery | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Paul Clolery

Congress should shine a spotlight on the elected officials who vote to cut funding for programs that then must be picked up by a nonprofit sector that was pushed off balance and had its legs swept from under it.

How to Use Social Media to Help Social Causes

Russell Bishop | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Russell Bishop

One of the biggest challenges not-for-profits face in gaining support is the simple fact that no one cares what they do until they know why it matters. It's pretty much a take off on the old cliché: No one cares what you know until they know how much you care.

To Protect Their Missions, Nonprofits Must Actively Engage Legislators

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 02.11.2014 | Chicago
Valerie S. Lies

The state of Illinois took a big step toward resolving its dire financial position last week when the state assembly passed legislation to reform Illinois' public pension system. The bill aims to cut $160 billion in pension liabilities over 30 years.

Transforming the Not for Profit Sector by Telling the Truth: An Interview with Vik Maraj of Unstoppable Conversations

Danisha Bhaloo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Danisha Bhaloo

His two primary roles in Unstoppable are to drive the innovation of our programs through learning from other disciplines and to expand our ability to impact people faster and more deeply.

The Power of a Challenge Grant

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.05.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Turning around arts organizations is mostly about changing the psychology of an organization. If we can get people who are closest to us to believe in our work and proceed with confidence, we can find the resources we need.

How Nonprofits and Government Can Work Together To Tackle Illinois Challenges

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 09.22.2013 | Chicago
Valerie S. Lies

Nonprofit organizations are a vital resource in Illinois, providing critical services to people across the state. But Illinois is the worst state in the nation -- by a wide margin -- when it comes to overdue bills to nonprofits.

How To Turn A Deadly Weapon Into A Thing Of Beauty

Mary Alice Stephenson | Posted 02.28.2014 | Style
Mary Alice Stephenson

This unique brand repurposes illegal guns from the streets and, through designer collaborations, turns them into stunning pieces made from guns and bullets, all to raise awareness and help stop gun violence.

For Math Education to Profit, Look to the Nonprofits

Andrew R. Coulson | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Andrew R. Coulson

The leaders achieving radically higher educational goals are mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations. Nonprofits, almost by definition, need support beyond current market forces. Visionary and savvy business social investments, though relatively small change to billion-dollar businesses, can be and should be vital support for continuous invention and prove-out.

Begin With the End in Mind

Rumeet Billan | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Rumeet Billan

Having the end in mind at the beginning seems counter-intuitive to most. There is no certainty that your position or the organization you create or are a part of will exit one, five or ten years from now. Things change -- needs evolve -- life happens.

A Trend That Could Change Everything, Collaborations Across Generations -- And What It Means for Causes, Nonprofits and Social Enterprises

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

Today's B-school students and recent graduates are eager to connect with experienced business people and work collaboratively on the big social issues of the day, from poverty and health care to education and the environment. These collaborations can be extraordinarily powerful.

Artwork Is Work

Nora Younkin | Posted 06.10.2013 | Arts
Nora Younkin

Artwork is work. Art does not come into existence in a single fell swoop of expressive resolution. Art is not a hobby to a professional artist. Art is labor. Choreographer, painter, composer: these are occupations.

Opera vs. the Economy: Verismo 2.0 Pulls 'Wildcard'

Roxane Assaf | Posted 05.20.2013 | Arts
Roxane Assaf

Verismo 2.0 cleaves to a motto of feasibility. Opera with full orchestra is exciting for a singer and alluring for a producer. But small companies have been brought to ruin by the insistence upon this luxury.

5 Tips to Sharpen Your Pitch for Funding

Chitra Nawbatt | Posted 01.12.2013 | Small Business
Chitra Nawbatt

The nature, extent, scope and tone of the pitch have numerous permutations and combinations depending on the scenario.