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Pay It Forward

"The Amazing Green Team" Paying It Forward In Memory of James "JB" Benton

Tenille Livingston | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact
Tenille Livingston

Ashley Benton, the founder and Ceo of "The Green Team," is definitely at the top of my list as one of the most amazing women I know. Benton is paying it forward by giving back to her local community and providing essential needs to needy families and abroad.

Entrepreneurs Funding Global Change

Yasamin Beitollahi | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Yasamin Beitollahi

We have more tools than ever before to create positive change on a global scale - but perhaps the best tool is business rather than our traditional means of philanthropy.

When We Hand Down the Magic, Children and Teachers Succeed

Eric Cooper | Posted 02.27.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Teachers and mentors can have a magical impact on learning, but being a student can be just as exquisite. The roles of teacher and student are not as distinct as portrayed. Teaching and learning go both ways.

Pay It Forward, Waiting to Pay It Back

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 02.18.2015 | Good News
Nicole Jankowski

The latte was a gift, something to be appreciated. A simple reminder that kindness is palpable and comes in a red cardboard cup, with whipped cream on top. Sometimes we have to just accept help, just allow ourselves to be on the receiving end.

Paying It Forward

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 02.05.2015 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

In a time when so many people are still struggling with unemployment and debt, even seemingly inconsequential gives of money -- or larger than usual tips -- can change that person's outlook on life.

Pizza Shop, Customers Give Away 8,400 Slices To Philly's Homeless

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact

Newcomers at Rosa's Fresh Pizza might think the store's owner has an odd obsession with sticky notes. But the plethora of pinks, blues and yellows spa...

You'll Never Guess How This Boomer is Reinventing Senior Discounts

John Tarnoff | Posted 03.14.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

David Harrison is turning coupons into causes. He and his wife Cindy have started Boomerang Giving, a non-profit dedicated to supporting our generation in giving back to causes we believe in, using a traditional (and perhaps cliche-ridden) to do it: the senior discount.

How 'Santa' Changed Two Children With $100

Dan Duffy | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

But every now and again, life, or karma, or God, or Santa shows us that as long as we keep our eyes and our hearts open, we may just find ourselves participating in an unfolding miracle. And to me, miracles are transforming events that never truly leave us the same way again.

The Gift of Giving: A Lesson on Humanity

Lisa Mae Brunson | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Lisa Mae Brunson

Whatever your story is, this is a time where we either learn about consumerism, or the magic of a holiday Season that can reconnect us with our humanity--with what it means to give and receive.

Pay It Forward in a Take-It-All-World

Doug A. Sandler | Posted 02.17.2015 | Good News
Doug A. Sandler

Don't ask, do. When you hear a need, put on your cape and play superhero, without hesitation. You may not realize it, but you are making the world a better place to live one to-do at a time.

Exchange Your Presents for Presence

Liz Dow | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Liz Dow

This can feel like the best of seasons -- filled with love, joy, and possibilities -- or the worst, filled with the frustration of buying presents, being bombarded with advertisements for things we do not need or cannot afford, and national news stories of tragedy and grief.

It's Better to Give Than to Receive

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 02.14.2015 | Good News
Dean Dauphinais

Paying off a complete stranger's layaway account is something my wife and I first did three years ago.

#ExceptionalCareers Series: Who Are Your Champions And Have You Thanked Them?

Sanyin Siang | Posted 02.08.2015 | Business
Sanyin Siang

As we plan out our career futures, how often do we reflect on our past and thank those who championed us and helped us recognize our value even before we started a career? And why is doing so such an important building block in our journey towards success?

Kick Resistance in the Ass: 5 Things I Learned to Create My Legacy

Laura Aiisha | Posted 02.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Laura Aiisha

Standing up courageously in the face of fear, doubt, resistance, nerves and old limiting stories is by far one of the most dynamic and courageous human experiences I can think of.

Found Money Buys a Little Happiness

Wendy Gordon | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Wendy Gordon

Kevin Bacon was on TV last Sunday, footloose in a toy store. Having a good time with the customers was his way of encouraging local businesses to join Shop for Good, and give a portion of all purchases made in a day to a school or charity of the customer's choosing.

Letters Left in London By Anonymous

Kindness Blog | Posted 01.21.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

For over a year now I have been writing letters to strangers anonymously and leaving them around London for someone to find in the hope that I will bring some warmth, comfort or encouragement to that person. Why, you may ask?

Progress and Education: This week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with 40 other daily givers, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. All o...

The Nicest Thing I Have Ever Witnessed Someone Do for a Stranger

Kindness Blog | Posted 01.11.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

With the prediction of serious winter storms in Dallas, I headed to Walmart (with apparently every other person in town) to stock up on a few essentials before the storm hit.

Nurse Who Quietly Paid Father And Son's Tab At A Diner Sparks 46 Others To Pay It Forward

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 11.07.2014 | Good News

This woman's generous act set off a chain reaction of good deeds among strangers. Kathleen Connors, a nurse from Barre, Vermont, is a regular at L...

Positive News: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Since Jan. 1, 2013, The Pollination Project has been giving daily micro grants to emerging projects and inspiring people all over the world. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that our Daily Giving Community is honored to support this week.

I'm Donating a Kidney for My Son... But Not Like That

Monica Wyche | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Monica Wyche

I'm not a hero, I'm just efficient and not so scared of hospitals. And someone said that a hero "ain't nothing but a sandwich," which really just makes me hungry.

'We've Both Been In Your Shoes': Couple Leaves 150% Tip For Busy Waiter Despite Poor Service

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 10.02.2014 | Good News

A little bit of empathy can make all the difference for someone who is having a rough day. When Makenzie and Steven Schultz of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, ...

Seeding the Future: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in an up and coming social change leader, every single day of the year? Since January 1, 2013, the Pollination Project has been giving daily micro grants to emerging projects and inspiring people all over the world.

40 Simple Ways to Practice Kindness

Kindness Blog | Posted 11.24.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Smiles are irresistible. Don't hesitate to smile warmly at friends, family, colleagues and even... strangers. Write hand-written thank-you notes. The notes don't need to be an essay and people love to receive them. It's the personal touch.

Paramedic Finds Family's Parking Ticket In Ambulance, Pays It To Help Ease Their Grief

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.28.2014 | Good News

If you found someone else's parking ticket, would you pay it? Marc Primrose did. After he transported Rosemary Morgan's mom in his ambulance last m...