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The Soul of a Community: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.18.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week we funded stories and soul around the world from Kandace Vallejo's Youth Rise Texas project that works with children of incarcerated parents, to Tracie Pouliot's Chair City Oral History project that tells the stories of a working class community in Massachusetts.

Nature Adds a Psychedelic Spin to Lucinda Bunnen's Photography

Sally Hansell | Posted 07.13.2015 | Arts
Sally Hansell

"The minute I saw those two photographs, I said, 'Oh, my lord, that's fabulous. How can I make that happen?'" says Lucinda Bunnen, recalling when she discovered two damaged slides while winnowing her archives of 60 years.

Clinton Foundation Must Stop Hiding Behind Dark Money Groups

Till Bruckner | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

The Clinton Foundation claims that it's committed to transparency - but clearly, it's not.

What are You Playing For? Pitching for a Greater Purpose

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 06.21.2015 | Sports
Jeremy Affeldt

Having a purpose for being a professional athlete will actually help you immensely on the field because you're free from self-absorption. You have a purpose far bigger than yourself, and for me, that purpose is making sure other people have a chance to be successful.

These Were The 10 Biggest Gifts To Charity In 2014

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact

Sometimes the 1 percent can come up big. This year, the top 10 philanthropic gifts to American nonprofits totaled $3.3 billion, according to the Ch...

To Be Visible Again: Philanthropy in Action

Cristina M. Regalado | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Cristina M. Regalado

This was an unforgettable experience that reminded me of what philanthropy is all about - love of humanity, to care, to belong, to register one's presence regardless of one's life circumstance.

Eight Ways to Knit A Community: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

10 Business Leaders Who Just Say No to Economic Inequality

Capital and Main | Luke Dowling | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics

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A Jury of My Peers: The Aspen Action Workshop

Andrea Levere | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Andrea Levere

The most important message I received during the workshop was how deeply the people in the room believed that providing savings accounts to children was a necessary and effective approach to increasing educational and economic opportunity.

Are the Rich Any Good? Think Immigrant Women Leaders

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

Whatever holes one may pick in Picketty and other economists, plutocracy is rooted deeply and rules the world. If this is indeed inevitable, what's to be done?

Taking Inequality Into Our Own Hands

Ira Silver | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Ira Silver

Our generosity can't change the unequal conditions vast segments of the population experience. Yet, it can enable individuals living in economically fragile circumstances to access greater job, housing, and educational opportunities.

Men Stepping Up: Ben Horowitz, Demba Diawara and Our Worldwide Fight to End Violence Against Women

Ruth Messinger | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Ruth Messinger

I have been deeply moved by two men I know, both of whom believe in women, hate the violence perpetrated against them and are doing something about it. One is a respected Silicon Valley investor, and the other is a village chief in Senegal.

Philanthropy Bounces Back!

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 03.03.2014 | Impact

WASHINGTON (AP) — Philanthropy made a comeback in large donations in 2013 with the nation's wealthiest donors giving more than $3.4 billion to chari...

America's 10 Top Givers Are...

Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact

They want to put an end to insidious diseases and improve underserved schools. They’re giving millions to save the environment and to making sure th...

Breaking Bread to Build a Movement: Harnessing Philanthropy's Power to Convene

Luz Vega-Marquis | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Luz Vega-Marquis

As I join families across the country in making preparations for Thanksgiving, I welcome the opportunity to come together with friends and family. To strengthen bonds and buoy spirits, nothing is as powerful as the simple act of breaking bread together.

Are You Ready to Fund a Failure?

Phillip Haid | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Phillip Haid

Imagine if failure was embraced and organizations could openly speak about the attempts at new programs and campaigns that didn't work. Even better, imagine if donors, funders and supporters rewarded the failure with more money to try again.

Charity Begins at Home?

Claudia Jacobs | Posted 03.13.2013 | College
Claudia Jacobs

With civic engagement having a popular and contemporary vibe on campuses nationwide, students who may not have realized how large or important the non-profit sector is are learning more about it, often for the first time as part of their college education.

Is Your Nonprofit Making an Impact? Prove It!: Part 1, Why Social Entrepreneurs Must Take Research Seriously, and How to Do So

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.10.2013 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

If you're running a social enterprise and you want to raise money to fund it, you will need to design a data-collection and research strategy to show donors and peers that you're actually achieving your goals. I learned this lesson the hard way.

Impact Investing Reaches a Turning Point

Michelle Long | Posted 12.19.2012 | Business
Michelle Long

A term that was itself only coined a couple of years ago, impact investing aims to shift industries and make an impact, not just to screen out negative or harmful investments. It is incredibly heartening on a number of levels to see the flood of interest coming.

A Beautiful Mind -- A Conversation with Troi Zee

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 12.03.2012 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

Troi Zee may be the secret weapon this next generation needs to get them motivated and on a quest for knowledge.

Philanthropists Need to Play Politics

Eric Kessler | Posted 11.11.2012 | Impact
Eric Kessler

The White House officials and members of Congress I spoke to were clear: At a time when the country and our legislators are sharply divided, playing politics has a greater impact than pushing policy. I don't like it. I dedicate considerable resources to change that. But for now, it is the reality.

How This Philanthropist Will Give Away His Last $1.5 Billion

New York Times | Posted 10.09.2012 | Impact

Across from a television set with the obsolete girth of a model bought 20 years ago, beneath the grandchildren's crayon artwork taped to the wall, to ...

1 Philanthropist Who Supported 11 Olympians In Need

The Telegraph | Jim White | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact

With her joint swelling to twice its normal size, doctors told her that the only hope she had of making it to the London Games lay in a new bit of med...

Lucas Kavner

A Child Prodigy For The 21st Century | Lucas Kavner | Posted 03.27.2014 | Arts

Upon first meeting, the virtuoso violinist and nonprofit leader Jourdan Urbach seems like a less eccentric, real-world version of Max Fischer in "Rush...

Why Foundations Need to Be Better Storytellers

Kevin K. Murphy | Posted 07.25.2012 | Impact
Kevin K. Murphy

The public is increasingly curious about what we're up to -- an interest fueled by politicians who imagine that philanthropy is a big pot of money waiting to be spent to alleviate government budget strains.