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Social Justice Needs Funding

Aaron Dorfman | Posted 12.12.2012 | Impact
Aaron Dorfman

Whatever right-wing media would have us believe about the likes of George Soros and Warren Buffett and the philanthropic pursuit of "social justice," the truth is that social justice grantmaking is still a small fraction of foundation giving in this country.

Digital Troops on the Front Line

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 02.05.2013 | Technology
Hemanshu Nigam

Imagine you felt passionate enough about a cause to place yourself in harm's way to support the side you believed in. Now imagine you could do this without leaving your living room and still step into the front lines of the battle.

Occupy Christmas: Gifts That Give Back

Kristen Howerton | Posted 02.05.2013 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

In a season marked by giving, I love the idea of giving back to our community and our planet.

Just Lead

Jaime Grant, Ph.D. | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Jaime Grant, Ph.D.

A video of President Obama wiping a tear from his eye, as he thanks scores of young campaign staff members and volunteers for helping re-elect him to a second term, has gone viral and is redefining "leadership" for a generation of young organizers and passionate politicos.

Reflections on Detroit: Call to Green Pastures

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 02.02.2013 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

After spending some time here, I saw an alternative view of Detroit: a model for self-reliance and growth. They'd welcome help, but they're not counting on it.

Phoenix Kids Give Africare a Lot to Be Thankful For

Kendra Davenport | Posted 01.28.2013 | Impact
Kendra Davenport

The philanthropic enthusiasm represented by younger donors gives us pause and compels us to feel optimistic about the future. More and more, the importance of "giving back" and "paying it forward" are becoming the ethos of an educated, aware, empowered younger generation.

Threats to Civil Society Are Rising Rapidly

Frank Vogl | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Frank Vogl

The vice is tightening in one country after another on activists for human rights, political reform, freedom of speech, and anti-corruption.

The New Bodhisattva Path

David Loy | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
David Loy

Instead of asking, "How can I get out of this situation?" the bodhisattva asks, "What can I contribute to make this situation better?" Today, more than ever, we need to understand the bodhisattva path as a spiritual archetype that offers a new vision of human possibility.

Torn by Justin Lee: Gay Evangelical Writes A Coming Out Story Your Conservative Grandmother Could Love

Lillian Daniel | Posted 01.19.2013 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

Lee is beyond charitable throughout his story. He's written a book that your Southern Baptist grandmother could read and then sigh at the end, "Well, bless his sweet heart."

Let's Radically Engage in Reclaiming the Root of Philanthropy

BlackAndBrownNews | Posted 01.15.2013 | Black Voices

Ideas and images of present-day philanthropy frequently fail to resonate and, worse yet, serve to alienate black Americans. Particularly unsettling is the stunning absence of black people in representations of philanthropists.

Human Rights Council Elections: Pander Time

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 01.15.2013 | World
Aaron Rhodes

It is painfully clear that Western states are allowing themselves to be held hostage to dictatorships promoting a watered-down human rights doctrine.

A Plea to My Israeli Brothers and Sisters to Unite

Matt Adler | Posted 01.13.2013 | World
Matt Adler

I am an American Jew. I regularly attend synagogue. I speak Hebrew. I've been to Israel several times. And I care deeply about the future of not only my country, but also that of the State of Israel. And that's why I'm asking centrist and left-wing Israelis to unite.

From Rockaway to Cuba: Sandy's Impact on the Poor

Father Paul Mayer | Posted 01.13.2013 | Green
Father Paul Mayer

Less discussed by the media and political leaders is how poor people (words hardly mentioned during the elections) here and around the world, whose daily support base is already fragile, have been the primary victims of Sandy and climate change.

Hurricane Sandy, LGBTQ Youth And The Power Of Community Organizing

John Blasco | Posted 01.09.2013 | Gay Voices
John Blasco

Those of us who are regularly made most vulnerable in this city -- including queer and trans youth -- understood exactly what was at stake: the fight over who matters when help comes and who gets prioritized in the systems we rely on in times of emergency.

Education and Economic Crisis: The Quest for Human Empowerment

Carlos Alberto Torres | Posted 01.08.2013 | Education
Carlos Alberto Torres

Education has been overlooked as a tool for transformation of economic inequities for far too long. I wonder if I will see in my own lifetime a revolutionary movement of education as the practice of freedom in this country and elsewhere.

My Closing Argument -- I'm In!

Roy Zimmerman | Posted 01.06.2013 | Comedy
Roy Zimmerman

Satire hits people where they laugh, which can hurt. But politics hits people where they live. Here, in the final hours before the election, is my closing argument.

The Day After the Elections, Or: Woody Guthrie's Country

Beverly Bell | Posted 01.06.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

When November 7 rolls around, I'll recall -- and I hope you will, too -- that democracy is partially safeguarded (or not) by what we do in those little voting booths, but even more so what we do the other 364 days of the year.

Climate Change and Sandy's Impact in the Age of Inequality

Hugh Hogan | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Hugh Hogan

Hurricane Sandy's aftermath reminds us that when it comes to climate change, we are all in it together. All communities need a voice in how relief and recovery funds will be distributed and the future planning of infrastructure improvements.

Quick Fixes in Life and Politics

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul Stoller

In the face of serious social and economic problems, life is patience, and President Obama has the intelligence and foresight to meet the challenges of the future. A vote for him on November 6 moves us away from the past and propels us toward the future.

Simple Luxuries: Lessons From Hurricane Sandy

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 01.03.2013 | Business
Jessica R. Dreistadt

About two weeks ago, I was in Denver, Colo., for my first International Leadership Association conference, which I attended both as a presenter and as...

Religious Principles And The Election

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

We should not go into the voting booth informed only by warm sentiments but instead by an informed understanding of the real social consequences of what the candidates' policies would be.

Woo What Women?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

With the election looming, we decided to write this one together. Call it our endorsement.

How Much Do You Know About Where Your Halloween Candy Comes From?

Kristen Howerton | Posted 12.29.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

My family is breaking up with commercial chocolate, or buying fair trade. I hope you will, too.

PHOTO: Mother Teresa Carving Added To Human Right's Porch At Washington National Cathedral

Posted 10.25.2012 | Religion

Washington, D.C.—On Thursday, October 25, 2012, Washington National Cathedral will hold a special service of Choral Evensong to dedicate a carving o...

Changing the World, One Step at a Time

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.23.2012 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

Pushing back against the failures of our leaders and institutions is a growing movement of people and organizations taking the initiative to engage, connect, solve problems, share, and change their communities and the world. We see this in the people whose stories are featured in a new book, Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time.