What we have in the philanthropic industry is an ability to identify what are the problems, but no imaginative ideas for how they can be addressed. Great people, great intentions, but the results will not arrive.
Volunteers are and will remain the backbone of our movement. At Girl Scouts, we are innovating new ways to reach and engage the adults who will help us create the next generation of female leadership in America.
Depending upon what you enjoy doing, you can combine travel and volunteering in virtually any part of the world. Here's one suggestion for people who like to drive, take beautiful walks, be dazzled by nature and world-class views, relish peace and quiet, and seriously love animals.
Without my Social Security check arriving on the third Wednesday of the month, I would probably be dead... and I certainly wouldn't have been able to finance my first documentary. This is a cautionary tale, about being "one bad thing away."
1. Seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time ...
Supporting fundraisers is a great way teach your children the concepts of charity and volunteerism. It is also an important way of reinforcing money lessons in the real world that will last a lifetime.
When in doubt, forget all the rules, the seven- or nine- or 50-point lists, the how-to guides and the self-help books, the therapeutic techniques, the TED talks, the recipes and formulas... and just love.
In December 2008 Credit Default Swaps (CDS) were all the range. Everywhere you looked in finance there was talk about this company on the verge of collapse or that institution about to go under.
At times like this, I am still proud of our country, and when people ask me how I can feel this way, I always tell them "look local." If you just think about the good, hardworking Americans you know, it will make you feel better.
You already travel regularly with your kids. You know that family travel can be eye-opening and foster better global understanding. Are you ready for a volunteer vacation? Here's what you need to know before volunteering abroad with kids.
This past week the Junior Leagues held their Fall Leadership Conference in the Motor City. We came, we saw and we learned a lot.
A few hours of serving food in a homeless shelter can bring hope into someone's life. A morning sorting food at the local food back can prevent a family from starving. A day helping at the community garden can help children learn about the importance of proper nutrition.
The United States has had a long history of volunteerism -- from Benjamin Franklin's first volunteer firehouse to the countless soup kitchens set up during the Great Depression -- and that tradition of volunteering continues today.
There is a growing need for palliative care programs, which may be attributed to the increasing number of people living with chronic illness in the United States and the need for education and training of healthcare providers is rapidly growing as well.
If you natural tendency is to scare people into doing what you want them to do, then you may actually accomplish the opposite. People are more likely to volunteer their time when they feel it is their choice to do so and that their efforts are appreciated.
There were the in-between moments, too, the turning points, the long hours posted up at the airport during delays, the lesson learned that it's more about the journey than the destination. Backpacking in Sequoia really brought that point home.