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World Polio Day: 10 Facts You Didn't Know

Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 10.24.2012 | Impact

With polio 99 percent eradicated worldwide, global health advocates say an end to the disease is in sight, and they are asking for help with the other...

Microsoft Employees Raise $1 Billion For Charity

Posted 10.22.2012 | Impact

In the three decades since Microsoft launched a program encouraging employees to give to charity, the software company’s workers have raised $1 bill...

The Urban Poor, Climate Change and the Future of Cities Around the World

David Weiss | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
David Weiss

Climate change creates a stimulus for action; we must ride that momentum to help city governments revisit the vulnerability of these communities and reimagine solutions that improve livelihoods and living conditions.

'I Would Never Run For Political Office'

AP | MICHAEL CASEY | Posted 12.09.2012 | Technology

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates on Tuesday ruled out running for office, choosing not to join th...

Getting Left Behind

William G. Tierney | Posted 10.03.2012 | College
William G. Tierney

The Great Recession has claimed many victims, but one casualty is seldom mentioned: students under-prepared for college. Three developments cloud these students' college futures, particularly in California.

From Farms to Family Planning: Investing in Women on World Contraception Day

Melinda Gates | Posted 11.28.2012 | Impact
Melinda Gates

Today is World Contraception Day. I am celebrating by visiting a cassava farm in Tanzania. It might seem like a strange way to observe the day, except for this fact: the women who do the majority of the labor on small family farms are often the very same women who are asking for contraceptives.

Every Voice Matters

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 11.24.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

He doesn't run a large company, lead a government agency or record the music he so loves on a major label. But 8-year-old J.D. Malkin has quite a voice.

11 More Billionaires Pledge Half Their Fortunes To Charity

Posted 09.19.2012 | Impact

Warren Buffett got 11 more billionaires to agree to give away half of their wealth to charity. The Giving Pledge, a philanthropic initiative starte...

What Is More Virtuous? Paying Taxes or Giving Charity?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Are American citizens really expected to feel guilty about not paying enough tax? When we see such incredible government waste, should we be eager to fork over more money to see it so much of it squandered?

Who Cares About Nonprofit Finances? The Top 12 Reasons Why the Most Vulnerable Are at Risk

Fred Leeb | Posted 11.12.2012 | Detroit
Fred Leeb

Who is responsible to ensure that nonprofits operate most efficiently? While the great majority of people in the nonprofit world are good people, this doesn't necessarily mean that the financial system is functioning most effectively.

Why This Catholic Girl Is Praying For A Schism

Christina Pesoli | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Christina Pesoli

For decades I prayed that the Catholic Church would evolve, but not anymore. Now I'm holding out for a schism. We'll be the Social Justice Catholic Church and they can be the Conservative Catholic Church.

Joy Resmovits

What Are the Top Reasons Kids Cut School? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

It's the second day of school in Chaparral High School, a day assistant principal Todd Peterson calls "the second happiest day in the world for all th...

The World's Most Powerful Women?

Reuters | Posted 10.22.2012 | Women

By Lily Kuo NEW YORK, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Forbes magazine ranked German Chancellor Angela Merkel the most powerful woman in the world ...

The Myth of the Aging Hacker and How to Fight It

John Pavley | Posted 08.18.2012 | Technology
John Pavley

Technology has a reputation for being a young person's game. That's a perception I would like to change. Sure, when I was young I had a dozen ideas a day. But I hardly ever completed anything. Now that I am older, I have the ability to finish what I started.

Making a Difference: August Is an Important Time for Protecting Our Children

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 10.15.2012 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Today, even though we have this information as well as how they are transmitted, there is still the likelihood of a widespread epidemic occurring if steps are not taken to protect our families and communities. Vaccination is one of these steps and by doing so you just might become a hero yourself.

CU-Boulder Wins Gates Grant To Build Super-Toilet

Posted 08.15.2012 | Denver

Let's call this revolutionary toilet the Super Bowl. Or a Crapper Of A Problem. Or how about: Rage Against The Latrine. Bathroom humor aside, a studen...

Gates Challenge Reinvents Toilet For 2.5 Billion People Without Modern Sanitation

AP | By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 10.14.2012 | Impact

SEATTLE (AP) — These aren't your typical loos. One uses microwave energy to transform human waste into electricity. Another captures urine and uses ...

Why Bill Gates Has His Mind In The Toilet

Posted 08.14.2012 | Technology

You might not want to pack a picnic lunch for this summer event. Researchers from China, Switzerland, Britain, the Netherlands, Canada and Californ...

Law Man

Michael Santos | Posted 10.09.2012 | Books
Michael Santos

The story will inspire anyone who reads it, but it would prove especially meaningful for any man in prison who aspired to build a life of honor, dignity and respect.

Social Innovation 2.0: Getting from 'If' to 'How'

Shannon Schuyler | Posted 10.01.2012 | Education
Shannon Schuyler

What is the future of innovation? How can we successfully integrate and justify investments in sustainability and social change?

Citizens' Voice

Dr. Farhana Ahmad | Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact
Dr. Farhana Ahmad

We must ensure that women -- especially young women -- are aware of their rights and empowered to demand family planning services and that they are able to do this regardless of where they live, or how much money they have.

High Schools May Underutilize Student Feedback On Teachers

Posted 07.11.2012 | Education

A student survey system known as the Tripod Project is helping districts harness student feedback on teachers in an effort to improve academic achieve...

WATCH: Melinda Gates Takes On The Vatican On Contraception

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 07.12.2012 | Religion

Melinda Gates, a practicing Catholic, disagrees with the Vatican on the use of contraceptives, The Guardian reported. "Of course I wrestled with t...

A Slum Priest's Perspective On The 'Effing' Catholic Sin

Greg Barrett | Posted 09.10.2012 | Religion
Greg Barrett

He's a church outcast in that way. Taped to the windows of his Human Development Foundation and Mercy Centre charity were something you don't normally see on public display in Catholic establishments. Or in any religious establishment: Condoms. Many condoms.

London Family Planning Summit: A Call to Focus on Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality

Ward Cates | Posted 09.09.2012 | Impact
Ward Cates

Even when highly effective biomedical interventions that are focused on the individual -- like contraception -- are available, factors beyond individual control often pose obstacles to their use.