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Take the $100 Tip Challenge to Make Someone's Christmas and Your Own

Heather Spires | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Heather Spires

We're giving to a person who is working hard and trying to support her family on minimum wage and $2 tips. But this moment of giving is not just for her -- it's also for us.

Charity Tax Breaks Only Extended Through End Of 2014

Forbes | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact

Charities wanted permanent tax breaks, but instead the Senate last night passed a one-year tax extenders bill, only good through Dec. 31, 2014. That l...

5 Cool and Easy Ways to Donate to Charity

Miranda Marquit | Posted 12.14.2014 | Money
Miranda Marquit

From the warm fuzzies you feel when you donate, to the tax deduction that you might receive, it makes sense to be generous.

Holiday Giving That Makes a Difference

Anita Casalina | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

'Tis the season for giving. I'm always looking for ways to combine gift-giving with funding sustainable, positive change for those in need. Here are the top ideas this year from our Billions Rising Foundation.

The #Unselfie Captures Important Causes, Trumps Those Duckface Photos

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is here, and the Internet is abuzz making the world a better place. For the third consecutive year, Giving Tuesday m...

Giving To Charity For The First Time? Read This First

WiserAdvisor.com | Posted 12.01.2014 | Money
WiserAdvisor.com

The holidays can inspire people to adopt a generous mood. You're thankful for the blessings you've received and want to pay it forward -- and you've also realized charitable giving can lower your taxes, as well.

Democratization of Philanthropy Through Crowdfunding

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

Nonprofits that are used to relying on super donors writing hefty checks need to learn to embrace a better way: The idea of crowd-funding, where numerous smaller donations add up, powered by social media marketing.

This Man Ditched His Birthday, Asked People To Donate To His Cousin's Cancer Fund Instead

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 11.11.2014 | Good News

The day before Hazel Basilio learned she had ovarian cancer, she was doing what she loves: playing basketball as a member of the Guam Women's Masters ...

Have Fun While Fundraising

Tammara Fort | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Tammara Fort

Do you like raising money for charity? Do you like being outdoors? The staff at WorkerAnts.com sure does. So we thought we would take a moment to h...

Despite Tax Drawbacks, Artists Find Reasons to Donate Their Work

Daniel Grant | Posted 10.27.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

As opposed to art collectors who are entitled to deduct on their tax returns the full market value of any object they might donate, the Internal Revenue Service only permits artists to deduct the cost of the materials used in creating their own artwork that they contribute.

Why We Must Raise Money for Ebola Now

Jennifer Kamara | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Jennifer Kamara

For me, what is so ruthless about Ebola in particular, is the way it forces victims to anticipate death, be ostracized and feared and remain void of human touch and personal connection. My test results came back negative for Ebola. I had never been happier to have Malaria.

Building a Cancer-Free Future

Bill Couzens | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Bill Couzens

We are deeply investing all we have in a shifting culture with time, energy and minimal resources. We are not selling treatment, we are selling prevention. There is no short term financial model for prevention -- no buildings, machines or treatments.

How We Can Help the Homeless

Lissa Coffey | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Lissa Coffey

Although I showed her kindness and respect, I questioned what I could have done differently, how I might have been able to help her.

#IceBucketChallenge: Despite Critics, You Are Helping

Sam Fiorella | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Sam Fiorella

The reality is that many who have completed the challenge have also donated to the cause. Those who have completed the task without donating have, through their online videos, raised awareness and encouraged others to donate.

Helping Kids Make a Difference

Perla Ni | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Perla Ni

We get in a particular groove, driving the kids to school, cheering them on at sporting events, helping them with homework. But are we teaching them how to pitch in and help others who are not as fortunate?

Making A Difference: The World of Giving - US Charitable Giving Increases for the Fourth Year in a Row!

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Philanthropy and charitable donations are back! Americans once again gave more in 2013 than in the previous year. As Americans, we supported causes we cared about with gifts both big and small.

Evaluating the (Nonprofit) Evaluators, Part II

Barbara Harman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Barbara Harman

There is a new kid on the block that makes it possible to check reviews on some 11,000 charities. But what exactly is being aggregated, and what are the reviewers reviewing?

Evaluating the (Nonprofit) Evaluators, Part I

Barbara Harman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Barbara Harman

Of course we should all exercise due diligence when making charitable contributions, but there is something disheartening about the focus on what doesn't work in our charity system.

The Less-Than-Charitable Cost of Tax Reform

William Daroff | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
William Daroff

Even in our fragile economy, Americans still want to give back to those who need help the most. However, charitable giving will suffer should the deduction be limited.

5 Ways to Save Cash During the 5 Days Before the Ball Drops

Adam Levin | Posted 02.25.2014 | Money
Adam Levin

The day after Christmas means a lot of different things to a lot of different people - obligatory gift returns, post-Christmas sales, pouring the last of the eggnog in your coffee, an end to holiday music in public spaces and on public airwaves.

Turn Charitable Giving Into Tax Savings This Holiday Season

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 02.02.2014 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

During the holidays, an estimated 75 percent of Americans plan to donate to charity but what many don't realize is that they can turn their generosity into tax savings by claiming a variety of donations on their tax returns.

The Season of Giving

Anita Casalina | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

This year, have you thought about a charitable donation? Not throwing money out into the void, hoping that some good will come of it, but giving to one of the charities that are taking the new "hand-up, not handout" approach to helping.

6 Tips for Tax-smart Charitable Giving

Tim Chen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Tim Chen

What follows are some key pointers in giving to charity while also reducing your tax burden.

Stop Thinking About the Overhead Ratio

Margot Franssen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Margot Franssen

The goal of keeping your overhead low is demoralizing for NGO's, and a misguided strategy for donors. If we want to change the world we need to change the way we think about a growing sector that is well positioned to do this job.

Charity Navigator's Focus on Results Isn't a Slam Dunk

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

Charity Navigator, a web site that provides potential donors with a way to evaluate in which nonprofits to invest, has announced a shift in how it will evaluate nonprofits itself. Some nonprofits are up in arms over whether such reporting will be fair and sufficiently nuanced.