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Charitable Giving

The 'Secret' To Getting Donors To Give More Charity

Forbes | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact

Two weeks ago, the annual Giving USA report showed that American philanthropy continues to climb out of the trough of the Great Recession, one of the ...

Giving Up, Giving Down

Martin Marty | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago...

Spend It! You Earned It. 5 Great Ways to Begin Spending Your Kids' Inheritance Today

Jerry Patterson | Posted 06.12.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

Bucket lists do not just have to be the subject of movies. Write one. Make it ambitious. Start checking it off. Climb that mountain. Visit the seven wonders. Take those dance lessons. Buy that weekend car you always dreamed of driving

Kindness is Love Made Visible: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, I began giving away money, every day of the year, to startup social change projects. Since then, thirty...

Planting Moringa Trees and More: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Bearing Witness: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

The World's 10 Deadliest Countries for Children and What You Can Do About It

Nick Pearson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Nick Pearson

The vast majority of these deaths are preventable and result from extreme poverty conditions in the world's poorest countries.

Dallas Charity Transforms Interiors and Lives

Courtney Price | Posted 06.11.2014 | HuffPost Home
Courtney Price

Founders, Lisa Robison an Kim Turner have created a high spirited interior design-related way for many to contribute creatively to families who struggle with homelessness and poverty. What they have created is inspiring and worth a deeper view.

The Next Generation of Indian Giving: Philanthropy and Young South Asians

Megha Desai | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Megha Desai

My hope is that my generation of South Asian Americans will embrace both India and the US as the "home bases" of their communities and choose to give back to any aspect of society with which they personally connect.

WATCH: This Life Insurance Ad Reminds Us What Is Most Valuable

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact

Charitable acts come with their own special kind of reward -- the kind that no amount of money can buy. This powerful commercial for Thai Life Ins...

What Charities Are Saying Instead of "Get out Your Wallet"

Philip Webb | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact
Philip Webb

One million people just got the same tweet: "Watch a Movie. Change the World." @NelsonMandela is on to something.

The Cowgirl Café Restaurant Fights Graffiti by Helping St. Jude's Children's Hospital

Tricia Spencer | Posted 05.19.2014 | Good News
Tricia Spencer

A restaurant in Norco, California employs a unique method of fighting the ugliness of graffiti. It kills potential perpetrators with kindness -- the kindness of charity.

Reclaiming Philanthropy: Wisdom from Africa's Philanthropists

Barry Segal | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Guest Post By Ash Lauren Rogers, Segal Family Foundation's Director of Operations, based in Kampala, Uganda This week the African Philanthropy Forum...

Top 5 Lame Excuses Not to Support Extreme-Poverty Alleviation Work

Nick Pearson | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Nick Pearson

'International aid doesn't work.' Um, yes it does. The Gates' letter is one simple frame of reference for this point. Humanitarian aid is not a perfect science, but we're talking about work done within contexts that are very broken.

Rethinking the "Impact Question": Evaluating the (Nonprofit) Evaluators, Part IV

Barbara Harman | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Barbara Harman

Charities also need to find a way to assess their work in a manner that does justice to its complexity, and then translate what they learn into an account that will have meaning and power for individual donors.

A Challenge to the African Philanthropists: Learn from our Mistakes

Barry Segal | Posted 04.23.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Guest Post By Andy Bryant, executive director of the Segal Family Foundation (SFF) The world's image of Africa as the "dark continent" is changing....

Impact -- the New "It" Word: Evaluating the (Nonprofit) Evaluators, Part III

Barbara Harman | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Barbara Harman

NEED and VALUE have to be part of the equation, both for nonprofits and for agencies and groups evaluating them.

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?

The New Four-Letter Word In The Nonprofit Sector

Renee C. Herrell | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Renee C. Herrell

The "overhead myth" is centered on the idea that nonprofits are valued by how little they spend on overhead. Overhead includes salaries for non-program management, office space, office technology and office supplies -- the non-sexy budget line items of a nonprofit organization.

Charitable Giving Got Biggest Boost In 2013 Since Recession

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact

Charities are finally bouncing back thanks to a recovering economy and a focus on fundraising fundamentals, a new study has concluded. Overall dona...

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.

STUDY: Charitable Giving Could Harm A Company's Image

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.28.2014 | Impact

Giving to charity may actually hurt a company’s reputation, a new study from the Yale School of Management has suggested. Interested in how peop...

Outcomes: The Key to Achieving Social Impact

Perry Yeatman | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Perry Yeatman

Today's funders and many other social-sector stakeholders represent a new generation of "value-seekers." Rather than investing in social programs that meet some arbitrary effectiveness threshold or proffer anecdotal success stories, they want to see real changes in the outcomes they care most about, and at a reasonable cost.

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.

About to Send a Donation? Think Twice

Julia Kurnia | Posted 07.18.2014 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Beware: the handout approach to development assistance is back in fashion. The rationale behind the handout approach seems straightforward enough: ...