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Outdoor Company Cotopaxi Puts Its Money Where Its Heart Is

Ahrif Sarumi | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact
Ahrif Sarumi

Cotopaxi donates a minimum 10 percent of its profit to one of its partner nonprofit organizations to create a sustainable impact in the community those organizations serve. Smith's company goes one step further by showing potential and returning customers where that donation is going.

How The ALS Association Should Spend Donations From the #IceBucketChallenge

Steve Delfin | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Steve Delfin

The ALS Association has been given a gift; the $79.7 million they have raised through this social media extravaganza is "unrestricted funds," which means they can use those funds however they wish

AmazonSmile: Shop 'Til You Drop and Feel Good About It

Renee C. Herrell | Posted 08.22.2014 | Impact
Renee C. Herrell

Online shopping provides consumers an opportunity to shop 24-hours a day, 7 days a week -- and now they can "do good" around the clock. Amazon, the Seattle-based online retailer, is making the next move in online giving.

How Is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Hurting YOU?? (Hint: It's Not, So Stop Complaining)

Jennifer Hicks | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Jennifer Hicks

Would you heckle people who walk at Relay for Life? Would you taunt a group having a car wash to raise money for a battered women's shelter? I hope not.

11 Biggest Charitable Illinois Donors in 2014

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.21.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinoisans are a generous bunch when it comes to charitable causes, but not all have millions of dollars to donate. Those who do often give to organizations or institutions that made a significant impact during the course of their lives.

Haters Need to 'STFU' About Ice Buckets: 3 Social Media Tactics that Perpetuate Social Good

Christine Deakers | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Christine Deakers

This is why I love social media. Sometimes a hashtag seems empty, but once you follow a hashtag up with action in real life, it can change the world.

Sometimes Your Clothing's Disposable Even If You'd Rather Keep It

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

For someone who is homeless, planning means coping with the immediate future. From where is the next meal coming? Will he find a safe corner in which to shut his eyes that night?

For All Those Complaining About the ALS #icebucketchallenge: 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't

Mark Malinowski | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Mark Malinowski

ALS is referred to as an "orphan disease," meaning people don't know what it is (unlike cancer and heart disease). That equates to a disease that's underfunded and under-researched.

6 Things You Gain When You Declutter Your Life

Ingrid Peschke | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Ingrid Peschke

I've found there's a mental connection to this physical cleaning out process. A connection that I would venture to say has a vital spiritual component and contributes to one's overall well-being.

First City in Iran to Ban Killing Stray Dogs and the Woman Behind It

Negar Mojtahedi | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Negar Mojtahedi

Shooting stray dogs is common practice in Iran. However, now the northwestern city of Tabriz has become the first and only city in the country to outlaw killing street dogs. It's all thanks to the efforts of one Iranian woman who is campaigning for those who can't speak for themselves.

Helping Kids Make a Difference

Perla Ni | Posted 07.31.2014 | 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?

Seeds Mean Freedom: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Two Ways to Give Back to Your Community

Brad Jamison | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Brad Jamison

Once you have found an organization you are comfortable with, how do you help them? There are two main ways to consider: Do you support them with a financial gift or do you give your time?

Race for a Cause: Why People Really Give

Anna Sidana | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Anna Sidana

By talking to the people at the race, I learned a fundamental truth about giving. When it comes to supporting causes that are not in the immediate grasp of people they will attend events and support these causes only if the event is satisfying a primary need for them.

Milaap Adds Crowd Element to Sustainable Giving

Geoff Livingston | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Geoff Livingston

Like traditional giving, what matters most is the organizer (nonprofit or NGO) and actual benefactor. If you believe in both, then give. Everything else is gravy.

Why We Need To Reassess Our Notion Of Charity

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 06.23.2014 | World

It is one of the seven virtues of Christianity. It used to have a central place in Roman ethics and Judaism as well. Today, we remain deeply impressed...

Internet Rallies Around 4-Year-Old Eliza, Shatters Online Fundraising Record

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact

Eliza O'Neill has several supporters who've got her back -- more than 20,000, in fact. That's how many people have donated -- mostly gifts of $10...

What We Give is as Important as What We Get

Natasha Ashton | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Natasha Ashton

The human-animal bond is nothing if not reciprocal; in return for their compassion, their comedy and the comfort they provide us, we give them love, food, shelter, health care, toys and maybe even a spot on the bed in return.

Taking the #unselfie a Step Further

Geoff Livingston | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Geoff Livingston

A strange thing is happening online this week. The push for the #unselfie -- the antithesis of social media navel gazing -- a picture of a donor's...

How to Write A University-Wide Email: A Guide for Administrators

Michael Restiano | Posted 06.28.2014 | College
Michael Restiano

Being a part of the upper echelon of higher education administration comes with significant responsibilities, as you know. Chief among them is the occasional need to write emails sent to the entire university community.

Reuse and Recycle While Spring Cleaning: How to Make a Difference Through Donating

Jim Gibbons | Posted 06.14.2014 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

It's a week before Earth Day, and spring has sprung. Now is the perfect time to think about your individual environmental impact. What does the star...

Study: Donors Gave More Online Last Year Than Ever Before

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact

The Internet has truly become a donation hot spot. Donors gave more online gifts last year than ever before, according to M+R’s Benchmarks study....

You Won't Believe What This $15 Thrift Store Purchase Is Worth

Aimee Heckel | Posted 06.09.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

You might call it shopping. My husband thinks it's hoarding. I call it gambling. And I'm addicted.

Why it Is Difficult to Choose a Charity

Eric Friedman | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Eric Friedman

A few years ago, the following story was highlighted on St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's website as an inspiring testament to the hospital's wo...

How To Successfully Downsize Without A Family Feud

Rachel Adelson | Posted 06.05.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

People should be tolerant and strive for a balance between those who want to throw out everything and those who need to deliberate over the many decisions involved, relishing family stories and preserving family history.