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Looking Ahead: How We Can Make 2012 the Year of the Nonprofit

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
Earl Martin Phalen

As the founder of two nonprofits and the CEO of a third, I've thought long and hard about how we, as a community, can make this year different than the past few.

At Christmas, Can We Carve A Better World?

Christine Negroni | Posted 02.24.2012 | Travel
Christine Negroni

Sculptures I saw in Zimbabwe reminded me that mountains can be moved. The challenge is not the rock, but the paralysis that comes from of doubting it can be carved.

Serve and Grow... Together This Holiday

Keith Ferrazzi | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
Keith Ferrazzi

We were talking about the state of our world when my guest leaned over and asked: "Do you think next year we might actually go do something instead of just talking about it?"

In A Time of Faith, Restoring Faith In Our Adults And Institutions

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Tiziana Dearing

We put our faith in the adults around us because to do otherwise would be to embrace chaos. We put our faith in nonprofits and like institutions because we know how badly we need them to do the work they do.

The 'Gift of Giving'

Nancy Davis | Posted 02.19.2012 | Impact
Nancy Davis

I began writing this blog almost two weeks ago in hopes of getting it published before the holidays. But I was sidetracked once again by my cancer. It...

A Toddler Christmas

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 02.18.2012 | Parents
Rhiana Maidenberg

Nearly thirty years later, my mom still won't tell me how that sack found its way under our tree. Maybe I don't really want to know; it lets me believe, if not in Santa, in the kindness of family, friends and possibly even strangers.

Discovering the Christmas Spirit

Christina Pirello | Posted 02.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Christina Pirello

My mother had taught me the true spirit of Christmas, maybe not consciously, but she taught us, with what most consider a tough punishment, how it felt to put someone else's needs before our own selfishness.

Giving: The Ultimate Transaction

Sadhguru | Posted 02.13.2012 | Healthy Living

Life, in its millions of manifestations, is essentially a variety of transactions. The transactions can be of many kinds -- between nations, cultures, individuals. There are transactions which are cellular, atomic and cosmic.

SLIDESHOW: Top 10 U.S Cities That Donate The Most

Posted 12.13.2011 | Impact

Local market consumer research firm Scarborough Research released a study this week detailing the most generous cities in America -- and the numbers a...

Support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital With AOL and

Ryan Fujiu | Posted 01.31.2012 | Impact
Ryan Fujiu

2011-12-01-img.jpg The holidays are a time for giving. So there is no better time than now to use your page to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Simplicity, The Greatest Gift

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Kim Michele Richardson

We have left the Earth sorely fractured, but we didn't break this family -- their goodness, raw honesty, perseverance, beauty and simplicity, which shine like a beacon of bright hope.

Spur the Global Economy -- Stay Home and Make a Difference This Thanksgiving

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 01.23.2012 | Impact
Homa Sabet Tavangar

My family has found a way to support the global economy by staying home and acquiring nothing -- with a game that's become a tradition.

The Power of The Butterfly Effect

D. A. Wolf | Posted 01.23.2012 | Women
D. A. Wolf

As you're giving thanks and doing your holiday shopping, consider the Butterfly Effect -- how a small token can change a life -- or save a life.

Tips for Deeply Connecting to Others

Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD | Posted 01.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD

When we learn how to give, we learn how to receive, and then we will open the door to the affection we hope for.

Supersized Philanthropy and Diminished Democracy

Maxim Thorne | Posted 01.07.2012 | Business
Maxim Thorne

What bothers the right about "big government" should bother us about "supersized philanthropy." The growing power of philanthropists has begun to undercut our democracy and our democratic institutions.

The Psychology Of Donation

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 12.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

The choice to give money to charity becomes a personal one. We use those donations to help protect ourselves from thought that dangerous things could happen to us.

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.27.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

The initial feelings that rushed over me after hearing the announcement that we're pulling out of Iraq were of deep relief. But then they turned to deep sadness over the terrible cost of a war that was always wrong: intellectually, politically, strategically and, above all, morally.

Are You a Giving Person?

Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD | Posted 12.25.2011 | Healthy Living
Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD

To be a stable giver, it is important to have boundaries, emotional honesty and emotional responsibility.

Travel Bloggers Building Libraries In Zambia

Pam Mandel | Posted 12.19.2011 | Travel
Pam Mandel

This year, Passports with Purpose, the travel blogger's fundraiser, is supporting Room to Read. Here's how you can help children learn to love books.

Is Anonymity In Giving The Way To Go?

Charles Howard | Posted 12.14.2011 | Impact
Charles Howard

I've known them for a long time. We've been friends for years. Shared laughs, went to each other's weddings, had play dates for our kids. We're close...

WATCH: Australian Celebrates 30 By Giving Gifts To 30 Strangers

Huffington Post | Anna Bahr | Posted 11.23.2011 | Impact

When it comes to milestone birthdays, the celebrant typically sits back and waits for the cake, party and presents to come his way. But, when Lucas Ja...

Whose Responsibility Is It to Feed America's Hungry?

Vicki Escarra | Posted 11.21.2011 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

Every person and every sector has an obligation to help our fellow citizens and ensure America's prosperity. Hunger is an urgent issue in America, and we must do something about it now. Not tomorrow or next year, but now. People are suffering today.

39 Inspiring Men and Their Passion for Charity

2morrowknight | Posted 11.16.2011 | Impact

This is the latest post in our series, TwitterPowerhouses, which focuses on the contributions of people who've helped to expand, influence, and redefi...

Why Steve Jobs and I Hate Charity

Joe Waters | Posted 11.09.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

When giving is disconnected from caring and context, it's just charity, in the worst sense of the word.

Decline in Giving to Human Services Means Nonprofits Must Improve

David Henderson | Posted 10.02.2011 | Impact
David Henderson

If our ultimate goal is to end poverty, we have to face the fact that growing the funding pot is not presently a strategy we can pursue. Instead, we will have to do more with less.