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How the Humblebrag Is Changing the World

Amy Schoenberger | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Amy Schoenberger

My friend commented, "I'm so sick of people bragging about how charitable they are." So what if they brag? Good for them -- as long as it translates to dollars spent on worthy causes. We brag about everything else we do, so why not add charitable giving to that list?

Should Christmas Presents Be Nixed From the Holiday Tradition?

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 02.16.2014 | Women
Valerie Tejeda

For me, as long as it's financially viable, I will always give Christmas gifts -- but only because it's something I love. But wouldn't it be better if we didn't expect presents?

The 12 Business Books to Read in 2014

Adam Grant | Posted 02.16.2014 | Books
Adam Grant

Here are a dozen books with big implications for the world of work that are likely to make a splash in the coming year.

A Divorce Life Lesson

Debbie Martinez, M.A. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Divorce
Debbie Martinez, M.A.

Decorating the tree and shopping just seem so much more joyful when you are doing it with someone by your side. Well, I would like to share a Christmas story with you that just might warm your heart and help you see this season through different eyes.

3 Ways You Can Give Differently (And Better) This December

Brady Josephson | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Brady Josephson

Great donors to organizations are those who are passionately committed to the cause. And numbers, no matter how "good" they may be, will never inspire the type of passion and commitment that organizations need.

Santa Brings True Holiday Spirit

Lisa Besaw | Posted 02.15.2014 | Good News
Lisa Besaw

I was raised with the idea of Santa. I taught my own children that the holiday season is about "a spirit of giving, and spending joyful time with family and friends." I still feel that way.

#Firstcenturyproblems (Matthew 1:18-25)

Rev. Keith Anderson | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Rev. Keith Anderson

With just a few days to go before Christmas, many Americans will be rushing around completing their Christmas preparations: doing their last minute shopping, finalizing travel plans, figuring out how to deal with awkward family dynamics.

Giving Happiness In A Hell-Mart

Susannah Lewis | Posted 02.15.2014 | Parents
Susannah Lewis

I didn't want to go to Walmart that day, but I went. I didn't want to give the lady my kids' toys, but I did. Sometimes doing what we don't want to do is exactly what we're supposed to do.

Your Charitable Footprint

Lisa Duggan | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Lisa Duggan

It was the realization that this man -- who lived day to day, in the cold, hard landscape of Manhattan, without knowing where he would sleep next, or where his next meal would come from -- was, in that moment, offering me half of all he had.

5 Gifts That Will Actually Make A Difference

Posted 12.16.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

The Daily Practice That Changed My Life

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Daily giving has brought me closer to my family and to my community. It has enriched and blessed my life. The initial impulse to be more connected to and engaged in my giving -- has resulted in me receiving so much more than I've given.

Giving the Gift of Life: A Son Donates Kidney to Save Mother

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Akoshia Yoba

When his aunt's blood pressure spiked, doctors knew Anthony Brown's aunt could not be a candidate to donate a kidney. He watched my mom go home from the hospital that day so dejected. At that point, he knew he 'kind of had to man up.'

A Billion Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

Emily Yu | Posted 02.10.2014 | Impact
Emily Yu

Why not take what you are good at such as graphic design, accounting, marketing, or human resources, for example, and use that skill to help your favorite nonprofit organization?

Leveraging the Power of the Purse for Good

Pamela Barnes | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

This year, my husband and I called a family meeting and put $10,000 on the dining room table. We told the kids, "This money is yours, but it comes with some guidelines. The lump sum will go to charities of your choosing."

Gratitude and the Gift of Life

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 02.09.2014 | Good News
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

Whether it is Hanukkah or Thanksgiving, Christmas or Winter Solstice, New Year's Eve or a festival of light, the human instinct to move closer to the source of light and life intensifies when the world around us grows darker and colder.

How and Why to Give This Holiday Season

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Debbie Gisonni

Many non-profits can only survive through volunteerism. Your time is a precious commodity to them. If you can't give money, give an hour or one day a month. If you're out of work, you might even find a new passion or connection.

Compassion for All Viewpoints: When the Jain Principle of Anekantavada Meets Practice

JAINA | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
JAINA

The Jain principle of anekantavad is about respecting the variety of perspectives in the world, but it has its roots in the interconnectedness of all beings.

5 Ways to Beat Holiday Stress

Kate Bartolotta | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Bartolotta

Having a season of comfort and joy starts with taking care of ourselves. If we make self-care -- inside and out -- part of our daily practice, we will have much more to give to those we love.

7 Gifts All New Parents Really Need

Karyn Thurston | Posted 02.05.2014 | Parents
Karyn Thurston

Since the very last thing this season needs is more stress, I've come up with a handy-dandy giving guide for you to use or share with those who are hoping to give to you this season.

A Very Special Gift

Elissa Kravetz | Posted 02.05.2014 | Education
Elissa Kravetz

They've lived challenging lives and they made it through. And this is why they are Rockstars.

Avoid the Pitfalls of Gift-Centered Holidays: Empower Children by Planning Together

Katherine Eskovitz | Posted 02.04.2014 | Parents
Katherine Eskovitz

Regardless of each family's beliefs, holidays provide a unique opportunity to teach our children about our individual and shared family values and traditions.

Are You a Slacktivist?

Adam Grant | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Adam Grant

As Seth Meyers said on Saturday Night Live, "Look, if you make a Facebook page we will 'like' it -- it's the least we can do. But it's also the most we can do."

Maybe the Best Holiday Gift You Can Give This Year Is You

Tracey Durning | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Tracey Durning

No amount of philanthropic strategy-building or implementation fills my soul nearly as much as just sitting with a friend and letting them unfold. Be heard. Open up. Melt away walls. It's intimacy in its most authentic form.

The Logic of Gifting Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This holiday season, as our own thoughts turn aspirational for ourselves and those we love, permit to suggest the logic of not just wishing for health and long life, but gifting them. I believe the right approach allows for exactly that.

Why I Hate #GivingTuesday

Brady Josephson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Brady Josephson

Because it's not about the donor. And fundraising that's not about the donor is bad fundraising. So we end up with day full of bad fundraising.