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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.

Three Weeks Later: An Aid Worker's View of the Philippines

Tyler Jump | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Tyler Jump

Homes have been flattened, school yards mangled and businesses blown away. These are things I'd come expecting to see. After a storm like the one on November 8, it's a wonder anything was left standing.

Honoring the Poor?

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

I think about this scripture as we begin to celebrate the forthcoming holidays. How have we shifted the way we show honor? Is it true in spirit, bestowed to those who are deserving or have we become misaligned with the hopes of attaining a false sense of belonging?

Giving Thanks

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 01.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Lillie Leonardi

"Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion.  Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception.  Faith without thankfulness lack...

Do You Create Obstacles to Being Truly Grateful?

Sharon Melnick | Posted 01.28.2014 | Impact
Sharon Melnick

When you find yourself caught in the grip of the mental stress of doubt, expectation, or social comparison, you can take a moment of pause and then consciously put your attention on the things (big and small) for which you are grateful.

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.

Global Grandmothers

Donna M. Cordner | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Donna M. Cordner

Living and travelling around the world, I meet many extraordinary grandmothers; women like Nana who represent the selfless heroes of our world. They make extraordinary sacrifices to support their families.

My Philanthropy is Turning 40: #GivingTuesdaySG

Patsian Low | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Patsian Low

At age 34, nothing prepared me for what the global financial crisis did to the livelihoods and retirement of innocent people. I left the industry voluntarily, in search of more meaningful work.

Generosity Without Borders on #GivingTuesday

Randal Mason | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Randal Mason

#GivingTuesday, which started as a domestic push to increase charitable donations and volunteering following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, has now gone international, with new countries signing on board for this year.

The Gift We Love to Receive But Forget to Give

Adam Grant | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Adam Grant

There's one form of giving that involves few costs, while offering offers dramatic benefits to the people around us. It's the single best way to help someone fall in love, and the most common way that people find a job. It's also the reason that the Beatles and the iPhone came to exist.

UNselfie. Turn the Camera Around on #Givingtuesday and give!

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

Let's turn that trend, and everyone's cameras, around and start taking "UNselfie" pictures. These "UNselfie" pictures could be of people doing good things, of acts of kindness, of compassion in action! Being UNselfish!

#GivingTuesday and Raising the Next Generation of Givers

Joshua Milstein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Joshua Milstein

With the holidays fast approaching, it is crucial that we teach our children that the act of receiving should always be coupled with the spirit of giving.

Turning Nonprofit Beneficiaries Into Donors

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Imagine you're among the world's poorest: you've never had enough for your family, let alone to spare. But today, for the first time, you will become a giver, and you will give your neighbor roughly half your wealth.

Happy Thanksgiving: Allow Me to Remind You That There Is "GOOD" In This World!

Laura Wellington | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News
Laura Wellington

I spied an endearing act of kindness the other day while picking up a few items at a local store. A young boy standing in the check-out line holding a piggy bank received both a gift and a lifelong lesson when the store manager refused to take the little boy's money to pay for the bank.