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Unbelievable: Over $2 Million Dollars Raised for Nonprofits

Craig Newmark | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The CrowdRise #HolidayChallenge just ended last week, and you won't believe how much the organizations raised collectively in small donations for their nonprofits: $2,394,827, more than double last year's total for the Vets Challenge.

Chicagoans Cooking at Home and Donating to Help Homeless Youth

Carlo Lorenzo Garcia | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Carlo Lorenzo Garcia

While thinking about the over 21,000 homeless people in Chicago struggling to find ways to stay warm and avoid bed bugs, I set out to begin an online fundraising campaign and the #CHIberiaChallenge was born.

Philanthropy: It's What Americans Do

Shad Meshad | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Shad Meshad

Americans have a history of addressing problems head-on. We see a need and tackle it. What starts as a small group of dedicated volunteers spearheads an effort to make positive change.

Make 2014 Truly Awesome! Give More than You Receive

Matt Tenney | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Matt Tenney

If you were to do a study, who do you suppose would finish at the bottom of the success ladder, people who give a lot or people who take a lot? If ...

Irish Charities Need Our Support More Than Ever

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 03.09.2014 | Impact
Ruairí McKiernan

Irish charities are entering 2014 in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. According to Fundraising Ireland, donations to charities were down 40 percent over the Christmas period.

Big Deal: CrowdRise Holiday Challenge Has Raised Over $1.6M

Craig Newmark | Posted 03.08.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Folks, I've been supporting the CrowdRise #HolidayChallenge this season by giving $75,000 to the campaign. Nonprofits nationwide have been participati...

Remembering the Needy All Year

Ira Silver | Posted 03.02.2014 | Impact
Ira Silver

People feel compassion toward the needy around the holidays and are motivated to make donations before the tax year ends. This spike in giving between Thanksgiving and the New Year is a double-edged sword.

Open Letter to Those Who Don't Give to Charity

Eric Friedman | Posted 03.01.2014 | Impact
Eric Friedman

I bet I know why you don't give. You're not a bad person. Actually, you're probably a pretty good person: caring, compassionate and generous with your friends and family. But you're skeptical of charities.

8 Ways to be an Informed Giver: Tips from Nonprofit Director Rodney McDonald

Joshua Berman | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Joshua Berman

How do you know -- without a doubt -- that your donation is going to the right cause?

Eight Surprising Ways to Improve Your Charitable Giving

Eric Friedman | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Eric Friedman

Being an effective donor is about relying on your heart, as well as your head, to help others.

The One Metric I'll Use to Measure My Company's Success in 2014

Brittany Hodak | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Brittany Hodak

My head began spinning as Joanna went through the next 10 or so cards. I don't think I heard a single word she said afterward. I just kept thinking about Joshua and his heartbreaking request. All of a sudden,our 2014 goals seemed meaningless.

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Why Giving Makes Us So Happy

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

"Every moment with a child is a chance to plant a seed."

This is not an exaggeration: Over a million dollars raised for nonprofits

Craig Newmark | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Folks, huge news! The #HolidayChallenge recently passed $1,000,000. That's a million dollars for charities. As many of you know, I'm helping to fund ...

'Tis the Season -- for Sensible Charitable Giving

Lily Casura | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Lily Casura

The Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting recently identified the "50 worst charities in America".

Giving the Gift of Live Music

Maggie Hollander | Posted 02.19.2014 | Entertainment
Maggie Hollander

Don't think one night of fun is as valuable as something physical? You don't have to take my word for it -- check out these stories from a few fabulous females who happen to be incredible music writers.

A Win-Win for Job Creation

Francine LeFrak | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

We meet in person to provide training to hand-bead jewelry. We connect with these women as friends and mentors -- we help them rekindle their creativity, reinforce their life skills, and nurture their confidence.

The Secret to Surviving the Holidays

Gina Barreca | Posted 02.18.2014 | Comedy
Gina Barreca

It has to do with avoiding five types of people who suck joy out of a room the way air gets sucked out of a pressurized cabin in "Snakes on a Plane." You need to protect yourself when you're near these people; they are seasonal vampires.

Give Twain: Give Twice

Cindy Lovell | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Cindy Lovell

Although Mark Twain could sound a little cranky when describing the stress of selecting the perfect gift, he really did possess the Christmas spirit.

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.