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Why Not the Older Americans Act?

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

The American public's cynicism about Washington can diminish when bipartisanship prevails and bills become law. The most recent example of this was the signing into law of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by President Obama yesterday, July 22.

Tea Iced!

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last night, Senator Thad Cochran pulled off an upset of sorts, by defeating his Tea Party primary challenger in the rematch atmosphere of a "top two" runoff election. His chance of victory had been seen by many (at least before the election results began coming in) as increasingly unlikely -- which is why the political world is abuzz over what just happened down in the Magnolia State.

How Do We Stop Online Harassment?

Craig Newmark | Posted 06.11.2014 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Online harassment affects people differently, but the survey results show that it affects all types of folks. One thing that the majority agreed on was that the current laws about online and in-person harassment either aren't strong enough or are nonexistent.

Brand-building Tips for Grassroots NGOs

Barry Segal | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Guest Post by Gabrielle Francesco Brand development is often the last thing on the mind of an executive director of a grassroots NGOs working in a d...

Dems Should Start an 'I Got Covered' Obamacare Grassroots Campaign... Now

Colin Delany | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Colin Delany

So, who's up for it? I'm in -- somebody just find us a home. Let's not let some media-driven conventional wisdom deny us a chance to help millions of people hold on to the small slice of a better life they were just now able to reach.

Navigating the Rapids of Culture Change: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social ch...

Infographic Reveals Latest Data on Cracking the Crowdfunding Code

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.19.2014 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Crowdfunding raised more than $5 billion worldwide in 2013, and peer-to-peer nonprofit fundraising for charities is seeing explosive growth.

Dreams Worth Having: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

What the Frack? The Surprising Connection Between Clean Water and Good Beer

Heritage Radio Network | Posted 04.29.2014 | Green
Heritage Radio Network

Clean water is becoming more and more of an issue these days with threats from the oil and gas industry. This has resulted in breweries becoming unlikely water warriors in the fight for clean water.

Funding Environmentalism

Jay Mandle | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Jay Mandle

There is no conflict in using money both to deepen democracy and advance a climate change agenda. The vast sums of money earmarked to support environmentally friendly candidates could better be used to fund grassroots organizing.

Growing Something Greater: More Public-Private Support of Community Green Space Needed

Su Lok | Posted 04.12.2014 | Impact
Su Lok

Pockets of civic-minded people across the United States are choosing to use the power of gardening to drive change in their cities and neighborhoods.

An Olympic Feat: Catalyzing Change for Children Through Sports

Victoria Dunning | Posted 04.10.2014 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

Not only is sport a way to channel a child's energy and talent, it can also be a catalyst for leadership development, conflict resolution and increased safety in dangerous situations.

Grassroots: Why the Startup of Keystone XL South Makes Us Stronger

Maya Lemon | Posted 01.22.2014 | Green
Maya Lemon

Keystone XL South cuts through my community and puts my home and family in danger. The things I should write feel too painful and don't offer comfort or encouragement. The story I need to write therefore centers on this tiny clump of grass and the roots I cannot see.

If Hillary Clinton Is Running for President, Here's the One Thing She Should Be Doing Right Now

Colin Delany | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Colin Delany

Is Hillary Clinton running for President? I don't know -- but if she is, I know what she should be doing right now.

How Change Takes Place in the United States: The Minimum Wage

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

There is a good signal that millions of underpaid workers in the world's richest country will finally get a raise. It's not a done deal yet, but it's worth looking at how we got to this point.

New Year, New Approach to Breast Cancer

Fran Visco | Posted 03.01.2014 | Impact
Fran Visco

It may surprise many people, but aside from the deadline, little has changed in breast cancer over the past 50 years. Breast cancer awareness is at an all time high. Yet there is an appalling lack of results to show for all of it.

10 Ways to Rule at Customer Service, Hint: Watch Out for Astroturfing

Craig Newmark | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

I've been doing customer service in different capacities for the last 32 years, more or less... I joined IBM in '76, became a Systems Engineer in '82,...

Ciclovia: Open Streets Throughout Latin America

Rex Burkholder | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Rex Burkholder

A confident young participant in San Francisco de Porro. Ciclovia is a Latin American phenomena originating over 30 years ago in Bogotà, Colombi...

The Internet in Politics: What's It Good For?

Colin Delany | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Colin Delany

Sure, the internet brought us the glory of unlimited kitten photos, but what's it done for us lately? In the political world, quite a lot -- and more every election cycle. Let us count the ways.

5 Steps to Grassroots Marketing

Alex Schattner | Posted 02.09.2014 | Books
Alex Schattner

Go to your favorite maps application and find all the bookstores within easy traveling distance. Look at each store and ask yourself: Is it right for my book?

The Fight for a Better Health Care System Is Far from Over

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The Affordable Care Act is the end of the beginning of reform. We must not focus solely on ACA implementation while ignoring the corrosive effect many insurance companies have on our health care system.

Ten Ways to End Hunger

Bill Ayres | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Bill Ayres

In order to create lasting change, we need to further the conversation and advocate for solutions that address the root causes of hunger and poverty.

U.S. Catholic Funders: Resist Calls to Abandon Social Justice

Laura Barrett | Posted 01.27.2014 | Religion
Laura Barrett

In the last few years community organizers have learned it's in their self-interest to become astute Vatican watchers. The Catholic Campaign for Human...

Millennial Venture Pours Resources Into Former Foster Youth

Christopher Norris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

Miccolis shares that Ephraim is the inspiration behind her award-winning, Philadelphia-based social venture, that's bridging to the gap between foster care and interdependence, while providing great coffee in a supportive community-driven environment.

How to Create a Winning Experiential Marketing Campaign

Michael Anthony Fernandez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Michael Anthony Fernandez

Now is the time when most businesses are developing their consumer outreach plans for the 2014. An increasingly popular and effective way for companies to connect with their target audiences is through experiential marketing.