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A Shared Experience -- Could You Live On $1.50 a Day?

Justine Lucas | Posted 03.21.2014 | Impact
Justine Lucas

Imagine having to choose between a .30 cent vaccine and a bowl of rice. What would you do: eat, or save your child? That may sound extreme, but it's a reality.

Women Farmers Will Save Us

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Women farmers: The backbone of smallholder agriculture. They grow 60-80 percent of the food in developing countries yet own less than 1 percent of the Earth's land.

Why Protecting the Environment 'For Future Generations' Is a Bad Idea

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
Jamie Bechtel

Future generations matter. Long-term sustainability matters. But we will not win the long game if we do not recognize that protecting the lives of children today matters more. It makes us better people. It makes us better environmentalists.

I Found Social Justice in Puerto Rican Village

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 02.20.2014 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

This community in the middle of Puerto Rico is living proof that social justice underpins peace and prosperity.

Ending Poverty for Good: The Secret's in the Sauce

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

If you look at the rhetoric these days, there is great disagreement on how to best, most effectively rid the world of poverty. How should anti-poverty programs be designed so they work, and for the long term?

Learning Bill Gates Is Your Reddit Secret Santa Can Elicit Only 1 Response: 'Wait. Holy Sh*t. Time Out'

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact

Photo: Imgur When a Reddit user signed up for the website’s Secret Santa gift exchange, she hoped for some sparkly nail polish, maybe an iPad i...

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.

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.

100,000 Musicians Support Charities Through Music for Good

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

The charities love it, too. The musicians who choose to support them through Music for Good aren't just individual donors, they're megaphones through which the charity reaches fans and friends via the ReverbNation website, email and social media.

The ONE Partnership You Need to Know About

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 12.24.2013 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

What do you get when you combine the active voices of 3.5 million people who want to change the world with nearly 70 years of experience in on-the-ground programs that have helped lift 20.7 million families out of hunger and poverty?

Rural Women Take Power Over Poverty

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

The future health and well-being of the Earth and its inhabitants is largely in the hands of rural women. Our job is to make sure they have the tools and training they need.

If We Fail Women Farmers, We Fail the World

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Gender equity, where women and men are valued equally and enjoy the same opportunities to fulfill their potential, is a basic human right and an important component of international development work. When gender equity is present, we find accountability, efficiency and sustainability.

We Must Close Gaps in Inequality and Poverty

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

The conversation lately has centered on what the MDGs will be beyond 2015. Could we reduce extreme poverty from 21 percent to 3 percent by 2030?

Why Development Works

Asma Lateef | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Asma Lateef

Our global success depends on countries working together to solve the problems of hunger and poverty. Development assistance is one of the most effective ways to transform lives around the world.

Valentine's Gifts That Spread The Love

Brooke Edwards | Posted 04.15.2013 | Impact
Brooke Edwards

Are you scrambling for a last-minute gift for the special person in your life? You could always dash over to the drug store down the street for that r...

World's Poor, Hungry Have Little to Celebrate This New Year's

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 03.02.2013 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

As much of the world looks forward to the promise of a New Year, there's another group, nearly a billion strong, whose only promise is a continued struggle -- against hunger, against poverty -- to survive.

The Sparkle Box

Guideposts | Posted 02.22.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

Last year, Jack, who was saving his money for an iPod touch, donated half his savings to buy mosquito nets to help prevent the deadly spread of malaria in developing countries.

A Testimony to Project Grace: 'The Delicacy of Goats' Milk'

Vivian Glyck | Posted 02.16.2013 | Impact
Vivian Glyck

Lydia and her family received a dairy goat from Just Like My Child Foundation's Project Grace in August of 2012. Just three weeks later, the dairy nanny kidded female twins. This was the rise of the "goats' milk delicacy" for Lydia and her family.

The Boy Who Asked for Chickens

Betty Londergan | Posted 02.02.2013 | Impact
Betty Londergan

Give the Heifer gift of a goat, sheep or chicks to someone you love, and you've not only avoided the mall, you've honored that person in a really special way.

Alternative Giving on Giving Tuesday

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 01.26.2013 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

This Giving Tuesday, I challenge you to take what you saved and buy your loved ones alternative gifts that really make an impact. Use our Black Friday Savings Calculator to figure out how your savings can be translated into life-changing gifts. It's money well spent.

Charities Get Creative In Asking For Fatter Checks This Year

philanthropy.com | Posted 11.13.2012 | Impact

Despite the struggling economy, along with fundraising competition from Superstorm Sandy and the 2012 elections, many charities are developing audacio...

A Song of Reconciliation

Betty Londergan | Posted 12.23.2012 | Impact
Betty Londergan

Beyond the fear is the way of life Cambodian people learned over years of oppression: to trust no one and talk to no one, to care only about yourself, and to put your head down and simply endure.

Is It Time to Change the Positioning of Your Organization?

Vivien Hoexter | Posted 12.16.2012 | Impact
Vivien Hoexter

I am struck by how often there is impatience to get to the fundraising without taking the time to articulate why people should give. Think of it like dating. With so many potential suitors out there, why should you get chosen?

Barev, Armenia!

Betty Londergan | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Betty Londergan

When I told people I was going to Armenia with Heifer International, the most frequent response was, "Wow, um.. where is that?"

What It Means to Give

Betty Londergan | Posted 10.24.2012 | Impact
Betty Londergan

Passing on the gift of a cow to another person takes on great resonance in Rwanda, since this is a cow-loving society and every aspect of society is laden with the memory of the genocide of 1994.