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5 Reasons Why You Should Support Ian Somerhalder's Birthday Project

Dina Khayal | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Dina Khayal

Activist and Vampire Diaries Star Ian Somerhalder tweeted out an important message earlier this week to his 4.2 million followers. Perhaps, the most important thing he has ever asked anyone to do. What is it? You ask. For people to support his Birthday wish.

Stories of Hope in Detroit: The World's Most Misunderstood Metropolis

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

While visiting what is considered one of the deadliest cities in the U.S. in September, I didn't get shot. I saw another side of Detroit -- one of community, trust and social enterprise.

5 Ways to Land -- And Stay -- On A Donor's Top-5 List

Gary Laermer | Posted 12.13.2013 | Impact
Gary Laermer

Let's face it. With thousands of organizations competing for donor dollars, it's more important than ever to develop a thoughtful and meaningful rel...

The Impending Teacher Shortage

Marc F. Bernstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Marc F. Bernstein

There is time to take the necessary steps to turn this shortage into a meaningful education reform that will improve the quality of and broaden the racial demographics of those individuals who enter the teaching profession.

Infinite Variety Productions: A Piece of My Heart

Sandra Kwesi Cameron | Posted 10.10.2013 | Arts
Sandra Kwesi Cameron

There is no official count of the women who served in Vietnam, the all-volunteer female enlistees were forced to put an "m" next to their names signifying male. For this reason, there are only estimates of the Vietnam female servicewomen ranging between 10,000-100,000.

Woe Is Us (and It Shouldn't Be)

John Friedman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
John Friedman

This downward spiral must stop, and only we can stop it. We cannot sit around and wait for "someone else" to fix the problem -- not government officials nor can advocacy groups. The difference we want is the difference we can make.

Uganda: As We Celebrate World Teacher's Day

Mira Manek | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Mira Manek

Through our work at Next Generation Schools, we have realized that programs of capacity building and motivation of teachers are instrumental in uplifting teacher morale and the quality of teachers in Uganda.

The Social Impact Movement: Designing Nonprofits to Succeed

Spencer Critchley | Posted 12.07.2013 | Impact
Spencer Critchley

Recently, I raised an awkward question: "Are Nonprofits Designed to Fail?" As I wrote, for all the good work a nonprofit may do, it's often hard to tell if a it's really making a difference: fixing the underlying problem, rather than forever treating symptoms.

Keen Babbage: The Flip Side of Breaking Bad's Walter White

Don McNay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Don McNay

Dr. Keen Babbage is a middle age, extremely intelligent high school teacher who found out that he had he had stage four cancer. When looking possible death in the eye, Keen and Breaking Bad's Walt came to opposite conclusions.

The F-Word [Failure] Comes to the World Economic Forum

Pro Journo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Pro Journo

By Adam Byrnes, MBA/MS candidate at Erb Institute, University of Michigan DALIAN, China - Let's face it, failure sucks. Failing is neither particul...

Enemies of Success Part One: Approval Addiction

Kristen Lamb | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kristen Lamb

Oh, if success could only come in a magic pill, right? The hard truth is that, in order to translate our dreams into reality, we're wise to develop a healthy respect for the challenges and adversaries we'll face along the way.

Robert Reffkin on Running, Giving Back and His Love for Habitat for Humanity

Charity Miles | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Charity Miles

As the social media editor for Charity Miles, I see thousands of inspiring stories daily. Stories of survivors, of fighters, of incredible athletes, of every day people doing everything in their power to make a difference in the world.

Social Entrepreneurship Education: Helping Our Students Make a Difference

Rumeet Billan | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Rumeet Billan

It is through social entrepreneurship education that we not only impact the lives of our students, we impact those whose lives they change.

The College Lifestyle Challenges for Students With Disabilities

Helen Okobokekeimei | Posted 11.20.2013 | College
Helen Okobokekeimei

College students may have disabilities despite their youth. College administrators and officials, staff members, professors and non-disabled students should get real and accommodate students with disabilities with eagerness and empathy.

From Margins to Mainstream: World Economic Forum Tackles Impact Investing

David Bank | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
David Bank

From the folks who brought us Davos comes a new report that cautiously concludes that impact investing is ready to break out from its niche and captur...

5 Reasons for Hope From a Gathering of Nonprofit Leaders

Spencer Critchley | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Spencer Critchley

People who set out to change the world often get the feeling they may have to settle for a few square feet. That's why an event like this year's Nonprofit Management Institute conference is so welcome.

Declaring War on Childhood Obesity

Jake Steinfeld | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jake Steinfeld

While fighting obesity is not easy, it can be done. By giving schools the tools, we can be assured of making great strides in battling this disease and the serious risks associated with it.

Weekly Meditations for Healthy Sex (Sept. 13-19)

Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.

Even momentarily concentrating on healthy solutions rewires psychological patterns to receive and share healthy sexual love in the present. Here are three meditations with the themes of childhood, sacrifice, and impact for you to ponder and practice this week.

Raising the Bar for Future Teachers

Marc F. Bernstein | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Marc F. Bernstein

I, for one, support the use of student standardized test scores as one critical measure of teacher effectiveness and in determining whether teacher preparation programs are doing their job in providing schools with only top-notch teachers.

The Cofounder of Kayak Is an Entrepreneur So He Can Give More Money Away

Rachael Chong | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Rachael Chong

You'd think it would be easy for Paul English, CTO and Founder of Kayak to convince someone to take a trip with him. And yet, his attempts to get wealthy people to accompany him to volunteer in Haiti have proven to be unbelievably difficult.

Impact Investing 2.0 -- What $3 Billion Tells Us About the Next $300 Billion

Cathy Clark | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Cathy Clark

Impact Investing 2.0 has arrived. We have the lessons of those who have done this work successfully for years at our disposal. We should now focus on these emerging best practices and work to bring the field to scale.

Dispelling the Three Myths That Are Preventing You From Being A Changemaker

Zubin Sharma | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Zubin Sharma

Let us close the gap between the status quo and what us millennials want to do. The best way to move beyond the jarring statistics is to commit yourself to service of others so that you understand those you are serving as individuals, as opposed to as "lives under a dollar per day."

Making "the Ask" in a Brave New World

Gary Laermer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Gary Laermer

Philanthropy is all about looking ahead. That means development and fundraising professionals need to identify and attract those who will become our donors of tomorrow - not just those who will sustain our work today.

The Business of Nonprofits

Christian HELP | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Christian HELP

This blog post has been the hardest I've ever had to write. The answer is so simple and trite; but, deserves a fuller explanation. The one thing that ...

The Well Workforce: Healthy Equals Wealthy and Wise (With a Little Investment)

Melissa Thompson | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact
Melissa Thompson

Not only will a mentally healthy workforce directly translate to direct benefits for the American worker, it will bolster businesses' bottom lines by greatly reducing lost productivity, absenteeism, and worker's compensation and disability claims.