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Saving The Planet In Style

Chloe Spencer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Chloe Spencer

What does it mean when an item of clothing or an accessory is "earth friendly", or "eco-friendly", or "green"?

Change Yourself, Change the World

Birju Pandya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Birju Pandya

What if real change came not from attacking a global problem directly, but by focusing first on changing ourselves internally?

Thinking Outside The Wallet

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.26.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Abelson

During the holiday season, as you think about donating to your favorite charities, consider "thinking outside the wallet" as well.

Will More Money Save Our Schools?

Jessica Rauch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jessica Rauch

Philanthropists at all income levels are sharing their passions and exposing students to a range of experiences that would not have been available to them otherwise.

Who's To Blame For This Economic And Political Mess?

Russell Bishop | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

We seem to have devolved to a nation of six-year-olds, all too willing to get on the floor, the stage or the TV program, wailing and flailing as though that were going to fix anything.

Give the Gift of Sight

Angela Perkey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Angela Perkey

Every September, I go to the eye doctor for my annual eye exam. However, the upside of my regular eye appointments is that I get to help someone else be able to see.

This Is the Perfect Time for You to Speak Up

Marcia Reynolds | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia Reynolds

There is a shift going on in the world. That's why it's a perfect time for smart, strong women to teach, lead and write about dealing with uncertainty.

A Place For Solutions, Not Problems

Meghan Neal | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Meghan Neal

It's the rare person that has never felt pain or had tragedy touch their lives. And anyone that's come out on the other side has something valuable to say that others can benefit from.

Laid Off? Boost Your Network and Increase Your Human Capital

Robert Pagliarini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Robert Pagliarini

Here's what you can do to boost your human capital, increase your network, improve your outlook, and do some good should you become unemployed.

You Can Help Fix the Economy

Angela Perkey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Angela Perkey

Unemployment has been hovering above 9 percent across the U.S. for over a year. As someone who was laid off as a victim of the economic downturn, I know helping someone get a job can make a world of difference in their lives.

Goodwill Launches "Donate Movement" and Calls on People to Donate with a Purpose

Jim Gibbons | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Gibbons

Today, Goodwill® launched the "Donate Movement" to encourage people to donate used clothing and other items to their local Goodwill. Through this ini...

The Left-Siders

Simon Sinek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Simon Sinek

The world is a bell curve. Class room test scores, employee performance in a company or how many people really, really like you. No matter the popula...

Make A Difference Day: Saturday's Event Brings Together Millions Of Volunteers

Huffington Post | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Nineteen years ago, USA WEEKEND magazine initiated Make A Difference Day, an event to encourage volunteerism and action on the fourth Saturday of ever...

Halle Berry Speaks Up for Battered Women On 'Making a Difference'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Halle Berry spoke candidly and compassionately on domestic violence and abuse during an interview for "NBC Nightly News'" "Making a Difference" series...

Clubbers Trade Toys For Martinis At Make A Difference NYC Event

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

New York clubbers showed their generous side at Make a Difference NYC's yearly gift-giving holiday party on Sunday, CNN reports. Make a Difference F...

NBC Nightly News "Making A Difference" Week Profiles Celebrity Causes

Huffington Post | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

All this week, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams will be featuring celebrities who "make a difference" in local communities and around the world. F...

Could You Just Get Over Your Negativity About Positive Focus?

Russell Bishop | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

It takes great courage to face adversity, imagine a better outcome, and then get off your butt and do something about it.

Video: Building A Better Green House

Kelly Meyer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kelly Meyer

People can come and tour the house to see how beautiful, but also how possible it is to live green.

Get Out Your Dancin' Shoes

Lisa Honig Buksbaum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Honig Buksbaum

My latest experiment in empathy has truly given me more appreciation of the little things, such as the person who gives me a seat in the subway, or holds a door open for me.

How Happy Is: 5 Ways To Live Your Life Without Regrets

Sophie Keller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sophie Keller

I don't know why, but ever since I was young I was always concerned that in my old age I would have regrets and, as a result of this fear I don't like...

1,500 Philanthropists and I Rock the House at Craigslist Bootcamp

Lisa Honig Buksbaum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Honig Buksbaum

Soaringwords has embraced over 250,000 children nationwide and invited them to "pay it forward" to do something fun and meaningful -- to inspire other ill kids to heal.

Every Monday Matters: "Addicted to Dying?"

Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza

There will be 1 billion fewer cigarettes smoked and 274 million fewer cigarettes littered if nobody lights up today. People say it is hard to stop smoking, but isn't it harder to keep doing it?

Every Monday Matters: "Are You Really Going to Read Them Again?"

Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza

61% of low-income families have no books in their homes. Survey your bookshelves and pull out books that you won't read again. Donate them to a local literacy organization, school or library.

Every Monday Matters: "They Give More Than They Take."

Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza

Animals are unconcerned about age, looks, or physical ability; they accept you just as you are. If you're thinking about getting a pet, seriously consider adopting.

Every Monday Matters: "Putting The World Back Together Again."

Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza

Every 3.5 seconds someone dies of hunger. Every 11 seconds someone dies of AIDS. Every 15 seconds a child dies from a waterborne illness. 1 billion people have no access to clean drinking water.