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Pencils of Promise Founder Reminds Us to Focus on the Children, Not Just the Statistics

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

Feeling helpless and struggling to reconcile the urge to help them all, he asked one child on the side of the road what he wanted most in the world. The boy answered, "A pencil."

The New Nonprofit Startup Model

www.forbes.com | Posted 12.16.2013 | Impact

Startup companies are traditionally for-profit enterprises, but in recent years philanthropic ventures have begun adopting the technological know-how ...

What If The Greatest Innovations In Education Exist Where You Least Expect Them?

Adam Braun | Posted 02.10.2014 | TED Weekends
Adam Braun

What if the answers we're looking for to better educate kids in U.S. schools actually exist within the best methods being deployed for those at the absolute base of the pyramid -- the underserved children living in bamboo and mud huts across the developing world?

PHOTOS: Inside Justin Bieber's Trip To Guatemala

Nick Onken | Posted 02.03.2014 | Celebrity
Nick Onken

I witnessed something authentically beautiful in Guatemala with Justin Bieber.

Justin Bieber Gives Shoes Off His Own Feet To Kid In Guatemala

Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact

Justin Bieber recently had one of the most “magical days” of his life, and it had nothing to do with being carried up the Great Wall of China or p...

The Importance of #IamMalala on November 10th

Adam Braun | Posted 01.08.2013 | Impact
Adam Braun

The voices of the people are what has always forced leaders to change course. This will be demonstrated when we call upon the president of Pakistan to create a cohesive plan to bring millions into school. The journey does not end there, but it is a meaningful step towards progress.

Watch: Sophia Bush Gets Emotional About Educating Needy Kids

Posted 10.18.2012 | Impact

One Tree Hill star, Sophia Bush, has deep feelings far beyond those for former on-screen beau Julian Baker. The actress got teary eyed on a recent Huf...

WATCH: Sophia Bush On Stripping Down For 'Partners'

Posted 10.16.2012 | TV

"Partners" star Sophia Bush stopped by HuffPost Live earlier this week to discuss her recent charity work and her role on the new CBS comedy, which ha...

Busy Philipps Gives Her Take on Bully and Upcoming Film With Michelle Williams

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.29.2012 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

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Top 10 Products for Purpose

Tina Wells | Posted 03.19.2012 | Impact
Tina Wells

Products raising money for a cause is nothing new. Whether it's the plethora of pink items supporting breast cancer or a Livestrong bracelet, we're used to giving money and being rewarded with a promo item.

Celebrities Create Art With One Pencil, Help Build Schools

Adam Braun | Posted 01.30.2012 | Impact
Adam Braun

Made with Pencils is grounded in the creativity of a few, propelled by the financial support of many, and most importantly, it's empowering generations to come.

Effecting Change Starts With the Community

Noah Marwil | Posted 01.02.2012 | Impact
Noah Marwil

One idea that development agencies tend to rely on is that there is this thing out there called a community, where people behave in a "communal" way of sharing and organizing, implicit within their societal structure.

Justin Bieber Releases Charity Campaign With Holiday Album

Posted 01.01.2012 | Impact

Along with the Tuesday release of his holiday album, "Under The Mistletoe," Justin Bieber launched a charity campaign to benefit seven causes that off...

A Semester at Sea

Adam Braun | Posted 11.23.2011 | Impact
Adam Braun

That mix of nervous anticipation and unbridled excitement reminded me of freshman orientation, but for the hundreds of students aboard the MV Explorer this semester, they are experiencing a cultural baptism by sea.

On the Ground With Pencils of Promise (Video)

Kassidy Brown | Posted 10.18.2011 | Impact
Kassidy Brown

Pencils of Promise's goal is to build 100 schools by the end of 2012, and after having an intimate look into the workings of PoP, we have no doubt they will be successful.

How The 'Three Cups Of Tea' Controversy Has Proven To Be a Landmark Moment

Adam Braun | Posted 09.21.2011 | Impact
Adam Braun

Greg Mortensen has been able to accomplish tremendous feats by being one of the few people brave enough to work in the corners of Afghanistan and Pakistan to promote equal educational opportunities.

Justin Bieber Promotes Education For Kids In Need Around The World

Posted 06.20.2011 | Education

Teen sensation Justin Bieber is lending his support to a new campaign aimed at helping provide education for children in developing countries. The 17...

Looking for Last Minute Gift Ideas? Help Someone Help Someone

Bob McKinnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Bob McKinnon

Looking for a last minute stocking stuffer? Here's a thought: Skip the tie, scarf or gift card and use your time or money to help someone help someone.

The New Nonprofit: Pencils of Promise

Rebecca Serle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rebecca Serle

Braun's story begins with a single child and a single pencil. During a backpacking trip around the world he had taken up a simple ritual: asking children if they could have one thing, what would it be?