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Learning From Strong Women

Nigel Barker | Posted 04.10.2014 | Impact
Nigel Barker

Watching my mother and grandmother taught me so much -- seeing them nurture people and animals showed me, through their actions, what mattered most. They made so many sacrifices for our family, and they set the standard. They inspired me from childhood to volunteer and advocate for those less fortunate.

5 Things to Know About How Climate Change Impacts the World

Kathy Calvin | Posted 03.31.2014 | Green
Kathy Calvin

Today leading science experts released the latest United Nations report on the impacts of climate change around the world.

A Year for Change: From Climate Talk to Climate Action

Reid Detchon | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Reid Detchon

Transforming the world's energy systems will take decades, but we will end up better off as a result.

Family Planning and Serving Familes in Kibera

Katherine Marshall | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Run by a Nairobi Baptist church, the name means "spring of life." It caters to the community's many needs, including one that some might find surprising in a faith-run facility: family planning.

We Gave... Now What?

Elena Sonnino | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Elena Sonnino

My theory is that if we are not talking about the issues, chances are good that we are not thinking about the issues.

Giving Tuesday: Magnify Your Generosity This Year

David Nocenti | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
David Nocenti

The initiative struck an instant chord -- last year over 2,500 partners from all 50 states led charitable giving campaigns, and more than 50 million people worldwide spread the word about Giving Tuesday, as evidenced by milestone trending about the day on Twitter.

Haiti: Give Me Light, Give Me Life

Justin Guay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

Here in the US, we think about energy poverty as being oceans away in Africa or Asia - see President Obama's new Power Africa initiative. But while ...

Ted Turner's Best Investment

Monica Gray | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Monica Gray

The UNF has drawn high-profile advocates from around the world -- ranging from former presidents and business leaders to media professionals and A-list celebrities, who gather at the annual Global Leadership Dinner in New York.

Social Good Summit 2013

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

The Social Good Summit was back in New York City for its annual conference, timed to coincide with the influx of speakers attending the 68th United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Key Nonprofit Metrics: Trust and Results

Rick Parnell | Posted 12.07.2013 | Impact
Rick Parnell

Confession: I love my job. Some people don't, I get that, but in my job -- working with the United Nations to improve the lives of people around the world -- I get to work every day with people who are making a big difference on big issues.

#EveryMileMatters

Gene Gurkoff | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Gene Gurkoff

The last decade has seen a boom in people moving to raise money for charity. To me, this is the coolest thing happening in philanthropy. But it's not just about the money.

Digital Dexterity for Deeper Social Impact

Elizabeth Gore | Posted 10.21.2013 | Technology
Elizabeth Gore

Why is it so urgent that we adopt the mindset of innovators when our work is philanthropy? The answer is that results -- returns on investment -- matter both in terms of lives saved and securing on-going support from governments and individual citizens.

Want To Change The World? Let Girls Lead

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png When it comes to addressing the needs and rights of adolescent girls worldwide, there is no better advocate than girls themselves.

Celebrities Join Influential Online Moms to Launch Global Mom Relay Video

Posted 04.16.2013 | Impact

Celebrities and top mom bloggers gathered in New York City's Times Square last week for the premiere of the Global Mom Relay video. The video messa...

Why Moms Matter

Elizabeth Gore | Posted 05.07.2013 | Impact
Elizabeth Gore

Today, we launch Global Mom Relay -- an interactive, online conversation over the next 62 days that features moms, celebrities, experts and others who will shares stories of motherhood and talk about what we can do to improve the health of mothers and children around the world.

Why I Traveled 3,000 Miles to Advocate for Children Who Aren't Mine

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Lois Alter Mark

Every 20 seconds, a child around the world dies from a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine. Annually, that number equals almost half the children entering kindergarten in the United States alone this year.

Energy For All: A Challenge Of Faith

Katherine Marshall | Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Energy is an issue with strong ethical and spiritual dimensions, though those dimensions have been fairly invisible so far. Shedding light on the topic was what the United Nations Foundation and the World Faiths Development Dialogue set out to do during a recent workshop.

How to Be a Purpose Player

Tamsin Smith | Posted 12.17.2012 | Impact
Tamsin Smith

Think about hearing music from a place you've never been in a language that you don't know. It's very likely you'll still be swaying to the beat and feeling a great deal of gratitude. There's nothing wrong with philanthropy feeling like a bossa nova.

Unite for Girls this International Day of the Girl with Girl Up

Eva Shang | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Eva Shang

Who do you care about? Is it your sister, your niece, your daughter, your best friend? One girl--every girl. As a Teen Advisor to Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation; as a 16-year-old girl myself; but most of all, as an older sister who would literally give my sister the world, I am calling on you to join our movement in the first International Day of the Girl Child on Oct. 11, 2012.

A Real Gift to Mothers: Join the Fight Against Malaria

Elizabeth Gore | Posted 07.14.2012 | Impact
Elizabeth Gore

The Kakuma refugee camp is mostly women and children, resilient mothers who grabbed their little ones and braved a dangerous journey to escape conflict. Thanks to UNHCR, they are safe from violence; now, their enemy is a mosquito.

Drum Roll Please! Our "Imagine Me & You" Photo Contest Winner Is...

Chrysula Winegar | Posted 04.03.2012 | Impact
Chrysula Winegar

Today, the Million Moms Challenge, in collaboration with ABC News, the United Nations Foundation, Disney Baby and Anne Geddes, announced the winner of our Imagine Me & You -- a photo contest to connect and celebrate mothers around the world.

A Birthday Wish Come True

Priyanka Jain | Posted 04.02.2012 | Impact
Priyanka Jain

Last week, on my 18th birthday, I decided that I would dedicate the special day to supporting my peers, the world's hardest to reach adolescent girls.

The Million Moms Challenge: Helping Moms Around the World, One Story at a Time

Teri Whitcraft | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
Teri Whitcraft

Our goal: to create a vibrant community around the shared dream of a healthy pregnancy, a safe birth, and a baby who will survive and thrive -- basic human rights that all too often are simply out of reach for women in the developing world.

Nicholas Kristof To Launch Humanitarian Facebook Game

Posted 01.13.2012 | Impact

Though his writing has impacted people worldwide, prolific journalist Nicholas Kristof is set to parlay his dedication to humanitarian issues to an ev...

United Nations Development Programme Helps Rebuild Haiti (PHOTOS)

Gary He | Posted 03.12.2012 | Impact
Gary He

Insider Images photographer Stuart Ramson was dispatched to Haiti to document some of the initiatives being carried out as part of the rebuilding process, which most notably features the creation of 300,000 temporary jobs by the UNDP to deal with debris removal and garbage collection.