charity

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Plenty of scientific research shows people have an innate desire to help others, but charities fail to tap those impulses, say two prominent journalists in a new book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity. The authors,...
As the #IceBucketChallenge campaign showed us, social media can be a powerful medium for charitable organizations. However, the precise nature of the relationship between social good and platforms like Facebook...
Crowdfund campaigns can give charities the opportunity to raise money online. By campaign, we mean a project on a crowdfunding website that tells everyone what that charity is fundraising for and why. The charity then shares it as widely as possible...
How would you react if you knew someone was getting wealthy in charity? How would you feel if you saw your favorite charity run a $3 million ad on the Superbowl using charitable donations to fund it? What would you think if a charity lost a million...
Dan Pallotta is asking the right question: what prevents social innovation from scaling up? But he is looking for answers in the wrong places. He seems to be making a plea for bottling organizational models designed for large corporations and...
Charity can take many different forms and mean many different things. As the year draws to a close it is a time many of us take to reflect on acts of charity and how we may help others. What do you think of when it comes to charity? Is it dropping...
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Investing in small business and new ventures is a good thing and vital to our communities, but we must not confuse it with charity or strategic long-term social investment.
For the second year in a row, charitable giving barely grew, rising by just 0.9 percent after inflation in 2011, according to today’s release of “Giving USA,” the annual yearbook of American philanthropy. The study estimated that the total donated...
After being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Andy Piacun decided to help out his community by coordinating a volunteer income-tax assistance program. A couple of years later, he heard from a small local charity—the Community Center of St. Bernard in...
He goes to www.mint.com, a website that tracks the money he is spending and helps him find ways to save. He does a Google product search to run price comparisons on products he’s thinking of buying. He checks www.ebates.com, which gives cash back...
Giving to charities is good for the community, and good for the donor. In the past couple of years, there has been a shift in the type of giving that is taking place across the United States. One of the big differences between generations is a...
We’re pleased to announce today that we have joined the Giving Pledge, an effort led by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet. We are proud to reaffirm our commitment to give away the majority of our wealth to fund worthy causes, and look...
A couple of months ago, we reported that Paul Buchheit, co-founder of FriendFeed and, before that, the engineer behind Google Mail, had inspired a discussion around the best use of $20k for the common good. Looks like that conversation has lead to...
News from the Case Foundation and what people are talking about this week in the world of giving, tech and everything in between.Much of the conversation this week centered around the report released by the Giving USA Foundation, which found that...
Guest blogger Nicola (Nike) Beddow is the Director of Events at Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), a Case Foundation partner organization. When it comes to raising funds and awareness for a good cause, some of the most popular events are ones that...
Just because award season is behind us, it doesn’t mean we can’t have our own fun. In honor of National Women’s History Month, I thought I’d take a look at some of my favorite female celebrities doing good things. My nominees include some big time...

Spotlight Archive

For Kids: A Kid's Guide to Giving, by Freddi Zeiler (Innovative Kids, 2006). Written by a kid for kids, this book offers a comprehensible guide to giving money, volunteering, donating goods, and organizing charity events. Ages 10 and older. The...
Forget the wining and dining. Do something that matters. Like many people, I've had good Valentine's Days, and...not so good. The not-so-good ones date back to middle school, when I, like many of my classmates, anxiously awaited one of those...
Every day we are confronted with choices: what we wear, what we eat, how and with whom we spend our leisure time. These choices reveal something about us, our priorities and our personal values. The same is true for our charitable giving. How much (...
How can parents make the spirit of giving a way of life for their children? If you want your children to acquire the habit of charity, consider implementing as a family the strategies that follow: Donate clothes. Periodically go through your...
Be Proactive in Your Giving Smart givers generally don't give reactively in a knee-jerk reaction. They don't respond to the first organization that appeals for help. They take the time to identify which causes are most important to them and...
Giving doesn't stop with the holidays. Whether it's your cousin's wedding, your best friend's birthday, or your grandparents' anniversary, there's always an occasion for giving gifts. Here are three ways you can easily give and receive. Say "I Do"...
The holiday season inevitably becomes a time of hectic errands, as people shop online or brave the crowds in stores to buy gifts while juggling schedules crammed with social events. Amid the frenzy the holiday season can bring, many families manage...
Here we are: the holidays. Every year, I promise myself I'll stay clear of the malls, avoiding the crowds and commercialism that seem to be a mainstay from November 1 on. Yet inevitably I, like many others, get immersed in the last-minute frenzy of...
"Are we there yet?" is a phrase parents often hear as they embark on family vacations. As more families incorporate philanthropic principles into their vacations, perhaps they will begin to hear a new question: "Are we making a difference yet?" "...
The average tax refund this year is $2,831, according to CNN Money, and three of four taxpayers are getting one. The question is: What to do with all that money? Before you splurge on something you could probably do without, consider this: Your...