The Magic Yarn Project Crochets Wigs for Children With Cancer

Holly Christensen had the original idea—to crochet a yarn wig for her friend’s little daughter as she went through chemotherapy. A part-time nurse with a background in oncology, Christensen knew that chemo could make kids’ scalps too sensitive for regular wigs. She wanted to make something fun and cozy for the three-year-old girl, so she […]

Broadway Cares Shows It Does Care About Hurricane Victims

The tally of damages done by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria is still climbing, already assumed somewhere north of $200 billion dollars. Many communities, particularly in hard-hit Puerto Rico, will never recover to what they were. The need for aid is immense, and barely even touched by FEMA and government efforts. Much of the hope […]

Family Donates Solar Power Systems to Local Charities

Solar power is still a matter of some controversy, with arguments raging about whether or not an individual panel can ever recoup the energy cost of making it. But the technology improves day by day in leaps and bounds, and the more solar systems put in place, the lower the costs creep. Once installed, solar […]

Kaepernick Keeps His Philanthropic Promises

Colin Kaepernick’s career is still stalled over his decision to bring politics onto the football field with his quiet protest. But he’s far from inactive. In the wake of that protest, which was inspired by unequal treatment of black victims of police brutality, Kaepernick fledged a foundation, and pledged to donate $1 million to help […]

How You Can Help the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25. It’s the first Category 4 hurricane to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Charley in 2004. Houston has been devastated by the storm and the ongoing flooding that resulted from receiving some 30 inches of rain in […]

Women Are the Key to Stronger Communities

It’s been shown time and time again that if women are supported in their communities, they can bring out increased health, financial benefits, and opportunities for everyone involved. That’s why charity organizations supporting women—especially young women—are so important. The American Association of University Women The AAUW, based out of Washington, DC, has worked to empower […]

The Philanthropic Sector Needs to Be More Diverse

The Council on Foundations recently released a report, The State of Change: An Analysis of Women and People of Color in the Philanthropic Sector. In it, they reveal that their research shows that women and people of color are still underrepresented in the philanthropic sector. For example, the researchers found that despite the fact that […]

Minnesota Philanthropists Focus On Putting People to Work

Many charities serving low-income or homeless people operate in crisis mode: they operate soup kitchens to relieve hunger, provide shelters for people to sleep at night, or provide emergency financial assistance, for example. But things are changing in Minnesota. There, philanthropic organizations have realized that these emergency programs are stabilizing people and families in crisis, […]

New Startup Aims to Empower Donors With Information, Community

We all know about Charity Navigator and GuideStar, and how they are used by savvy donors and advisors to help provide direction for effective giving. But now there’s a new game in town. Giving Compass wants to be the go-to destination for the world of philanthropy. In spite of the fact that Americans are donating […]

Rasmuson Foundation Awards Almost $9 Million to Alaska Nonprofits

The Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation recently announced that it made grants totaling $8.6 million to 18 Alaska nonprofit organizations. This is one of the largest awards in the foundation’s history. “These uncertain economic times in Alaska have put a strain on many of the programs that fill a critical role in our state,” said Rasmuson Foundation […]