What Makes Altruism Go Viral?

Viral altruism refers to a “new breed of wildly successful online charity campaigns,” best personified by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014. That campaign raised $115 million, but when attempted the next year brought in less than 1 percent of that total. The ephemeral nature of viral anything, which catches on like wildfire and […]

Charity is a Great Motivator for Exercise

Given the success of walkathons for cancer cures, AIDS research, Alzheimer’s Disease research, animal welfare, and other causes, it’s apparent that “exercise for charity” programs are a reliable way to raise funds. While it might seem reasonable to assume that many people participating in such activities are already physically active and appreciate the opportunity to […]

Researchers Genetically Modify Mosquitoes to Resist Malaria

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), malaria will strike more than 200 million people this year and will kill nearly half a million of them. Although there are prevention programs such as the J.C. Flowers & Co.’s NetForLife initiative, Buy-a-Net, and others, there are some parts of the world – sub-Saharan Africa, in particular […]

From Hedge Funds to Philanthropy: Dan Loeb and the Fight to Cure Alzheimer’s Disease

Dan Loeb may be best known for being a tough hedge fund manager, but he’s also the co-founder of the Ronald M. Loeb Center for Alzheimer’s Disease, which he established with his wife Margaret Munzer Loeb in honor of his father, who died of Alzheimer’s in 2012. The Center now focuses on research and treatment, […]

University of Wisconsin-Madison Partners with Benefunder

The University of Madison-Wisconsin has partnered with Benefunder, an organization that connects philanthropists with organizations in need of research funding. Individuals or groups interested in being a part of innovation, new technologies, and cutting-edge research will be able to donate to the school, which has one of the highest rates of research expenditures in the […]

Charity and Delayed Gratification

The results of a charitable donation aren’t always seen right away, which is why delayed gratification is very much a part of the process. But where does the ability to accept delayed gratification come from? Researchers at McGill recently discovered that a connection between the hippocampus and nucleus accumbens is responsible for our ability to […]

Coca-Cola: Lack of Exercise Is the Problem, Not Diet

In 2014, Coca-Cola donated upwards of two million dollars to start a nonprofit research group, the Global Energy Balance Network, to promote research that suggests obesity stems primarily from a lack of exercise rather than poor diet. The organization endorses the idea that Americans are too focused on diet and not focused enough on exercise—at […]

Myelin Repair Foundation to Close in August

The Myelin Repair Foundation, a Bay Area nonprofit that has made incredible breakthroughs in supporting multiple sclerosis treatments, announced Monday that it will be closing its doors on August 31 due to lack of funding. Founded in 2003 by Scott Johnson, himself a sufferer of MS, the MRF operates on a comparatively small budget—about $5 […]

Feeling Better About Yourself Might be at the Root of Charity

According to a recent study published in Psychological Science, giving to charity might be one way that people help to feel “clean” after being inauthentic. The study investigated the effects of inauthentic behavior–behavior that does not coincide with a person’s actual feelings or personality–and how that made them feel afterward. Many people, when asked to […]

Why Philanthropy is Good for Business

Of course it feels good to give, but did you know there are actually professional business benefits as well? As corporate giving increases, the positive outcomes for both businesses and the community continue to grow. Here’s a look at just a few. Building relationships When a business dedicates time and money to a cause, it […]