11-Year-Old’s Nonprofit Allows Foster Children to ‘Carry With Confidence’

Imagine this: You are a child in the foster care system. You have no expectation of consistency or home. You have been moved four times in five years; the reasons don’t matter, but they keep coming up. You’re too expensive, you’re not a good fit, a judge you met once has decided you’re in the […]

D.C. City Councilor Proposes Drug Donation Program to Help Needy Seniors

“I meet with about 400 seniors every month, and I’ve heard from a number of them about the fact that prescription drugs can be a huge financial burden for them” because of the deficiencies in medical coverage in the United States under Medicare, Medicaid, and even private insurance, said Brandon T. Todd (D-Ward 4), a […]

Billionaire Carlos Slim Donates to Mexico Earthquake Recovery Efforts

The two earthquakes that shattered Mexico on September 7 and 19, 2017, did an estimated $2 to 4 billion in damage and killed more than 400 people. Hundreds of buildings were damaged or collapsed outright, particularly in booming Mexico City, and recovery efforts have been steady but slow, hampered by massive infrastructure damage. Carlos Slim, […]

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 […]

Ruby Rose Donates to Houston LGBT Center In Wake of Hurricane Harvey

Fans of Orange is the New Black will remember Ruby Rose, who played virtually herself in two seasons of the show. In addition to being an actress, she’s also a model, a DJ, and a recording artist, with two movies coming out in the next few months. Rose has a history of charity work, supporting […]

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 […]

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, […]

GuideStar Removes Hate Group Flags From Directory Listings

Early in June, GuideStar, a website that maintains a database of information about U.S. charities, flagged 46 nonprofits for being labeled as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Those 46 nonprofits included a nonprofit run by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who coined the term “alt-right” to describe the anti-immigration, white supremacist movement. But […]

Bezos Crowdsources His Next Philanthropic Effort

On June 15, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos wrote a tweet nobody expected. It was an image with the text “This tweet is a request fro ideas. I’m thinking about a philanthropy strategy that is the opposite of how I mostly spend my time—working on the long term. For philanthropy, I find I’m drawn to the […]