Russian Charity Brings Life to Children Suffering from Cancer

Curing cancer, particularly in children, is hard enough. But imagine if these children had no access to important resources that could save their lives! Increasing access and support is the drive behind Podari.Life, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit focused on providing services to children with cancer and their families. What makes Podari.Life unique, though, is its cultural […]

6 Tips for Raising a Child to Be Philanthropic

If you’re a philanthropist yourself—no matter the amount or size of your gifts—you probably want your children to follow in your footsteps and learn the values of generosity and kindness to other living beings. But sometimes it seems like there’s so much distraction, you don’t know if your hopes are falling on deaf ears. Here are […]

Remembering the Grassroots of the Nonprofit Sector

We’ve heard it over and over again, that real change comes from the grassroots. While national nonprofits can get a lot done, they absolutely require that the “little people” be giving them money. And that’s just on the most superficial level. All problems faced by nonprofits are, essentially, local problems. They affect real people in […]

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 […]

Overhead Ratios Are A Persistent Problem for Nonprofits

In Canada, it appears that the acceptable limit of how much a charity can spend on overhead is about 15 percent, leaving a full 85 percent to be spent on its mission. While that might sound like a pretty solid distribution—after all the point is to achieve that mission—the goal of a 15-percent overhead can […]

Top Government Aides Join Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has enlisted the help of two former government officials to assist in their charity efforts. One of the recruits is former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe. Plouffe most recently served as vice president of Uber’s policy and strategy. He will now serve as president of policy and advocacy at the Initiative. […]

Kiva and the Microloan Phenomenon

Think you have to have big bucks to donate to charity? Think again! Microloan nonprofits like Kiva.org offer the average Joe an opportunity to donate where it counts. Boasting a 4-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, Kiva provides microloans for people in need who want to serve their community or start their own small business. […]

Eric Trump Foundation Is Under Fire

It looks like the charity scandal apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in the Trump family, as Eric Trump is under fire for his own Eric Trump Foundation’s seeming inability to follow IRS rules for charities. Chief among the problems is widespread conflict of interest, as the foundation regularly makes donations to pet projects […]

Philanthropy Profile: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The belief that every life has equal value is what motivates the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They strive to help all people all over the world lead healthy productive lives. This means different things in different places. In developing countries, this means improving people’s health and helping the lift them out of extreme poverty. […]

Giving Helps in the Short Term, but Can Harm in the Long Term

Americans donate a lot of time, money, and goods to charity, and that’s great. In 2014 alone, we donated $358 billion. But there’s a problem with this as well: sending aid somewhere isn’t always the best way to help with a problem. In fact, it can hurt after a while. Following a disaster like Hurricane […]