To Celebrate New Series, NBC Donates Grants to High School Drama Programs

NBC’s new series Rise, based on a true story, is about a high school drama teacher tackling the prejudices and systems of a small, poor town. It’s about the cultural ecosystems of small towns, and how to make change happen within them. It’s not perfect—the writer consciously made the main character straight, despite the actual […]

Volunteering: A Great Way to Fulfill Your New Year’s Resolutions

Now is the time when everyone is thinking about what they’re going to resolve to do next year. Maybe you want to make more friends. Perhaps you’re looking to get healthier and happier, advance your career, or even have more fun. Did you know volunteering can do all of those things? Let’s take a quick […]

How to Help Homeless Youth

With both hurricane season in the southeast and winter approaching the north, people have been taking this time to stock up on supplies. Everyone’s grabbing extra batteries and cans of soup. Many forget that this is an especially tough time of your for those without a roof over their head. This is especially true for […]

Trick-or-Treat for Canned Food Instead of Candy

The holidays are traditionally a season of giving, but for a lot of people, this doesn’t start until November and Thanksgiving. Why not extend the season of giving and start in October? The next few months are a holiday season that revolves around food, dining, and social occasions. Many people go into that holiday season […]

You Can Help Support the Arts In Your Community

In theory, people don’t usually question the value of art and exposure to the arts. This is especially true for children and toddlers. Yet, as public schools receive less and less funding arts and music are usually the first to get cut. When looking at what’s required to pass a standardized test, art appears superfluous. […]

How Community Foundations Can Help With Your Charitable Giving

Let’s say you have some money that you want to donate to nonprofits that are working in an area of interest to you. As you know from reading previous articles on this blog, it’s crucial to do your research so that you’re giving to organizations that are well-managed, legitimate, and sustainable. But maybe you don’t […]

Where to Donate this Holiday Season

Christmastime brings with it a certain holiday frenzy. Between all the office parties, the insane shopping deals and family obligations, giving back to charities may sometime get lost in the holiday shuffle. Many people resort to writing a check and sending it to their church or desired cause; however, most organizations want actual donated items […]

House Fire for Random Acts of Kindness Day Founders

When their two-year-old daughter, Emily Grace, died suddenly while sleeping in her crib, the Gutreuter family cried a lot.  Then they decided to do something to make her death count.  They founded Random Acts of Kindness Day.  While the family is now known for taking care of others, they recently found themselves in need of […]

Taxes and Charity Are a Double Edged Sword

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There is a strange relationship between charity and taxes.  Tax deductible donations are currently honored for those that itemize their tax returns, reducing tax payments by up to 39.6% of the eligible donation.  With a budget crisis at hand, lawmakers are considering capping that tax break down to 28% of each dollar donated.  The University […]

How to Choose a Charity

Charitable donations can include either time or money--you don't have to be rich!

I would be hard-pressed to find somebody who didn’t want to help out and give back.  However,  picking just one charity to volunteer with or donate to can be a challenge.  There are so many different deserving organizations.  The list can feel overwhelming.  It’s almost enough to make a person want to give up.  But […]