8-Year-Old Boy Gathers Christmas Presents for Puerto Rican Children

Jayden Perez is eight years old, a third-grader in New Jersey who has Puerto Rican branches on both sides of his family tree. Just after Thanksgiving, when Christmas is on everyone’s mind, he came to his mother with a wish to give to those in need in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘Big Philanthropy’ Has an Equality Problem

One of the biggest obstacles to foundation grantmaking is the fact that most foundations’ demographics don’t match those of the people and organizations receiving their grants. In a recent article in The Guardian, Courtney Martin writes that philanthropic organizations like foundations seem to have a double standard when it comes to the donations they make. […]

Teaching Your Children to Give Back

With the holidays just around the corner, many of us have gift-giving and family time on the mind. That also is followed usually with overeating and over-shopping. However, there is a positive side to the season that doesn’t involve overindulging:  It’s an opportunity to give back to the community and start teaching the children in […]

Most Common Reasons People Don’t Give

How much money did you donate to charity recently?  If you are between the ages of 25-35 and you said, “Zero,” you’re not alone.  Younger people are less likely to give unless they know exactly where that money is going. People in that same age demographic said they more often give, via text, in small […]

Worst Charities Reveal Our Softest Spots

Last week the Tampa Bay Times published a ranking of the 50 worst charities based on the amount of money paid to solicitors and the percent of funds actually paid directly to aid the cause.  Tampa Bay reporters reviewed ten years of available tax return filings to produce the list, and found that the worst […]

Taxes and Charity Are a Double Edged Sword


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 […]