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 […]

Tumblr Shows the Changing Face of Corporate Philanthropy

For a long time, corporations tended to avoid controversy when they could, seeing it as bad for business. When they engaged in philanthropy it was with causes that everyone could get behind, or at least which didn’t alienate many people. But we’re seeing a shift in recent years, well illustrated by Tumblr joining forces with […]

PayPal Giving Fund Under Legal Fire

PayPal is facing a lawsuit over its Giving Fund platform, which plaintiffs maintain isn’t delivering their money to the charities it promises. The platform purports to give 100 percent of donations to the charity indicated by the donor, and in some cases offers a 1-percent match. But that doesn’t seem to be working out. According […]

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 […]

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 […]

Donating A Car? Make Sure to Think Ahead

In a country with so many drivers, many people will eventually find themselves in possession of a car that they don’t need, and a lot of them will choose to donate it to charity. While doing so is generous and a great way to get rid of a car you don’t want, vehicles can actually […]

Nonprofit Leaders Unsure of What to Expect Over Next Four Years

The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership holds public policy meetings that, despite its 400 member organizations, usually only attract about 30 nonprofit leaders. Their meeting in December 2016 however, brought in 85 people. Their top concern? What the incoming presidential administration would mean for nonprofits in the Pittsburgh area, as well as the rest of the […]

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. […]