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Every day we are confronted with choices: what we wear, what we eat, how and with whom we spend our leisure time. These choices reveal something about us, our priorities and our personal values. The same is true for our charitable giving. How much (...
In Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead, author Tamara Draut doesn't hold back in revealing the growing debt burdens facing low- and middle-income households. We asked her about how these financial burdens are impacting this...
It's never too early to get kids into the giving habit. Here's how to do it. Ravi Shah is wild about dinosaurs. He knows more about them than any adult I know (maybe with the exception of his mom), and he can rattle off a dizzying number of dinosaur...
For Kids: A Kid's Guide to Giving, by Freddi Zeiler (Innovative Kids, 2006). Written by a kid for kids, this book offers a comprehensible guide to giving money, volunteering, donating goods, and organizing charity events. Ages 10 and older. The...
"Are we there yet?" is a phrase parents often hear as they embark on family vacations. As more families incorporate philanthropic principles into their vacations, perhaps they will begin to hear a new question: "Are we making a difference yet?" "...
Myths about nonprofit organizations abound. Some people who consider a nonprofit job may hear such statements as: "You've turned into a do-gooder." "You've gone soft." "You will decimate your savings account." "If you want to work less, you...
Joe Harrell used to love his job. Now, he loves it even more. One big reason is that he's discovered a unique way to combine his professional skills with his desire to help his community. For more than three years, Harrell has donated his time and...
Working in the nonprofit sector, you will encounter things that will alternately excite and frustrate you. Some advantages, like fulfilling work and kind coworkers, can be expected. Many disadvantages, like increased bureaucracy and burnout, often...
This article is reprinted with permission from the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy. It is featured in the Spring 2008 issue of The Corporate Philanthropist. Every day, nonprofit groups around the country are on the front lines of our...
Ready to start your job search journey? Online employment listings are a great place to begin. If you don't know the exact type of job you're looking for, just scan the areas that you find the most interesting. You'll be surprised by the variety of...
Blogs fall under the category of "social media" because they are, well, social. They are a tool that allows for a conversation between the reader and the writer, and for information to reach people quickly all over the world. So if your nonprofit is...
I am often asked for advice from nonprofits that want to start a blog. Here are five of the tips I most frequently give: Read blogs. I can't tell you how many amazing, visionary nonprofit leaders I talk to who, when I ask them if they read...

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