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Did your nonprofit organization create a video in 2009? If so, enter it into the 4th Annual DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards for the chance to win $2,500 for your nonprofit, get your video featured on the YouTube homepage, receive great prizes from Flip Video and NTEN, and have your work showcased...
by Kristin Ivie
With Presidents Day coming up, it's nice to reflect on the different types of philanthropic efforts by some of the leaders of the free world. On both sides of the aisle, our former presidents have continued to use their influence and skills as leaders in philanthropy. Here are a few outstanding...
by John Bridgeland
Guest blogger John Bridgeland is President & CEO of Civic Enterprises, a policy firm that helps corporations, nonprofits, foundations, universities and governments develop and spearhead innovative public policies to strengthen our communities and country. In last week's first post of this...
by Allie Burns
In the research we conducted after the first America's Giving Challenge in 2007-2008, we found that a hallmark for many successful efforts was a combination of online and offline outreach to mobilize supporters. It's no surprise that the combination of tactics beyond just online to generate...
When Jen Pahlka from Code for America (Tim O'Reilly's right hand at the time) came to meet with our CEO, Jean Case, and me, Jean literally could not stay seated because she was so excited about the possibilities of this new effort. Seriously, she got out of her seat and started smiling ear to ear....
by Katie Whitehouse
Guest blogger Katie Whitehouse is a Project Leader at City Year DC. During his lifetime, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sought to forge the common ground on which people from all walks of life could join together to address important community issues. Working alongside individuals of all ages, races,...
by Senator Harris Wofford
Harris Wofford is a former Senator from Pennsylvania. He was an advisor to Martin Luther King Jr. and co-author with Congressman John Lewis of the King Holiday and Service Act, which established the King Day as a day of service. He was instrumental in the creation of the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps...
by Steve Case
The below article, Health-care reform requires healthy living choices, was published as an opinion piece in the Washington Post today. We wanted to share the full article with our audience to help everyone start the new year with some thoughts about healthy living. Updated 01/04/10: Steve co-hosted...
As social media predictions begin rolling in for 2010, bloggers, pundits and anyone with a twitter handle seems to be weighing in with their best guesses. Will 2010 be the year of mobile technology? What’s all the talk of real-time web? Will location-based social networks like FourSquare become...
by Jean Case
For many organizations, year-end is a time to reflect on accomplishments and lessons learned throughout the year. I think it’s fair to say that for all of us, both professionally and personally, 2009 can be described as a year of change, challenges and uncertainty. But we also recognize that even...
"An Inequitable Invitation to Citizenship: Non-College-Bound Youth and Civic Engagement", published by Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), examines the issue of public and civic involvement for teenagers not on a university path. The paper explores the lack of engagement of this group...
5 Fast Facts
- Volunteers gave more than 8.1 billion hours, worth an estimated $169 billion
- Women volunteered at higher rates than men and working mothers have the highest volunteer rates.
- In 2008 and 2009 nearly 60% of citizens reached out to help their neighbors at least once a month, and 1 in 6 do so almost every day.
- 89% of Americans site they sit down to dinner with members of their households several times each week. Nearly 3 in 4 discuss political affairs with their families and friends at least once a month
- 63.4 million Americans volunteered in 2009, a jump of 1.6 million over 2008 (and the biggest spike in volunteering since 2003).