The Pay It Forward Movement

You may have heard of the term “pay it forward.” Maybe it’s in regard to a line for coffee, in a food drive-thru lane, or even the popular movie starring Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey. But what does it mean to pay something forward? According to this definition it “…is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor.” Today, pay it forward moments often refer to someone paying the bill for the next person in the line behind them, which can lead that person to do the same for the person after them, and so on. [Read more…]

Why Giving Makes Us Happy

While receiving gifts can be exciting, research and experts say that the act of giving could actually make us feel better than receiving.

Studies show that when we get a gift or experience an act of generosity, our bodies release a hormone call oxytocin, which is associated with feelings of love and trust. The presence of this hormone also makes the recipient more likely to also act generously, which could explain the reason for “pay it forward” occurrences. So, it’s no surprise to read then, that numerous studies have shown that spending money on others or making a charitable donation actually makes us happier than when we are on the receiving end.  [Read more…]

What the Millennium Development Goals Have Achieved

In 2000, the United Nations came together to establish the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) designed to address social issues across the globe. The eight established categories included addressing extreme poverty and hunger, universal primary education, premature death in children, maternal health, diseases, environmental sustainability, and global partnerships for continued development. These ambitious goals were created for both developed and currently developing countries.

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The Intersection of Sports and Philanthropy

Sports are a big part of not only American culture but of cultures all over the globe. Whether it’s learning to hit in t-ball or joining in a game of pick-up soccer, we all probably have a memory or two of learning basic skills and teamwork while playing a sport.

So what could sports and philanthropy possibly have in common? More than you might think! From teams to individuals, athletes around the world find ways to be charitable. It could come in the form of a donation for every home run made during a baseball game or an individual’s effort with a certain cause, but whatever the specific action, sports figures are finding ways to give back to their community. [Read more…]

Independence Day: The Celebration of Our Freedoms

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

On July 4, 1776, our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence – an act of bravery that literally could have resulted in their deaths. Founded by valor and rooted in hope and unwavering dedication to freedom – the Fourth of July is a time for Americans to celebrate and appreciate our independence and freedoms. [Read more…]

A New Age of Philanthropy

When it comes to the giving of time or money, there are no prerequisites. You do not need to be a certain age or have a particular skill set. Whether you are a millennial or looking towards retirement, a C-suite executive or a stay-at-home parent, everyone has a role to play in the future of philanthropy in our world.

Philanthropy today, though, looks very different from 50 years ago. For younger generations, giving is integrated into their lives and being philanthropic no longer stops at writing a check. [Read more…]

Charitable Giving is Back and Stronger than Ever

The recession of 2008 hit Americans hard – families were forced to cut back, homes were foreclosed, hardworking people lost their jobs. Budgets got tighter, and charitable giving shrank. Those who were once able to give to a local food bank or a national nonprofit either had to scale back on the amount of their donation or cease altogether. [Read more…]

Flag Day: A Time to Celebrate the Star Spangled Banner

Officially established by President Woodrow Wilson’s proclamation as a national event in 1916 and officially signed into legislation by President Harry S. Truman in  1949,  Americans set aside a day in mid-June to celebrate the national symbol of freedom, the star spangled banner. The week of June 14 is recognized as National Flag Week where we honor the flag by flying it high on the top of buildings, celebrating with parades, and holding special events to recognize the importance of this national emblem.  [Read more…]

Extended Stay Volunteering Across the Globe

Volunteering comes in all shapes and sizes – an hour, a day, a week. But have you ever considered going big? What about two weeks to a month? What about in another country? With so much need in our world today, there are opportunities to lend a helping hand everywhere you turn. [Read more…]

Summer Volunteering – The Perfect Time to Lend a Hand

Summertime – warm sunshine, barbecues, and vacation. Typically, you might spend your vacation lying on a beach or by a pool, sipping a cool drink, or reading a book. But what if you gave some of that time back and poured yourself into your community?

Summer is the perfect season to either begin volunteering or to try a new area of volunteer work. The weather is suitable to being outside, and volunteering can be a wonderful, constructive activity for you and your family. There is no better time to teach your kids the importance of being a giving neighbor than when they are home from school for the summer break as it will give them time to try a range of activities and help decide what problems they are passionate in solving. [Read more…]