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As I cope with your illness and departure from this earth, I will continue to forge the path that you helped me plow.
Although it's a wonderful thing to give back during this time of the year, we should remember people are in need all the time and everywhere. These are 5 simple and awesome nonprofits you can bring to your communities anytime of the year.
This week's New York Times Magazine contains a short, but brilliantly provocative piece by "On Money" writer, Adam Davidson, titled "Saving the World, Startup-Style." The issue is important because roughly one billion men, women and children live in dire poverty on less than a dollar a day.
Like Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter Tay Thi Nguyen, 21, came from a poor family with parents who struggled to pay for
We recently made a short video with a cheeky challenge: DO NOT READ THIS. The idea was to force people to think about how integral literacy is to their daily lives since it is a skill most of us (reading this sentence right now) take for granted.
Today, on International Literacy Day I would like to issue a more provocative challenge that I anticipate -- and sincerely hope -- you will fail. Try giving up something truly vital to our existence.
Nicholas Kristof rightly said "The best tool to fight extremism is education, especially for girls -- and that means ensuring
You might not be able to bring back the girls kidnapped in Nigeria with your support now, but you can ensure that the world takes preventive steps to ensure that women and girls are protected, empowered, and educated -- fearlessly -- around the world.
Without trust and transparency, social enterprises would not be able to operate successfully and leverage their collaboration to ensure they are truly changing the world.
In many societies around the world, the current generation of young women are paving a new path for themselves and for those who will follow.
This October, Room to Read is launching our annual Booktober campaign -- a month long movement, incubated by our chapter network, to raise awareness and funds for global literacy, because every child deserves to develop a habit and joy of reading
Usually, when you tell people about an upcoming overseas vacation, they express excitement, or encouragement, or perhaps jealousy. Not so for four friends who are undertaking the inadvisable adventure that is the Rickshaw Run.
Hasbro's Alan Hassenfeld put it into perspective: "if you think you are too small for making impact, you have never been in bed with a mosquito."
2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgIn societies such as sub-Saharan Africa where women are struggling to access their most basic right, education, a different type of "Lean In" circle is surfacing -- a camaraderie that does not play out in boardrooms, but rather in school rooms.
Just as we follow these stories or a presidential race, we should be consistently informed of the need for girls' education around the world.
2013-02-27-tedprizepullFrom someone who has worked in the developing world for over a decade, it is hard to comprehend a world where traditional classrooms and libraries are no longer necessary. We need more of them, not fewer.
"Perhaps, Sir, you will someday come back with books." The words were uttered in 1998 by the headmaster of a grade school in Bahundanda, Nepal -- that had a library, but no books -- to John Wood, a stressed out American senior executive at Microsoft, who was trekking the area's famed Annapurna Circuit.
"It's not just raising funds in the ways we've know for years, it's 'I'll do this fun, epic, amazing stunt and do it for
You trust your financial institution with your retirement money so you should have that same trust in those who receive your philanthropic dollars. But how do you know?