A Utah man became a social media sensation after he used an Olive Garden pass to feed the homeless. Americans like passing on feel-good stories about people doing good almost as much as they like spreading cute-pet videos or the latest on Kim Kardashian.
The global face of philanthropy is changing. Donors no longer just open their wallets. They're actively involved in causes, use savvy business practices, and leverage what they give to achieve more good. Meet eight innovators.
Code for America has developed apps that have trimmed Boston's costs for digging out fire hydrants after snow and made Philadelphia city services more accessible. The 'Peace Corps for geeks' is the leading edge of nonprofits looking to make government more efficient.
After the deepest and longest drop in charitable donations in at least four decades, Americans are on track to give record amounts this year. However, the surge in charitable giving is coming almost exclusively from the wealthy, as lower and middle class incomes drop.
Inspired by Black Friday and Cyber Monday, organizers have designated Giving Tuesday as a way of galvanizing support for nonprofits to ensure that consumers remember those in need during the busy shopping season.
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