Are you going to do the same thing this year? Here’s a lens on giving more broadly – beyond presents under the tree.
Natasha Kirsch, trying to assist those whose past was a barrier to employment, looked for jobs in high demand and that offer good pay. The result of her search is a job training program – The Grooming Project.
Ross Willard’s all-volunteer nonprofit in Harrisburg, Pa., took shape after he noticed that children were riding bicycles with brakes that didn’t work.
Many rural students in India are behind in science. So Sharad Godse and other volunteers have visited more than 2,600 schools to make science concepts fun and comprehensible for high-schoolers.
Rick Deane, cofounder of Connecting for Good, wants to ensure that low-income people and others can tap into the vast potential offered by computers and the internet.
Pola Díaz Moffitt first pitched in to search-and-rescue efforts after Mexico City's 1985 earthquake, 32 years to the day before last month's temblor. She's been helping 'topos' groups find people trapped by disasters ever since.
Ken Lyons, in his 90s, has been one of the volunteers at Centennial Station in Washington State. He’s an example of how many seniors keep making a difference in their communities after their official retirement date.
Anh Nguyet Tranh, herself an immigrant from South Vietnam, founded a business in Michigan that employs some 250 interpreters and translators and can translate documents in 30 different languages.
Pastor Jerome Smith Sr. runs the Joseph Project, which not only helps urban residents find work but also operates a van service to get them there. The initiative has become a conservative favorite.
Eight years ago, when Corinne Cannon had her first child, she was surprised at just how hard parenting can be.
Lily Yoseph was struck by the poverty in the village, as well as the fact that often girls don’t have the opportunity to attend school. So she established a nonprofit that gives girls everything from medical care to school uniforms.
Some employees may think that giving back during the workday doesn’t make sense. But a substantial percentage of companies offer volunteer benefits.
When Fatou Sall Ndiaye Mbacké got married, she didn’t spend her dowry on a wedding dress, but rather on peanuts. This young entrepreneur is only motivated by the fact that she lives in a country where traditional gender roles persist.
Deb Eastwood left behind a six-figure salary at Xerox to work with a youth organization. She now leads a campaign in Grenada to teach islanders – especially children – how to swim.
The McVay Youth Partnership at Hamline University offers paid leadership opportunities for students, who mentor middle- and high-schoolers. The program was endowed by Pete and Mary McVay.
Alexandreena Dixon founded an organization that uses African storytelling traditions to teach long-forgotten African values and rituals. The aim is to broaden horizons for black children.
Rasmus Puur was one of the chief conductors last month for Laulupidu, a big choral event in Estonia. His message for its young participants goes beyond music.
Molly Melching founded the nonprofit Tostan, which operates in a number of African countries. It’s known globally for alleviating poverty, as well as for helping to reduce child marriage and female genital cutting in Senegal.
Dean and Michele Wilhelm mentor young people facing challenging circumstances. Taro farming provides an opportunity for the couple to weave regional culture into the lessons.
New Moms in Chicago provides job training, transitional housing, and doula support. The aim is for the new mothers to become self-sufficient.