Archive for the Philanthropy Category
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Toronto college student saves stranger from subway tracks
The thud of the man hitting the tracks was followed by shrieks from a nearby commuter who watched from the platform in horror. In the distance, a train could be heard rumbling into the station. It was shortly after noon on Tuesday at Toronto’s St. Clair West subway station and few others were around when Dwight Orchard, 23, leapt onto the tracks to save the life of another. Orchard, a George Brown College plumbing student originally from Bracebridge, had just stepped off the stairs and onto the platform when he saw the man teeter over the edge and onto the tracks below. With sound of an oncoming train filling the station, Orchard dropped his school bag and ran. In what onlooker Ren Niles, 40, described as a heroic act, Orchard jumped onto the tracks and began to try to lift the unidentified man — who transit officials said “appeared to... Continue Reading
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People Are Awesome: Man Moves in With Parents So a Homeless Family Can Live in His House
“You don’t have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffet or Oprah,” to help someone in need says Los Angeles attorney Tony Tolbert. The 51-year-old is certainly walking the talk in a seriously inspiring way. He gave his home—rent free and fully furnished for an entire year—to a homeless family. And he’s moving back in with his parents so he can do it. Tolbert’s mother, Marie, says when she first heard about her son’s plans, she asked him, “Have you lost it?” But the family has a long tradition of service and extending a helping hand to those in need.... Continue Reading
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A lesson in making a difference | Brown University News and Events
Students in “SOC1870A – Investing in Social Change: The Practice of Philanthropy” get a real-world immersion into the strategic giving process, taking on the challenge of awarding $45,000 in grants to local community organizations. This semester, for the first time, the class has partnered with United Way of Rhode Island, with employees from the nonprofit offering guidance and community connections as students navigate the complexities of the philanthropic world. PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — How would you make a difference with $15,000? It may sound like a daunting question, but it’s one that students in a sociology class at Brown are... Continue Reading
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Phish’s story of philanthropy
It all started when four friends at UVM formed a band. Their improvisational style spawned a success story that’s now 30 years old. The band is Phish and their story is one of giving back. via Phish’s story of philanthropy.... Permalink
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84 Year Old, Leaves Condo To Homeless
Before Leila Boroughs died at the age of 84, the San Francisco, Calif., woman decided to leave her greatest possession to people she had never met. The former nurse left in her will her $400,000 condo to the homeless, asking for it to be turned into a shelter, NBC Bay Area reports. Boroughs, who never married and lived alone, said she didn’t have close relatives to whom she could leave the estate. She specified that if the 525-square-foot condo wasn’t suitable for a shelter, the city could sell it and use the money to fight homelessness, the news source reported.... Continue Reading
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Name Bubbles Bag-Tag Campaign Benefits Water For People
Name Bubbles announces today a $24,000 dollar donation made in support of Water For People, a global organization committed to building a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation Saratoga Springs, NY (PRWEB) December 13, 2011 Name Bubbles, the award-winning personalized name labels company, announced the results of their global giving program to support Water For People, a non-profit organization that brings long-lasting water and sanitation solutions to 11 developing countries in Asia, Africa, South and Central America. Name Bubbles made an initial $10,000 donation to Water For People in 2010 and pledged earlier this... Continue Reading
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Kindness Challenge Jan 2012 – Warm the world in 31 days
This post is to help support a group of family and friends from Minnesota who want to make a difference. Their goal is to inspire people around the world to perform 1,000,000 acts of kindness during Jan, 2012 thus creating enough momentum to cause a shift in the world – a shift to a warmer and friendlier place. The Kindness Challenge is looking for warmhearted people who also want to make that difference. “It’s free, it’s simple and it’s good for you to do something nice for someone. It feels great, and it will make someone else feel great, too.... Continue Reading
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140 Ways to Change the World
Doing something nice for someone can change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world. Start small.  Start now. Smile when you make eye contact with someone. Hold the door open for the person behind you. Send a hand-written thank you card to someone who assisted you with something. Clean out all your old clothes and donate them to someone in need. Give a compliment about a waiter, waitress, sales clerk, etc. to his or her manager.  Or write a nice note to or about your waiter or waitress on the back of your bill. Compliment a stranger’s... Continue Reading
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Occupy Wall St – The Revolution Is Love
  PLEASE SHARE WIDELY! HELP SUPPORT THE FILM This is a community funded film. Help us rush this film to the theatres and onto the streets. We know we have something amazing on our hands, that can be of great service in this time of enormous transformation, this time of enormous crisis. Thank you for your support. Love is the movement! “Love is the felt experience of connection to another being. An economist says ‘more for you is less for me.’ But the lover knows that more of you is more for me too. If you love somebody their happiness... Continue Reading
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