Raleigh North Carolina Students on the Road to Washington DC Today

Posted on 25 March 2009

At 6:15 this morning the 5th grade students from Fuller GT Magnet Elementary hit the road for their trip to Washington DC.  The students did fundraising last fall to be able to go on this trip. They had a movie night, sold donuts, and sold coupon books among other things. However the principal said that […]

Oscar Winning Documentary Profiles The Smile Train, a Charity that provides life changing surgeries for children

Posted on 23 February 2009

The Documentary category at the Oscars doesn’t often get much attention. However for me when I heard that the film, Smile Pinki: A real-world fairy tale, profiled international charity The Smile Train my ears perked up. Smile Pinki tells the real-world fairy tale of one young life changed forever and takes you inside one of […]

Inauguration Day Celebration for Everyone – The People’s Inaugural Ball

Posted on 21 January 2009

How will Obama’s Presidency impact nonprofits and the people they serve?  Only time will tell.  This story though starts this new era on a high note. Earl Stafford, businessman and philanthropist from Virginia, helped hundreds of “ordinary people” be a part of the history making events in Washington DC this week.  The People’s Inaugural Project, […]

In Honor of Martin Luther King, We Must Work

Posted on 19 January 2009

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. we set aside today as a holiday. While it is a historic day, it is not a time to look back with either the extremes of sentimentality or heated debate. It’s a time for appreciation, work and looking toward the future. There are many clips of Dr. King’s […]

Valentine’s Day Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity

Posted on 15 January 2009

Chenango County Habitat for Humanity (NY) is currently building their fourth house in their area.  Like many Habitat affiliates they raise funds to get the needed supplies to build the homes. Their biggest fundraiser each year is the Valentine’s Day carnation flower fundraiser.  They are selling carnations for $10 for a half dozen and $15 […]

Christmas door ringers, Acts of Kindness and Oprah

Posted on 23 December 2008

A group of friends find Christmas joy in quietly giving to needy families in the Albuquerque area.  They call it “a ding-dong dash” since they leave the gifts at the family’s door, knock, and then leave to remain anonymous. I’m reminded of a personal story that I’ve heard Oprah Winfrey tell on several occasions.  Here […]

Secret Santa Gives Away Thousands in Cash

Posted on 21 December 2008

Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus!  An anonymous Secret Santa in Kansas City gives away hundreds of dollars to random people he meets during Christmastime.  In the past he gave away one $100 bill at a time.  This year though, because of the economy, he had to change the amount he’s giving away.