The Millennium Development Goals, which aim to improve the world through human development, could be achieved at an annual cost of $40-$70 billion. In comparison, world spending on military in a given year is 10 -20 times this amount.
Federal law requires that foundations pay out 5 percent annually. Foundations could spend at least 6 percent in payout without hurting their endowments.
The evidence is overwhelming: We Americans are by no means the generous, giving people we like to imagine. Most evangelical Christians in America could double their giving and still fall short of the tithe God instructed.
It doesn't look pretty: The United States ranks last among the world's 28 top foreign aid donor countries. According to a United Nations report Human Development Report, based on foreign aid relative to the size of a nation's economy, the United States is devoting only 0.1 per cent of its gross national product (GNP) to help the world's poorest countries, less than any other industrialized nation, well below Denmark, the Netherlands, Japan and even Spain and Portugal. What's worse, U.S. foreign aid has been cut in half over the past 10 years. Is this something we should care about?
After 33 years as a school psychologist, Ralph Rosenberg retired, and although he was only 55, he was already thinking about his legacy. He considered selling a studio apartment he owned and donating the profits to a charity. He had bought the apartment as an investment property for $64,000. But when he had it appraised, it was worth more than $200,000.
The burgeoning federal deficit, coupled with new spending for defense and homeland security, will soon put health care, education and other social programs in a serious squeeze. Yet this crunch can be eased if America's richest foundations and other nonprofit groups distributed more of their money now instead of saving for the future.
Madonna's failed bid to open a school for poor girls in Malawi shows that running a successful charity requires not just good will but also a solid business plan, philanthropy experts say.
Can the charitable world find new footing in changing times? The sour economy and lame markets are putting a hurt on charity, which has a rare chance to shake itself awake and heal itself.
Parents scramble to instill value of giving in children amid rampant materialism. Volunteering and giving back to others is one of the best ways to build a child's character and self-esteem. Teaching children about money and giving it away is something that parents should include on their list of "things I need to teach my child."
Most children I have come to know, whether rich or poor, have a profound longing to do something worthwhile with their lives. What happens over time to this deep-set idealism?
The habits of future charity givers depend on what they see their parents and grandparents give. How parents can encourage their children to follow suit.
Simple guide to help your family donate effectively.
After more than a year of working as an online volunteer with PWDU, Laurie recently made an on-site visit as a short-term UN volunteer to Kampala, Uganda, to meet the staff of the organization she had known only through the Internet until now.
Hundreds of thousands of people who've visited the Web site, thousands more who've called the toll-free number, and a bevy of nonprofit groups wondering how they fit in. For all of them, the biggest question about the USA Freedom Corps is -- what now?
Doing good is good for business, but corporate America has a lot of work to do to build philanthropy into the way it operates. Too few corporate executives either understand that philanthropy can boost the bottom line.