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Virtual Volunteering

Virtual Volunteering

When asked what volunteering is, one may describe it as going out to your local food drive to hand out goods or a school to help out with painting and building. It has usually been something that you go out and do, but more recently that has changed. These days, many...

Teaching Your Children About Philanthropy

Teaching Your Children About Philanthropy

Throughout the most recent decades, philanthropy has been steadily increasing in popularity. When it comes to teaching your children about philanthropy and getting the family involved in charity there is not a one size fits all. Whether people are supporting causes at...

How Philanthropy Will Change in 2020

How Philanthropy Will Change in 2020

Philanthropy in the country is becoming more of a niche than a selfless act. While people may have once belonged to close-knit communities that always strived to support each member, today's Americans are more isolated, less trusting, and altogether more reserved....

Philanthropy Trends For 2020

Philanthropy Trends For 2020

Philanthropy has always been a core value of society. However, many of the complex issues facing the world have left some to wonder what the best philanthropic solutions are. To answer this, here are some philanthropy trends for 2020: The Utilization of Data and...

Philanthropy in the New Year

Philanthropy in the New Year

New Year's Eve is a time of determination: people make scores of promises to themselves that range from eating healthier to advancing in a career, from exercising more often to making more friends. Often, sadly, those resolutions are neglected by the time the second...

Giving this Holiday Season by Richard Abbe

Giving this Holiday Season by Richard Abbe

The holidays are a big time for philanthropy filled with all the warmth and goodwill of the season. It's the time of year when Americans are most likely to give. It's also a time when people make their last donations of the year. Sometimes, these can be quite large....

Philanthropy Spotlight: Andrus Family Fund

Philanthropy Spotlight: Andrus Family Fund

Launched in 2000, the Andrus Family Fund aims to nurture fair and sustainable change for vulnerable youth in the United States, through the support of organizations that advance social justice and improved outcomes for these populations. The mission of the Andrus Fund...

The Evolution of Philanthropy

The Evolution of Philanthropy

The evolution of the word philanthropy dates back over 2,500 years to the fifth century BC, when the ancient Greeks first used the term in the myth Prometheus Bound. When Zeus threatens to destroy mankind, Prometheus shows his humanity-loving character, or “philanthropos tropos” by gifting humans with two things: fire and hope. This leads to optimism and an improvement over the human condition. There are two parts to the word philanthropos: “philos”, meaning to care for; and “anthropos,” meaning human being.