"Never respect men merely for their riches, but rather for their philanthropy; we do not value the sun for its height, but for its use." -Gamaliel Bailey

Philanthropic People Blog

The Empowerment Plan Brings Warmth and Second Chances to Detroit’s Struggling Residents

The Empowerment Plan

“Imagine the coldest day you can remember, the biting wind chilling you to your core,” asks The Empowerment Plan, a Detroit-based nonprofit organization. “Now imagine spending each day wandering through the city, with no home, no bed, no place to get warm.” These are the things are so easily taken for granted by the average [...]

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Pencils of Promise Helps Every Child Receive Quality Education

Pencils of Promise

According to its Mission Statement, Pencils of Promise “believes every child should have access to quality education. We create schools, programs, and global communities around the common goal of education for all.” Founded by Adam Braun in 2008, Pencils of Promise has become one of the most reputable education-based nonprofits in the world. The organization [...]

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Charity Game in New York Leads to Fight Between Firefighters and Police

Charity Game in New York

The intense rivalry between firefighters and policemen was clear in a charity hockey game Sunday where the two ended up fighting in an all out brawl. Every year, the New York Police Department and the Fire Department of New York get together for a friendly ice hockey game, all in the name of charity. The [...]

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For Cathy O’Grady, Kindness Comes First With ‘Cathy’s Creations’

Cathy's Creations

Whether it’s treating the person behind her in line to a cup of coffee, or helping a neighbor in need without even being asked, Boston area resident Cathy O’Grady finds genuine happiness in good deeds and random acts of kindness. “For as long as she can remember, Cathy O’Grady has enjoyed bringing a smile to [...]

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Together For Girls Helps End Sexual Violence Against Girls

Together for Girls

Founded in 2009, Together For Girls is a Washington, DC, based organization that works to end violence against children, more specifically sexual violence against girls. The issue is increasing and there are many groups like Together For Girls working to end this violence. About one in three girls and one in seven boys have experienced [...]

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Accompany Merges Fashion and Ethics

Accompany clothes

Socially conscious companies are having a moment, and making a serious global impact. TOMS Shoes has forever changed the way that retail approaches philanthropy, and with Whole Foods, Inner City Threads, Olivia Wilde’s Conscious Commerce, and other companies following suit, it’s amazing to see the way that major brands are becoming humanitarian leaders. One new [...]

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Bill and Melinda Gates Will Not Be Leaving Children Their Fortune

Bill and Melinda Gates, Bil Gates, Melinda Gates

At a recent TED conference in Vancouver Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, and his wife Melinda opened up about their personal lives. The pair said they would not be leaving all their wealth to their three children. The couple stated they will instead encourage their children to make their own way in the world. [...]

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An Interview With Altruist’s Founder, Jared Janes

There are several different nonprofit organizations out there, some big and some small. Altruist is a new organization that has a fresh and innovative approach to giving. The website explains that if you donated just $1 per month, we could raise over $38 million for non-profits every year. We had a chance to interview Jared [...]

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Philanthropic People: Carlos Slim

Carlos Slim

“One should not seek exposure or applause for the things one does, but simply to do them well for one’s own sense of accomplishment.” – Carlos Slim Helú Carlos Slim Helú, better known as simply Carlos Slim, is one of the single greatest philanthropists in the world, both for his lifetime monetary giving, and for [...]

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NYC Lawyers Hit the Ice for Harlem Hockey Charity

Harlem Hockey Charity

Earlier this month, various New York City law firms laced up their skates to compete in a hockey tournament that benefitted Ice Hockey In Harlem. Dubbed the Lawyers’ Cup, this fundraiser-tournament has become a highly anticipated annual event, and one that raises vital funds for Ice Hockey In Harlem, an organization dedicated to education and [...]

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