Celebrating Dolly Parton’s Commitment to Literacy

Celebrating Dolly Parton’s Commitment to Literacy

Mar 26

Imagination Library is a nonprofit founded by Dolly Parton in 1995, with the goal of giving free books to children. It began in Sevier County, Tennessee, where Dolly was raised by a father who could not read. In its early stages, the organization sent one free book a month to every child registered from birth until kindergarten. Five years later, it had rolled out nationwide, and by 2003 they...

Man Donates 30 Gallons of Blood

Man Donates 30 Gallons of Blood

Feb 14

“It’s a need I can help fill.” It’s a simple sentiment, but a very powerful one, and it seems to have seen William Chesser through his entire life. It took him to Korea as a volunteer soldier in the 1950s. When he came home, he went to school and became a probation officer, serving the needs of those at the lowest point of their lives. Since 1960, he has continued to serve by...

Introducing Gene DeSantis: The Poor Man With a Heart of Gold

Introducing Gene DeSantis: The Poor Man With a Heart of Gold

Dec 07

Gene DeSantis is a private man. He has no phone or email, and even the friends in his life know little about his habits or past. He keeps to himself, a rarity in a time when social life is about expansion above all else. But that’s not to say he doesn’t make huge ripples. “I keep a busy schedule,” says DeSantis, and that schedule is almost entirely devoted to helping others. He runs...

A Tribute to Eliza Hamilton, Whose Charitable Legacy Will Not Be Forgotten

A Tribute to Eliza Hamilton, Whose Charitable Legacy Will Not Be Forgotten

Nov 16

“And when my time is up, have I done enough? Will they tell my story?” There were always tears in the audience when Phillipa Soo sang that line near the end of the Broadway musical Hamilton. Soo was playing the role of Eliza Hamilton, who spent a lifetime trying to fulfill her husband Alexander Hamilton’s curtailed legacy. Eliza, who barely gets a footnote in the history books compared to...

Family Foundations Help Philanthropists Share and Save Their Wealth

Family Foundations Help Philanthropists Share and Save Their Wealth

Oct 27

George Soros, famous (or infamous, depending on which side of the political spectrum your beliefs lie) for donating to liberal causes and Democratic candidates, has transferred $18 billion of his vast wealth into his Open Society Foundations. The transfer immediately dropped him out of the ranks of the 50 richest Americans and catapulted his foundation to the second largest in the U.S. by...

Frame USA’s Monthly Charitable Gift Program

Frame USA’s Monthly Charitable Gift Program

Dec 16

Frame USA, an online retailer that specializes in custom and ready-made picture frames, is setting the tone for corporate social responsibility. Frame USA has a “Monthly Charitable Gift Program” in which the company donates a portion of their proceeds towards a “charity of the month.” $0.75 of every order placed through their website and $1.00 of every custom order placed through their physical...