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How Culinary Programs Replace Homelessness, Addiction, and Incarceration in DC

August 23, 2016

It's important that we're giving back to communities in need. And my take is that it's most important for people to put food on the table, and then a roof over that table. To help facilitate this, I supported the DC Central Kitchen. One way I did that was to help 'em get some new… Read more »

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Why It's Important to Give Back to Veterans and Milfams Year-Round

August 16, 2016

Folks, I do some work to support orgs helping out service members, veterans, and their families. I figure it's the least I can do to give back. We recently wrapped up our 4th annual Veterans Charity Challenge. If you missed it, big congrats to the Grand Prize Winners: 1st Place: Hero Dogs Inc with $101,852 raised…. Read more »

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Journalism Ethics and the Simple-Minded Nerd

August 12, 2016

I’m a news consumer, and just want news I can trust. I’m supporting trustworthy journalism via efforts like TheTrustProject.org and Wikipedia, but I’ve been fairly ignorant regarding related ethics, so … Poynter Institute has great online courses regarding journalism ethics, and, I’ve just gotten through the three most related ones, starting with the basics. I’ve learned… Read more »

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New Poll Reveals: Online Harassment's Still A Problem Despite Action Taken By Social Networks

August 4, 2016

Folks, two years ago, we polled 1,007 Americans to figure out how much people were harassed online. We recently conducted a comparison poll to see how things have changed. We put the data we gathered into an infographic, which you can check out here. Our question: Are social media outlets doing enough to keep harassers… Read more »

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One Nerd’s Take on the Future of Philanthropy

July 27, 2016

You don’t need to make a killing to make a difference. The current models of big philanthropy focus on accumulating massive wealth, followed by the charitable contribution of a very small percentage of that wealth. I’ve practiced a different model, one that’s focused on a commitment to fairness and doing right by others. My philosophy… Read more »

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3 Ways We Can Get More Girls and Women in Tech

July 19, 2016

Folks, it’s important to support women in tech. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 68% of women enroll in college (compared to 63% of men), and women increasingly outnumber men in college graduation rates. Despite these stats, women still make up only a quarter of the tech industry workforce. And women who work in… Read more »

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Funding nonprofit journalism? Be Transparent and Do No Harm

July 11, 2016

The American Press Institute, who support a vibrant and democratic free press, recently released some really good work on the ethics of funding of nonprofit journalism, with specific recommendations to come. I've gotten a glimpse of those recommendations, which have been helpful in advancing my own thinking on a topic that’s a really big deal… Read more »

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Why It’s Important to Register to Vote this Upcoming Election

July 9, 2016

Folks, this is a big election year, and it’s important that everyone is voting. Last year, 24% of eligible Americans weren’t registered to vote. That’s a problem. While an Automatic Voter Registration bill, which would automatically register anyone with a driver’s license, is gaining momentum, only 28 states plus the District of Columbia have considered… Read more »

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How We Raised Over $300,000 for Veterans and Their Families

July 7, 2016

Folks, the 4th annual Veterans Charity Challenge just came to a close, and lots of money was raised for nonprofits supporting veterans, military families, and other American heroes who risk their lives for us. I donated $50K to the Challenge in an effort to give back. Altogether the nonprofits involved received more than $300,000 in donations from almost… Read more »

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SOUTHWEST ASIA –Senior Airman Cody Noble, 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, hugs his mother, Sgt. 1st Class Karen Hickman, U.S. Army, here Aug. 30, 2009. Airman Noble had not seen his mom in more than a year when she visited the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing on a distinguished visitor tour. Airman Noble is deployed from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Sergeant Hickman is deployed from Camp Robinson, Ark. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Charles Larkin Sr)
SOUTHWEST ASIA –Senior Airman Cody Noble, 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, hugs his mother, Sgt. 1st Class Karen Hickman, U.S. Army, here Aug. 30, 2009. Airman Noble had not seen his mom in more than a year when she visited the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing on a distinguished visitor tour. Airman Noble is deployed from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Sergeant Hickman is deployed from Camp Robinson, Ark. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Charles Larkin Sr)

How You Can Support America’s Heroes This 4th of July

June 29, 2016

Folks, the Veterans Charity Challenge kicked off a few weeks ago. This is a great opportunity to support nonprofits supporting America’s heroes. It’s our 4th year hosting the Challenge, and we’ve already raised more than 44% more money than last year—this is a really big deal. As of right now, we're at $121,156. The crowdfunding competition… Read more »

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