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Supporting more effective national service

July 17, 2013

A lot of really good people are helping Americans in need via the Corporation for National and Community Service. It's a "private-public partnership," meaning that people in business, government, and the nonprofit sector work together with citizens to get results. That includes a lot of good work by AmeriCorps, which engages 80,000 Americans in results-driven… Read more »

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womens center

Why do you support women's leadership as the next frontier?

July 12, 2013

Over the past twenty-seven years I've been quietly supporting women's groups, just proceeding on what feels like the right thing to do.  That started with HAVEN, a women's shelter in the Oakland (Greater Detroit) area, probably in 1985. My intent was to become a volunteer counselor, since they needed guys in that role. However, with the… Read more »

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moving forward

Read On and Move Forward if you are a Veteran

July 9, 2013

Hey, VA doctors have told me that no one goes to war and comes back unchanged. Readjusting to civilian life can be challenging no matter where you are; at home, in the workplace, or at school. Now there's help through an online counseling service designed to help Vets and active duty service members battling with… Read more »

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thank you

The Vets Challenge was about giving back

July 3, 2013

Hey, a big congratulations to all the Teams who participated in the Veterans Charity Challenge over on CrowdRise. As many of you know, I gave $50k to the challenge and the Rahr Foundation gave $50k. I don't see this as altruism, it just feels right. A total of 95 Teams signed up. The Teams were… Read more »

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Vastly scaling up the effectiveness of nonprofits

June 21, 2013

There are good, effective nonprofits and similar groups all over the world, really helping people out.  As part of my twenty year craigconnects.org thing, I'd like to help scale that up so that everyone on the planet gets a hand. Specifically, there are many nonprofits, NGOs, and government groups which are really good at getting stuff… Read more »

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VA employee helps an Army veteran apply online for benefits at recent Association of the US Army conference.
VA employee helps an Army veteran apply online for benefits at recent Association of the US Army conference.

Big improvements in VA self-service for disability claims processing

June 18, 2013

Well, you can use something like TurboTax to do your own taxes. You get the right records, and use their software to submit an entire package. Sometimes a CPA has to get involved, and they can use their own expert software to get the job done.  In either case, getting the right docs can be… Read more »

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Thank you note for VBA workers

June 18, 2013

Government workers don't get much respect these days, and are sometimes the targets of unfair abuse. That's not right. In particular, I've been working with people from the Department of Veterans Affairs, mostly with workers from Veterans Benefits Administration, VBA. A lot of work should've been started the middle of the last decade, but only since 2009 has VBA… Read more »

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top 10 worst charities

America's 50 Worst Charities

June 13, 2013

Hey, this is a really big deal. How often do you give to charities when you believe in their cause? You may think that the org is doing really good work, but I am actively involved with the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), and unfortunately that's not what's always happening. Hundreds of charities claim to… Read more »

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leave no vet behind

Leave No Veteran Behind Wins First Bonus Challenge

June 10, 2013

Hey, I want to congratulate Leave No Veteran Behind and their team for all their hard work, and for winning the first Bonus Challenge in the CrowdRise Veterans Charity Challenge. They've really got their boots on the ground helping out Vets and their families. The Challenge was: "Raise the Most between May 28th and June… Read more »

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vet charity challenge

Help me give back to vets and their families

May 23, 2013

Hey there folks, I'd like your help, if you're able, to raise money for nonprofits who work with veterans and military families. The Veterans Charity Challenge just launched today, and we'd love for you to be a part of it. As Memorial Day nears, I've teamed up with CrowdRise and the Rahr Foundation to give… Read more »

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