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How to Address Issues Military Families Face in the Civilian World

January 1, 2016

Folks, I'm a big supporter of Blue Star Families and am on their board. They recently released their annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey, which provides a more complete understanding of the experiences and challenges encountered by military families. Military families are much like their civilian neighbors. Many of these families need dual incomes to meet… Read more »

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Using Tech to Really Help Out in Kenya

December 26, 2015

Folks, if you haven’t heard about the Organic Health Response (OHR), you should check 'em out. Over the years, I've supported and watched the Ekialo Kiona Center on Mfangano Island, Kenya grow, and they've done a great job with their innovative integration of tech into community programming. There was a slight delay in receiving this… Read more »

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Give Back to Teachers Supporting Military Families

December 24, 2015

Folks, I recently donated $100K to DonorsChoose to fund teachers and classrooms that support milfams. I've got some good news: in less than a week, we've already helped to fund over $50K for military classroom projects. Here are the stats, so far: Over $50K in projects have been funded 95 classrooms, and counting, have been… Read more »

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Memes to Live By

December 23, 2015

(Craig learns the hard way) Sometimes I learn things the hard way, like ignoring trolls, and I'm not the only person who needs reminders, I get a lot of feedback to that effect. So, as a public and personal service, here's how I remind myself to minimize my own stupidity, and to encourage my better angels. … Read more »

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education

I'm Giving $100K to Support Teachers Working in Military Family Classrooms – Can You Help?

December 18, 2015

Hey, I've said it before and I'll say it again: teachers don't get the support and recognition that they deserve. And, too often, they're taking money from their own paychecks to support their students and their classrooms. I'm excited to announce the launch of the Almost Home Military Family Match in partnership with DonorsChoose.org. I'm… Read more »

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8 Tips for Using Medium Effectively

December 17, 2015

Hey, the folks at Medium do good work, and it's a pretty effective platform (it was founded by the founders of Twitter, and is really connected to Twitter). It's still relatively new for lots of people, but simple to understand. Medium describes themselves as: A different kind of place to read and write on the… Read more »

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giving tower

Amazing: $4.7M (and Counting) Raised for Charities in Holiday Challenge

December 15, 2015

The CrowdRise Giving Tower Holiday Challenge is an annual fundraising competition that runs from November 24th through January 7th and raises millions and millions of dollars for charities doing good work. Collectively, over $4.7M has already been raised. I've been involved the last few years, and this year's no exception. I'm sponsoring this Challenge alongside… Read more »

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A Nerd's Holiday Travel Tips

December 14, 2015

Okay, I figured with all the travel this time of year, I should recap my Travel Tips, Inspired by Misadventures. Lots of you already know the travel options and conveniences, like Airbnb and TripAdvisor, and you're likely already saving all the places you want to go and where you want to stay. While that's a… Read more »

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How Edward Norton, Humans of New York, and craigconnects are Supporting Syrian Refugees

December 13, 2015

Folks, I know many of you follow Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York (HONY) initiative. Brandon returned from a trip to Jordan and Turkey, where he interviewed twelve Syrian families that will be living in the U.S. These families have been through a lot of hardship. Since Friday night my team and I have been… Read more »

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On #GivingTuesday Help Make Education Better #ForEveryKid

December 1, 2015

Hey, for #GivingTuesday Donors Choose has teamed up with Google to raise money to help to make education more inclusive #ForEveryKid. The goal's to make it easier to fund as many special education projects as possible. If donors fund the first half, Google will get the rest, up to $1MM. Okay, the deal is teachers in lots of schools… Read more »

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