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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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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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Know Someone In Crisis? They Can Text For Help via Crisis Text Line

November 25, 2015






Hey, the Crisis Text Line is important to know about, especially this time of year. It's important to know that you're not alone and that there are lots of folks out there who want to listen to you, and who want to help. Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Volunteer… Read more »

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How Voting's Changing in the Digital Age

November 23, 2015






Hey, the Brennan Center for Justice has their boots on the ground and are working hard to ensure that everyone who's eligible has got the means to vote. I figure that service members and vets risk their lives for us, and to thank 'em, the least we can do is register to vote and then… Read more »

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How to Really Ramp Up Your Social Media

November 17, 2015






Hey, I've been suggesting for some time now that nonprofits spend more time on social media. One way to do that is to make sure you're sharing what you're up to on Facebook and Twitter, and another way to do that is by targeting your content to your audiences with Facebook's advertising. One org, ActionSprout… Read more »

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Women Startup Challenge Startup SoftSpot Wins $25K to Change the Face of Wearables

November 10, 2015






                        Last night the Women Startup Challenge took place at Microsoft in Times Square. You may have heard that 10 of the best women-led startups in the northeast took the stage to pitch their ventures to a panel of investors and tech experts. All… Read more »

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