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Networking vocational schools in the West Bank, and more

June 7, 2011

Well, I figure one of the best things you can do for others is to give them a voice and help them get jobs. From first hand experience, getting Internet connectivity in schools and community centers gets the job done. Well, last week it was formally announced that I've joined the US Partners for a… Read more »


GuideStar helping people find good charities

May 21, 2011

Hey, sometimes we need help with recommendations regarding nonprofits, since we want to help out legit charities that are also effective and get the job done. This helps us personally overcome "donor fatigue" wherein we hesitate to contribute, since we hear too much news regarding bogus nonprofits. One of the leaders of the field is… Read more »


Hacking Education: A tech contest

April 26, 2011

Hey, you've seen that is about helping teachers fund classroom projects, kinda microfinance style, in small and large amounts. It works, and has supported more than 165,000 teachers at 43,000 public schools, posted over 300,000 classroom project requests, inspiring $80,000,000 in giving from 400,000 donors who gave more than a million donations. The DonorsChoose… Read more »


Graduate students help help you find good charities

April 19, 2011

Okay, I'm now talking to a lot of professionals in the nonprofit world. I'm hearing that most nonprofits are fine, but there still a whole bunch who are good at telling you a good story, cash your checks, make some noise, and get nothing real done. In some cases, they make things worse, by attacking… Read more »


Check out Japan relief efforts with Charity Navigator

March 24, 2011

A lot of people are giving money to help out, but remember, while most nonprofits are fine, the fake ones are great at pushing your buttons. To do your due diligence, I recommend Charity Navigator, a service that provides ratings on 5,500 charities, which has a list of highly-rated charities on its site that are engaged… Read more »


Smoke-Free Super Bowl help

February 2, 2011

Hey, the folks at American Legacy Foundation are the real deal, set up by lots of states as part of a settlement deal with the tobacco companies. They run the Truth campaign, trying to prevent addiction among the young. Here's a SuperBowl udpate: Hey, with Super Bowl XLV right around the corner, fans from coast… Read more »