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Department of Veterans Affairs gets real stuff done

January 15, 2013

(from the Department of Giving Credit Where Credit's Due) VA is getting a lot of good work done, using IT to much better serve veterans, helping address the disability claims backlog, maybe their biggest challenge. Sure, the tech is a work in progress, but the greater issue involves skepticism and low expectations. Toward this end, they had to… Read more »


Charity Navigator Releases New API

September 4, 2012

If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you probably know already that Craig Newmark is a big fan of Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator exists to guide intelligent giving. We do that by providing free access to ratings of the 5,500 large- and mid-size charities that receive roughly half of all private contributions (excluding… Read more »


A New Era of Squirrel-Based Activism

April 30, 2012

So, here's the deal, folks – #Squirrels4Good has been taking over social networks. The good news about this is that the National Wildlife Federation surpassed the $5K mark that I recently promised. Since everyone is so passionate, and the @NWF has their boots on the ground doing such good work, I want to up the… Read more »


16 People and Organizations Changing the World in 2012

December 26, 2011

I recently invited people to share blog posts explaining How You Will Change the World in 2012 for the new Social Good Blog Series I launched earlier this month. Changing the World requires planning and it's important to think about what problems really need solving. I wasn't sure what kind of response I'd get to… Read more »


Aspire to Inspire

December 19, 2011

The past four years have been mind-blowing in the Petersen household, here in Southern Orange County. We are all running around, working hard, trying to earn a dollar and then turning around and spending $1.50, thinking that extra $.50 would come from somewhere. It never does. It didn't always used to be this way. My… Read more »


Big new DonorsChoose matching grants effort

December 14, 2011

Hey, you've already seen our support for, where you can help kids in school by supporting their teachers' projects. The deal is that teachers often have to fund projects or even buy supplies from their way-too-low salaries. You can help out with small contributions. They have a new matching effort, here's what they say. Click here:… Read more »