Holiday Giving: Heart-Melting Stories About People Using Money For Good

Stories of holiday giving that make you proud to be a person.

The Lifestyles Of The Rich And Generous

Actor Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne have amassed a fortune over decades and now they’re having fun giving it away.

Certified Genius Demonstrates Heart of Gold

It’s impressive enough to be a Genius — like, officially a Genius, as recognized by a MacArthur Grant. It’s even more impressive to be a good person. Poet Heather McHugh has proven herself to be both at once.

Let’s Talk About Philanthropy

I feel like philanthropy is something that is missing in most budgeting discussions aimed at millennials (me being one of said millennials, here). I’m biased because I work in fundraising at a nonprofit … BUT I also care deeply about making personal charitable contributions. I just wish more people were asking my generation to give back, because we can. Even when we were broke, we could, and now that a recovery is starting to peep out from the muck, it should become as intrinsic to our budget as Netflix.

Giving Tuesday

After Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, a day to support one (or more) of your favorite charitable organizations.

Putting Your Money Where Your Apology Is

Handler further apologized and has pledged to match donations to We Need Diverse Books for 24 hours up to $100,000.

TOMS Gets Into the Coffee Business

TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie took to the stage at South by Southwest to announce that he’s opening a coffee business. From Forbes.

After 12 Years of Sponsoring a Haitian Child, What Kind of Difference Do You Make?

Jonah Ogles spent 12 years sponsoring a kid in Haiti named Ervenson through a Christian organization called Compassion International. He sent $35 a month, or a total of $5,000, which went towards paying for things like food, health care, books, supplies, and tuition at Christian schools. Jonah flew to Haiti to meet Ervenson, and because he was curious how much a difference his sponsorship made in Ervenson’s life. He wrote about his experience for Outside magazine.

The Wealth We Have to Give

That’s Casey Cep on giving to charity, who argues that it’s easy to rage against the one percent and equally as easy to forget that their greed is just a magnification of our own—that the rich can afford to do more with their billions, but that some of us could probably afford to do a little more too (and yes, some of us truly can’t afford to give more, and that’s fair). Basically, we’re all on this together.

Caring Capitalism

Pacific Standard columnist Casey Cep points out that we all have good intentions when buying products from companies that donate a part of the money to make to charitable causes, but if we really want our dollars to make a greater impact, we should donate directly to the causes we want to support. I’ve always wanted to buy a pair of TOMS because I like the idea that the company will help a person in need for every pair of shoes purchased (their so-called “one for one” movement), though I have to admit that I’m more keen on the giving part, and less on the actual shoes part, so it’d make more sense for me to just give.