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5 Ways Volunteering Can Help You Get a Job

Not only does volunteering increase your happiness, but it allows you to make a difference in someone else’s life. The benefits don’t stop there though, it gets even better.

Giving back can seriously help out your career.

Volunteering experience adds an edge to your resume and can hook you up with valuable connections. Check out these five ways that it can give your career a boost.

9 Organizations Making Progress Towards Gun Control

In wake of the shooting in Orlando, many Americans question whether our gun laws are doing enough to prevent senseless violence.

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Crowd unites after Orlando massacre.

The recent shooting in an Orlando was the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States. Many grieve and, as a part of the that process, seek answers regarding how the United States can prevent this type of violent gun crime in the future. Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, told the Wall Street Journal,

“Florida’s approach to gun laws does nothing to prevent these types of tragedies—in fact, quite the opposite—and makes it all too easy for people intent on doing harm, from terrorists to domestic abusers to violent felons, to get guns.”

As many in Orlando and beyond seek to show their support for the victims and their families, people lined up by the hundreds to attend candlelight vigils, donate blood, and show solidarity. The shooting in Orlando brings up many issues for Americans, including the question: Are our gun laws doing enough to prevent tragedies like this from happening again? The answer seems to be, “No.”
Here are 9 organizations working toward the prevention of gun violence in the United States.

1 . Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

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7 Reasons Why Giving Makes Us Happy

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Giving makes donors feel joyous and connected, and can physically good for you. Studies have shown that volunteering makes people feel physically healthier, manage chronic health conditions and lower stress!

When people give to charities, it activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust, creating a “warm glow” effect. Scientists also believe that altruistic behavior releases endorphins in the brain, producing the positive feeling known as the “helper’s high.”   

Here are 7 reasons why it feels so good to give. 

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Inspiration Break: Craig Newmark on (dry) humor, humility, and helping others

Inspiration Break: A series of interviews with Nonprofits thought leaders.

Craig Newmark is a self-described nerd, Web pioneer, philanthropist, and advocate of technology for the public good through his craigconnects initiative. Craig is the founder of craigslist, started in 1995 and now one of the world’s most-visited websites. He continues to work with craigslist as a customer service representative.

Craig serves on the board of directors of the Poynter Foundation,  Center for Public Integrity, Sunlight Foundation, Consumers Union/Consumer  Reports, Blue Star Families, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; on the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review; and as advisor to nearly twenty other renowned non-profit organizations, of which GreatNonprofits is one (see the full list at  craigconnects.org/organizations).

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2015 Top-Rated List of Nonprofits This Season of Giving

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Redwood Shores, Calif. –  To help donors and volunteers find worthy charities to support this season of giving, GreatNonprofits released their annual list of Top-Rated Nonprofits. The 2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit List spans the entire country and covers a variety of causes. In 2014, Charitable giving reached $456 billion with the majority of giving happening at year’s end.

“We are heading into the season of giving back—when donors and volunteers are looking to support nonprofits,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “This Top-Rated List makes it easy to find excellent nonprofits that help Syrian refugees, or local homeless people, or charities that help animals.”

Unlike other charity awards, the Top-Rated award winners were selected solely by people who have had involvement with the nonprofit as volunteers, donors, or those who have been helped by the nonprofit. Over 1,400 nonprofits made the list this year with over 37 issues addressed.  With over 25,000 city and issue pages, donors and volunteers can find charities in their cities, such as New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Diego, Houston, Chicago, and San Francisco or even suburbs like Santa Ana, California.

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2015 Top-Rated List of Nonprofits-Austin

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Redwood Shores, Calif. –   As people are shopping local, eating local, this year they are also more interested than ever in supporting local charities. Charitable giving reached $456 billion in 2014 with the majority of giving happening at year’s end. To help donors and volunteers find worthy charities to support this season of giving, GreatNonprofits just released the 2015 Top-Rated List of Nonprofits in Austin.

“We are heading into the season of giving back—when donors and volunteers are looking to support nonprofits,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “This 2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit List helps people easily find terrific charities in Austin that are making a difference.”

Donors and volunteers can easily choose among causes that they are interested in―such as animal shelters, arts, or education. They can also see photos and read vivid reviews by people who have direct experience with the nonprofit.    

Some Top-Rated nonprofits in Austin include:

  • Love-a-Bull, Inc.
  • Paws of Austin
  • The Miracle Foundation

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2015 Top-Rated List of Nonprofits-Washington, D.C.

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Redwood Shores, Calif. –   As people are shopping local, eating local, this year they are also more interested than ever in supporting local charities. Charitable giving reached $456 billion in 2014 with the majority of giving happening at year’s end. To help donors and volunteers find worthy charities to support this season of giving, GreatNonprofits just released the 2015 Top-Rated List of Nonprofits in Washington, D.C.

“We are heading into the season of giving back—when donors and volunteers are looking to support nonprofits,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “This 2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit List helps people easily find terrific charities in Washington, D.C. that are making a difference.”

Donors and volunteers can easily choose among causes that they are interested in―such as animal shelters, arts, or education. They can also see photos and read vivid reviews by people who have direct experience with the nonprofit.    

Some Top-Rated nonprofits in Washington, D.C. include:

  • Women In Film & Video, Inc.
  • Lubuto Library Partners
  • Society for Science & The Public

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2015 Top-Rated List of Nonprofits-San Jose

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Redwood Shores, Calif. –   As people are shopping local, eating local, this year they are also more interested than ever in supporting local charities. Charitable giving reached $456 billion in 2014 with the majority of giving happening at year’s end. To help donors and volunteers find worthy charities to support this season of giving, GreatNonprofits just released the 2015 Top-Rated List of Nonprofits in San Jose.

“We are heading into the season of giving back—when donors and volunteers are looking to support nonprofits,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “This 2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit List helps people easily find terrific charities in San Jose that are making a difference.”

Donors and volunteers can easily choose among causes that they are interested in―such as animal shelters, arts, or education. They can also see photos and read vivid reviews by people who have direct experience with the nonprofit.    

Some Top-Rated nonprofits in San Jose include:

  • Breakthrough Silicon Valley
  • Victory Ranch Inc
  • Human Connexus

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21 Companies That Pay You to Volunteer

As we enter into the height of the giving season, many of us make donations to our favorite charities. But giving doesn’t have to be limited to the holidays. Or your wallet.

An increasing number of companies offer explicit opportunities for employees to volunteer, whether that entails paid time off or creating a sense of community. Below are 21 companies that encourage giving back.  Does yours?

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The Force is Strong With These Nonprofits: 15 Charities ‘The Force Awakens’ Cast Members Love

Written by: Susan Peters

“There is good in him. I’ve felt it.” -Luke Skywalker, Return of the Jedi

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The dark side and the light have set aside their lightsabers to unite for a good cause.

 The cast members of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ gave back to charities close to their hearts in an Omaze campaign supporting Star Wars: Force for Change.

Donations received from the campaign will equally support the 15 nonprofits hand picked by the cast members. See who they nominated below:

  1. Adam Driver (Kylo Ren)- Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF)

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 Arts in the Armed Forces, founded by Driver, bridges the cultural gap between the United States Armed Forces and the performing arts communities by bringing the best modern American theater to the military free of charge.

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Inspiration Break: Jim Doty, Neurosurgeon, on Why Compassion is Important.

Inspiration Break: A series of interviews with Nonprofits thought leaders.

Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is a clinical professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor.  He is the author of the upcoming book Into the Magic Shop.  

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Spread the Generosity!

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Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. People all over the world are getting together to celebrate generosity.

Join the movement and celebrate #GivingTuesday with us! Spread the love by sharing this post to show your support for giving back to the community.

Visit http://www.givingtuesday.org/ for more information.

10 Ways You Can Actually Help Syrian Refugees

Written By: Maria Losada

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With the recent and unfortunate tragedy in Paris, the road for refugees will only get rougher.

The continuous barrage of news updates may make some feel overwhelmed, and unsure of how they can make a difference. We want you to know that there are ways to help, and we’ve collected some inspiring stories of effective human rights organizations. If you find yourself sympathizing with the plight of refugees seeking a better tomorrow, we encourage you to look into the following nonprofits.

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Inspiration Break: Jonah Sachs of “Free Range” on Storytelling

Inspiration Break: A series of interviews with Nonprofits thought leaders.

For our second interview, we had the opportunity to speak with Jonah Sachs — globally recognized author, designer, as well as the co-founder and CEO of Free Range, an innovative design studio that focuses on advertising social brands through brilliant storytelling strategies. He is also the author of “Winning the Story Wars: Why Those Who Tell (And Live) the Best Stories Will Rule the Future”.

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Affluenza: A New Disease of the Rich In Era of Inequality

Some people are calling this “affluenza”.  It’s a condition that afflicts rich people and makes them selfish, unhappy, and obsessed with making more money.  

Now there’s data that this is real, and money changes how your brain is wired, according to Michael Lewis, in his article “What Wealth Does To Your Soul”.

There’s one way to counter affluenza – though philanthropy, giving and spending money on others.  

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Donors Want Giving To Be More Joyful, Connected and Simple

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You’ve been collecting personal and inspiring stories from volunteers, clients and donors on GreatNonprofits.  These stories make donors feel good, feel connected, and feel motivated.

And this is what donors want, according to new research.  According to the 2015 Money for Good report recently released, donors want giving to be “more joyful, dynamic, connected, and simple.”   (more…)

10 Rules for Dating in the Nonprofit Sector

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Our friend, Vu Le, wrote one of the funniest pieces we’ve read in a long time on the blog Nonprofit with Balls. Here’s two of our favorites:

Rule 4: Weigh the potential benefits to your organization when choosing whom to go out with. Consider factors such as donation potential, skills that could benefit a committee or project, and whether the person works at company that matches donations or provides event sponsorships.  Remember, you’re not just dating for yourself, you’re also dating to make the world better. Don’t even consider dating someone who won’t likely volunteer at your organization.

Rule 7: Ensure your date has been trained on racial equity, gender identity, disability, heterosexism, cultural competency, privilege, power, and intersectionality before introducing them to your teammates. Don’t even think about inviting them to a team happy hour unless they’ve had time to reflect on their identity and role in undoing the dominant systems of oppression.

Want more? Continue reading on Nonprofit With Balls.

2015 Top-Rated US Charities List Published

Donors get inspired and informed this Season of Giving

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GreatNonprofits, the largest site for nonprofit stories and reviews announced today the 2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit  List. The Top-Rated List of 1,417 nonprofits helps donors and volunteers find the best charities this Season of Giving.  The end of year is when most Americans donate and volunteer for nonprofits.  Donations surpassed $456 billion in 2014.

Unlike other charity awards, the Top-Rated award winners were selected solely by people who have had involvement with the nonprofit as volunteers, donors, or those who have been helped by the nonprofit.

“This is the people’s awards for nonprofits.” says founder and CEO, Perla Ni. “These are top nonprofits, as nominated by people in those communities who see the work of these nonprofits on the ground.”

One of the top-rated nonprofits is Aim High, a charter high school in San Francisco for low-income children.   They were nominated by one of their students who wrote, “Attending Aim High was one of the best decisions I had ever made in my life. I am who I am because of this program. In middle school, I was very behind in terms of my math skills, and had always hated math… If it weren’t for the great teachers at Aim High, my middle school math skills would be non-existent. I learned all my M.S. math skills from Aim High teachers. Also, my teachers actually cared. When I was upset due to something from home or from school, they were always there for me and so were my friends.

Other top-rated nonprofits include Neighbor Ride, which provides affordable rides for the elderly or Solutions for Change, which provides housing, food and childcare for homeless families.

The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated List inspires people to donate or volunteer this Season of Giving. Ni says, “Most people are not aware of terrific nonprofits near them.  If you think education is important, if you love  animals, or you enjoy nature, or you are passionate about social justice, or you just want to do something near you , you can find some great nonprofits to give or volunteer with.”

The top-rated nonprofits span over 37 issues such as animals, the environmentwomen’s issueseducationhuman servicesart and more. With over 25,000 city and issue pages, donors and volunteers can find charities in their cities, such as New York, Los AngelesWashington D.C., San Diego, Houston, Chicago, and San Francisco or even suburbs like San Mateo, California.

For more heart-warming stories, see the complete list of Top-Rated charities.

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