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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Preserving Your Mental Health During Times of Crisis: Tips from a Psychologist

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  In our effort to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health afflictions, I sat down (virtually) with Dr. Julie Lehane, a licensed psychologist, who shared easily-adaptable activities and behaviors that we can incorporate into our daily lives to help reduce anxiety while improving our overall mood. (You can listen to our conversation here.)

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Death of Conventional Fundraising

We live in a world of information overload, where our attention is constantly being seized by promotions, sales pitches, and newsletters. Inboxes have been embedded with smart technology, filtering mass emails into folders called "promotions", and telephone recognition software is making it harder for conventional fundraising phone banks to get through.

Monday, May 18, 2020

A Quick Look at Zakat — Islam’s Obligatory Alms on Wealth

This year, the holy month of Ramadan in Islam, which concludes with a period of giving, is more poignant than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged businesses and industry, leaving millions struggling to survive financially. As unemployment numbers increase, and as social services are strained, zakat this year will undoubtedly impact the lives with a greater appreciation for many Muslims. In today’s blog, Zakat Foundation of America (★★★★) explores the origins of zakat, the role it plays in Islam, and the impact it has on society.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Navigating ALS During the Pandemic

May is ALS Awareness Month, an opportunity to shine a light on a rare but devastating disease that wreaks havoc on a new family every 90 minutes.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

How Modeling Resiliency Can Impact What Children Remember About the Pandemic

Our friend Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE Charity, shares how important it is that parents demonstrate positive behaviors and channel resilience in the presence of their children during times of crisis.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

How to Protect the Health and Viability of Your Nonprofit

In the early days of the pandemic, many nonprofits received a label – essential or non-essential. The nonprofits providing direct pandemic relief shot to the front of the line of funding opportunities and general support, while many nonprofits designated nonessential found themselves in a holding pattern.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Why Give Now?

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesdayNow, a day of generosity.  You may be familiar with the #GivingTuesday that follows on the heels of Thanksgiving, at the start of the retail rush. It’s not “normal” to have this universal day of charitable giving outside of the year-end holiday season – but then, we threw normalcy out the safer-at-home window several weeks ago.