Watching the news, watching the divisiveness caused by the elections and watching interactions in our daily lives, we realize we are living in very scary times—[a]nd everything we see and experience is amplified in the eyes of our children. Children learn by watching adults. According to Love to Know, babies and toddlers learn by observing … Continue reading Random Acts of Kindness Define Who We Really Are
In the United States, there are 1,429,801 tax-exempt organizations made up of 966,599 public charities; 96,584 private foundations; and 366,618 other types of nonprofits, including chambers of commerce, fraternal organizations and civic leagues, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics. These [tax-exempt] organizations paid for 9.2% of all wages in [our nation last year] … Continue reading Donating: Is It the American Way?
[Recently], Gallup reported that the total number of new business startups and business closures per year, known as “the birth and death rates," [...] just crossed to the bad for the first time since [its] measurement began—[a]nnually, 400,000 new businesses are being born nationwide, while 470,000 are dying. [...] [Until] the recession, startups outpaced business … Continue reading Is the Recession Really Over?
Since the beginning of America, we have been a giving people. [I]n 1630, [Pilgrams] relied on each other to survive the harsh winters. The settlers raised each other’s barns, hosted quilting bees for the community, and built common areas in their towns. Benjamin Franklin, the founding father of American volunteerism, [...] gathered volunteers to sweep … Continue reading Charity is in Our DNA
More Americans used food stamps to buy their Thanksgiving dinner than any time in our history according to U.S. News & World Report. Forty-two million of us are on food stamps, and the food-stamp program (now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or "SNAP") cost the U.S. government $72 billion last year. This means one … Continue reading The Poor, the Elderly, the Disabled Stand to Lose the Most