Children/Youth

Charities Collaborate to Create Awards Program Addressing Solutions to Health Issues
February 20, 2017 at 9:24 am

We hear much about American health and health care being in crisis. Health care in the U.S. is increasingly expensive for everyone—consumers and government alike—but it doesn’t make us healthy. Despite that, there are “bright spots” of change where communities are coming together in new ways to solve their most pressing health problems. These collaborations…

MacArthur Foundation Announces 100&Change Semi-Finalists
February 17, 2017 at 10:52 am

The MacArthur Foundation has chosen eight semi-finalists for 100&Change, a competition awarding a $100 million grant to the nonprofit or for-profit organization with the most distinguished, world-changing proposal. Submitted ideas include changing the way we care for orphans, treating blindness in Africa, providing virtual access to specialty medical care for the underprivileged and more...

Indianapolis Club Rewards Perseverance
February 17, 2017 at 10:07 am

Each day we work hard to promote our specific organizations and promote our profession. Without a chance to view other organizational activities, this could lead to tunnel vision and singular focus. If you are fortunate, you will be able to witness concepts in our profession placed in action by other organizations also dedicated to enhancing our profession. I recently took advantage of an invitation to attend a special event, and I am very glad I did...

Kutcher Speaks Out Against Modern Day Slavery
February 17, 2017 at 9:05 am

No one got "Punk'd" Wednesday morning when Ashton Kutcher came to Capitol Hill. The actor testified Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a hearing on progress in combating modern slavery. Kutcher spoke on behalf of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, an organization he co-founded with then-wife Demi Moore in 2009 to build software to…

Gates Foundation: Empowering Women Is Key to Fighting Poverty
February 16, 2017 at 8:30 am

In 2006, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet donated $31 billion in company stock to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As a way of outlining just what the Gates family did with the "single biggest gift anyone ever gave anybody for anything," the couple have penned a lengthy report. The big takeaway is that the most…

Covenant House Emphasizes the Positive
February 12, 2017 at 4:53 pm

We hear much about American health and health care being in crisis. Health care in the U.S. is increasingly expensive for everyone—consumers and government alike—but it doesn’t make us healthy. Despite that, there are “bright spots” of change where communities are coming together in new ways to solve their most pressing health problems. These collaborations […]

Philanthropy Motivates Sedentary Kids to Exercise
February 8, 2017 at 8:51 am

When sedentary kids strap on this Fitbit-like wearable, they might start exercising—at least temporarily. But they'll work out harder and longer if they know that their activity is also helping someone else. The Kid Power band, developed by UNICEF, lets kids use exercise to "unlock" a donation of a food packet to a child in…

World's Largest Student-Run Charity Helps Kids With Cancer
February 1, 2017 at 9:41 am

It’s winter in State College, Pa. For thousands of Penn State students, alumni everywhere and hundreds of families of pediatric cancer patients, that means one thing. THON—what’s short for a very long dance marathon—will soon begin. This year’s event is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 through 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19.…

Boy Scouts Will Admit Transgender Boys
January 31, 2017 at 9:12 am

In a surprise announcement, the Boy Scouts of America said that it will begin accepting transgender boys who want to join its scouting programs. The Scouts' policy change came in a written and video statement released by Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh. He said that for more than a hundred years the Scouts used the…