DIY modified toy cars to help children get around

A DIY solution to help make them the coolest kids on the playground. #LOVE h/t Upworthy

Only 741 people enrolled in N.J.’s health insurance exchange?

New Jersey’s federally run health insurance exchange only enrolled 741 people in the month of October according to an editorial in the Star-Ledger. It’s disconcerting to see that New Jersey had the opportunity to create their own specific health exchange with $100 to $200 million from the federal government. The funding would have covered the creation… Continue reading

MOOC for Philanthropy: Learn How to Give With A Purpose

This summer, the first ever Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Philanthropy will be offered by the Learning by Giving Foundation.  It will be comprised of six compact classes and complemented by interviews with guest speakers such as Warren Buffett, Doris Buffett, Cal Ripken, Jr., Soledad O’Brien, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. The class is… Continue reading

Can We Unlock Data in the Social Sector?

  Last week I way too much time trying to find 2010 census tract level data for population, income, and age for 15 municipalities in NJ. It was a complete disaster. The data I needed was contained within a data set that was not coded for use in Microsoft Excel (the only statistical analysis software… Continue reading

#GivingTuesday Explained

“In a nutshell, #GivingTuesday aims to do for the nonprofit sector what Black Friday and Cyber Monday have done for the retail industry: build excitement and engage a large audience.” Cheryl Black, blogger for npENGAGE To learn more about the #GivingTuesday campaign watch this video and visit

Guest Post: It’s a Noisy Planet

Everyday we are bombarded with sounds and noises, but how often do we think what this exposure could cause permanent hearing loss? Because of this, the National Institute of National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health has launched a campaign to raise awareness about the issue.… Continue reading

1,000 Random Acts of Culture [VIDEO]

In today’s digitally connected world it is easy to forget the feeling one feels when being present to experience a live performances. The Knight Foundation’s Random Acts of Culture program is making the once elite world of live  music and artistic performances accessible to everyday people with the use of flash mobs. Over the past… Continue reading

The Oatmeal: Online Humor Website Raises $100K to Save the Bears and Cure Cancer

What if I told you an online humor website raised $20,000 in 64 minutes? And then proceeded to do it multiple times to amass a whopping $80,000 and counting. I know this sounds ludicrous, but I promise you that this is not a joke or some ill-conceived hoax. Instead, Matthew Inman, creator of popular webcomic,… Continue reading

5 Applications to Help Grants Managers Save Time

A few days ago, a friend asked, “what do you do at work” and I struggled to find a good answer. Perhaps, you have that challenge as well. On any given day I can be found doing a variety of tasks with my daily priorities are always changing. I remember when I first started working, I wished… Continue reading

Philanthropy Jargon Generator

Looking for a way to put a bit of levity in your work day? Or perhaps your latest grant proposal or grant review packet needs colorful prose? Then you should try using the Philanthropy Jargon Generator. There you’ll find useful phrases such as: identify organizational frameworks brainstorm multimedia e-advocacy define coordinated consultancies extend digital community-building But my favorite… Continue reading