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4 Simple Ways to Make the World a Better Place

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What can you do to make a difference?
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Life is busy. And while many people want to make a difference in the world, it can sometimes feel like there’s just not enough time to do so. Changing the world is a big charge, so it’s understandable that it would take a lot of time and effort. Luckily, though, there are a lot of human beings on the earth—and if each of us did just a few small things every day, the world would change pretty fast.

What can you do to change the world? Try starting with these 4 simple ideas:

  1. Spread the word. Share educational videos or nonprofit campaigns on your social media channels. You don’t need to spam your entire feed, but spreading word regularly about worthy initiatives, programs, and nonprofits will help those groups gain more visibility and, ultimately, see more success.
  2. Shop local. Support your local community by purchasing groceries and other items at local stores rather than corporate chains. That way, you’ll be supporting families and individuals living right in your neighborhood.
  3. Invest in others with a micro loan. Help aspiring entrepreneurs in 3rd world countries become successful small business owners. Kiva is one company that accepts $25 micro loan donations and distributes them to people all around the world, helping them to create a sustainable way of life.
  4. Set up a recurring donation plan. Get in touch with a nonprofit of your choice, such as the American Red Cross, and set up a recurring donation plan. The Red Cross has programs like this set up so that when natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan strike, they can act immediately without having to wait for donations to come in.
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A Culture of Philanthropy, In Times of Tragedy and Always

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Typhoon Haiyan affected WAY too many people.
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The Wall Street Journal recently reported about the newest corporate organization stepping up to support victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Moody’s Corporation has announced that it has made a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross through The Moody’s Foundation, its philanthropic branch. According to The Wall Street Journal, the American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network, and the donation from Moody’s will go towards Red Cross operations providing food, shelter, and emotional support in the Philippines.

The company is known for its dedication to philanthropy, both through The Moody’s Foundation, and on an individual employee level. Moody’s CEO Raymond McDaniel explains, Moody’s commitment to our communities encompasses our businesses, philanthropy activities and employee engagement programs, touching on all three components of the triple bottom line. They enrich the lives of the people of Moody’s, the people of the communities where we live and work and the people of the world. Employees are encouraged and rewarded for their personal philanthropy and volunteerism,” of the culture of humanitarianism fostered by the company.

Moody’s Corporation has a global reach, so its “community” spans 29 different countries where the company maintains a presence. Frances Laserson, President of The Moody’s Foundation, says, “Our thoughts are with the people of the Philippines and their families around the world as they begin to recover from this tragic event. We encourage everyone who is able to contribute to the relief and rebuilding effort,” of the ways in which the company culture inspires philanthropy in employees. It’s really heartening to witness a major corporation encouraging its employees to support important causes in any way they can. Moody’s has a long history of philanthropy and supporting disaster relief efforts; it isn’t the kind of company that only supports those in need when it becomes relevant to do so.

For more information about The Moody’s Foundation, visit www.philanthropy.moodys.com.

 

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Most Popular Charities

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Looking for a charity to donate to? With literally millions of charities to choose from, the task of finding the one you want to donate to can be a bit daunting. Not all charities were created equal, though, and there are a select few charities that have become more popular than others over the years.

The following 10 charities have had consistently high ratings over the years and have been sought out by huge numbers of people. Determined by Charity Navigator to be the most popular, here’s who makes the list:

  1.  American Red Cross
  2. World Vision
  3. Doctors Without Borders, USA
  4. Invisible Children
  5. American Cancer Society
  6. Save the Children
  7. Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  8. Feed the Children
  9. CARE
  10. Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust

Keep in mind that popularity doesn’t necessarily prove value. There are many excellent charities out there that are more efficient than some of those on the list above; they just haven’t garnered as much interest.

Key to choosing a charity to donate to is determining what causes you are also passionate about. And if you’re going to donate money, you should feel like it’s going to a worthy cause; truly believing in the mission of the charity you support will make the process that much more satisfying and worthwhile.

Lastly, keep in mind that there are tons of small charities out there that depend entirely on private contributions. These small charities may be more in need of your donation, which means you have the potential to make a greater impact than you might elsewhere.

Ultimately, donate to the cause you feel will be most worth your while; just pay attention to that charity’s reputation for being efficient with donors’ money and putting it to good use.