Pay It Forward

In the March 16th Sunday Edition of the New York Times, they ran an interesting article about “The Science of Paying it Forward,” highlighting the connection between witnessing generosity, being the recipient of generosity, and being generous.

Have you ever been at a toll booth or in a drive-thru line and your toll or order was paid for by the car ahead of you, then you in-turn paid for the next person? That’s the concept around the study reported on in this article. The study included more than 600 participants from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, a crowdsourcing internet marketplace where users …read more

Housing for the Homeless

Homelessness is extremely prevalent in most cities and very costly to everyone in society. For individuals who are homeless, the cost of being homeless is their life. The homeless face a variety of health issues ranging from the lack of nutrition to fighting the elements of nature.

Those of us who are not homeless, pay the cost of homelessness through an increase of public services such as police, hospitalization and correctional systems.

In Baltimore City, the average cost of one emergency room visit is $1,354. Per the state of Maryland, the approximate daily cost to house an inmate is …read more

Education for All

Why is higher education so costly? Is the point of higher education to exclude those who cannot afford to pay or to empower people with ideas which would boost innovation? According to US New and World Report, Columbia University’s tuition is $50,000 a year as compared to Berea College’s tuition of $1,070 a year. What has led to this price gap?

It is debated that students receive more value from an expensive college verse a lower cost college. If the concept for higher learning is to be educated or to learn a technical skill, the cost of education should not …read more

The War on Poverty

“There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we now have the resources to get rid of it. The time has come for an all-out world war against poverty … The well off and the secure have too often become indifferent and oblivious to the poverty and deprivation in their midst. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for ‘the least of these.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 1967, Dr. King wrote Where Do We Go …read more

Things That Makes Us Go “Hmm..”: Income Inequality

Here at Campaign Consultation, we’re closing out the year thinking over things that makes us go, “Hmmmm…,” particularly ongoing issues that didn’t really evolve over 2013. This video has been making the rounds in our office, and we’ve all been struck by both the persistence of this issue as well as how dramatically it illustrates the disconnect between Americans’ perception and the reality of income inequality. Income inequality is a persistent and intractable problem, and this video has sparked many conversations on how to fix it, such as this article. Other articles, inspired by President Obama’s speech on income …read more

Giving Tuesday: The Results Are In!

As we highlighted last year, was the first year of the Giving Tuesday campaign. Tom Watson at Forbes Magazine and Timothy Ogden of Stanford’s Social Innovation Review have voiced concerns about its effectiveness, which attempts to soften the excessive consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday by reminding us all of the spirit of generosity that underpins the winter holiday season. Now that Giving Tuesday 2013 is over, here are some conversations that are bubbling around the internet:

Donations on Giving Tuesday are up by 90% through both Blackbaud and Network for Good, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. …read more

Building a Stronger & Better Community?

 

In times of significant neighborhood change, outreach and community building are going to be extremely important in ensuring that new neighbors are included in already established communities and that these communities capitalizes on the new human resource.

From my own experience, gentrification is not creating inclusiveness. In many cases gentrification moves lower-income residents to other neighborhoods which allows higher-income residence to move into new gentrified spaces which reinforces class lines.

Lower-income established neighborhoods may lack financial resources but oftentimes they have relationships with their neighbors. The Community Toolbox is an excellent resource for residents who want community change …read more

Crowdfunding 101

A Rotating Savings and Credit Association (ROSCA) for women (Photo credit: The Reboot)

Crowdfunding is a relatively new idea compared to other methods of securing capital (bank loans, personal savings, line of credit, venture capitalist, charitable donations). However, it’s actually been around for several years. Many of us have heard stories of people funding various initiatives online.

So what do you need to know about crowdfunding? Here’s a quick tutorial:

What is crowdfunding?

Individuals contribute their money, from as little as one dollar to thousands of dollars, to collectively fund various initiatives introduced by other individuals, organizations, or businesses. …read more

Strengthening Community After Typhoon Haiyan

Residents carry relief goods past damaged homes in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.Bullit Marquez/AP Photo

With all of the news out now about the devastation that Typhoon Haiyan (called “Yolanda” in the Philippines) has wrecked in the Philippines, many people here in the United States and elsewhere have been asking how they can help. Many of the organizations you’ll find below are ones that have been featured elsewhere, but if you have any questions about the effectiveness of an aid organization, be sure to check with Charity Navigator! Charity Navigator has even put …read more

Surviving the Government Shut Down

 

With the government shutdown leaving many Americans feeling powerless and angry, community is more important than ever. America is built on the collective action of individuals working together to solve community problems and get things done. The shutdown fiasco offers the perfect opportunity for us to revive our legacy and come together, build relationships and bridge the service gaps that have emerged from this mayhem.

Per the Federal Government, below are some of the services that are affected:

Veterans’ compensation, pension, education, and other benefits could be cut off in the case of an extended shutdown. New applications …read more