Philanthropy's big buzzwords of 2009

Dec 1, 2009
Philanthropy consultant Lucy Bernholz talks with Kai Ryssdal about the top charity-related buzzwords of 2009, a year in which she says necessity was the mother of social innovation.
Posted In: Charity

Facing challenges of feeding the needy

Nov 26, 2009
Supply, funding and price are some of the big challenges facing programs feeding needy Americans. How can food assistance groups overcome these obstacles? Steve Chiotakis talks to Betsy Zeidman of the Milken Institute.
Posted In: Charity

Food pantry lets hungry be selective

Nov 26, 2009
A food pantry in Philadelphia has found a new way to distribute its goods to the hungry. Designed like a 7-11, clients can walk through the store with a grocery cart and accumulate whatever will fit in the basket. Joel Rose reports.
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Food pantry donations get a little fruity

Nov 26, 2009
Food pantries have seen demand at record highs this year while donations have dwindled. But some help has come from people who, instead of donating money, have provided the fruits of their labor. Caitlan Carroll reports.
Posted In: Charity, Food

Will NYC charity fraud hurt donations?

Nov 25, 2009
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced that well-known charity the United Homeless Organization is a fraud. The news could have a chilling effect on donations to legitimate groups. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Charity, Crime

Rethinking the idea of gift giving

Nov 24, 2009
Some economists say giving gifts just doesn't make sense. Joel Waldfogel, author of "Scroogenomics," talks with Kai Ryssdal about how the idea is fraught with value destruction.
Posted In: Charity

Charities forecast a steep drop in giving

Oct 26, 2009
Stacy Palmer, editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, talks with Bill Radke about how a 9% decline in giving this year will cut into the work charities are doing.
Posted In: Charity

TV donates some time to volunteerism

Oct 19, 2009
More than 100 TV shows will be airing public service announcements and weaving volunteering themes into their plots this week. It's part of an industry-wide effort to encourage volunteerism. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Charity, Entertainment

Overwhelmed by check-out-line charity

Oct 13, 2009
It's becoming more common for grocery store shoppers to be asked to contribute to charities while they're in the check-out line. Those small contributions can add up for worthy causes, but there are hidden costs involved. Michael May reports.
Posted In: Charity

Women are key to ending poverty

Sep 15, 2009
Authors Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn talk with Kai Ryssdal about their book, "Half the Sky," and why more aid should be targeted to women so countries can be lifted out of impoverishment.
Posted In: Books, Charity