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Benjamin Nathan

One tradition I love is giving a dollar bill to someone before they go on a journey. The idea is to safeguard the person’s travels by asking them to be the messenger of your good deed, delivering that dollar to someone in need when they reach their destination. I do this all the time –…

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Taking Philanthropic Leaps in 2016

By design, philanthropy makes us stretch — giving from one to another. With an extra day this month, we asked Why We Give’s community to share how they aspire to give differently in 2016. Here are 18 reflections, paraphrased from our conversation, at this month’s Philanthropic Friday Dinner: The language we use to describe a disability needs…

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Esther Dyson

I’ll always remember my fourth-grade teacher telling me: “Look, dear, I wouldn’t bother to criticize you if I didn’t think you could do so much better!” Location: Moscow, Russia and New York, New York Profession:  Chairman of EDventure Holdings Twitter Handle: @edyson What was the first philanthropic gift you gave?: The first time I ever…

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Your Philanthropic Phirst Date

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we would like to invite our community to give and we’ll reward you for your philanthropy. Select a nonprofit of your choice and make at least a minimum gift of $10 (between 2/13 and 2/29/2016). Then, fill out our short survey below or via this link. And we’ll do our best to…

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Tami Reiss

Recently, I gave the largest amount I’ve ever donated to a campaign to help Isidore Electronics Recycling, a social enterprise in Los Angeles expand their capacity for business with an industrial truck. They give ex-convicts jobs where they can learn marketable skills and begin acclimating to non-prison life.

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