Give Back to Teachers at CharitySub in February

Teachers don’t always get the appreciation that they deserve, but this month you can help change that. During February,’s charity focus is on teachers and educators, and for just $5 you can help make a difference. The five dollars you donate will go to one of three Empowered Education programs that the community giving organization is focused on.

Each month, the members of donate just $5 to help a different cause, which changes monthly and has included service animals, veterans, sustainable fishing, arts education, and childhood obesity. Three organizations for each cause are featured in a brief video, and members select which organization will receive their $5.

This month, your $5 will help one of the three Empowered Education programs. Take a look here and then learn more at Read the rest of this entry »

Help Repair Joplin Schools

Destruction of Joplin Schools The devastating EF5 tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri may not be making front-page headlines, but for those living in the aftermath of the storm, the story is far from over. According to Reuters, roughly 2,000 buildings were destroyed, including homes, businesses, hospitals and schools. There’s still much rebuilding to be done, and that’s why has launched the Rebuild Joplin Schools project.

For Joplin students, the school year begins August 17th. Area teachers are working to replaced the basic items they lost in the storm, such as books, calculators, pencils, paper, computers and other teaching tools.

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Have Sex and Do Good with Sir Richard’s Condoms

Sir Richards Although most colleges provide students with free condoms, some may wish to upgrade their safe-sex with a package of Sir Richard’s condoms. Not only do these designer condoms come in appealing plaid packages, they are also helping promote safe sex in developing countries. For every condom you buy from Sir Richard’s, they will donate a condom to a country in need. This not only stems the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections, but it also supports women’s rights and sexual health.

Described as the “Toms Shoes of Condoms” by Refinery 29, Sir Richard’s is currently teaming up with Partners in Health Haiti to distribute condoms among people who have been displaced by the 2010 earthquake. Though Partners in Health Haiti, about two million condoms a year are distributed at 11 different locations.

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Have a Happy and Green Holiday

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. The lights, pretty-packaged gifts and the holiday sweets make the winter months a little more bearable. But, unfortunately, Christmas is also a time when we over consume, wastefully toss gift wrapping paper and crank up our energy bills with Christmas lights.
Whether you’re spending the holidays at home or on campus, it’s important to keep the environment in mind.

Follow these tips to have a green holiday:

Wrapping: Use the “funnies” pages out of your local newspaper to wrap gifts, or use them as tissue paper. Find old paper bags and use them as gift bags. Top off your bag or wrapped gift with a large bow to add a touch of festivity. You’ll save money on gift wrapping, and you will also be doing Mother
Earth a favor.

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Make a Charitable Gift to Support Education

charityDuring the holiday season, we often turn our thoughts to those in need. A charitable gift to an education organization not only helps students while they’re in school, but can also give them a stepping-stone to a leading a better life. Consider making a donation to one of the organizations below, all of which are working to improve education around the world.

If you purchase a DonorsChoose giving card as a gift, your recipient can choose the classroom project they want to fund.


UNICEF not only provides for children’s basic needs, they also provide them with resources for their intellectual development. For example, UNICEF creates schools for children living in refugee camps around the world.

Millennium Promise

Millennium Promise is an international non-profit organization that works with impoverished communities to improve their living conditions. One of their primary goals is to ensure that all children have access to a full primary school education.

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Mark Zuckerburg Gives $100 Million to Newark Schools


Update: December 9, 2010 Mark Zuckerburg pledged $100 million to the Newark Public Schools in New Jersey as a way to pledge his support to The Giving Pledge, a campaign led by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

The Giving Pledge encourages billionaires to donate half of their assets to charity either during their lifetime or at their death. A total of 57 billionaires have joined The Giving Pledge so far. Some of the newest ones are: Steve Case Co-founder of AOL, Carl Icahn, Michael Milken, Joe Mansueto Morningstar Chief Exec, Ted Forstmann and Nicolas Berggruen. Kudos to Facebook mogul and the other 56 billionaires on board so far, but according to Forbes magazine, the US boasts more than 400 billionaires. Where is everybody else?

If anyone questions how much Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerburg values education, you could answer with a nine-digit number. The Facebook founder will be donating $100 million to the struggling Newark school system. The official announcement is expected to be made on The Oprah Winfrey Show tomorrow. Newark Mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are also scheduled to be guests on the show.

Some critics have speculated that the donation is timed to divert attention away from the critical, although fictionalized, depiction of Zuckerburg in the soon-to-be-released film, The Social Network. Nonetheless, the charitable gift will unquestionably have a huge positive impact on Newark public schools. Zuckerburg has been named the 35th richest American by Forbes.

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Miss USA Rima Fakih’s Education Background

Rima FakihSome say that beauty pageant contestants aren’t exactly the smartest girls in the world, but Rima Fakih, the 2010 Miss USA, easily proves them wrong.

Fakih immigrated to Queens, New York in 1993 with her family when she was seven years old from Sour, Lebanon. She attended St. John’s Preparatory School and graduated in 2003, when she was only 17 years old.

After she graduated, Fakih attended the University of Michigan. While in college, Fakih earned her bachelor of arts in economics, and also earned a minor in business administration. Read the rest of this entry »

Help Students Learn on

donorschooseSometimes I get a really strong urge to help others. The problem is, I don’t always know how to go about doing it. Sometimes I volunteer in my community, but other times I simply make a donation.

How to choose which organization to donate to though? That’s another problem. Man, who thought trying to do a little good in the world could be so difficult?

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