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Virtual Food Drive = Easy way to Help Hungry in Illinois

Posted on 03/21/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Volunteering Blog readers! Jenn here from the communications team reporting on our latest dive into the digital world. We’re going to try out a “virtual food drive”  and we hope you’ll help us a make it a success! We’ve teamed up with the Chicago Food Depository  and from now until April 9th you, your friends, your kids, your grandkids, your neighbors, and anyone else you can think of can help to end hunger in the Chicago area simply by clicking through …

How Much Does Your Candidate Give To Charity?

Posted on 03/6/2012 by | Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringIt’s Super Tuesday and voters in 11 states are waking up to the opportunity to help determine who will be the republican candidate for president of the United States. From job creation to the deficit to the future of Social Security and Medicare, we put the candidates under our own microscopes in order to help us figure out which lever to pull. But what about their character? With all the mudslinging and canned debate rhetoric, how do you tap into …

It’s the Donor’s Money

Posted on 02/6/2012 by | Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

Money & SavingsHave you ever noticed that when you buy a tube of toothpaste from the grocery store, that you never think the money you spend still belongs to you? Fact: you exchanged the money for the toothpaste. Toothpaste belongs to you and the money belongs to the store you bought it from. Quid pro quo, tit for tat, or as some say, “We’re square.” Not so with donations! After 23 years in fundraising, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve …

AARP Foundation: Making Good Things Happen

Posted on 10/10/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Jo Ann Jenkins. Jo Ann is the president of AARP Foundation. She provides leadership across the Foundation areas of development, litigation, and impact program areas. I’m declaring a moratorium on bad economic news. We read the papers, we watch TV, we tweet. We know the data is dark and dreary. In fact, every day we see the results of the economy in the faces of the people we help. Today, though, I’m celebrating some good …

End Hunger: Drive, Collect, Honk or Just Show Up

Posted on 08/26/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringNASCAR’s Jeff Gordon drives. AARP state offices organize food collections. People donate food and money. Two Indiana teenagers raised $1,600 with a Hunger Honk-a-Thon…… It’s almost a “man bites dog” story: two 13-year-old girls trade summer leisure for unpaid work—fundraising for Drive to End Hunger, an initiative by AARP and AARP Foundation to help to raise awareness of the issue of senior hunger. Why choose this issue focused on the 50+ population? “We’re going to be in that population someday, …

5 Ways Volunteering Can Help You Decide Who To Give Money To

Posted on 08/3/2011 by | Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest blog post from Reed Sandridge.  Sandridge lost his job in 2009 and did the unthinkable – he started giving away $10 a day to complete strangers!  He captured the story of every recipient at www.yearofgiving.org.  A frequent writer and speaker on volunteering and micro-philanthropy, Sandridge lives in our nation’s capital. We get asked all the time to help support all kinds of organizations.  From the canvasser on the street asking you to donate to Planned Parenthood …