Charity & Goodwill

The Charity and Good Will Channel explores how money can be used for the greater good. Read inspiring stories and learn about charity in these articles.

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5 Questions to Ask Before Donating to a Charity

How can you tell if a charity is actually effective? Is it better to give one big donation or several small ones? We look at some of the most-often asked questions about charity-giving.

Where's the Money Going When You 'Round Up for Charity' at the Cash Register?

Would you like to round up your purchase for charity? Those small donations are big money for nonprofits and the businesses that do the soliciting.

Tiny Houses Are Huge for Homeless

The tiny house movement is providing homes for people who need shelter.

9 of the Weirdest Lost-and-found Items in the World

Fifty vacuum-packed frogs, a wedding gown and an actual human skull. These are just a few of the world's best lost-and-found items.

5 Donation Tips for (Really) Helping Disaster Victims

Is it better to give cash or goods? And which organizations should you support? Find out the best ways to really help people in times of disaster.

Taking a Photo of Something Makes Donating It Easier

New research posits a simple way to get rid of household clutter and keep your precious memories: Snap a picture.

How Will Panhandlers Fare as Our Economy Goes Cashless?

Fewer people carry cash, preferring to pay with cards or smartphone apps. What impact does that have on those who rely on pocket change?

After Cyber Monday, Will People Open Their Wallets for Giving Tuesday?

Nonprofits have started pushing Giving Tuesday to get more donations. But does it work?

Is it worth it to donate your used car to charity?

It's time to replace your jalopy. You know it isn't worth much, but should you sell it anyway and maybe make a few bucks, or should you donate it to charity to get a tax break?

Why do Shriners drive those little cars?

It's impossible to keep a straight face when you see a grown man in a fez driving an itty-bitty car. But the Shriners actually do some pretty serious work.

HowStuffWorks: HowStuffWorks and #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is a day for giving back. Learn more about Giving Tuesday in this video from HowStuffWorks.

10 Worst Things to Donate After a Disaster

News about a hurricane or tornado far away impels us to want to help the survivors. But is there a right way and a wrong way to do this? Can a donation be worse than doing nothing at all?

How WIC Works

The Women, Infants and Children program helps ensure that needy families are getting the nutrition they need. How do people qualify for the program and what does it provide?

10 Compelling Humanitarian Aid Missions

Earthquakes, floods, mudslides and other events inspire people to help those affected by the disasters. Which monumental happenings truly spurred others into action?

How to Create a Gardening Service Learning Project

You want to create a gardening service learning project, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to create a gardening service learning project in this article.

How to Start a Youth Center

You'd like to start a youth center, but don't know where to begin. Learn about how to start a youth center in this article.

How to Start a Food Pantry

You'd like to start a food pantry, but don't know where to begin. Learn about how to start a food pantry in this article.

How to Start a Homeless Shelter

There's always a need for someone to start a homeless shelter, especially in large cities. Learn about how to start a homeless shelter in this article.

How to Start a Food Drive

You'd like to start a food drive to help the needy in your area, but you're not sure how to go about this. Read here how to start a food drive.

How to Create a Scholarship Fund

Your friend inherited a large sum of money and would like to create a scholarship fund. This article will try to explain how to create that scholarship fund.

How to Write a Grant Proposal

The best way for a person or organization to get funding for a program or project is by writing a grant proposal. Read this article to learn how to write a grant proposal.

How to Start a Foundation

Starting a foundation enables you to make grants and distribute funding to charities, people and organizations. This article shows you how to start your own foundation.

How Food Stamps Work

For many years, there's been a bit of a stigma attached to food stamps. But with recent economic turmoil, views have changed and participation in the program has increased. After improvements and a significant overhaul, the program doesn't just have a new face -- it has a "snappy" new name, too.

10 Largest Foundations in the World

Some wealthy people do more with their money than just buy more things. Some people set up foundations to provide aid to notable causes. Learn who's funding 10 of the largest foundations in the world.

How the Peace Corps Works

The Peace Corps provides foreign aid to developing nations in the form of expertise, education and training. Learn what the Peace Corps does, how you can join and where it might take you.


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