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Global Youth Service Day April 15-17, 2016

Global Youth Service Day 2016

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is an excellent opportunity for young people to learn that they have the power to positively influence the lives of others in their communities. Created by Youth Service America (YSA) in 2000, the annual GYSD engages with young people in more than 135 countries. According to YSA's website, it is "the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year." Young people, ages 5-25, all around the world, are invited to participate in this event.

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Giva Salutes: The Empowerment Plan - Warmth & Jobs for the Homeless Community

The Empowerment Plan

In Detroit, Michigan, winter weather can be unforgiving. The temperature is regularly below freezing and snowfall is common. The weather is especially challenging for individuals who are dealing with homelessness. Many members of the homeless community sleep outside either by choice or due to lack of space in shelters, and they often lack warm clothes and beds. Founded by Veronika Scott in 2011, The Empowerment Plan is a nonprofit organization working to make sure that the Detroit homeless community receives the warmth, shelter and safety it needs.

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Giva Salutes: KindSpring

KindSpring

At Giva we search for organizations, large and small, that are doing a great job of changing the world around them for the better; and we are pleased to salute them here!

In an earlier blog post we discussed how online platform ServiceSpace encourages people to dedicate themselves to service. KindSpring.org, a service project founded by ServiceSpace in 2003, is another community for selfless and generous people. Through its "gift-economy" mission, KindSpring hopes people will perform selfless acts for others, and ask those individuals to pay the kindness forward.

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CSR Spotlight: The North Face Explore Fund

The North Face

The North Face company, known for its tech savvy athletic merchandise, is now helping kids discover nature. The purpose of the company's Explore Fund is to inspire a global movement of outdoor exploration and conservation. Since 2010, North Face has provided over 1.5 million dollars in grants to more than 300 outdoors-related nonprofits, which has helped nearly 100,000 young people.

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Giva Salutes: ServiceSpace

ServiceSpace

At Giva we search for organizations, large and small, that are doing a great job of changing the world around them for the better; and we are pleased to salute them here!

ServiceSpace, originally founded in 1999, is an online platform dedicated to helping people explore service. This online organization uses technology to create free inspiration hubs and websites for nonprofits and worthy causes. For example, ServiceSpace played an instrumental role in creating DailyGood, KarmaTube, and HelpOthers.

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Businesses Brew Coffee of Care

Business Care for Ethical Coffee

A few readers might smile as they peruse this piece, with a cup of coffee cradled in their hands. Coffee provides not only antioxidants but also healthy ways to remain alert, focused, and stay motivated. Numerous sources hail the coffeemaker in the workplace break room as the catalyst for stronger teamwork, such as this BusinessInsider article or this humorous Chicago Tribune article that demands for coffee and nap time in the workplace. This beverage, whether iced, dripped, or steamed, does not motivate only people—it also drives our economy. According to Global Exchange, coffee is the second most valuable traded commodity in the world right behind petroleum; it is also America's largest food import, as more than 2.7 billion pounds are brought into the country each year. Ever since the beloved bean began circulating through Europe in the seventeenth century, it has made a profound impact on people worldwide.

While some may experience inspiration consuming a cup, others may be exposed to extreme working conditions creating it. While some may receive exorbitant pay as the middleman, others might be child laborers who are exploited daily. Today, we zoom into the fine lines of the bean, and how businesses and consumers can support ethical coffee.

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Challenge the Label: Assessing the Credibility of Sustainability Label Claims

Challenge the Label

With so many different sustainability labels, how can companies trust the credibility of these claims? Challenge the Label is an innovative tool, designed to help businesses determine the validity of sustainability label claims.

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Giva Intern Misha Carthen Selected for Prestigious Fellowship

The Loewenstern Fellowship, Rice University Cetner for Civic Leadership

Giva is very pleased to congratulate one of our former philanthropic writing interns, Misha Carthen, for being accepted into the prestigious Loewenstern Fellowship program at Rice University.

The Loewenstern Fellowship provides a yearlong experience for students to conduct service and civic research in parts of Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Through classroom and experiential learning, students engage with cultures, people, and problems different than their own and may acquire the skills, insight, and values that will enable them to become principled, civic-minded leaders in the 21st century.

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Giva Student Scholarship Winner Essay: Amberley Snyder - My Journey Into Motivational Speaking

Journey of Inspiration & Motivational Speaking

Giva is proud to showcase the essays of its Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award winners. Below is an essay from Amberley Snyder. Giva's hope is to inspire others through these essays. We hope that sharing these essays will help others realize the joys and benefits of service.

My Journey Into Motivational Speaking
By Amberley Snyder

We all have challenges and triumphs, ups and downs, losses and victories that make up our life story. I was faced with an obstacle where I wake up each morning and climb into a wheelchair. I haven't always had the wheelchair, but for the past years it is my way around the world. Another person may not have a challenge that is as physically obvious as mine, but it is there. Knowing that we all have these challenges and being able to relate to others who have faced adversity has been a huge influence in the growth of my story.

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Giva Salutes: Network for Good

Network for Good

At Giva we search for organizations, large and small, that are doing a great job of changing the world around them for the better; and we are pleased to salute them here!

Network For Good enables users to donate to organizations or companies that have worthy causes. Their web service makes donating to organizations easy, quick, and incredibly efficient. But donors are not the only ones who benefit from this service—organizations can also raise more money for their causes by using its services. To provide a scale of the magnitude and effectiveness of their services, they have processed over $1 billion in donations for over 100,000 non-profits since 2001. Network For Good is a hybrid organization (a nonprofit-owned for-profit), their software company securing Certified B Corporation status. Their "About Network for Good" page succinctly describes their various services.

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