The idea of welcoming the stranger is central to Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Today, that engenders a responsibility to shield refugees and other immigrants from violence and oppression.
The $4 billion that foundations are pledging to spend within five years amounts to less than 1 percent of what businesses and governments spend on global warming every year.
Shortages and high prices are making pharmaceuticals, often including generics, out of reach for millions of Americans.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is trying to make charitable donations easier and more affordable through a new employee benefit.
Harvesting gains from digital money by giving some of it away can be better for donors than the nonprofits they support.
Donations to relief efforts tend to dry up within a few months.
The urge to provide disaster aid is borne out of the best characteristics of humanity. But it's important to consider when to donate to disaster survivors, along with what and to whom to give.
The US$2 billion that the Amazon founder and his wife are donating to help the homeless and educate young kids may appear selfless. But this money may also soften calls to raise taxes on the rich.
With such an enormous challenge, where would it make sense to start? We looked into our archives for stories on what it would take to eradicate homelessness in the US today.
If you would like to assist from afar, let the professionals procure goods and services.
Checkout charity research suggests that it can boost sales and doesn't ward off customers who don't contribute.
Having only recently been removed from their homelands, it's remarkable that the tribe decided to send such a donation.
Israel's increasingly conservative policies on social and religious issues appears to be playing a role.
New nonprofits don't make the same impact everywhere. In most places, there's enough money to go around to support new ones.
My great-grandmother, an early civil rights champion, path-breaking journalist and suffrage leader, was among the most influential women of her time.
After scandals or sea changes make the association with certain names too awkward, universities, museums and other nonprofits usually distance themselves. But not always.
There are other ways for the state to make the president's tax returns part of the public record that are more likely to work.
Without credible news and information, a healthy democracy is not possible.
When organizations dedicated to doing good make money their top priority, they get into trouble.
Total gifts from individual donors are rising, at least for now.