Category: Causes and General Do-Gooding

#GivingTuesday scoop: How will.i.am is getting kids excited about STEM

We all know that access to expansive STEM education is essential for kids growing up today. It not only introduces what are now the basic skills needed to thrive in a high-tech world, but it has the potential to open up unlimited career opportunities to those kids who find their passion lies in areas like science, coding, math — and even music, graphic design, filmmaking,  and really,  problem solving of all kinds. So I am really taken with the work of the i.am.angel foundation, founded by musician, producer, entrepreneur and committed philanthropist, will.i.am. And in honor of Giving Tuesday, I hope it will be another worthy, impactful foundation...

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Share the Meal app: Our cool free app of the week

As my family is circulating our menu plans and meal prep responsibilities, I can’t help but think about families who are going without over the holidays. When I discovered the Share the Meal app (iOS and Android), I knew that this would be an easy and meaningful way for my family — and most importantly, my kids — to give back. For just $0.50, the UN can feed one child for one day. This is something I can most definitely afford to do, not just to help these children in need, but to help teach my children about empathy and compassion. When...

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4 easy ways to support our troops this memorial day, thanks to tech

With military wives, past and present, among our staff, some of us have experienced the outstanding and essential benefits of military charities firsthand. So while Memorial Day is specifically about honoring our fallen soldiers, we think that finding ways to support our living vets and still-deployed troops is a wonderful way to do something positive in memory of those who have come before them. It’s also a great way to get kids involved, and to remind them that today is about more than barbecues and a day off from school. So in honor of Memorial Day, we’ve put together some worthy, easy ways to...

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Accessible playgrounds for kids, on demand. Thanks, internet!

Leave it to NPR and Internet technology to create something as simple and wonderful as Playgrounds for Everyone, a community edited guide helping kids who require handicapped-accessible facilities find them easily. Turns out there actually is no official database like this anywhere to be found, which really surprised me. And, well, we live in an age where if you can’t find the kind of website you need, you go and build it yourself. To find a playground, it’s as easy as typing in a city, address or zip code. The site then specifies whether the playground has a smooth surface, ramps within...

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Explaining #selma50 to kids with Congressman John Lewis’s own Twitter feed

It was really amazing yesterday to see how the 50th anniversary of the 50-mile civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery was honored through social media. What struck me most of all was the Twitter feed of Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who was there that day, as the youngest of the Big Six civil rights leaders marching for the voting rights of People of Color. Over the course of several hours yesterday, Congressman Lewis described his first-hand account of Bloody Sunday with spare words and powerful pictures, while thousands — millions — of us watched on, rapt. It’s remarkable when you consider that fifty years...

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Project CSGIRLS: A fantastic organization getting more girls excited about STEM.

If 2014 was the year that we really started seeing widespread efforts to get more girls engaged in STEM interests, 2015 could be the year that it becomes so common, we can take it for granted. But…not yet. So we continue to be excited to share organizations like ProjectCSGIRLS, a non-profit that runs CS workshops for girls all around the country, plus a national computer science competition just for middle school girls. What I really like is that ProjectCSGIRLS is run by high school and college students, who act as peer mentors for younger tweens and teens. In fact, it was...

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A last minute donation for good: Your frequent flyer miles

I think a subscription to TripIt Pro is a fantastic last-minute gift for any frequent traveler. In fact, an alert from them recently helped me score a $300 refund (!) when an airfare I had purchased dropped significantly. So yeah. That subscription paid for itself right there. However TripIt is doing something else for the holidays that I think is mighty awesome: Partnering with Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant some bigger wishes than toys and gift cards. As you can imagine, 75% of the Make-A-Wish dreams include airline travel so it’s really a perfect partnership. You can participate by donating your own frequent flyer miles to help send...

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Find a new home for your old laptop with Globetops

Many of us may soon find ourselves with shiny new laptops, but unsure of what to do with the old model. While there are some great options out there for recycling or reselling your old tech, we’re really excited about Globetops laptop donation service, a cool philanthropic way to pass your used laptop along. Globetops is an incredible organization that facilitates the distribution of gently used or surplus laptops to people who really need them, all over the world. And what’s so cool is that you can actually select who you want to receive your donation by choosing a location — places like New Guinea, East Africa, Haiti, South America,...

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Landing a robot on a comet? Don’t wear a shirt covered in boobs. Wear this.

When Rosetta mission scientists landed the Philae on a comet, we cheered…until we noticed that one of the project scientists was wearing a bowling shirt covered in…strippers with guns? Huh? Luckily, there’s a Kickstarter (already funded!) to make sure the next prominent scientist on TV is wearing a bowling shirt covered in notable women of the STEM world. And if you’re a tee shirt person, you can get that, too. Elly Zupko joined the bandwagon of feminists on social media disappointed to see a major scientist on TV wearing a shirt that celebrated bikinis more than the achievements of strong women in the...

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Apps for (RED): Help fight AIDS, right from your iPhone

Tomorrow may be Cyber Monday, but it’s also World AIDS Day. Which means it’s an awesome opportunity to do some extra good when you shop, and at one of our favorite places too, the Apple store. All this week through December 7, Apple will donate a portion of the proceeds from every iPad, iPod, iPhone, MacBook and more to the Global Fund. But you may have already seen a preview of what they’re up to, if you love apps like The Human Body, Threes, Angry Birds, and Toca Town. They’ve all turned red–actual red–for (RED). But Apps for (RED)...

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