Generosity means giving money, time, energy and attention. But it also can mean giving a part of you – literally, in the case of blood and organ donations. In the third adaptation of their recently published book, “The Paradox of Generosity,” the University of Notre Dame’s Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson show how Americans are more willing to donate what’s inside of them than they are to open their checkbooks. Continue reading
Giving — not just money — but time and talent, too, is good for us. And yet, three-quarters of Americans don’t volunteer. That’s what Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson call “The Paradox of Generosity.” In the second post adapted from their book, they look at where Americans could stand to be more generous with their family relations and neighbors. Continue reading
There are about 7,000 Peace Corps volunteers serving in 65 countries by teaching, promoting economic development and public health and experiencing other cultures. But fewer Americans are applying and wait times for acceptance have increased. Judy Woodruff talks to director Carrie Hessler-Radelet about changing the application process. Continue reading
The “Cathedral of Junk” is, by nearly every measure, irregular. It’s equal parts art work and urban jungle gym; improvised wedding chapel and theater venue; an Austin, Tex., landmark and the life’s work of a man named Vincent Hannemann. In March, Austin’s Code Compliance Department told Hannemann that he either had to obtain a building permit and a certificate of occupancy, or tear down the 33-foot-tall, 60-ton sculpture.
President-elect Barack Obama began the day before his inauguration with an unscheduled visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to visit with injured troops. Continue reading
As the holidays come to an end, many charities are being held accountable for their fund raising and expenditures amid recent concerns about how some nonprofit organizations are run. Philanthropy experts consider the rules and regulations surrounding charities. Continue reading
Organizations that deliver free medical care worldwide, often in emergencies, recently visited rural Virginia to provide more than 1,000 people with all types of health services. Susan Dentzer provides a report. Continue reading