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When you think about “doing good,” giving to a charity is often the first thing that comes to mind. And that’s absolutely a terrific way to do good. In fact, giving to nonprofit organizations is a booming industry in the United States, totaling more than $335 billion dollars annually. That’s 2 percent of GDP. A […]

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Right

“I am going to make a peach upside down cake for dessert,” my mother wrote in a text message. “We are having people for dinner tonight and I thought it sounded good.” Ah. Peach upside down cake. An excellent choice! Peach upside down cake is, of course, delicious. And delicious is always a good idea. […]

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Is cause marketing making you feel guilty?

Feeling a little down at the check out counter when you say “no” to making a donation? You are not alone. Learn why cause marketing shouldn’t create an added stress in your life. After all, doing good should be fun–and the best causes are the ones you choose yourself.

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Good ice cream

Are you getting a little weary of being asked at every turn for a donation to a cause when you purchase a product? You are not alone. The idea of connecting a cause to a brand for purposes of selling products to consumers is called “cause marketing,” and it’s been around for more than 40 years. […]

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Jam

Doing good is fun all year round. But there’s something about summer that makes doing good  . . . well . . . extra good. Maybe it’s because the days are longer and it is easier to get outside and pick up trash on the sidewalks. Or maybe it is because there is a little […]

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Roses

Roses, photographed from the top. Isn’t it amazing? Change your angle, and you see a whole new kind of beautiful.

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“What are you making?” my daughter asked. It was almost lunchtime. No one was in the mood for cereal. Including me. “Are those tomatoes?” My middle daughter with the curly blonde hair was studying the colors and shapes on the platter. Circles of yellow. And orange. And red. And semicircles of white. “Yes,” I said. […]

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Chocolate cake with salted caramel frosting

“The frosting makes you feel like a mad scientist when you make it!” Hilary Philgreen said when she so graciously shared her recipe for chocolate cake with salted caramel frosting. She said the extra effort it takes to make the chocolate cake versus using a box mix is totally worth it! You are so good, […]

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Philanthropy, according to the classic dictionary definition, means "love of humanity" in the sense of caring, nourishing, developing and enhancing "what it is to be human" on both the benefactors' and beneficiaries' parts.

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