Tools to Help Realize Your Year-End Charitable Giving Goals

Guest post by Jada Diedrich

As we enter the holiday season, we often feel compelled to evaluate, and frequently to increase, our charitable giving. This time of year, specifically, seems geared toward reminding us that giving to others can be personally fulfilling in a multitude of ways. In many cases, our deepest values guide us to give back to our communities, contributing to the causes that we hold most dear and where we can make an impact. (more…)

The Psychology Of Giving

Although a number of studies have focused on the effect of income on happiness, Elizabeth Dunn, a social psychologist at the University of British Columbia, also wanted to understand the effect of spending choices on happiness. (more…)

Happy Money: The New Science of Smarter Spending

Recommended Reading

If you think money can’t buy happiness, you’re not spending it right! At least, that is the conclusion of researchers Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton, two rising stars in of the world of behavioral science.

In Happy Money, Dunn and Norton provide an engaging and often entertaining tour of the latest research that shows, from the standpoint of personal well-being, how we can get the biggest bang for our bucks. (more…)

Plan for the Unexpected

As you are packing for a trip to another city, you prudently decide to check the 10-day weather forecast there. If it will be cold, you pack a heavy coat. If it is supposed to rain, you bring an umbrella. You want to be prepared. Similarly, you want a financial plan that anticipates the unexpected. (more…)

Why Is Inflation So Low? (And What to Do About It)

By: Guest

Ronald Reagan famously described inflation as being “as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hitman.” While the inflation experienced under President Reagan was all those things, inflation over the past decade would struggle to get a ticket for jaywalking. (more…)

Finding and Supporting Your Passion

By: Guest

Donating to a nonprofit organization is a wonderful way to make a positive impact on an issue that connects to your values. Currently, 2.7 million nonprofits in the U.S. are looking for donors and volunteers1. The opportunities to support a nonprofit can seem endless and overwhelming.

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New Thinking About Giving

Regardless of how or where we choose to give, most of us would like to feel confident that our financial donations are being used wisely.  Thanks to technology and some out-of-the-box thinkers in the social sector, we now have a bevy of new tools at our fingertips and excellent educational resources that will guide our giving in a smart and purposeful way. (more…)