Impacting Our Future
How LGBTQ Advocates Can Realize Workplace Equality
In more than half of the country, you can still be fired for a sexual orientation. As corporate leadership increases, we continue the fight for basic civil rights.
Why Seniors Need Digital Literacy with a Purpose
Older Americans still fall behind everybody else on internet use and broadband subscriptions. The blame for this shouldn’t fall on seniors, however, but the failing methods of instruction.
3 Ways You Can Make Schools Safe for LGBTQ Youth
Creating safe schools for LGBTQ youth is a shared responsibility. Here, a list of ways anyone can play a part in this crucial, life-saving effort.
Local Initiatives Empower African Women to Be 21st Century Entrepreneurs
Pennies a day add up to real change for women in village savings groups in Africa. As budding entrepreneurs, they manage their own futures.
Why LGBTQ Activists Can’t Afford to Get SIC
As the political pendulum swings once again, it’s high time we reflect on the activist work that’s left to accomplish if we’re going to move forward within the LGBTQ community.
How the DMV Could Improve Internet Access in America
To make it easier for the surprising number of unconnected U.S. citizens to enjoy the same degree of web access, a bit of creativity will go a long way.
HIV Positive: Embracing Your Biggest Fear
In 2012, I was diagnosed with HIV. But that didn’t ruin my carefree way of life. Now, I give a damn—and I want you to listen.
Keeping Girls in School Can Change the World
Right now, something incredibly simple is standing between millions of girls and a classroom.
Ross Mathews Comments on LGBTQ Empowerment
Known for his role on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," TV personality Ross Mathews shares his take on how the community has changed since his childhood.
10 Hard Human Trafficking Truths
Who’s vulnerable, where and why? Learn the essentials and be better prepared to make a difference.
The Advantages of Hiring a Veteran
The military can teach our workforce some valuable skills. A 24-year Marine veteran shares how the service taught him to “never be outworked in anything.”
Cyndi Lauper Shows Her True Colors, Helping LGBTQ Teens in Need
One of the most iconic stars of pop music’s MTV era remains dedicated to ending homelessness among LGBTQ youth.
LGBTQ-Owned Business Are the Future of the American Economy
If you think $1.7 trillion should command respect, you’re right. That is the estimated impact of LGBTQ-owned businesses on the U.S. economy every year.
Safe Travel Tips for the LGBTQ Community
As LGBTQ rights have expanded globally, so has our willingness to travel freely and openly. But not every destination welcomes us with open arms.
Your Next Vacation Could Do a World of Good
Traveling to Africa could offer a twofold benefit — for you and for the health of locals.
In LGBTQ Elected Officials, Representation Really Is Power
Electing LGBTQ officials is a high priority for the movement in its efforts to advance equality.
Leading by Example: Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Commitment to Green Living
Award winning actress and producer Julia Louis-Dreyfus drives an electric car, frequents farmers’ markets and uses solar power at her home.
Why Educational Support Is Critical to Africa’s Future
Supporting primary education, especially in the rural context, is fundamental to improve the long-term prospects of Africa’s natural resources and its environment.
No Gray Matter: Lupita Nyong’o on Protecting Africa’s Elephants
The Academy award winner is stepping into a new role as a global elephant ambassador in an effort to push poaching into the history books.
Michelle Visage’s Words of Encouragement for the LGBTQ Community
The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” standout reflects on decades of advocacy, personal experience and hopes for the future.
How One Woman Overcame Sex Trafficking
A young woman’s return to a life she can call her own is inspiring, but it also spotlights the wider crisis affecting too many others just like her.
John Mayer Pays Tribute to America's Unsung Heroes
Singer-songwriter John Mayer is best known for his contributions as a musician. Lately, he has been following another passion: supporting our servicemembers.
3 Ways Our Anti-Trafficking Efforts Fail
Despite advances in efforts to address human trafficking across the last fifteen years, three key deficiencies continue to impede initiatives to eradicate the offense.
For Wider Acceptance, Tolerance Must Improve in Schools
Supporting our youth is the responsibility of all — for the betterment of society’s mental and emotional well-being.
Nate Berkus, Renowned Survivor, Shares His Story
After tragedy struck, one man’s fight to reclaim happiness and embrace a new normal found a national audience. Now, he opens up about the climb back.
Why Are Veterans Waiting Years for VA Claims Appeals?
Many veterans are enduring unbearable wait times for their Veterans Affairs benefits claims. If the appeals process is not fixed, two million veterans will be waiting for action by 2027.
Listening to the Needs of Local Farmers
For local farmers, it’s hard to focus on the ins and outs of agriculture and also deal with the financial, legal and political concerns of their business. Farm advocates can help.
Valuing the Community Leadership of Our Veterans
Veterans show high civic engagement and bring powerful leadership to their communities. We need to bring their stories to the forefront.
How Animal Kindness Can Improve All of Our Lives
Improving the welfare of farm animals isn’t just the right thing to do. It can also give consumers and farmers a better quality of life.
Orlando Bloom Puts Sustainability Front and Center
The actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador opens up about the role water conservation plays in his life, as well as the part we all play in preserving our most precious natural renewable resource.
Mosquito Nets Provide Refugees with More Than Safety
While no malaria prevention effort is 100-percent successful, insecticide-treated nets have proven to reduce malaria rates worldwide.
See No Evil: Temple Grandin Designs Around Animals’ Needs
Autism gave her the ability to visualize the world the way animals do. That insight has made her a force for good in the farm industry.
Helping Veterans Plan For Their Civilian Mission
Our veterans sacrifice a lot to serve our country. We need to start giving back by helping them find the civilian careers they deserve.
For Children in Africa, Alicia Keys Pulls Hope Out of Pain
After witnessing the deaths of those who could not afford treatment for HIV in South Africa, the iconic vocalist took action.
What Makes a Consumer Trust Their Food Source?
The doors to free hens from battery cages are beginning to open as businesses transition to more humanely produced eggs.
How J.W. Cortes Is Changing Perceptions of Veterans
The “Gotham” actor and activist opens up about his service, transitioning to civilian life and how he’s trying to change media portrayals of veterans.
Creating a Rally Point for Student Veterans on Campus
Readjusting to civilian life can be overwhelming, but student veterans are coming together to help each other transition into college life.
Why Mary Elizabeth Ellis Fights for Clean Water Abroad
The actress known for her comedic roles opens up about how she found her calling in a more serious domain, as an advocate for the less fortunate.
Ending the Era of Disaster Loss Around the World
By harnessing new technologies, resources and the ears of politicians, the heaviest disaster losses may potentially become a thing of the past.
Von Miller: Star Linebacker, Dancer, Chicken Farmer
With his skills on the field, his moves on the dance floor, and his love for his birds, the Denver Broncos’ top linebacker is a unique kind of Renaissance man.
Why Are Successful Farmers Not Winning America’s Trust?
Despite great strides in efficiency and sustainability, faith in the American farmer has declined. How was that trust lost, and how can we rebuild it?
Jerry Rice Asks Fellow Californians to Have an Emergency Plan
Jerry Rice has teamed up with the American Red Cross to prep his neighbors for tough times. But why?
Jason Momoa: A Warrior for Our Environment
The “Game of Thrones” star is fighting to protect our world's natural resources — and thinks you should, too.
3 Ways Parents Can Better Prepare Kids for Emergency
Surveys show that most U.S. parents are concerned about risks that disaster can pose to their children. And yet, only 35 percent have a solid emergency plan in place.
4 Ways to Improve Your Community’s Emergency Preparedness
Your cable has gone out — what next? To be truly ready for a natural disaster, it takes more than adjusting crossed wires. These tips will not only help you feel prepared, but be ready to help others.
For Comedian Drew Carey, Thanking Veterans Is No Laughing Matter
The critically acclaimed actor, comedian and game show host opens up about how the military got him started in comedy and changed his life.
3 Tips for Providing Real Relief After a Disaster
The first step in dealing with disaster is to recognize that it could indeed happen, and acknowledge that it could happen to you.
The 5 Essentials of Bracing for Digital Disasters
As the internet gets larger and makes our technology more interconnected than ever before, the opportunities for a cyber disaster also grow.
In Times of Need, Turbines Keep Turning
Reliable and affordable electricity is a vital part of life, but it is often one of the first things lost when disaster strikes. Fortunately, wind power helps keep the lights on and electric bills down.
Nelson, Mellencamp, Matthews & Young: The Supergroup That Chairs Farm Aid
We sat down for a roundtable with the music icons behind the fundraising music festival to learn about their personal connections to American agriculture.
Protecting Poultry: Why Reform Our Chicken Farming?
The chickens destined for our plates remain in the shadows, hidden and suffering behind the closed doors of factory farms.
Inside the Growing Demand for Humanely-Raised Food
The way an animal is treated affects the animal, but also human health and the environment. For a sustainable system, we must combine human-scale family farming with beneficial technologies.
Looking Out for Our Endangered Allies
Everyone knows that it’s important to protect wildlife. But if someone asked you why, could you answer—or would you believe that fighting climate change is one reason?
How Jack Johnson Is Walking the Path to Sustainability
Popular musician Jack Johnson speaks up about sustainability and life as a newly appointed UNEP Goodwill Ambassador.
Olivia Wilde Lays a Strong Foundation in Senegal
Award-winning actress, producer, director and model, Olivia Wilde lends her voice to raise the standard of health in the developing world.
How We Can Stand Up for Children at Risk
Child sex trafficking is a missing child issue. We can do more to prevent this unnecessary evil.
Drawing a More Humane Bottom Line for Businesses
After nearly a decade of working closely with the modern anti-slavery movement, it’s evident that a different business model is required to stop human trafficking.
Outside the Box: Rethinking Standards at the Farm
“It was just a little lump in the snow,” the boy recounted. “A pink lump in the snow.”
Exposing America’s Largest Trafficking Crisis
While the trafficking of youth for sexual exploitation is a profound problem, the “elephant in the room” is labor trafficking.
Focusing Consumer Purchasing Power on Preventing Farm Animal Cruelty
By shifting demand away from inhumane, factory-farmed products and seeking out products that come from higher-welfare conditions, concerned consumers can show companies that there is no market for cruelty.
California Laws Under Pressure From Impending Super Bowl
As California faces an impending surge of thousands of Super Bowl visitors, the state’s child sex trafficking laws will be put to the test.
Creating a Safe Space for Sex-Trafficked Youth
In most states, children suspected of engaging in sex for money are treated as criminals. State laws should be changed to recognize that these children are victims of sex trafficking.
Cracking the Code: 3 Egg Labels to Brush Up On
The average American eats 250 eggs a year. But breakfast has never been so complicated. That’s because egg cartons are tough to understand.
Lady Gaga Takes Steps to Help LGBTQ Youths at Risk for Homelessness
The "Born This Way" singer is taking action to combat lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth homelessness.
How One Teacher Extends His Lessons Beyond the Classroom
In rural Zimbabwe, Patrick and Mildred Makontos are teaching their neighbors that HIV is not a death sentence and that transmission to children is preventable.
The Slave Next Door
When trafficking and forced labor happen right around the corner, it may feel like our hands are tied. However, progress is being made to loosen that hold and cut the rope altogeher.
Andrew Zimmern: Bringing the Heat to Kitchens Nationwide
Celebrity chef and host of “Bizarre Foods America,” Andrew Zimmern opens up about his own personal struggle with hunger and how it has influenced his career.
Why Alicia Keys Is on a Mission for the Voiceless
The Grammy-winning vocalist takes us inside her work outside the studio, as well as inside her music to show how the two sometimes come together for a powerful cause.
Mira Sorvino: A “Heart Wrenching” Struggle
Fans know Academy Award-winner Mira Sorvino for her movies. But the “Mighty Aphrodite” actress has another role she’s passionate about.
Christina Aguilera Goes Face-to-Face with Those in Need
There aren’t many who are unfamiliar with Christina Aguilera. There may be more, however, that are unaware of the pop icon’s unsung efforts as a U.N. Ambassador.
The Financial Benefits of Well-Run Sustainability Initiatives
Corporate sustainability programs are gaining momentum and beeping increasingly louder on the radars of Fortune 500 executives.
Safe and Sound: Actress Sienna Miller Aids Global First Responders
Sienna Miller is already well known for her work on the big screen and in the fashion industry. Now, as a first responder, she’s lending her voice to honor the unsung heroes of global disasters.
Kellie Pickler: Singing Our Soldiers Home
The country music star and American Idol alumnus shares why she believes it’s important to support our nation’s servicemen and servicewomen.
Finding a Personal Foothold in Sustainability
Our neighbors are no longer only in the house or apartment next door. They can be 10,000 miles away on an island in the midst of seas rising due to climate change.
Inside Ed Begley Jr.'s Eco-Conscious Living
The actor and well-known environmentalist guides us through his sustainably conceived house, plus some tips for those looking to add a similar touch to their home.
NASCAR’s Austin Dillon Revs a Greener Engine
The 2014 Daytona 500 pole-sitter advocates for the widespread use of higher ethanol blends, a homegrown fuel.
How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
The little things add up. Every person can take small steps to reduce their carbon footprint, which has a major impact on global warming.
Craig Morgan: Be a Hero in Your Own Home
The country music star has joined forces with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to raise public awareness and prevent future tragedies.
Drinkable Water Supply on Sharp Decline, Beckons for Intervention
If you type the phrase “how long can you last without” into Google, given the thousands of suggestions to fire back to complete the phrase, it might surprise you that “water” is the first word to bubble up and claim top spot.
Al Gore Addresses the Next Chapter of the Climate Crisis
In the battle to solve the climate crisis, the tide is finally shifting. We are beginning to win the fight, but there is much more work to do and the clock is ticking.
Maya Angelou: Rise Above Violence with Kindness
Poet, memoirist and activist Maya Angelou has forged a life of extraordinary courage. Today, her message remains as true and timeless as ever.
Actress Mariska Hargitay Turns a Role into a Movement
The award-winning actress shares how her role as Detective Olivia Benson on NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” has inspired her to shift the nation’s view on violence.
A New Uniform: Helping Our Veterans Return to Work
With fewer deployments abroad, many of our nation’s servicemembers find themselves asking a very important question: what’s next?
Home Improvements Help Veterans Move Forward
Volunteers are a vital resource in providing support to military personnel and their families.
3 Ways to Support Our Veterans Year-Round
Veterans Day may offer us a key reminder to show our service men and women support, but those close to our troops know a single day isn’t enough.
Two Women Give a Voice to the Voiceless
Sampat Pal Devi and Somaly Mam have both faced a lot of adversity in their lives. Now they are working to ensure no other woman has to suffer as they have.
From Soldier to Songwriter: Country Music Icon Craig Morgan Says Thanks
Country music superstar Craig Morgan knows what it means to serve. He also knows how meaningful it is for him and others to thank soldiers and veterans with their words and actions.
Community Service Brings Veterans Together
Veterans coming together to serve their communities adapt more readily to life back at home.
Landmark Study Reveals U.S. Not Doing Enough for Women Veterans
New research has revealed that nearly 300,000 women veterans are put at risk by a system designed for and dominated by male veterans.
Mouth Matters: Helping Our Soldiers See a Healthier Smile
For a startling percentage of troops, returning home also means neglecting dental and oral health care—a problem that’s rooted in income, and not limited to our former soldiers.
Finding Courage After Fire: The Difficult Transition to Civilian Life
Life after the military doesn’t mean a life without purpose. Veterans have fought hard for their communities and country while in uniform. Now they’re continuing the fight as civilians.
Hiring Our Heroes: Leveraging the Best America Has to Offer
A major challenge for veterans, and the employers who want to hire them, is how to align military experience with the civilian workplace. A new program spearheaded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation seeks to change that.
Preventing AIDS: How Can We Empower Those Most at Risk?
Progress made in the AIDS response has been far from equal and young people continue to be among the hardest hit by the epidemic.
Reintegration: A Community-Based Model of Collaboration
Colonel David Sutherland discusses how we can enhance and expand the services and support for military servicemembers.
Tom Selleck’s Important Message for America’s Veterans
While most people recognize the iconic television star, few know he served as a member of the California Army National Guard.
Delivering On Our Promise
During 12 years of war, this nation did not falter when it came to thanking today’s veterans for their service. But, all of those salutes, all of those half-time ceremonies, all of those airline upgrades implied a promise. It’s time for us to deliver.
Locally and Globally, Women Are Essential for Success
In recognition of International Women’s Day 2015, U.N. Women examines the gender inequalities that still persist today in the U.S. and around the world.
Justin Verlander: The Hidden Wounds of War
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander shows support for the mental well-being of our veterans.
Stronger Than Yesterday: An Amputee’s Love Story
Afghanistan veteran and amputee, Taylor Morris, and his girlfriend, Danielle Kelly, have a bond that inspires people from all walks of life.
From Flight Suits to Khakis: What Happens When Military Service Ends
Editor of Military.com, Ward Carroll, opens up about the challenges of transitioning into civilian life.
Expert Panel: Innovations in Corporate Sustainability
From paper and packaging to computer processors, the perks of implementing a more sustainable operation are plainly evident for Bill Frerking, Tim Mohin and Zach Tucker.
Through the Eyes of an Amputee
Walking up and down stairs is a challenge with most prosthetic knees, but retired Army Sergeant Bill Dunham’s allows him to do so much easier.
HIV Today: Between Treatment and Prevention
Since the early challenges in the 1980s, treatment and awareness for HIV has developed in front of these leading voices from the industry. We checked in with them to better understand the latest in managing risk and the disease itself.
'Fatigues to Fabulous' Launches National Campaign for Female Veterans
Women, past and present, have been an invaluable part of our country's military. It's time we proudly show our support.
Tom Hanks Speaks From The Heart
Playing a United States military member on screen is not the only way Tom Hanks is connected to our armed forces. He is an advocate for our veterans, urging a mericans to get involved on a personal level.
Who Is to Blame, and Who Can Help?
Human trafficking has become a silent epidemic in the U.S.,but two leaders pushing to curb this disturbing trend speak up to illustrate the cycle creating this crisis.
Got Your Six: Bridging the Civilian-Military Divide
We sat down with Chris marvin to discuss his new program founded to help veterans find their roles in society again.
To End Slavery Today, We Must Understand Our Past
January marks Human Trafficking Awareness Month—when leaders, human rights activists, educators and everyday citizens work to raise awareness of the global endemic that is plaguing our many nations.
Veteran's Day: More than Just a Holiday
This Veteran’s Day, please join us in honoring our active duty troops, veterans and their families.
Veterans Share Near-Death Experiences
When a service member is severely injured in battle, that day is thereafter referred to as their “alive day” — a day when life is changed irrevocably.
Veterans: A Skilled, Motivated Workforce Yet to Be Fully Tapped
Veterans are not in need of being “given” a job. They are skilled professionals who simply need the opportunity to compete for a job in the civilian job market.
Combating Human Trafficking: A Collective Effort
Human trafficking is often a hidden crime. Yet while every case is different, they are all deeply troubling forms of modern day slavery.
Veterans Suffer Higher Unemployment Rate Than Non-Veterans
Many veterans are actively looking for work. And many employers have committed to hiring them. So why is veteran unemployment still high?
No Small Gesture: How Companies and Individuals Can Show Support for Troops
Showing support for veterans can take form in many ways, from simple letters to corporate initiatives.
Debt of Gratitude: How Can We Repay Those Who Selflessly Serve?
The men and women who serve in the military and who are fearlessly defending our freedom may not have access to a computer or phone, so managing finances can be that much more challenging.
Human Touch: Long-Term Solutions Needed for Wildlife Conservation
People and wildlife that share the same home must depend on one another in order for both to thrive.
Bucking the Trends: The Wyakin Warrior Foundation
Freedom. It is a word held dearly by Americans, because it is the bedrock on which our country was founded.
Racing to Save the Wild Cheetah
Cheetahs are on a crash-course with extinction. Less than 100 years ago there were 100,000. Today there are less than 10,000.
Butterfly Effect: How Our Actions Decide the Monarch’s Fate
One of our most beautiful, beloved and remarkable species is in trouble.
Can Stigmatizing Ivory Save the Elephants?
Strong laws, vigorous enforcement and meaningful penalties will help stigmatize ivory consumption, reduce the ivory trade and ultimately save elephants.
Turning the Tide: Can Ocean Destruction Be Reversed?
The world’s oceans are in trouble. Yet we can restore the health of our oceans with better management and immediate action.
Code of Silence: Why Service Members Are Not Requesting Help
Troops returning from combat are facing another battle at home – the stigma surrounding post-traumatic stress disorder.
Measuring the U.S. Role in Africa’s Elephants in Crisis
The current poaching crisis is wiping out elephant populations across the continent. What’s next for these great, vanishing creatures?
National Forests: the Bedrock for Preserving Animal Populations
From high-quality habitats to travel and migration routes, America’s National Forests and Grasslands help sustain and grow our threatened wildlife populations.
Picking up the Pieces: Treating a Wild Elephant on the African Savannah
What happens to elephants targeted by the ivory trade when they fail to succumb to the poacher’s snare, bullet or arrow?
Elephant Poachers: The Struggle for a Ceasefire
Banning ivory is crucial to ending the elephant extinction crisis.
Alyssa Milano’s Case for Disaster Preparation
Actress and UNICEF ambassador Alyssa Milano knows all too well the importance of emergency preparedness.
Mending Minds with Access to Mental Health Services
While working full-time as a child psychologist, Barbara Van Dahlen founded Give an Hour, a national nonprofit organization providing mental health services to post-9/11 military personnel and their families.
After the Orlando Pulse Tragedy, Love Rules
Friends and family of shooting victim Christopher Andrew Leinonen honor his memory by continuing his legacy of love, compassion, hope and acceptance.
Impacting Our Future