Impacting Our Future
The Solution to Homelessness is Housing, Not Handcuffs
In 2017 and 2018, across the U.S. nearly 90% of large scale apartment buildings were unaffordable to the majority of renters in their communities.
The Reality of Preventable Blindness
When we work together today and build for tomorrow, we can succeed against the epidemic of preventable blindness. But we need to start addressing the lack of access to care for people suffering from cataracts.
We Are Responsible for Fighting This Global Emergency
It may be tempting to view climate change as a faraway storm or a problem to confront in the future. But this year looks set to become the fourth hottest on record.
One CEO on How Women Are Breaking Barriers for Nonprofits
Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, discusses her career in nonprofit work and gives advice to citizens looking to get involved.
How Consumers Can Help Create Better Lives for Farm Animals
An animal advocate says the food industry has the power to create better lives for farm animals and urges consumers to demand it.
The Journey Towards Deforestation-Free Commodities
One of the biggest drivers of deforestation is the use of palm oil, but boycotting isn’t the answer. Instead, we need to focus on sustainable sourcing.
Warrior Support: Steps to Empowering Those Who Serve
The Wounded Warrior Project is transforming the way American injured veterans are empowered, employed and engaged in our communities.
Why It’s Smart to Invest in Sustainable Water Heaters and HVAC Systems
For most consumers, a hot shower and a climate-controlled house are necessities more than luxuries. But what happens when these systems break?
Drawing Inspiration on Creative Storm Preparation From Puerto Rico
The resilient island is setting an example in proper storm prep.
Building the Beloved Community and Ensuring Opportunity for All
Laying the groundwork for a brighter, more equitable future is up to each and every one of us. The time to get started is now. Here's what you can do to get started.
Increasing Access to Wheelchairs Across the Globe
An up-to-standard wheelchair for all in need should be a global mandate. Until then, here’s how one organization is aiming to fill in the gaps.
The Clean Energy Revolution Marches On
Ken Berlin, President and CEO of the Climate Reality Project, shares his thoughts on the fight against climate change.
Emotional and Spiritual Support Are Key to Disaster Recovery
The Salvation Army’s trained emotional and spiritual care specialists meet unspoken needs.
Every Individual Matters: Rebuilding Through Animal Rescue
When disaster strikes and communities find themselves relying more intrinsically on one another, the compassionate teams of animal rescuers are essential to restoring life and community.
Rethinking Aid Programs for Longer-Lasting Success
Jeff Rogers, CEO and co-founder of Child Legacy International, speaks on how sustainable development programs help global communities support their children.
How Innovative Roofing Solutions Can Reduce Smog and Cool Communities
Communities focused on air-quality improvements or addressing the impacts of urban heating should consider roofing materials with unique performance properties.
Supporting Families in the Battle Against Child Separation
Matthew Soerens, U.S. Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief, talks about how we can come together and help families who have been forcibly seperated.
What The Climate Group Is Doing to Create Large-Scale Change
There’s no denying climate change is real. Yet still, corporations and governments are ignoring their real responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
How Adaptive Sports Are Uplifting America’s Wounded Warriors
After a soldier was injured overseas, a one-of-a-kind athletic program offered him rediscovered strength, a powerful support network.
Corporations Turn to Regenerative Change for Long-Term Viability
In the absence of national political leadership, professionals are taking us beyond sustainability by making their businesses more regenerative.
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.
Improving Neighborhoods, One Home At A Time
There is undoubtedly a critical need for affordable housing in America today.
Affordable Housing Benefits Us All
Affordable housing not only helps our most vulnerable populations — it leads to stronger, healthier and more vibrant communities.
Offering a Sustainable Solution to Our Current Plastic Problem
The use of plastic is having a disastrous effect on our planet, but new technology is giving hope for a more sustainable future.
Microchipping: The Way to Bring Your Pets Home
When Mother Nature wields her worst (hurricanes, floods, tornados), protect your pets with a registered microchip.
3 Key Ways to Fight Lending Discrimination
For those who aren’t rich and white, the American dream of home ownership is too often out of reach.
Disaster Preparedness: 6 Things You Can Do Right Now
Disasters can disrupt a normal day anywhere in the world with little or no warning. Safety and survival often hinge on your level of emergency preparedness.
Bethenny Frankel Is Bringing Disaster Relief to Communities in Need
The reality star is no stranger to the harsh realities that disaster-affected communities face.
How One Retired Marine Is Continuing to Serve Her Country
Jaclyn Kirkwood joined the Marines at 17-years-old. She excelled and went on to have a nearly two-decade career. Now, she’s encouraging other women to enlist too.
3 Ways You Can Help With Animal-Related Disaster Prep
The ASPCA discusses the nation’s improved systems for reuniting animals affected by disaster with their owners.
Before You Buy a Home, Study Up
NeighborWorks America can help new and veteran homebuyers save money and avoid default.
When Women Win, We All Win
Katica Roy is a gender economist and the CEO and founder of Denver-based Pipeline, an award-winning SaaS platform that leverages artificial intelligence to drive economic gains through closing the gender equity gap.
Will You Join the Fight to End Veteran Suicide?
The statistics about veteran suicide in the United States are startling. It’s time to face the facts and join the campaign to end this tragic and all-too-frequent occurrence.
Actress Amy Smart Discusses Ways to Live More Sustainably
As living becomes more convenient, Amy Smart believes in reducing our environmental footprint and brainstorms small changes that can lead to big impact.
6 Steps to Identify and Eradicate Workplace Victimization
Today, as ever, it’s critical that companies stay on guard to protect their employees against harassment and move swiftly to combat unacceptable behavior.
5 Things to Consider When Preparing for a Disaster
Disasters can disrupt a normal day anywhere in the world with little or no warning. Safety and survival often hinge on your level of emergency preparedness.
Culinary Strategy: The Unsung Hero of the Sustainability Movement
The secret to creating plant-based, sustainable menus may lie in mixing smart, effective, business strategies with well-worded and thought out menus. And, of course, some delicious food as well.
Marching Into the Future of Progressive Women's Leadership
The 2017 Women’s March drew 3.5 million Americans to protest in solidarity for human rights. As midterm elections draw closer, the minds behind the March hope to help more progressive and diverse leaders into power.
Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
In case of a catastrophe, here are four items that could keep your loved ones safe and sound.
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.
Mapping Progress and the Road Ahead for Workplace Disability Inclusion
Twenty-eight years after the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed, people with disabilities still encounter barriers when trying to enter the workforce.
Taking Menstrual Hygiene Management from Stigma to Social Change
Feminism is more visible than ever but menstrual hygiene management is still one of society’s greatest stigmas. And women and girls in developing countries have it worst of all.
How Informed Prosthetists Help Amputees Find Their New Normal
Amputees often have a team of health care professionals. An informed prosthetist can make all the difference.
Paralympic Snowboarder Noah Elliott Is Soaring to New Heights
He watched the Sochi games from a hospital bed. Four years later he won gold.
How Service Dogs Help Amputees Build Their New Normal
Meet Gary and his service dog, Halo. Their touching friendship can serve as an inspiration to others on their road to recovery after limb loss.
Heather Abbott Connects With Female Amputees Over Fashion and Fearlessness
How a victim of violence is hitting her stride in paying it forward by helping female amputees find their new normal.
Saluting the American Legion’s Legacy of Inclusivity
The first female national commander of The American Legion offers an impassioned account of the organization’s community-building and support efforts for all veterans.
Deconstructing 3 Myths Surrounding Natural Disasters
Because most people only know about natural disasters from sensational news stories, it’s hard to know what to believe. Here’s what’s true and what’s not.
How Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Place Savvy Organizations on the Leading Edge
To bring your workplace into the future and boost business, it’s time to expose problematic biases and further balance-driving programs.
Coordinating Sustainable Development Goals on a Global Scale
From climate change to gender equality, businesses are following the United Nations' lead to make impact investing a priority worldwide.
4 Health Problems Indoor Air Pollutants May Be the Cause Of
Every breath we take makes a difference to our health and the health of our kids. Here are four ways indoor air pollutants threaten our family’s well-being, including one that may surprise you.
Tom Selleck Reflects on His Role as an Advocate for America’s Veterans
The award-winning actor recounts his time in the service during the Vietnam War and opens up about the continuing crusade to shift the perception of veterans in our workforce.
Green Living Means a Healthier Future for Everyone
Now more than ever, people are conscious of maintaining healthy, sustainable lifestyles. It turns out a great way to do that is by using the power of plants.
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.
Removing the Bottlenecks to Disaster Response
In the event of a disaster, countries with targeted, sector-specific preparedness programs are more likely to respond faster, save lives, and reduce losses.
Erik Solheim on Facing the Future of Climate Change
The Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme opens up on climate change — the obstacles we face, and our best hope for reversing the damage.
A Letter from Actor Emma Thompson On the State of Our Climate
When it comes to the environment, actor Emma Thompson maintains an air of sense and sensibility, and, in an open letter, urges the public to get informed and get involved.
Chuck Norris Salutes the Legendary Work of America’s Service Men and Women
You know his name, and you know his films — but what you might not know about is his fierce advocacy work for the military community.
Where Is the Wildlife? Fighting the Looming Threat of Factory Farming
From elephants to jaguars, species all across the world are threatened, and we must act swiftly to turn the tide of extinction.
Embracing the Value of Veteran Entrepreneurs
Veterans make excellent business owners, and corporations are eagerly including veteran-owned businesses as an integral part of their diversity programs.
Learn Why Veteran Reintegration Is Critical to National Security
A Marine combat veteran outlines the crisis that could face our Armed Forces if they don’t work to better prepare veterans to enter today’s workforce.
3 Important Steps for All Veterans Heading to College
Heading to college can seem daunting, but with these few simple steps and key questions to ask, you’ll ace the process and make the most of your education.
Are Veterans America’s Greatest Civic Asset?
An Iraqi War veteran outlines the many ways veterans are going above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to volunteering, voting and other key areas of civic engagement in our country.
Learn How One Business Is Working to Recruit Veteran Talent
Carly Sanchez, the Head of Talent Acquisition, Strategy and Delivery at Wells Fargo, notes the valuable skills veterans bring to the workplace and shares what her company is doing to attract this top talent.
Extending a Helping Hand to Veterans Joining the Workforce
Discover some of the unique organizations helping our service men and women sharpen their skills for life in the working world, from technical training to pre-college prep.
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.
How You Can Help Set Our Vets up for Success After Service
Retired Army service woman Anne Sprute lays out the challenge facing veterans as they return to civilian life and encourages all of us to play a role in easing the transition.
How Warrior-to-Warrior Support Helped One Soldier Brave His Battle Against PTSD
An Army veteran shares the story of his battle against the invisible wounds of war that followed him home — and the support he found amongst fellow veterans.
Discover 5 Key Skills Veterans Can Offer Any Business
Companies that hire veterans are tapping into highly trained individuals who can drive business success. Here are just a few of the key skills veterans can bring to your workplace.
Meet the Hidden Heroes of Military Caregiving
When we discuss the challenges veterans face, we can no longer exclude the crucial work being done by military caregivers. It’s time to expand our support of these everyday, unsung heroes.
Honoring the U.S. Military’s Unbroken Tradition of Valor
The President of the American Veterans Center shares the remarkable stories of three American veterans.
Continuing the Fight for Clean and Healthy Air
Our country has made strides towards a cleaner planet, but we still have a way to go before we can guarantee healthy air for all Americans, now and in the future.
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.
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.
3 Ingredients for a Successful Mission-Driven Business
For businesses who strive to make a positive impact while hitting financial goals, success means something different.
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.
Motivating Your Employees Beyond A Dollar Sign
Companies and organizations must ask themselves how they are providing employees with a sense of purpose if they want to provide effective motivation in the workplace.
How Transparency and Accountability Are Good for Business
Business is about more than making money. It can be a force for good too.
How Inclusion and Diversity Begins With a Supportive Culture
There are many ways for companies and communities to promote workplace diversity and social inclusion — and everyone benefits.
All-Around Benefits of Company-Sponsored Pro Bono
When companies invest in serving their communities and provide employees the opportunity to work pro bono, they will often see underlying benefits and impact on business.
Paving the Path to Easy Healthy Eating Choices
We’ve created a world where making choices that violate our values is easy.
3 Perspectives on Social Entrepreneurship
Social entrepreurship happens in many different ways, serves many kinds audiences and solves many types of problem — but it all comes down to how businesses can make a difference.
Making a Positive Impact Through the Power of Impact Investing
Traditional investment models are changing as for-profit business embrace the idea that companies and organizations can — and should — help solve larger problems.
Hungry for Change: The Environmental Cost of America's Meat Addiction
From increased greenhouse gas emissions to decreased biodiversity, it’s clear that industrial animal agriculture is taking a toll on the health of our planet.
Analyzing the Latest Trends in Mission-Driven Business
Liz Maw, CEO of Net Impact, shares her thoughts on mission-driven business trends and the millennial career market.
A Closer Look at Mission-Driven Business
Experts and business professionals break down the facts, trends and social impacts of mission-driven business.
Strengthening America’s Electricity Grid and Preparing for the Future
A robust power grid keeps the lights on, especially when disaster strikes. As we debate infrastructure upgrades, the grid should be first on the list.
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.”
Overcoming Bias in the Workplace
Who of us hasn’t blurted out an embarrassing comment? “Why did I just say that?” you think. “Could that comment mean I am biased?”
The Rise of Reducetarians and Who They Are
On a hot summer afternoon in Manhattan, my friend and I met for our weekly lunch. He noticed I had brought a chicken salad and was surprised by my choice.
Keeping Girls in School Can Change the World
Right now, something incredibly simple is standing between millions of girls and a classroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Steps to Moving Forward When Disaster Strikes
What comes next after a disaster? Find out the top things homeowners can do to take care of their investments and restore their homes.
Why Brands Should Cater to the Thoughtful Consumer
From seemingly small purchases like cups of coffee to big-ticket items like smartphones, consumers are more mindful of their purchases and what their dollars are supporting.
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.
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.
Diversifying Leadership and Supplier Partnerships Outfits Businesses for Tomorrow’s Market
The United States will see a demographic shift in the coming years as minority population growth exceeds the non-minority population.
How Filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper Makes Room for the Underrepresented
She was named one of the “Top 10 Documakers to Watch” by Variety in 2016. Today, she is in a unique position to share the ways in which exposing untold stories through her craft.
10 Hard Human Trafficking Truths
Who’s vulnerable, where and why? Learn the essentials and be better prepared to make a difference.
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.
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.
Diversity Is a Neglected Priority in Today’s Corporate World
Diversity — as a topic, as a concept, and as a business advantage — is very much on the minds of most senior executive teams, especially in the technology sector these days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In LGBTQ Elected Officials, Representation Really Is Power
Electing LGBTQ officials is a high priority for the movement in its efforts to advance equality.
The Benefits of Linking Business with Business Educators
Corporate leaders are still slow to grasp the economic need to diversify their workforce, which demands relationships with promising leaders-in-the-making.
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.
Innovation and Growth As a Result of Inclusive Culture
Recent political, social, and economic tensions highlight a growing need to promote a more inclusive culture in the workplace. The benefits of doing so, however, often go unsung.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Americans 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.
Mike Colter on Bridging the Divide and Promoting Diversity
Best known for his superhero turn as Luke Cage on Netflix’s eponymous hit show, Mike Colter is no stranger to adversity — or success.
Experts Consider the Need for and Promotion of Corporate Diversity
From an active, equal-opportunity pipeline all the way up to the C-suite, having a diverse set of talent is a challenge too few business leaders take on.
Adrian Grenier’s Passion for Preserving Ocean Health
How the “Entourage” star’s Lonely Whale Foundation and awareness initiatives are helping to remove plastic from the ocean — one straw at a time.
Top Chef Tom Colicchio’s Focus on Sustainable Foods
From his restaurants to his non-profit, the reality television star practices what he preaches when it comes to creating a more sustainable future.
Leaders in the Fight Against World Hunger Share Their Thoughts
We talked with humanitarian professionals at the forefront of the battle against food insecurity about the latest developments and how you can lend a hand.
Preparedness Experts Talk Disaster Plans and Emergency Kits
Disasters can disrupt communities, businesses, lives and in some cases, even our society. Always have a plan for emergencies.
How One Business Helps Fund Mental Health Programs
Kim Widener, founder and CEO of WovenWell, advocates for women and mental health awareness.
How “Blacklist” Star Megan Boone Challenges Air Pollution
The actress and new mother is committed to creating a healthier world for all children, and she knows that change starts with sustainable living.
Why a Market-Based Approach Could Be the Key to Solving the Sanitation Crisis
Lack of access to toilets and better sanitation is a global crisis. Does the key to improving sanitation actually lie in better marketing?
Moms Defend Their Right to Clean Air
Our children need a healthy environment and clean air to thrive. As Latina moms living in highly polluted Los Angeles neighborhoods located in the freeway-choked East Side and San Fernando Valley, we would know.
Making the Most of Your Energy-Efficient Home
Thanks to new technologies, modern homes use far less energy than those built decades ago. But there are still ways to make your energy use more efficient.
Toyota's Director of Environmental Sustainability on Corporate Responsibility
Kevin Butt talks to Mediaplanet about what corporations can do to help the environment and Toyota’s long-term environmental goals.
Clean Air Remains a Critical Need for Americans’ Health
Californians have long been subject to pollution from traffic-heavy cities. Now, increasing ecological disasters continue to impact the health of everyone, but especially vulnerable low-income communities and children.
How to Prevent Air Pollution Inside
Many people think of air pollution as an outdoors issue. However, chemicals and noxious gases can harm people inside, as well.
Debra Messing Shares Why Time’s Up for Workplace Inequality
The award-winning actress explains why she's supporting the Hollywood's gender equality movement and offers hope for equity in every industry.
Experts Explore Best Practices for Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Thought-leaders in workplace diversity explain why inclusion drives success and what steps their companies are taking to build a better work environment for all.
Alicia Silverstone Talks About Her Eco-Friendly Lifestyle
In an exclusive interview, the “Clueless” star shares what inspired her interest in green living and emphasizes the role sustainability plays in the planet’s future.
5 Ways to Eat More Sustainably This Spring
The Mindful Momma shares her tips for how to eat more sustainably and do your part to help save planet Earth.
A Famed Stunt Actress Shares Her Recovery Journey After On-Set Horror
After experiencing a terrible accident on the set of a popular movie franchise, Olivia Jackson remains optimistic and motivates others to do the same.
One Woman’s Journey From Patient to Disability Awareness Advocate
Christina Mallon doesn't let paralysis of her arms and hands stop her from living life to the fullest.
How Adaptive Cycling Helped a Wounded Warrior Forge a New Path to Normal
Read the story of “Flip” Klein and discover how sports can play a powerful part in an amputee’s recovery process.
For Children Around the Globe, Mobility Is About More Than Movement
Learn how a reasonably priced prosthesis can have a profound and lasting impact the life of a child in the developing world.
Empowering America’s Amputees on Their Road to Healing
For the millions of Americans amputees, support is crucial along the journey to recovery and healing.
“Breaking Bad’s” RJ Mitte on Disability, Success and Banishing “I Can’t”
According to GLAAD’s "Where We Are On TV” report for the 2017-18 television season, 1.8 percent of regular primetime broadcast characters had a disability. Though this marks a slight increase from previous years, visibility for disabled individuals is clearly still sorely lacking in popular media. But there’s always RJ Mitte.
A Healthy Community Begins With a Healthy Downtown
Discover the group working to transform our downtowns into vibrant cultural and economic centers.
Low-Income Adults Need Strong Community Colleges
To give every American the opportunity for success, we must do more to fund higher education.
The Smart Move: Early Education for All Children
Members of the U.S. Child Poverty Action Group explain why it’s important to give children resources and opportunities early in life.
Want Healthy Kids? Cover Their Parents
Learn why child advocates are pushing to expand Medicaid to lower-income adults.
For Parents of Online Teens, Communication Is Critical
Open, non-judgmental conversations form the bedrock of digital safety.
How We Can Stop School Violence Before It Starts
Focusing on prevention over punishment, more educational institutions are embracing technology that detects threats on social media before violence has the chance to strike.
Let’s Upgrade 911 for the 21st Century
Millions of callers — and lives — depend on a nationwide update to how 911 calls are made.
How We Can Improve School Safety With Unified Communications
Here’s how classroom intercoms, integrated with existing phone systems, can aid daily communication and provide links to law enforcement during emergencies.
We Must Improve School Emergency Communications — Here’s How
Improving communication between schools and first responders, and among first responders themselves, will save lives.
How Business Leaders Are Advocating for a Healthier Planet
Profit-driven corporations are slowly shifting their focus from the future of their bottom lines, to the future of the environment.
Michael Strahan on the Devastation Affecting His Hometown of Houston
When Hurricane Harvey struck, Strahan’s first thoughts were of his family and friends still in the area.
Your Invitation to a Climate-Smart American Workforce
As climate change grows to be a more pressing issue, successful organizations will seek specialized training on the matter to guide future plans and objectives.
When Natural Disasters Strike, How Do Employees Get Paid?
When most Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck, a ”hurricane-delay” isn’t a valid excuse for letting employees go broke. Prepaid payroll cards ensure workers are paid quickly and conveniently in challenging times.
Overhead Investment: 5 Things Homeowners Need to Consider When Buying a Roof
Fifty-eight percent of homeowners plan to renovate this year, including 43 percent who wanted to tackle outdoor projects like roofing.
3 Qualities That Make Metal Roofing the Ideal Choice
With extreme durability and added fire protection, modern metal roofs are proving to be smart, practical options for eco-conscious homeowners.
Experts in Disaster Prep Share Their Top 3 Tips
Is your family ready for the next big storm?
How Montel Williams Is Helping Makeover the Homes and Lives of Veterans
Emmy Award-winning host Montel Williams made a 17-year career of helping people fix their problems on “The Montel Williams Show.” Now, the former Marine is back as host and co-producer of a television show exclusively focused on helping veterans.
Jacob Tremblay Shares His Experiences as an Advocate for Kindness
Jacob Tremblay, star of the films “Room” and “Wonder,” talks about his reasons for “choosing kind” in his everyday life.
Treating Babies Who Suffer From Cleft Conditions
In addition to operating 34 locations where patients can access year-round care for cleft conditions, Operation Smile invests in training and education for local healthcare professionals.
Two Students on Transitioning from the Military to Back to School
Learn more about how current students have assimilated into academia after serving in the military.
A Mission to Give Babies the Best Chance at Life
Project Peanut Butter (PPB) is known for its commitment to the eradication of malnutrition in children within Africa, but the organization is also developing research on how to prevent malnourishment before birth.
Continuing the Fight Against One of the World’s Oldest Diseases
The fight against malaria is happening daily, and millions of lives are saved thanks to globally coordinated efforts. However, there’s more that needs to be done.
The Latest Updates on Global Infant Health
Premature birth and its consequences are the leading cause of newborn deaths. Investing in women’s health care is essential for giving babies the start they deserve in life.
Empowering Veteran Mental Health
Keeping your mental health in check is difficult for anyone. The journey to achieving a balance can be even more difficult for those who have undergone serious trauma or change.
We Need to Take Personal Action to Help Our Planet
We can shift to a green, circular economy, but to get there it’s going to take consumers and producers listening to each other and working together.
Banning Poaching: Why You Have to Stop the Buying to Stop the Killing
When the buying stops, the killing can too. That’s the message from WildAid, a non-profit that works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products and to increase conservation.
How the Perils of Single-Use Plastics Inspired a Movement
One woman’s mission to clean up the planet one straw at a time has beome a movement.
Want to Help the Environment? Why 1% May Be All It Takes
You know climate change is happening, but you’re not sure how to help. Fortunately, certain organizations can take the guesswork out of the effort.
How One Nonprofit Is Striving to Ensure the Right to Clean Water and Air
Not all young people have the right to vote, but they do have the power to make a difference in the world. That’s the message of EarthEcho International, a nonprofit co-founded by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau.
Actor and Environmentalist Ian Somerhalder’s Call for Sustainability
UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador Ian Somerhalder has been connected to nature his whole life. He spent his childhood in Louisiana exploring the outdoors and wanted to be a marine biologist. Today, he uses his platform to spread the importance of sustainability.
Why Building Better Homes Matters in Childhood Development
Helping families build their own houses tremendously benefits childhood development and helps children lead more stable lives.
Musician Casey Harris on Performing With a Visual Disability
The X Ambassadors keyboardist discusses his thriving music career and his position as an advocate for blind musicians.
The Future of Affordable Housing
Urban areas are experiencing a lot of growth thanks to a ton of new economic policies being put in place. But with growth comes growing pains
We Already Know What to Do About the Housing Crisis
The growing shortage of affordable apartments begs for creative solutions
Jon Bon Jovi Aims to End Homelessness in Southern Nevada
Years ago, when Jon Bon Jovi was staying in a hotel in Philadelphia, he looked out of the window and saw a homeless man sleeping on a grate. It upset him. After all, this was not what our forefathers imagined when they built this country.
How Housing Helps: Supporting Recovery for People with Mental Illness
Affordable housing is a necessity to many, but it can have a particularly profound effect on those with severe mental illness.
We Can Make Housing More Affordable in the United States
We know that a family should never have to spend more than 30 percent of their income on a home. Today, nearly 19 million U.S. households pay half or more of their income for a place to live.
Affordable Housing for Aging Americans
As people are living longer, the housing crisis is expanding to an older demographic.
It’s Time to Address Our Nationwide Housing Crisis
There is no greater challenge facing our nation than the one that literally hits home for millions of families. From coast to coast and everywhere in between, we are experiencing a nationwide housing crisis.
Impacting Our Future