Drought: A Worldwide Existential Threat
How long can you go without a drink of water? The answer: not long. Just like humans, the surface of the Earth must stay hydrated to support life. When droughts happen, people, wildlife, and plantlife all suffer. Current droughts are historically severe, in large part due to human actions. Learn how to do your part to reduce that severity.
Posted by Francis Zierer on June 19, 2021
How Ocean Pollution Endangers Humanity
Tuesday, June 8, was World Ocean Day. This is just one of many worldwide initiatives to bring awareness to and prevent ocean pollution. Our oceans are extremely precious, not only for marine life, but for the future of all life on this planet. It’s imperative that you educate yourself on the consequences of ocean pollution and work towards a healthier future for the great bodies of water that make up the majority of the planet’s surface.
Posted by Francis Zierer on June 11, 2021
ShareYourself, Haiti, and The Path to a Better World
In May, ShareYourself founder Stu McGowan and his son Evan traveled to Haiti to help an orphanage lay the groundwork for a planned school building. Over the course of their 10-day trip, the scope of their project increased 500-fold. This marks the beginning of a new chapter for the company, unlocking ShareYourself’s true potential to make the world better through connecting people with the resources they need to change their communities.
Posted by Francis Zierer on June 04, 2021
We Need Bees, They Don't Need Us
Have you ever been stung by a bee? It hurts, but that’s no reason to fear or hate these black-and-yellow, fuzzy, flying insects. Bees are a great friend to humanity — they play a major role in the food chain, especially in fruit production. It’s time to learn more about these insects and take action to protect them. Save the bees!
Posted by Francis Zierer on May 17, 2021
Carbon Offsetting: An Accessible Way to Supplement Your Environmentalism
Do you know your carbon footprint? Ever since the concept was first introduced, in the 90s, environmentally-minded people have been coming up with ways to make theirs smaller. Go vegan, ride a bike, take the bus, buy local—there are many things you can do. More recently, businesses and individuals alike have turned to carbon offsetting as a way to further neutralize their footprints. For Earth Day, we explore what that means.
Posted by Francis Zierer on April 26, 2021
#ShareYour Impact Contest!
The #ShareYourImpact campaign challenges you to take action, make a difference to your community, and to sign up for our platform to create a project, apply for grants, and support other projects across the globe that you believe in.
Posted by LC Hines on April 20, 2021
Cryptocurrency is Booming, Climate Change is Looming
With the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange, Coinbase, going public, it’s clear that digital currencies are here to stay. Just because this new form of money is digital doesn’t mean it doesn’t have real-world implications—indeed, real-world usage is the goal. Critics tend to highlight the outsize environmental impact of creating and trading these currencies. How big is that impact, and what can be done to lessen it?
Posted by Francis Zierer on April 16, 2021
Three Small Organizations Making A Big Difference
Large organizations tend to dominate the conversation around big-impact activism. In reality, it tends to be a mass of less advertised groups making a bigger impact. Even those established groups usually started small. We’ve highlighted three lesser-known and smaller-staffed groups around the world who are using their resources to help make life better for the people around them.
Posted by Francis Zierer on April 09, 2021
The Man Saving Mangroves in Nigeria
In an interview with Jerry Chidi, a documentary photographer, Chidi talks about mangroves and all of the ways people are destroying mangroves. Additionally, Chidi talks about his most recent ShareYourself project called: Plant a Mangrove and how he used a ShareYourself grant to accomplish the project.
Posted by Mitchell O'Neill on April 02, 2021
We challenge you to make a positive impact in your community. Donate food to your local food bank, Donate clothes to the nearest Goodwill or shelter, do anything you can do! Once you make your impact, post a video or photos to social media with the #ShareYourImpact and tag us on social media. To take things one step further sign up for ShareYourself and start a project, such as a community garden, a book donation box, or an upcycled art piece, any social impact project can be easily supported on ShareYourself through our vast community and fundraising.
Posted by LC Hines on April 01, 2021
Padma Lakshmi and Effective Celebrity Activism
There are so many roles to play in philanthropy, from donating large sums of money to putting that money to work on the ground level, to educating the public, and everything in between. Some activists truly lead the rest of us by example through their work. Padma Lakshmi is one of those people.
Posted by Francis Zierer on March 29, 2021
To Change the World, Dream Big and Act Locally
Headlines about billionaires and their multimillion-dollar donations make us think philanthropy is mostly something wealthy people do. In fact, the bulk of America’s donated dollars come from regular people. You don’t necessarily need a huge bank account to enact change; it’s less about how much you give than where and why you give it.
Posted by Francis Zierer on March 22, 2021
Transportation and Climate Change: We Can do Better
The modern world runs on pollutant-emitting transportation, from air travel to ocean shipping to automobiles. The millions and millions of vehicles in use right now are wreaking havoc on the environment. There are many ways to make transportation more sustainable and slow climate change—explore the possibilities.
Posted by Francis Zierer on March 12, 2021
Deforestation: An Existential Threat
Forests are one of Earth’s most precious natural treasures. They play host to a majority of our planet’s terrestrial biodiversity and are a crucial ally in the fight against climate change. These wonderful biomes are being destroyed every day in the name of industry and agriculture. This destruction is unsustainable and affects all of humanity—what can be done to save our forests?
Posted by Francis Zierer on March 05, 2021
Philanthropist Spotlight: Douglas and Kris Tompkins
There are many philanthropists operating today, but there are some who truly lead the rest by example. Doug and Kris Tompkins, who spent years building companies like The North Face and Patagonia, are two of those people. Their environmental conservation work in South America is a blueprint for how to make a difference in the world.
Posted by Francis Zierer on March 01, 2021
What is The Paris Agreement?
The Paris Agreement, an international treaty aiming to slam the brakes on climate change, was signed by 196 parties in 2015. This marked a renewed global commitment to the sustainable future of our planet. A few years later, there is still much to be done, though some corporations and nations have begun to rise to the occasion.
Posted by Francis Zierer on February 19, 2021
Struggles Philanthropists Regularly Face
In the internet era and with the rise of platforms like ShareYourself, it is easier than ever for people to contribute to causes they care about. Still, it can be difficult to ascertain where to put your donation dollars. Make sure you take the time to research fundraisers and organizations before you commit.
Posted by Francis Zierer on February 12, 2021
The Origin of Black History Month
It’s Black History Month in the United States. Explore why February was chosen as the month to observe Black history, what President Biden has to say about the month, what organizations are working to further the cause of racial equality, and what you can do to help.
Posted by Francis Zierer on February 05, 2021
5 CSR's That Are Disingenuous
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) departments are now standard for businesses in most fields. This practice, rooted in post-war American economic theory, can be truly rewarding and genuine, as illustrated in a previous post on this blog. Of course, that is not always the case, and many CSR efforts are nothing more than an attempt to save face through marketing. Here are some examples.
Posted by Francis Zierer on January 29, 2021
5 CSR's That Made A Difference During COVID-19
As the Covid-19 pandemic swept the globe, issues such as hunger, poverty, houselessness, and access to health care deepened and became yet more dire. World governments helped, to varying degrees and with varying effectiveness. What about wealthy corporations, especially those with dedicated corporate social responsibility (CSR) foundations? In a field where there’s often more lip service than real aid, 2020 was an opportunity for corporate giving to step up.
Posted by Francis Zierer on January 21, 2021