Microphilanthropy is changing the face of charity

(Note: this is my column on microphilanthropy, which appeared in USA Today last week. This is a taste of what will be covered in my forthcoming book on money)
by Laura Vanderkam
Picture two scenarios. The first: You could give $50 to a charity that you know, vaguely, helps people with disabilities.
The second: You log on to ModestNeeds.org, a non-profit that h… read more »

The 720 Hours of Christmas

Did you know that there are 720 hours between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year? The calendar is about to slam into this festive season (which is culturally festive, even if one doesn’t celebrate Christmas in a religious fashion). For many of us, it’s a busy time, as every group we’re involved in has their own party or gift giving occas… read more »

Who gets up with the baby? Nobody, most of the time

It was a predictable series of events. The University of Michigan put out a press release about a study on gender sleep patterns called “Wake up, Mom! Study shows gender differences in sleep interruptions.” By the time a few places posted it, people were highlighting the most glaring statistic: working moms are five times more likely to get up w… read more »

USA Today: Microphilanthropy is changing the face of charity

I have a column in Wednesday’s USA Today called “Microphilanthropy is changing the face of charity.” I introduce the issue by highlighting a charity called ModestNeeds.org, which helps lower-income people with one-time bills. When you make enough to live but not enough to save, a broken car, a plumbing leak, hole in the roof or unexpec… read more »

Kids, toys and the value of money

This past Saturday, I took my 3-year-old along in the jog stroller as I went for a run (my husband stayed with the baby). I really like getting one-on-one time with him. We had a great time talking to each other and enjoying a surprisingly warm and sunny late fall day. Jasper was good in the grocery store, despite the epic Trader Joe’s line. Then, as promised, I t… read more »