BILLIONAIRES: Take their wealthy pals on a weekend retreat and hit them up for pledges.
YOU: Round up your like-minded friends and pool your charitable resources.
Teaming up with a dozen or so friends to make a large gift to a single charity has become far easier, thanks to social networks. On Facebook you can use the Causes application to create a page for a charity you want to support. Then invite friends to join the cause and give money through the site.
You can use Twitter to broadcast news about a charitable goal you'd like to accomplish, what your deadline is, and updates on how you're doing.
"It helps if there's a sense of urgency," says Beth Kanter, author of The Networked Nonprofit.
Offline, once you've found a willing group of people interested in the same good works, formalize the connection with what's known as a giving circle. In a giving circle, a small group of friends pay annual dues and meet a few times a year to discuss causes they'd like to fund.
Check whether you or your friends might be eligible for a program to match charitable gifts at your company; 34% of large firms offer matches, according to human resources consultancy Aon Hewitt, on amounts from a few hundred to a few thousands dollars a year.
|Overnight Avg Rate||Latest||Change||Last Week|
|30 yr fixed||3.79%||3.76%|
|15 yr fixed||3.00%||2.96%|
|30 yr refi||3.77%||3.75%|
|15 yr refi||3.01%||2.98%|
Today's featured rates:
Nike is opening up shop on Amazon.com and the company plans "big shifts" over the coming year. More
The shutdown, which raised protests from navigator groups, will occur from midnight to noon on on all but one Sunday. More
As if Uber's new CEO didn't already have his work cut out for him, Dara Khosrowshahi has to deal with losing London. More
In 1998, Ntsiki Biyela won a scholarship to study wine making. Now she's about to launch her own brand. More
When you're making big career decisions, you turn to your mentors and your trusted peers. But how do you find these mentors and trusted peers in the first place? More