Today’s Solutions: October 26, 2021

Philanthropy

Latest news on corporate and nonprofit efforts aimed at changing our world for the better through benevolent initiatives, such as fundraisers, grants, and charities.

The Optimist View: ITP Small grants change the world

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead The Optimist View is our long-form edition weekend publication which dives deeper on the critical solutions we cover on The Optimist Daily. Read More...

Largest private US employer commits to covering employees' tuition fees

There’s never been a better time to be a student with a part-time job at Walmart. Walmart, the largest private employer in the US, has pledged to help its associates obtain post-secondary education without the stress of student loan debt through its Live Better U education program. If you are Read More...

Did you know that volunteering is good for your health?

Volunteering is a great way to have a positive impact while connecting to your community, but did you know that volunteering is actually good for you? Today we share four ways in which giving back to your community also gives back to your health and wellbeing. Physical and mental health Read More...

THE OPTIMIST VIEW: Invoking the Pause 一 Funding environmental changemakers

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead We’re all familiar with major names in philanthropic giving like MacArthur, Rockefeller or Ford, but there are hundreds of lesser known Read More...

SCSU cancels $9.8 million in debt to help students resume their studies

Back in May, we wrote about Delaware State University's decision to cancel more than $700,000 of its students’ debt. Now, South Carolina State University (SCSU), another Historically Black College or University (HBCU), is following in its footsteps to wipe out a whopping $9.8 million in student Read More...

New Mexico celebrates largest private land donation for conservation

New Mexico is celebrating the state's largest private land donation which adds 15 square miles to the Sabinoso Wilderness Area. The donation, made by the Trust for Public Land, was accepted by U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. It increases the wilderness area by 50 percent and offers both Read More...

This simple app supports both local restaurants and food insecure individuals

You may have never heard of Bento, but you might have seen it in action at a local restaurant without even realizing it. Created during the pandemic by Not Impossible Labs, Bento is a program that pulls together restaurants, individuals who are food insecure, and those wishing to make a difference Read More...

This organization in California gives cash directly to crime victims in need

Victims of crime, such as those of domestic abuse or those who experience the loss of a loved one to gun violence, are often faced with unexpected expenses on top of healing from their trauma. In California, the state has a victim compensation fund to cover expenses such as mental health services Read More...