Fantastic ted talk by Peter Singer discussing effective altruism, which “combines both the heart and the head.” While the heart guides us towards maximizing our empathy and compassion, the head can “make sure that what [we] do is effective and well-directed.”

What resonates so powerfully with us (and we imagine with you) is (1) that we all have the capacity to be altruists and (2) that as altruists, we can do not just some good but as much good as possible

Benevolent was built from within this mindset, connecting striving individuals with those eager to help! 

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by Megan Kashner (CEO/Founder of Benevolent) via huffingtonpost

Ever wonder why a low-income kid doesn’t just study harder? Or why low-wage jobs are often hard to fill? How do families get stuck in poverty?

This past year, we’ve been asking low-income adults what’s getting in they way as they strive to reach their goals. By simply listening, we’ve learned a lot about what Americans in need need to reach stability.

1 - Just getting and keeping the job is expensive

If there are jobs available, how can someone complain that there are none? We heard over and over that the simple costs of getting the tools, uniforms, bus fare and certifications to qualify for and make it through the first couple of months are huge barriers. Seems backwards, doesn’t it, that a low-wage job requires people to spend hundreds of dollars just to arrive ready to work on the first day?

John, a veteran and a dad, was offered a job as a welder right after he…

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A need to tell and hear stories is essential to the species Homo sapiens—second in necessity apparently after nourishment and before love and shelter. Millions survive without love or home, almost none in silence; the opposite of silence leads quickly to narrative, and the sound of story is the dominant sound of our lives, from the small accounts of our day’s events to the vast incommunicable constructs of psychopaths.
Reynolds Price, A Palpable God, 1978

Cyber thumbs up and high fives to NationSwell for this piece! We LOVE how Cat Cheney (author) links to Kat’s video, mentions the INCREDIBLE work of Family Independence Initiative and LIFT, and empowers readers to “show your support” seamlessly. 

For those unable to attend SXSW or read Megan Kashner’s huffingtonpost piece on listening to low-income Americans, NationSwell captures both here. Check it out!