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Tourists helping villagers set up a community hall in Cambodia
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The Next Idea Would you be willing to take a vacation that's centered around helping others? Perhaps through a church or school group. Maybe it's teaching English. Maybe it's building a school in a struggling country like, say, Haiti. It's called "voluntourism." The intentions are good, but the results might not be as helpful as the voluntourists are hoping for.

Volunteer food packing at Zaman International in Inkster, MI, on May 20, 2016. Zaman, a charity specializing in assisting women and children in the local area, delivers the packages in advance of the beginning of Ramadan, the holy Islamic month where Musl
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This is the holiest season of the year for Muslims: Ramadan. It's a time of self-examination and increased religious devotion. It's also a time of giving.

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A Texas-based charity is being warned about its fundraising connected to the Flint water crisis. Michigan’s attorney general says FlintUnleaded.org may be violating the state’s laws on charitable solicitations. Andrea Bitely is with the attorney general’s office. She says they’re keeping an eye on charities claiming to raise money for Flint. “We’re making sure that folks know how to donate to an organization that will actually get the dollars that they want to Flint,” says Bitely . Bitely...

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An old, unworn coat taking up space in a closet could be keeping someone warm this winter. St. Vincent de Paul and Art Van Furniture have teamed up to collect these coats for people in need. Today, the partnership kicked off Operation Coat Check. New or gently used coats for children and adults can be dropped off at any Art Van location through Feb. 11. This is the first year that St. Vincent de Paul and Art Van are partnering for the initiative. "They've been such a strong community...

Scrooge and Bob Cratchit from "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.
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A new report finds Michigan is the seventh least charitable state in the nation. Wallet Hub is an online personal finance site that churns out a long list of financial best and worst lists. Its latest looks at charitable giving, or in Michigan’s case, a lack of charity. Michigan ranks near the bottom of WalletHub’s charity list for relatively low rates of charitable giving and volunteering. Utah topped the charitable rankings, while Rhode Island was the most Scrooge-like state.

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Michigan non-profits are hoping for a little holiday cheer next week. While it’s not as big as Black Friday or Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is gaining momentum. Giving Tuesday started in 2012 as a way to promote donations to non-profits.

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It's a key scene in one of the most beloved American films –the moment when Forrest Gump starts running. Barclay Oudersluys, 23, of Birmingham, has decided to do for real what Tom Hanks pretended to do on film. He is running across America. It’s called Project Gump and Oudersluys is doing it to raise $10,000 for the Hall Steps Foundation. He hopes the money will go to help build a well in Mozambique. In May, his journey began at the Santa Monica Pier in California and he’s headed to Marshall...

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Small but mighty. That's the Rotary Charities of Traverse City . They've taken profits from oil and gas wells and put that money right back into improving Traverse City in many ways. It's a perfect example of a non-profit making a powerful impact on its community. The Rotary Charities are connected to the local Traverse City Rotary Club and value the organization's culture of "service above self."

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Here's the challenge: Get yourself from New Orleans to Detroit. In 36 hours. No cash. No credit cards. Just your charm and ingenuity. Oh, and one other thing: You'll be dressed up as your favorite hero. It's the Escape for Good charity race, and if making your way from New Orleans to Detroit wearing your Batman suit or Forrest Gump beard, trucker hat and sneakers sounds like your thing, you can sign on now for the race that begins Friday. Rocco Gardner is the creator of Escape for Good and he joined us today. *Listen to the interview above.

It's December. That means the airwaves are filled with Holly Jolly Christmases, White Christmases, Jingle Bell Rock and that ever-present Little Drummer Boy. So, in the interest of public service, we thought we'd present a way for you to hear some fresh holiday music, performed by Michigan artists. The CD is called " A Michigan Christmas of Hope ." Holy Cross Children's Services will receive every penny of money raised from the CD. It's one of the largest private providers of specialized schools and children's services in Michigan. Devin Scillian is best known as the anchor on WDIV-TV in Detroit. But, he's also built quite a following as a singer-songwriter. And, joining Devin is Russ Russell of Holy Cross Children's Services. Listen to the full interview above.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Poker's rise in popularity has helped Michigan's charities and civic groups stay afloat at a time of dwindling donations from elsewhere.

And efforts to rein in a charitable gambling industry that has grown more than 20-fold in a decade are sparking backlash.

At stake is the future of "millionaire parties." The casino-style events allow nonprofits licensed to hold gambling events to split cash proceeds with unlicensed poker rooms that provide the...

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton probably wont vote in the primary today, though he spends his life doing work thats greatly affected by the political world. Nor does he seem impressed that Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are fellow Roman Catholics. Actually, he seems pretty appalled by them. They take some small part of the churchs teaching and focus on that and ignore everything else, he told me late yesterday, when I went by his office to see him. That office is in an ancient building in a very...

Groups brace for end of charity tax break

Dec 22, 2011
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Michigan taxpayers who want to get a state tax credit for some charitable donations have about a week and a half left before the credits expire. Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature eliminated the credits as part of a tax overhaul designed to help balance the budget. Many groups say its difficult to predict how the expiration will affect charitable giving. If you give people, ask them seven reasons why they give, for many people the financial and tax benefits is never...

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Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism started using a mitten image to represent the shape of its state. Michiganders took umbrage. In their mind, there is only one true Mitten State. Now, tourism officials in both states are working to convert the light-hearted flap over mittens into a donation drive. More from the Associated Press: MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Tourism officials in Wisconsin and Michigan are trying to parlay their recent dust-up over mittens into a donation drive. The two states tourism departments got into a good-natured battle last week over whose state has the better claim to looking like a mitten. Now the states are trying to capitalize on the publicity with the Great Lakes Mitten Campaign, an effort to collect mittens for charities. Wisconsin officials are urging people to drop off mittens at state travel centers around the state and participating chambers of commerce through Jan. 15. The mittens then will be donated to local charities. Michigan officials, meanwhile, are asking people to donate mittens directly to their favorite charities.

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Nearly 500 volunteers served a hot meal to more than 1,300 people in need Wednesday night. Thats a record for the Holland Rescue Mission which has held the annual dinner for nearly 20 years. The non-profit runs a number of programs to help lift people from poverty. Volunteers in clean white aprons hoist large trays with several plates full of turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy. One after another they run the trays from the serving line to the dinner tables where other...

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The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus reported on the find by an attorney from Howell, Jules Fiani. They report that Fiani found $1,160 in a white envelope outside of a Dairy Queen last May. He turned the found money into police, but when no one claimed it, the police returned it to him. From the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus: Although Fiani could keep the money, he said, Its all going to charitable organizations. Its found money and its the right thing to do, Fiani said. I wish I had more to give away. The first $250 is earmarked for the Sheriffs Departments Shop With a Cop program, which pairs underprivileged children in the community with a police officer to shop for Christmas gifts. Its been really exciting dropping money off, Fiani said Thursday, noting that so far hes made donations to Make-A-Wish and Gleaners Community Food Bank.

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(*Editors note - Michigan Radio, as a licensee of the University of Michigan, benefits from this tax credit) The Michigan charitable giving tax credit expires at the end of the year, and charities are expecting the amount people donate to charities to drop as a result. The charitable giving credit was ended as part of Governor Snyders effort to pay for a business tax cut of more than $1.5 billion. The credit allows Michigan taxpayers to essentially double their contribution when they give to community foundations, homeless shelters, food banks and public institutions (such as Michigan universities, museums, public libraries, and public broadcasting stations). For a single filer, half their contribution can come off their Michigan tax bill up to a $200 contribution. Joint filers can take half of a $400 contribution. Brian Conner of the Detroit News wrote a piece on the expected effects of the credits expiration. Conner writes that charities in Michigan dont quite know how much of their donations are tied to the credit, but the expect to take some kind of a hit.