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July, 2017
There's still time to apply Personal Best to all of your 2017 goals, including effective giving.

Charlie's Short Takes

Now that we are midway through 2017, it is a great time to take stock of where we stand with our New Year’s resolutions. What behaviors have we promised ourselves we would improve? Eat a healthier diet, including less meat or no meat (or even vegan)? Exercise more?  Perhaps pay more attention to our families and, perhaps, a little bit less to our work? A wise person once told me that nobody ever said on their deathbed, “I wish I had spent more time at the office.” Of course, a few of us may be fortunate enough to love our work, but generally that is the exception.

Esha Thaper’s  blog is very much worth reading in the context of the midway point of the year. As she says, we all too often turn inward to promote our happiness when the best results may be achieved by looking at the many ways we can help others. The concept of "personal best", which I have often discussed, is relevant to achieving all your goals, including your giving objectives – in terms of both money and time. Have you set a giving goal?  If not, consider doing so, including taking our "Pledge."

I hope the remaining part of the year is enriching for you personally and for those you care most about, including the global poor.

Good Living and Good Giving,


Charity Voices

PSI-partnered Passages Project addresses the root of chronic challenges by working to transform negative social norms, focusing on interventions that aim to reduce stigma and myths related to family planning use, increase male engagement in family planning, reduce gender-based violence, and improve gender-equitable attitudes and behaviors.
Child marriage is correlated with negative health and education outcomes around the world. IPA researchers evaluated the impacts of a conditional incentives program and an adolescent empowerment program on adolescent marriage, teenage childbearing, and education in rural Bangladesh.
Because of Seva’s new partnership with Mettashin Charity Eye Hospital, more people throughout the Taunggyi region in Myanmar, like Daw Ei Zin, can receive transformative eye surgery.
Project Healthy Children is greatly pleased to report reaching a historic achievement with the Government of Liberia through the formal endorsing of the national fortification program, impacting over 4.5 million people.

Highlights from Our Blog

by Esha Thaper
If you’re feeling a little down, there’s always the tried and true methods of self-care: sleep, diet, exercise. But there’s another proven tactic that people often don’t think of, yet it’s far easier than getting yourself to the gym or saying no to a slice of cake: acts of kindness.

Team Picks

When I heard about the World Bank, I did not imagine that the person leading it had such background and aspirations. If all organizations of this caliber had the right approach, it would be easier to end extreme poverty by 2030... maybe sooner.

--Llamil Silman, Chief Technology Officer
A powerful example of how proven health interventions transform, or save, lives.

--Jon Behar, COO & Director of Philanthropy Education
Over the past few years, I have had the privilege of being able to follow teachings by Danny Silk, who carries such a profoundly beautiful perspective on loving and leading people well. This video is a conversational interview about correction and dealing with others' weaknesses within a team. It's based on Christian principles, but I believe it's so relevant for anyone who wants to lead their team well.

--Stacey Black, Director of Marketing
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