How to do good in 2010.

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Dec. 30 2009 7:00 AM

How To Do Good in 2010

A collection of Slate's best philanthropy advice.

Food banks and other charities still need your help. Click image to expand.
Food banks and other charities still need your help

Maybe 2009 was too chaotic a year to focus your time, money, or voice on the many deserving causes calling out for help. With the new year approaching, it's not too late to do good. The economy is still in bad shape, health care reform remains in flux, and there's never a shortage of fellow human beings in need of comfort. My Goodness columnists Patty and Sandy Stonesifer offered smart and easy ways to give charitably and volunteer. Below are links to some of their best advice.

Paralyzed by Health Care Reform: I want to act, but I don't remotely understand the issues. What should I do?

Charity as Stimulus: How to make charitable donations that also boost the economy.

Hungry for Change: More U.S. households are going without food. Here's how to help.

Typhoon in Burma! Tsunami in Samoa! What's the absolute best way to help after a natural disaster abroad? Should I send cash?


How To Help a Vet: Many veterans charities aren't very good. But there are other ways to aid returning soldiers.

Serve It Up: In this terrible economy, where can I find a hands-on, do-gooding job?

Am I My Brother's Keeper? I have extra cash. My siblings don't. How much do I have to help them?

Garden-Variety Activism: Can I plant some vegetables in the vacant lot nearby?

Charity Begins at Home: I'm a working mom with little kids. Is there any volunteer work I can do between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.?

Sister, Can You Spare a Dime? I don't give to my neighborhood panhandlers. Should I?


War Stories

The Right Target

Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.

The NFL Has No Business Punishing Players for Off-Field Conduct. Leave That to the Teams.

Meet the Allies the U.S. Won’t Admit It Needs in Its Fight Against ISIS

I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights

Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.

Should You Recline Your Seat? Two Economists Weigh In.

Medical Examiner

How to Stop Ebola

Survivors might be immune. Let’s recruit them to care for the infected.


America in Africa

The tragic, misunderstood history of Liberia—and why the United States has a special obligation to help it fight the Ebola epidemic.

New GOP Claim: Hillary Clinton’s Wealth and Celebrity Are Tricks to Disguise Her Socialism

Why the Byzantine Hiring Process at Universities Drives Academics Batty

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Sept. 23 2014 11:45 PM America in Africa The tragic, misunderstood history of Liberia—and why the United States has a special obligation to help it fight the Ebola epidemic.
Sept. 23 2014 2:08 PM Home Depot’s Former Lead Security Engineer Had a Legacy of Sabotage
Sept. 23 2014 11:45 PM Why Your Cousin With a Ph.D. Is a Basket Case  Understanding the Byzantine hiring process that drives academics up the wall.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 23 2014 2:32 PM Politico Asks: Why Is Gabby Giffords So “Ruthless” on Gun Control?
  Slate Plus
Political Gabfest
Sept. 23 2014 3:04 PM Chicago Gabfest How to get your tickets before anyone else.
Brow Beat
Sept. 23 2014 8:38 PM “No One in This World” Is One of Kutiman’s Best, Most Impressive Songs
Future Tense
Sept. 23 2014 5:36 PM This Climate Change Poem Moved World Leaders to Tears Today
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 23 2014 11:37 PM How to Stop Ebola Could survivors safely care for the infected?
Sports Nut
Sept. 23 2014 7:27 PM You’re Fired, Roger Goodell If the commissioner gets the ax, the NFL would still need a better justice system. What would that look like?