Charity

The Family Tradition That Makes Me Laugh and Cry

Having my kids with me on this charity walk means more to me than they will ever know. 

Why My Kid Won’t Accept Birthday Gifts From Friends

In our house, birthdays are a time to give, not receive. 

The One Activity That Made Our Vacation Special

Now my daughter wants to do it every time we travel. 

The Trip That Turned My Whole Family Vegetarian

A spontaneous farm visit led to a major lifestyle change—and sparked a passion for volunteering in my kids.

6 Ways to Have Healthy Holidays

The holidays bring their own set of challenges: too much food, too many parties, too much stress, too little time. Stay on the healthy track with these tips.

How to Avoid Common Scams

Learn how to avoid the most common swindles—from high-tech password theft to low-tech door-to-door hustles.

Melinda Gates on Her Inspiring New Year Tradition

It’s not about resolutions, but more about setting a particular mindset.

Everything You Need to Know About Choosing (and Giving to) a Charity

Eileen Heisman, CEO of the National Philanthropic Trust, offers advice on vetting organizations before opening your heart (and your wallet).

4 Meaningful Ways to Give Back

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, Real Simple is partnering with four stellar organizations that transform lives—by educating kids, housing families, feeding the homebound, and saving animals.

How to Make Charitable Donations Really Count

If you're not a Rockefeller, a Gates, or a Zuckerberg, what can you do to maximize the impact of your charitable contributions? Follow these expert strategies for giving the most bang with each buck.