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Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives. is a 501(c)3 organization.

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Apr 20, 2015

  When people think of Ikea they usually picture ready-to-assemble furniture and appliances that give your living space that modern, almost sterile look. What they usually don’t picture is a global charitable foundation that has worked on huge projects with numerous nonprofits. The Ikea Foundation is actually a very well-established charitable organization whose main focus […]

Apr 15, 2015

The biggest reason we see people come up with for why they don’t volunteer is that they simply don’t have enough time to put aside and do so. Well, today marks the second annual Microvolunteering Day, which is a day meant to encourage people to get out and engage in volunteer opportunities that are both […]

Apr 14, 2015

  A common obstacle that we find many people run into when they first decide to volunteer is that they have no clue where they should even start.   When you think about it, who can blame them? First you have to figure out what cause to volunteer for, which can seem near impossible most of […]

Mar 25, 2015

You know those brisk fall nights when you’re camping in the woods with family or friends, and you burrow into your sleeping bag but just can’t seem to get warm enough no matter what you do?   Could you imagine feeling that way every single night?   Ashleyann Burnett had this very thought one day […]

Mar 16, 2015

  “Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.”   So said Chuang Tzu, preeminent Taoist thinker, some 25 hundred years ago. Nonetheless, there is a whole industry catering to people who approach happiness as something to be hunted down in self-help books, courses, new age practices, and life coaches. Via  On the opposite […]

Mar 13, 2015

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Feb 21, 2015

Many of us feel the need to take concrete action, with the hope that our children may have a better place to live in. However, without contemplating the deeper reasons for our problems, activism can become a Sisyphean task – acting repeatedly, without making any real change. Wangari Maathai, the late Kenyan Nobel prize winner, […]

Feb 20, 2015

An unfortunate truth about law school is that it can be a real downer. It’s expensive, demanding, and remarkably difficult. As a second year law student, I have spent the past two years watching most of my friends go through profound personal changes, often observing people I love spiral into cynical patterns of thought. I […]