Read about the importance of giving back to the community and the organizations that rely on generosity in this special report.

  • Success Story: India is polio-free

    In the wake of the recent announcement that India has been declared polio-free by the World Health Organization (WHO), PCI (Project Concern International) celebrates the global partnerships and international resolve to rid the country of a debilitating and often deadly disease.

  • Companies gain through giving

    Corporate philanthropy not only helps nonprofit organizations. Businesses that give also reap many benefits, including consumer loyalty, increased corporate identity, targeted brand recognition and heightened employee morale.

  • Joining forces for education

    As one of only six United Ways chosen by Strive Together to be part of a nationwide “Collective Impact” initiative, United Way of San Diego County is at the forefront of implementing innovative educational approaches in the region. Funded by a $1 million investment from Target (NYSE: TGT), the announcement was made at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in late September.

  • San Diego Rescue Mission: Lives change here

    Homelessness in San Diego is an ongoing, everyday passion for those of us who deal firsthand with these struggling individuals. These issues are on our agenda, but for the majority of San Diegans, the challenges and tragedy of homelessness remain relatively invisible, since many of the homeless congregate in urban centers, such as downtown San Diego.

  • Echo Pacific Construction Inc.

    Around a decade ago, Echo Pacific Construction Inc. took itself through a significant corporate shift. The first part was to completely redirect the business focus from dollars earned to clients satisfied.

  • Magazine releases ‘America’s Top Givers’ list

    Television talk-show host Oprah Winfrey debuts at No. 40 on BusinessWeek's annual ranking of America's top givers. Her $151 million in gifts and pledges to various charities also earns her the distinction of being the first African-American on BusinessWeek's list.

  • Second Chance joins the national #GivingTuesday movement

    Second Chance San Diego has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners —charities, families, businesses and individuals — to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

  • Motivating employees to give back all-year long

    Donating money to provide a family with a Thanksgiving turkey. Volunteering at a homeless shelter. Advocating for a favorite charity event. The holidays tend to be a time where employees are in the giving spirit. But the needs of the San Diego community continue year-round.

  • Parkinson’s Association offers services, support

    The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego ( provides education and family services to all areas of San Diego County with a mission of improving the quality of life for those affected by Parkinson’s. In addition, we support promising local research with a vision of “a world without Parkinson’s.”

  • Companies still give despite global recession

    Despite the continued impact of the global recession on businesses, 59 percent of companies -- many without waiting for their own profits to recover -- recommitted to their communities by giving more to charity in 2012 than they did in 2007, before the recession took hold.

  • Project Concern International

    Project Concern International has been saving lives since 1961, working in the most vulnerable communities around the globe. What we've learned is that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to ending global poverty.