A few weeks ago I went to our local TD Bank branch as I heard about their free change counting machines. My girlfriend and I had been keeping loose change in a one-gallon ziploc bag, and it summed to over $140. Now that's real change!
And speaking of real change, I recently started my new stint at New Leaders for New Schools, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to ensure high academic achievement for every student by attracting and preparing outstanding leaders, and supporting the performance of the urban public schools they lead. I'm finding the work extremely rewarding and we're taking on big challenges - single sign on solutions, complete consumption of Software as a Service (SaaS) and leveraging cloud services like Salesforce. In fact New Leaders won an award for the innovative work they're doing with the Force plantform. And the largest issue - helping Principals lead their schools based on best practices at scale. Check out our Urban Excellence Framework for a peek into driving dramatic achievement results in schools.
Some other great places to find real change: The change.org job board which allows you to find nonprofit careers in your area of interest; DonorsChoose.org which supports micro-funding of Teacher's requests for their classrooms; and WiserEarth - "connecting you to communities of action". Leave your favorites in the comments!