How Fools Can Help Prevent Another Financial Crisis

Dear Fools,

There's a saying in Washington that you should "never waste a crisis."

At The Motley Fool, we are taking last year's financial crisis as a call to fulfill the "educate" part of our mission statement. And so today we are excited to kick off the 13th year of our Foolanthropy program.

Over the first 12 years of Foolanthropy, you -- members of the Fool community -- have helped us raise more than $3 million for a wide range of deserving charities. This year, we have hand-picked an incredible partner right here in our backyard: Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School.

We are "adopting" Thurgood Marshall Academy, which is located just 20 minutes from Fool HQ in one of Washington, D.C.'s most impoverished neighborhoods.

It is a remarkable school, serving nearly 400 students from low-income communities in which high school and college graduation rates are the lowest in the city and among the lowest in the nation. The school's mission is to prepare students to succeed in college, and it's doing impressive work -- its first five graduating classes have a 100% college acceptance rate.

Thurgood students have achieved test scores three times higher than the scores of students from neighboring public high schools. And taking a page from the business world, the school uses a benchmark assessment system that allows teachers to make data-driven decisions.

How Foolish. It's no wonder the school was recently nominated for the Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Schools Program.

Focus on financial literacy
We will begin our campaign pledge to support Thurgood students and teachers today. (To find out more about the school, and how to contribute, click here.)

Foolanthropy 2009 will also have an emphasis on volunteerism. In researching this year's campaign, it did not surprise us to find that in 2008, charitable giving suffered its largest drop in four decades. So throughout the next year, Fool employees will be volunteering their time at Thurgood by offering seminars and other financial-preparedness workshops to students and their parents.

There's a Chinese proverb that goes, "If the roots are not removed during weeding, the weeds will grow again when the winds of spring blow."

And we believe that the best way to tackle the root problem of financial illiteracy is to educate -- and educate early. The research certainly suggests that it will take a grassroots movement to effect change. A 2008 survey by Schwab (Nasdaq: SCHW  ) revealed that only 34% of parents taught their teenagers how to balance a checkbook. Only 29% managed to explain the basics of credit card interest and fees.

How to get involved
We're asking for your help with Foolanthropy in three key ways:

1. Donate. Make a tax-deductible monetary contribution and help an innovative school serving an underprivileged community. Just click here to help. Over the coming months, we will report here on Fool.com the changes our community helped bring about.

2. Make noise on Fool.com. For every article comment, blog post, blog comment, and discussion board post from today until Jan. 8, 2010, The Motley Fool will donate $0.10 to Thurgood Marshall Academy (up to $20,000). Make your voice heard -- early and often!

3. Volunteer. Spend some time helping out a local school, a friend or relative, or an organization focused on educating kids about all matters financial (Jump$tart, Junior Achievement, NCEE, or Operation Hope, to name a few).

The goal is impact. There are plenty of generous corporate donors in this area, including Fannie Mae (NYSE: FNM  ) ; The Washington Post (NYSE: WPO  ) ; GEICO, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B  ) ; Marriott International (NYSE: MAR  ) ; Pepco Holdings (NYSE: POM  ) ; and General Dynamics (NYSE: GD  ) .

Those organizations make an impact in their philanthropy, and we believe our community-level approach can make an impact, too -- and we hope you'll join our campaign. With an innovative, deserving partner in Thurgood, we're focusing our efforts where Fools can make a real difference.

In fact, you can start right now by posting a comment in the comments section below. As Henry David Thoreau wrote, "One is not born into the world to do everything, but to do something."

Wishing you and your families a safe, happy, and Foolish Thanksgiving,
Tom Gardner and Marthe LaRosiliere
Foolanthropy Co-Chairs

Neither Tom nor Marthe owns shares of any companies mentioned. The Fool owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway. Berkshire and Schwab are Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendations. Berkshire is also an Inside Value pick. Read up on the Fool's disclosure policy here.


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  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 5:03 PM, scn9677 wrote:

    Here's my 10 cents worth :-)

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 5:15 PM, clydejazz wrote:

    Excellent idea. Here's my 10 cents.

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 5:27 PM, bvdecker wrote:

    How about studying the Constitution and learn why the Founding Fathers made our country a Constitutional Republic not a democracy. We have come a long way from the original 12 pages. Volunteer to teach students what you have learned so they know why this country has been so successful. I recommend "The 5000 Year Leap" by W. Cleon Skousen.

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 5:36 PM, lennysims wrote:

    good job fools

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 5:39 PM, Akiraiaia wrote:

    How is it possible that in Washigton DC, the place where decisions get made to throw trilions at failing corporations, the nations most impoverished schools are situated? I'm just back from a china trip where even poor cities have a decent education. Something is seriously wrong with the US. Good that some realize and help but $3M is just too small

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 5:40 PM, kensafool wrote:

    Jolly Good Show!!!! Up it by .10.

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 5:49 PM, EBerg13 wrote:

    I'll tell you why Akiraiaia, DC does not have representation so politicians don't care about DC schools any more than they care about DC police or services or anything else there. I wish political leaders had to send their children to DC schools. They would be models of excellence.

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 6:33 PM, Mustang5086 wrote:

    Got to help a great cause!

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 6:54 PM, xetn wrote:

    I don't wish to throw cold water on this idea, but I must take exception to the fact that Fannie is contributing to this school. So, after being bailed out by the taxpayers, it is using our money to support this school. Please explain to me, how this is a legitimate use of our money. It is one thing for the taxpayer to give money to anyone they want, but this makes giving mandatory.

    That is like GM paying back $6 billion plus to the treasury using (you guessed it) taxpayer money.

    As for donating, I Fannie has already done that for me.

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 7:47 PM, Ohrandom1 wrote:

    Best wishes for the students at Thurgood Marshall Academy. Foolanthopy is doing a great job.

    There is another charter school in the area that warrants Foolanthopy attention; the Hyde-DC Charter School. 100% of Hyde-DC seniors are 'accepted into college and are prepared for the challenges of college and life beyond college'. The Hyde Schools are remarkable inthat they prepare students for life, not just be good in school.

    More information at www.hydedc.org

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 7:49 PM, Ohrandom1 wrote:

    Best wishes for the students at Thurgood Marshall Academy. Foolanthopy is doing a great job.

    There is another charter school in the area that warrants Foolanthopy attention; the Hyde-DC Charter School. 100% of Hyde-DC seniors are 'accepted into college and are prepared for the challenges of college and life beyond college'. The Hyde Schools are remarkable inthat they prepare students for life, not just be good in school.

    More information at www.hydedc.org

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 8:02 PM, TerribleatCAPS wrote:

    10 cents gladly given.

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 8:02 PM, TerribleatCAPS wrote:

    10 cents gladly given.

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 8:03 PM, Radiance08 wrote:

    Good Job Fools!

    Excellent article and makes us all think ...

    What can we do to help?

    There are many ways and here's one.

    Thanks for giving back.

    Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 8:04 PM, Ohrandom1 wrote:

    To: Xetn

    "I must take exception to the fact that Fannie is contributing to this school. So, after being bailed out by the taxpayers, it is using our money to support this school."

    FNM is being a responsible corporate citizen in supporting these young people. Take pride in the fact that one or more of these students may lead the charge in heading off a future financial crisis. If FNM was not bailed out there would be one less corporate sponser to support the school, and who knows, maybe no one to solve that next financial crisis.

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 8:04 PM, Ohrandom1 wrote:

    To: Xetn

    "I must take exception to the fact that Fannie is contributing to this school. So, after being bailed out by the taxpayers, it is using our money to support this school."

    FNM is being a responsible corporate citizen in supporting these young people. Take pride in the fact that one or more of these students may lead the charge in heading off a future financial crisis. If FNM was not bailed out there would be one less corporate sponser to support the school, and who knows, maybe no one to solve that next financial crisis.

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 8:22 PM, whitelake wrote:

    You got me! I don't usually comment or blog but here's my 10 cents worth and there will be more. Thank you for your advice and great columnists through the years. Happy Thanksgiving to all. And may all remember, in future comments, the kind spirit of the day throughout the year.

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 8:55 PM, GoingDutch wrote:

    Good luck to all the kids a Thrugood and happy Thanksgiving.

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 8:59 PM, XMFRael wrote:

    Do Fool comments count? Oh well, can't hurt!

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 9:10 PM, TDUBFISH313 wrote:

    Ten cents from me

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 9:30 PM, dc46and2 wrote:

    I'm glad you guys are doing this, but someone should really do something about the folks in that big dome you got there in DC. They don't know how to balance their checkbook either. Just my $0.12.

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 9:32 PM, dc46and2 wrote:

    I'm glad you guys are doing this, but someone should really do something about the folks in that big dome you got there in DC. They don't know how to balance their checkbook either. Just my $0.12.

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 9:42 PM, foolishlymeek wrote:

    I also was amazed at the DC school system when I worked in Washington. Washington, DC, has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the country - right next to some of the best private schools in the country.

    I consistently believe that those who make the laws must also live by those laws. Then the members of Congress would all have 'skin in the games' of social security, the public school system, and the next huge mistake of social health care.

    As long as they can give themselves special services, pay raises, perks that others can't touch, they are not public servants but self-servants!

    Foolishly Meek

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 9:44 PM, oxmyx1 wrote:

    Hi, Fools - Another way to help is by using the Goodsearch search engine - They give a penny for every search! AND please please use Goodshop! Several HUNDRED stores donate to your chosen charity if you go to their site through the goodshop.com site.

    And since I'm an animal lover (though I teach high school and yay to Thurgood) - could I ask you all to put Bridging the Worlds Animal Sanctuary in your charity line for both these sites, at least for a while? Animal charities are silently suffering the same downturn - and my friends at BTW are getting desperate! THANK YOU! Look around you tomorrow, past all the food and love on your loved ones! Happy T Day!

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 9:50 PM, foolishlymeek wrote:

    dc46and2,

    Nice comment! ;)

    However, I'm afraid that when Congress says something will cost $10 Billion, we always end up paying $12 Billion because they can't or won't count the true costs! Unfortunately, even if we sent money to Congress for their education, it would somehow end up lining pockets. Don't forget, they also have to add their own 'pork' - such as Mary Landeau (sp) of Louisiana who only signed the current health bill after a section was added to give "certain states that have been hurt by natural disasters" more money. I wonder which "certain state" was included? At this point, it's estimated that LA will get an extra $1 million with few requirements or little oversight.

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 9:55 PM, TMFBrich wrote:

    @xetn: Apologies for any confusion. Fannie Mae has donated to Thurgood in the past, but after it was de facto nationalized, it scaled way back on corporate giving and is focusing what donations it does make on housing-related philanthropy:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05...

    FNM's inclusion in this article was just to point out that it's a major contributor to local (Washington, D.C.) causes. General Dynamics and Geico, for instance, are not direct Thurgood donors, to the best of my knowledge.

    @TMFRael: Yes, yes they do. Here's to ten more cents!

    -Brian

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 10:00 PM, rd80 wrote:

    Very Foolish.

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 11:33 PM, pfool7225 wrote:

    I think it is absolutely amazing that no one has mentioned the fact that this is the school that President Obama pulled the plug (er: funds) on. It was too sucessful a private school that showed up the public schools......it had to go!

  • Report this Comment On November 25, 2009, at 11:36 PM, Baron0602 wrote:

    ka-ching!

  • Report this Comment On November 26, 2009, at 1:02 AM, akerrn wrote:

    This is something I can get behind. here is my .10.

  • Report this Comment On November 26, 2009, at 1:57 AM, hazelita wrote:

    Good job, Fools! Another 10 for you!

  • Report this Comment On November 26, 2009, at 2:08 AM, mikesy8 wrote:

    go! financial literacy. teach this kids how to fish and not let them ask for fish.

  • Report this Comment On November 26, 2009, at 2:10 AM, yeilBagheera wrote:

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    Yes, we need to remake high schools so that students can catch up. For 2cents I'd support community colleges (those schools of the second chance). 10 cents for rigorous education is great too.

  • Report this Comment On November 26, 2009, at 4:10 AM, Phoenix002 wrote:

    Congratulations to the donations both monetary and otherwise. The Future will always a Foolish place for anyone to invest in, and will forever reap greater societal returns than just about anything else blustered about at countless other sources (ahem...CNBC!ahemahem) out there.

    But as much as the young men & women of Thurgood will benefit from the tutelage of you wise Fools, I can`t help but think of those neighboring schools, how much their minds truly hunger for practical knowledge such as this (even if they won`t admit it themselves), and how much even greater the societal returns...

    Good on you Fools, best of luck, but keep in mind this is only the start, and there are many difficult hills to conquer in the years ahead.

  • Report this Comment On November 26, 2009, at 4:19 AM, yellowca wrote:

    What a great cause - Fool on!

  • Report this Comment On November 26, 2009, at 7:57 AM, bop385 wrote:

    A very commendable idea.

    Glad to be a participating member.

  • Report this Comment On November 26, 2009, at 8:42 AM, TMFTomGardner wrote:

    Just a reminder to all Fools that we will be giving 10 cents for every comment up until Jan 10, 2008 in dollars up to $20,000. In other words, you simply can't be active enough as a participant in your own financial education -- and bring your friends online to help out (and help them learn more about their finances). I will be depressed if we don't reach the $20,000 mark! Go Fools -- and go Thurgood Marshall!

  • Report this Comment On November 26, 2009, at 8:42 AM, TMFTomGardner wrote:

    And go 10 cents!

  • Report this Comment On November 26, 2009, at 9:20 AM, Ibeatmykids wrote:

    I can count to banana.

  • Report this Comment On November 26, 2009, at 10:01 AM, Topcity24 wrote:

    Excellent idea. It is through the education of our kids that we will be able to prevent the finanacial mistakes of the past, from happening again.

  • Report this Comment On November 26, 2009, at 10:52 AM, lakespapa1 wrote:

    Here's my .10.

    Piqued by pfool7225's comment that "it is absolutely amazing that no one has mentioned the fact that this is the school that President Obama pulled the plug (er: funds) on," I searched but could find nothing to support it. All I could find were references to Obama administration proposals for increased funding for performing charter schools (and for "pulling the plug on" underperforming charter schools). Hm. Strange.

  • Report this Comment On November 26, 2009, at 11:03 AM, chuckcroner wrote:

    I always thought there was something extra special about the Fools. Now I know. Your committment to help support Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School reflects the old adage that there 's more to life than taking. You have sent a powerful message of giving and caring, especially in inner city settings, where the education playing field is not equal to those in other settings. You have made my family's Thanksgiving more gratifying through your vision, courage, generosity and humanity. Please keep your readership informed as we all work towards growing this most worthwhile Fool's initiative.

  • Report this Comment On November 26, 2009, at 11:44 AM, XMFClarity wrote:

    Doh. I think TMFTomG meant Jan. 8, 2010. (Unless we're traveling back in time.) ;) We'll give him a pass...it's Thanksgiving. :)

    Here's my $0.10! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  • Report this Comment On November 26, 2009, at 12:41 PM, sankarm wrote:

    Excellent idea. I am where I am today, because somebody cared enough to ensure I had good education. I am very happy Fool is contributing to education. Thanks

  • Report this Comment On November 26, 2009, at 12:51 PM, TMFBrich wrote:

    Another $0.10 to the pot with this story:

    Abe Pollin, owner of the Washington Bullets/Wizards, died this past week. Pollin was known for being a generous giver, and here's one reason why:

    In 1988, he visited with a class of 5th graders and told them (and their parents) that he'd pay for their college education. Of the 49 students, 39 eventually went to college -- on Pollin's dime. Cool story: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2009/11/24...

  • Report this Comment On November 26, 2009, at 4:44 PM, TMFKnightly wrote:

    + $0.10 from me

  • Report this Comment On November 27, 2009, at 2:55 AM, akaprimo wrote:

    Happy Thanksgiving,

  • Report this Comment On November 27, 2009, at 7:52 AM, muytontita wrote:

    + $0.10 from me

  • Report this Comment On November 27, 2009, at 10:09 AM, suntzu101 wrote:

    Good idea, would like to see more companies with the same philosophy. Good job!

  • Report this Comment On November 27, 2009, at 10:54 AM, dudemonkey wrote:

    TMF always rocks! Thanks, guys!

  • Report this Comment On November 27, 2009, at 11:51 AM, TMFSpeck wrote:

    Our reaching out to Thurgood Marshall Academy this time around as part of our Foolanthropy campaign is but one of the many things that make me proud to be a Fool.

  • Report this Comment On November 27, 2009, at 1:08 PM, HarryCaraysGhost wrote:

    + .10 (oddly enough that was what I made in the market today:)

  • Report this Comment On November 27, 2009, at 2:02 PM, josedv wrote:

    Congratulations on your selection and on your initiative in financial education!

  • Report this Comment On November 27, 2009, at 11:12 PM, wjarvis wrote:

    Here's my .10. Anything to educate a child.

    My wife started a new community development corporation to assist families in need in our area. I'm happy to donate to someone outside my area.

    check out www.sscri.org if you are interested.

  • Report this Comment On November 27, 2009, at 11:50 PM, bernbern0 wrote:

    Wonderful idea. way to go Fools!!!!!!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On November 28, 2009, at 12:46 PM, MagneticNorth wrote:

    Best of luck to the Fools, gotta get to them while their young...I remember my association with Junior Achievement which provided a real life practicum in which to apply the lessons learned.

    With today's technology, think of the power available to these kids to go beyond the break even lemonade stands of my time.

    Of course those were simpler times....weren't they?

  • Report this Comment On November 28, 2009, at 8:26 PM, Duwango wrote:

    Way to go Thurgood Marshall!

    All these young minds exposed to Foolosophy.

    How do you save the World?

    One person at a time.

  • Report this Comment On November 28, 2009, at 11:03 PM, nvtashak wrote:

    Sounds like a good cause.

    Can the same person post more than once (i.e., on different days)?

  • Report this Comment On November 29, 2009, at 4:37 PM, OMightyFool wrote:

    Glad to add my first Foolish comment to help a good cause. I admire your Foolanthropy.

  • Report this Comment On November 29, 2009, at 5:36 PM, TARPhog wrote:

    TMA is a law-themed school and several law firms such as Clifford Chance offer tutoring to the students after school. Please volunteer to do that too!

  • Report this Comment On November 29, 2009, at 9:55 PM, jdgretz wrote:

    Add me to the list of generous $0.10 donors. Heck, I'll even make another donation Marshall's on-line donation page.

    Happy Holidays to all

    jdg

  • Report this Comment On November 30, 2009, at 12:07 PM, leenapaivikki wrote:

    Good going! Another great reason to be part of the Fool community - not only looking at our own interests but the interests of others. Admire Foolanthropy. Best wishes to the Thurgood Marshall Academy and congratulations for all the success they have already had.

  • Report this Comment On November 30, 2009, at 1:25 PM, thetucket wrote:

    Fabulous campaign, and wonderfully worthy cause. Thanks so much to all the dedicated Fools involved behind the scenes. Here's $0.10 for the kids!

  • Report this Comment On November 30, 2009, at 4:13 PM, TMFBreakerThiel wrote:

    Go education!

  • Report this Comment On November 30, 2009, at 4:13 PM, TMFBreakerThiel wrote:

    Go education!

  • Report this Comment On November 30, 2009, at 8:00 PM, InBoundMktgPR wrote:

    What a worthy cause, it takes people like you fools and all the comments to make a difference.. Way to go! It's a sad state of affair what some of "our" children have to go through.. They are the future of this nation, they deserve so much better.

  • Report this Comment On December 01, 2009, at 1:39 PM, BeboLindo wrote:

    Go Fool!

  • Report this Comment On December 02, 2009, at 5:48 AM, 1wanderingbull wrote:

    I think this is a great idea, and long overdue. School curriculum need to be revamped to consider functioning in society today, not 20-30 years ago. While you are at it, teach them that politicians work for the people and shouldn't have this sense of entitlement. They are out of control.

  • Report this Comment On December 02, 2009, at 1:07 PM, grassrootsgal wrote:

    Here's my .10 worth!

    Policymakers, let's stop putting all the blame on financial institutions and corporate America for doing what they were founded to do--make money. Hold consumers accountable too.

    Let's educate our society on financial basics. If knowledge is power, then financial knowledge paves the way for financial security, at the micro and macro levels.

  • Report this Comment On December 02, 2009, at 2:07 PM, lobbyist72 wrote:

    I agree with passing to others the basics of financial planning. I try to pass along my limited knowledge to those at work that don't understand why they should contribute to their 401K and the tax advantages. Happy to contribute my 10 cents

  • Report this Comment On December 02, 2009, at 2:10 PM, mistercube wrote:

    Cheers to the Fool, and here's my 10 cents.

    Here's to all of us earning more and giving more.

  • Report this Comment On December 02, 2009, at 2:21 PM, sid2286 wrote:

    I'm going to have to step up my commenting, for the kids.

  • Report this Comment On December 02, 2009, at 2:53 PM, RTFM2009 wrote:

    If we want to keep this country moving forward then we have to reinvest in education. Thanks Three Cheers to the Fools.

  • Report this Comment On December 04, 2009, at 1:42 PM, Dee154 wrote:

    Three Cheers, and here is my 10 cents worth!

  • Report this Comment On December 04, 2009, at 4:26 PM, XMFSinchiruna wrote:

    To see how some of your fellow Fools are getting involved, check out this blog post and help us generate the comments we need to trigger community pledges of support:

    http://caps.fool.com/Blogs/ViewPost.aspx?bpid=303917&t=0...

  • Report this Comment On December 04, 2009, at 5:15 PM, BravoBevo wrote:

    "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." - Life instructions to Kevin Durant before joining the University of Texas basketball team (he is now playing as the starting power forward of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder) from his father.

  • Report this Comment On December 04, 2009, at 5:41 PM, pyewackett100 wrote:

    Wish I had been taught financial basics when I was young. As it is, I am still learning and expect to be 'til I'm gone! Fool on!

  • Report this Comment On December 04, 2009, at 6:42 PM, Varchild2008 wrote:

    Sorry folks.. $20,000 has already been reached purely on my RANTINGS and RAILINGS against TTWO today...........:-)

  • Report this Comment On December 05, 2009, at 2:58 PM, dbb032 wrote:

    Three cheers for the Fools and Thurgood Marshall! I'm a depression kid. Our PUBLIC schools in central NJ taught us not only how to save, they taught us how to balance a checkbook, apply for a job, write a business letter, how to change tire, darn a sock!, cook, regardless of sex, all before the eighth grade, (1942, when we moved away). Naturally they had taught us how to read and write though, I never did grasp the point of learning grammar, we learned to play a musical instrument and panting and drafting. They were focused on jobs. It paid off for me. I fear our schools, here, are in far worse shape than DC, so we'll concentrate our efforts locally.

  • Report this Comment On December 06, 2009, at 4:59 AM, knadgir wrote:

    i applaud your efforts to spread knowledge. keep it up.

  • Report this Comment On December 06, 2009, at 5:50 PM, HasOrHasNot wrote:

    This is great. Maybe Motley Fools can consider opening local chapters to help schools in different areas.

  • Report this Comment On December 08, 2009, at 8:24 PM, bbauer52 wrote:

    Here's my dime, too. Such a worthy cause, glad to be a participant! The schools I attended were considered good, but they never taught money skills - Isn't that how we manage to live? Fool on!

  • Report this Comment On December 09, 2009, at 3:47 PM, muytontita wrote:

    Great cause!

  • Report this Comment On December 13, 2009, at 6:44 PM, kirkz wrote:

    Great idea, here's my 10 cents.

  • Report this Comment On December 19, 2009, at 5:39 PM, Catsslady wrote:

    How about a tutorial on how option profits are taxed. I've been having a great time following your advice and a few of my own ideas. I've made a little money on already expired options, and expect to make a lot more on the ones I've got running, and I haven't a clue how to report them, or how they reported to the IRS.

  • Report this Comment On December 29, 2009, at 8:57 AM, bunzeymom wrote:

    Here is my .10 amd I will spread the good word about this site! Happy Holiday's to all! ! !

  • Report this Comment On December 29, 2009, at 9:24 AM, Rena76 wrote:

    THANKS TO ALL THE GOOD PEOPLE DOING GOOD WORKS!

  • Report this Comment On January 06, 2010, at 3:18 PM, wil69 wrote:

    Heres my 10 cents. this is a great cause

  • Report this Comment On January 07, 2010, at 2:24 AM, Fool wrote:

    This is a great idea. Keep up the good work!

  • Report this Comment On January 08, 2010, at 1:27 PM, kbcallow wrote:

    I am really pleased that the Fool sponsors a Foolanthropy drive each year. While my first choice rarely gets chosen, the choice of organization to sponsor is always well-supported. Thank you for making this an annual event!

  • Report this Comment On January 09, 2010, at 5:53 PM, blesto wrote:

    So, what's the final tally?

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