Working at the Fool, there are so many things that bring a smile to my face on a daily basis. Today, my smiles are thanks to you, our Foolish community. Over the past 13 years, you've helped us donate more than $3 million to worthy organizations. We just wrapped up our 14th Foolanthropy campaign, and it was, as always, a success!

How did we do it?
Last year, we continued our focus on financial literacy, with an added emphasis on volunteerism. The Fool "adopted" local public charter school Thurgood Marshall Academy.

The school, located in one of D.C.'s most impoverished neighborhoods, first opened its doors in 2001. Ten years later, it stands as a pillar of strength and promise for both current and prospective students. With a 100% college acceptance rate six years in a row, the academy continues to grow and succeed as the District's first law-themed public charter school.

This year, we continued to embrace the theme of volunteerism. We pledged $0.10 for every community comment, discussion board post, and blog post throughout, as well as for Facebook actions (likes and comments) and new Twitter followers. Thanks to your efforts, we raised $14,088! In addition to our donation, Fools will be volunteering at Thurgood Marshall Academy in various ways throughout the year. Opportunities range from teaching financial literacy and budgeting workshops to helping parents file their taxes or becoming mentors to the students.

What's next?
As we continue our work with Thurgood Marshall Academy, we encourage you to seek out volunteer opportunities in your own community. Spend some time helping out at a local shelter, mentor a child, or keep your elderly neighbor company on a rainy afternoon. As Mahatma Gandhi wisely said, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

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