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Learn More From These Charts Than You Would In An Entire Day's News Cycle

An average CEO makes HOW much more than an average worker?!

Learn More From These Charts Than You Would In An Entire Day's News Cycle

Did you know that corporate profits just hit another all-time high? Yeah, I find it hard to believe, too. But it's true:

Not only that, but CEO profits as a percentage of the economy just hit an all-time high. They're higher now than they've been for the last half-century. Pardon my language, but what the hell?

If the trickle-down effect was a real thing that really helped in a real way, really, that would mean that the workers employed by these CEOs are doing better, too. Right? Wrong.

Yes, you read that correctly. CEO pay is now 350 times that of an average worker. And it has skyrocketed 300% since 1990, while the average worker's pay has only risen 4%. All numbers adjusted for inflation.

And if you adjust for inflation and take a look at the average worker's hourly pay, you'll notice it hasn't changed at all in the last 50 years.

What does that all mean? Basically, while CEOs and shareholders are living large, the average worker's pay as a percentage of the economy has dropped to an all-time low.

These are just some of the charts published by Henry Blodget last week. I recommend taking a look at all of them — they are a veritable smorgasbord of information.
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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.