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Corporate Social Innovation is the New Corporate Social Responsibility

FOMIN | Posted 07.02.2016 | Business

A new trend in international development has paired some unlikely business partners: development finance institutions and impact investors are working with large multinational corporations to fund projects that advance both development and business agendas.

Bring Me a Fan: Harnessing the Power of Solar Energy for the Poor

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 05.19.2016 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

By harnessing the power of solar, we no longer have to choose between serving people and serving the planet. Off-grid solar solutions can help pave the way to a more sustainable life for all of us.

Dispatch from Pakistan: Hope in Place of Fear

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

We are our brothers' keepers. Yet if we cannot reach each other, we cannot know each other. The tension between the powerless and those armed with wealth or weapons is pervasive and growing.

Dispatch From Ghana: The Promise of Dignity

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 12.14.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

Dignity requires shifting from a worldview based on inevitability to one based on possibility. It requires bringing our best selves.

Westgate One Year Later: A Perspective on Courage

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 11.21.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

A year after Westgate: the world feels less safe, more fragile. Everywhere, we see inequality, the potential for unrest. The one thing in short supply is the thing we need most: courage.

Daily Meditation: Moral Leadership

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.19.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Celebrating Our Largest Summer Institute to Date

Nourish International | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Nourish International

Through workshops, mentoring and hands-on training, students learned how to earn money, partner with international communities, and run a successful Nourish Chapter on their campuses.

Leadership that Challenges Corruption

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

Patient capital is vital for early-stage investing when the company must confront significant challenges to disrupt an industry. At this stage, few other than philanthropy-based patient capital will take the financial risk the company needs for experimentation.

Choosing Social Impact During Business School

Acumen | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact

How much of the life that you have now are you willing to give away? Throughout my time at business school I made a conscious effort to put myself into the world of social impact.

Let There Be Lightbulbs on Earth

Amanda Hanley | Posted 12.12.2013 | Impact
Amanda Hanley

It's the most luminous time of the year. In Chicago, our brilliant holiday tradition began 100 years ago, when the city's first Christmas tree radiat...

Remembering Nelson Mandela

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

On this day following the great Madiba's passing, it is to all of us to recommit to furthering his legacy, to work to create a world that rests on the assumption that all human beings are born equal.

Q&A With Jacqueline Novogratz: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 10.05.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

"What keeps me motivated is the tectonic shifts we're seeing in the next generation's engagement in the big challenges we face. They want to be a part of the solution."

Millennial 'Bootcamp' Highlights Future Of Social Impact

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact

Millennials, like every generation, have their own jargon to communicate a message. But for many young people today, words such as "solutionaries" hav...

Why Are We Stomping on the Piss Ants While the Elephants Are a Charging?

John F. Ince | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact
John F. Ince

After attending the recent gathering of power players in the philanthropic world, known as the Global Philanthropy Forum my head was spinning with facts and figures documenting the magnitude of the seemingly intractable problems the world faces today.

The 5 Most Generous on Wall Street

Rachael Chong | Posted 05.12.2013 | Impact
Rachael Chong

As part of our series on generosity in business, we're looking at some of the financial wizards who are using their skills and assets to give back to society in the most impressive and inspiring ways.

Dignity, Not Dependence While Living Under $1 a Day

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 04.20.2013 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

1.6 billion people on earth lack affordable light. Imagine the virtual release of human energy if we truly lit the world together.

So Just How Does Crowdfunding Really Work?

Geri Stengel | Posted 10.06.2012 | Impact
Geri Stengel

A lot of good is being done around the world and lots of people want to support those good works. But it's hard to expose grassroots organizations to ...

Learning: Where New Philanthropy Meets Old

Jane Wales | Posted 06.14.2012 | Home
Jane Wales

We often refer to the debt we owe to Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller for translating their charitable impulse into organized philanthropy, pro...

MBAs Rule

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.27.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

For many of us, economic justice work is triggered at any early age and continues over a lifetime. Simple steps lead to big change.

What We Can Learn From Girl Scout Cookies

Buck Goldstein | Posted 05.14.2012 | Impact
Buck Goldstein

How do you scale a social enterprise in a sustainable manner? The unlikely answer to the question is found in Girl Scout cookies, or more specifically, in the scaling strategy used by Girl Scouts nationwide to sell over 200 million boxes annually and generate over $700 million.

Bringing Affordable Solar Lighting to Millions

Liz Hamburg | Posted 04.25.2012 | Impact
Liz Hamburg

They certainly didn't come up with the idea of solar lighting replacing kerosene. The idea had been around for a while. And, solar has been getting a lot of buzz lately. But most of the companies offering solar solutions don't see the 1.6 billion people as a real market.

Leadership: It's a Female Thing

Monika Mitchell | Posted 04.23.2012 | Women
Monika Mitchell

The event marked a shift in action -- we are tired of waiting for men to open the door for us. Ladies and gentlemen ... in the 21st century, we are opening the doors for ourselves.

Embracing Otherness: Bunker Roy

Pat Mitchell | Posted 12.18.2011 | Media
Pat Mitchell

Bunker Roy and his Barefoot College begins with an amazing story of his own choice to leave a life of privilege and prestigious education to essentially learn from the poor.

Taking the Next Step in Pakistan

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 10.01.2011 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

I know many parts of Pakistan where girls have no education. "Madame, that should change," another community leader tells me. "It is wrong not to educate our children, boys and girls."

Acumen Fund gets real stuff done across the world

Craig Newmark | Posted 06.03.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The deal is that the Acumen fund just had its tenth anniversary, helping create a world beyond poverty. The gist is that they use philanthropic money ...