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Breaking the Code: How Pencils of Promise Uses Tech for Social Good

Saeed Jabbar | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Saeed Jabbar

Pencils of Promise (PoP) is a passionate for-purpose organization that delivers quality education to impoverished children. They've built over 300 schools and impacted over 340,000 lives all while pioneering the for-purpose driven organization.

The Gift of Good Health – #GivingTuesday

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

With Thanksgiving around the corner and the flurry of December holidays rapidly approaching, I'm feeling the spirit of giving that this season evokes and I hope that you are too.

Giving During a Crisis - 10 Ideas to Consider Before You Donate

Steven Crandell | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact
Steven Crandell

The need for philanthropic support to confront Ebola in Africa remains acute. So, what can philanthropists do?

Integrated Development: Advancing the Conversation

Patrick Fine | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Patrick Fine

We need to be intentional, purposeful and practical, carefully thinking through when and how we approach and implement integrated programs.

Roaring Ahead to End Measles

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

One of the most contagious viral diseases ever known, measles claims the lives of 330 people every day. Tackling this formidable disease takes a unique kind of determination.

It Can Start With One

Bill Gates, Sr. | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Bill Gates, Sr.

Who inspires you to make a difference? I am inspired by Dr. Carey Jackson, who runs the International Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. In turn, Dr. Jackson is inspired and motivated by his patients, many of whom are refugees and first-generation immigrants.

Is the Gates Foundation Investing in the Abuse of Palestinian Prisoners?

Patrick O. Strickland | Posted 06.29.2014 | World
Patrick O. Strickland

Earlier this month, Palestinian human rights organizations launched a campaign calling on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to divest from the controversial British security firm G4S, which they say is "at the heart of [Israel's prison] system, installing and running security systems at Israeli jails."

Make Change Locally to Make Change Globally

Bill Gates, Sr. | Posted 06.14.2014 | Impact
Bill Gates, Sr.

Change is an inevitable part of life. The changes we encounter range from daily, seemingly inconsequential incidents, to monumental transitions over time. Managing change requires balance to focus on the present while planning for the future.

Why Young People Are the Most Powerful Change Makers

Bill Gates, Sr. | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Bill Gates, Sr.

I love the passion that young people have when it comes to their futures. I have met many bright kids and young adults who possess the poise, intelligence, creativity, and courage necessary to take action.

How Giving Back Can Change Your Life

Bill Gates, Sr. | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Bill Gates, Sr.

I was struck by the ripple effect that philanthropy can have on a community. Callie turned her heartbreak into positive action, and in turn, changed the lives of many children who will benefit from pediatric cancer research.

The Path Forward Through Education

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We are making progress: student achievement is up, dropout rates are down and achievement gaps between racial groups are narrowing. But these improvements are not big enough, widespread enough or fast enough for us to be content.

Bill Gates: By 2035, There Will Be Almost No Poor Countries

AP | By JAKE PEARSON | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact

NEW YORK (AP) — Philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates pitched an optimistic future for the world's poor and sick in their annual letter Tuesday, ar...

Brazilian Innovation, Global Impact

Impatient Optimists | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

This piece originally appeared in Folha de S. Paulo in English and in Portuguese. "If you want to walk fast, walk alone. But if you want to walk fa...

Social Good Summit 2013

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

The Social Good Summit was back in New York City for its annual conference, timed to coincide with the influx of speakers attending the 68th United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative.

David Wertheimer from Gates Foundation on Family Homelessness

Mark Horvath | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

"If all we're ever going to do is manage homelessness, we will carry that expense until the end of time" ~ David Wertheimer The above is a quote that...

Beyoncé and Friends Rock the Sound of Change Concert: Global Women's Charities Benefit Directly Via Catapult

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 08.02.2013 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Capped off by a hit-laden set from Chime for Change co-founder and Artistic Director, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (which saw her joined onstage for "Crazy in Love" by her husband, Jay-Z), the list of performers and presenters just might blow your mind a little.

Cookie Monster: The Ultimate Impatient Optimist

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

Today, 2.5 billion people don't have access to toilets. Investing in sanitation leads to healthier people and stronger communities. The Bill & Mel...

Improving Our Children's Education Through Collaboration

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 06.16.2013 | Impact
Stacey D. Stewart

Every year, 1.2 million students drop out of high school. Of those who do graduate, one-third need remedial courses in college and far too few actually earn a degree. According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the American Federation of Teachers we can change this by working together.

GlassLab and Beyond: Who's the Designer and Who's the Learner of the Next-Gen Game-Based Ed-Tech

Dr. Idit Harel | Posted 05.21.2013 | Technology
Dr. Idit Harel

t the root of all "game-based learning" is the unique opportunity to engage students in learning where they want to be: inside video games.

What Game Designers Want to Be When They Grow Up

Impatient Optimists | Posted 05.13.2013 | Parents
Impatient Optimists

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Mikal.Danielle A few years ago, Michael John, Game Director at the Games, Learning and Assessment (Glass) Lab, and a l...

Flat Bellies, Big Voices: How Crowdfunding is Changing Lives

Impatient Optimists | Posted 05.11.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

Photo courtesy of Girl Effect This post was originally published on January 3rd, 2013 at girleffect.org. "In our community, you couldn't find a fla...

8 Reasons We (Still) Need International Women's Day

Impatient Optimists | Posted 05.08.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

Photo courtesy of Flickr user, United Nations International Women's Day (IWD) is today,Friday, March 8. It's a day with an amazing history but make ...

When Did Naming a Newborn Become a Revolutionary Act?

Impatient Optimists | Posted 05.08.2013 | World
Impatient Optimists

Photo: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation According to a long-held custom in Ethiopia, children aren't named at birth. Parents wait a few months becaus...

Learning Grammar with a Joystick and Math with a Mouse

Impatient Optimists | Posted 05.08.2013 | Technology
Impatient Optimists

When his young daughter was learning to read, Michael John, Game Director at the Games, Learning and Assessment (Glass) Lab--and known to friends and ...

Positively Disrupting the Global Community

Melinda Gates | Posted 05.06.2013 | World
Melinda Gates

Disruption is often unwelcome. But some disruption can be a positive -- even vital -- catalyst for change. That is why I am so thrilled about this year's TEDxChange theme of "positive disruption."