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The Next Big Thing In Social Innovation | Posted 04.05.2013 | Impact

I love seeing social innovation in action: hackathons, conferences, demo days, you name it. What excites me most about being involved in this space i...

MLK, Jr And Why Child Vaccination Is a Moral Issue

Katherine Marshall | Posted 03.23.2013 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Two million children each year die from diseases that can be prevented by vaccinations. The very idea of a single child's death is agonizing; multiply that by two million.

7 Ways to Refresh Your 'Social Good' Vocabulary in 2013

Impatient Optimists | Posted 03.19.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

It's 2013 and now more than ever we have an excuse to revisit the basics in all-things social good. Whether you're a novice or an expert, the following seven buzz words are must-haves.

The Next Generation of (Personalized) Learning

Impatient Optimists | Posted 03.13.2013 | Education
Impatient Optimists

There is a small but growing effort to rethink fundamental aspects of our current system. The central idea is that the system should be designed not for uniformity, but instead to meet every student's individual needs.

Ed Today

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.11.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

How Are Teachers Measured? As we reported yesterday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation finished its three-year, $50 million study on measuring teacher effectiveness. The researchers found that neither test scores nor observations alone will do the trick. Click here for WSJ's take, and here for another look in the Washington Post.

The Global Burden of Disease and 'Big Science'

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

The surprising revelation in a recent report is that the rising burden of disease is similar among all countries regardless of socioeconomic status, and these increases are in cardiovascular, inflammatory, and metabolic diseases, which have historically been considered "Western diseases."

Researchers Working To Create A Dissolving 'Hypercondom'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.10.2012 | College

Researchers at the University of Washington are close to developing a new condom that would block sexually transmitted diseases, stop unwanted pregnan...

DPS Awarded $4 Million Grant From Gates Foundation

Posted 02.04.2013 | Denver

Denver Public Schools was awarded approximately $4 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation awarded a total of $25 milli...

Exclusive: Melinda Gates on Family Planning and Changing the World

Marianne Schnall | Posted 01.28.2013 | World
Marianne Schnall

Controversy over reproductive rights has been at the forefront of our national conversation, but philanthropist Melinda Gates would like to take the controversy out and transform the narrative into a global one through education and advocacy.

Toilet Humor for Social Good

Matthew Bishop | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Matthew Bishop

With today being World Toilet Day, what better moment to applaud Mr. Sim's tremendous achievements in pushing hygenic toilets for the world's poor to the top of the global agenda?

Gates Foundation Will Fund Potentially Game-Changing, $1.4 Million Research Project On Massive Online Courses | Posted 11.14.2012 | College

The new agreement between Coursera and the American Council on Education (ACE) was not the only project unveiled on Tuesday that will aim to scrutiniz...

New Report: Family Planning By Choice, Not By Chance

Impatient Optimists | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

Women want the ability to decide for themselves when or if they will have children. There may be debate but for most of us there is very little controversy. But for women who are poor, and who are living in the poorest countries of the world, there is no ability, there is no choice. There is only chance.

World Pneumonia Day's Humble Beginnings

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

This year marked my first as Director of Vaccine Delivery at the Gates Foundation, where pneumonia has a dedicated team working to develop and deliver a comprehensive set of tools including improved diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines for children and families in developing countries.

Big Data, Big Potential

Sean Devine | Posted 01.07.2013 | Education
Sean Devine

As in other areas of our lives, the use of data and analytics has the potential to greatly improve higher education, if we are able to effectively navigate it.

TV Worth Watching: Link TV Expands Your World View One Program at a Time

Joel Brokaw | Posted 01.01.2013 | Media
Joel Brokaw

Filling a void by bringing to light societal issues rarely covered by mainstream media is a major reason why Link TV has not only thrived but is expanding. It is perhaps the only television channel in the world that measures its success not in ratings, but in getting people off their sofas into engagement and action.

World Polio Day: 10 Facts You Didn't Know

Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 10.24.2012 | Impact

With polio 99 percent eradicated worldwide, global health advocates say an end to the disease is in sight, and they are asking for help with the other...

Microsoft Employees Raise $1 Billion For Charity

Posted 10.22.2012 | Impact

In the three decades since Microsoft launched a program encouraging employees to give to charity, the software company’s workers have raised $1 bill...

The Urban Poor, Climate Change and the Future of Cities Around the World

David Weiss | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
David Weiss

Climate change creates a stimulus for action; we must ride that momentum to help city governments revisit the vulnerability of these communities and reimagine solutions that improve livelihoods and living conditions.

Getting Left Behind

William G. Tierney | Posted 10.03.2012 | College
William G. Tierney

The Great Recession has claimed many victims, but one casualty is seldom mentioned: students under-prepared for college. Three developments cloud these students' college futures, particularly in California.

From Farms to Family Planning: Investing in Women on World Contraception Day

Melinda Gates | Posted 11.28.2012 | Impact
Melinda Gates

Today is World Contraception Day. I am celebrating by visiting a cassava farm in Tanzania. It might seem like a strange way to observe the day, except for this fact: the women who do the majority of the labor on small family farms are often the very same women who are asking for contraceptives.

Every Voice Matters

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 11.24.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

He doesn't run a large company, lead a government agency or record the music he so loves on a major label. But 8-year-old J.D. Malkin has quite a voice.

11 More Billionaires Pledge Half Their Fortunes To Charity

Posted 09.19.2012 | Impact

Warren Buffett got 11 more billionaires to agree to give away half of their wealth to charity. The Giving Pledge, a philanthropic initiative starte...

What Is More Virtuous? Paying Taxes or Giving Charity?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Are American citizens really expected to feel guilty about not paying enough tax? When we see such incredible government waste, should we be eager to fork over more money to see it so much of it squandered?

Who Cares About Nonprofit Finances? The Top 12 Reasons Why the Most Vulnerable Are at Risk

Fred Leeb | Posted 11.12.2012 | Detroit
Fred Leeb

Who is responsible to ensure that nonprofits operate most efficiently? While the great majority of people in the nonprofit world are good people, this doesn't necessarily mean that the financial system is functioning most effectively.

Why This Catholic Girl Is Praying For A Schism

Christina Pesoli | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Christina Pesoli

For decades I prayed that the Catholic Church would evolve, but not anymore. Now I'm holding out for a schism. We'll be the Social Justice Catholic Church and they can be the Conservative Catholic Church.