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5 Questions For Rick Smyre And Neil Richardson About America's Political Future And 'Preparing For A World That Doesn't Exist - Yet'

Tim Ward | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Tim Ward

As we head into convention season, it has become apparent that something is broken in America's federal politics. Gridlock has ground much of government to a halt and the process of choosing presidential candidates has never been so drawn out, expensive, and for many, disheartening.

Why Mission-Based Lenders Are Essential to U.S. Communities 

Gina Harman | Posted 07.13.2016 | Impact
Gina Harman

Everyday business owners are finding it increasingly difficult to get the financial resources they need to grow and prosper. Since the recession, small business loans on bank balance sheets have declined by 20%, while loans to medium and larger enterprises have increased by about 4%.

A New Season For Youth Justice Reform

Shabnam Javdani | Posted 07.10.2016 | Crime
Shabnam Javdani

Why have we recreated the adult justice system for youth when we know that youth's development is different, and so are the reasons behind their offending?

Glenda And The $8 Transformation

Francis Slakey | Posted 06.17.2016 | Technology
Francis Slakey

How do you solve those dogged social problems, the really painful ones, the ones that draw the harsh contrasts between rich and poor, privileged and disadvantaged? Well, sometimes, the solution emerges from the smallest of steps and in the most unexpected of places. It begins with just one person, eight dollars, and a vision.

New CEO of Major Anti-Poverty Nonprofit Started Life on a Virginia Tobacco Farm

Local Initiatives Support Corp. | Posted 06.16.2016 | Impact
Local Initiatives Support Corp.

Maurice Jones, who rose from a small-town tobacco farm to become a leader in government and business, has been chose to head the Local Initiatives Sup...

Beyond Vertical Solutions: Partnering for Transformational Impact

Andy Bryant | Posted 06.07.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

Photo credit: Village Enterprise This is a guest post by Ash Rogers, Executive Director of Lwala Community Alliance, and Dianne Calvi, President and ...

How can we heal what ails RURAL America?

Suzanne Anarde | Posted 05.20.2016 | Impact
Suzanne Anarde

If you follow the news closely, it can seem like small-town America is in the throes of social and economic collapse.

The Art of Revitalization

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 05.17.2016 | Arts
Linda Novick O'Keefe

The power of art can lift people up, bring them together, teach them their own value, and revive an entire community.

You(th) Matter: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.28.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we highlight seven grantees from around the world who are working towards improving the lives of our youth and r...

The Color of Wealth: Race, Economic Mobility and the Future of America

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 04.21.2016 | Business
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

Each year at the Color of Wealth Summit we convene hundreds of leading policymakers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, the media and public ...

High-Impact Investing

Mark Pinsky | Posted 02.11.2016 | Impact
Mark Pinsky

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) is as important and successful as it is simple: Banks that operate with taxpayer-funded support must reinvest in ...

Lead by Following: How Girls Can Show Us the Way

Victoria Dunning | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

Life has improved in concrete ways for millions of children around the world, and the progress for girls is especially notable. Despite these improvements, however, there is much to do, and the work is complex because the challenges girls face are unique. In too many cases, a school is not a safe haven of learning but a place of harassment and exploitation.

Fooling the Sun -- Haiti, Six Years On

Victoria Dunning | Posted 01.13.2016 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

This blog post was co-authored by Sandra Macías del Villar, Program Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean at The Global Fund for Children. A lo...

Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods: Building Blocks For The Future Of America's Cities

Frank Islam | Posted 12.18.2015 | Business
Frank Islam

There is an old player on the block with a new financing vehicle that is increasing the range of choices available to close that gap -- not only for American kids but for all who live, work, play and do business in those neighborhoods.

The Unseen Mobility of the Working Poor

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 12.16.2015 | HuffPost Home
Mauricio Lim Miller

I recently had the opportunity to hear jazz bassist Victor Wooten play at a club in my hometown, Oakland, California. His performance had the entire a...

Made in... Ethiopia? Yes, Ethiopia

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 10.15.2015 | Business
Jennifer Schwab

I ventured to Ethiopia to investigate further the economic and sustainability potential of this large and populous nation.

Want to Be Happier and Healthier? Then Go to College.

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 10.15.2015 | College
Jamie Merisotis

Higher education attainment isn't just about the money--it's about opening up the worlds of opportunity that only education can provide. It is about enriching lives and communities, reducing crime, increasing engagement, and feeding the economy with the talent it desperately needs.

What Is Your Message to the World? A Global Call for Inspiration and Action

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

We must engage in our work, in our professional and personal life, within our community, around the world, with family, friends and new people changing the dynamics and happenings in our ordinary lives, to make extraordinary things.

What Happens When a Crack House Becomes an Early Childhood Learning Center?

Martin J. Blank | Posted 09.13.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Oyler has become a beacon of what is possible when the community, city leaders, families, educators and partners work together.

Chicago Is Not Broke -- Funding the City We Deserve

Tom Tresser | Posted 09.03.2015 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

I'd like to offer three pots of money available to the city that would wipe out that forecast deficit and replace it with a surplus.

Leaders as Entrepreneurs: The Power of Creating Change

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Leaders have the power and influence to address some of the most pressing social justice issues of our time. The exercise of this power begins with entrepreneurship since it serves as an indispensable tool for advancing social change.

10 Years After Katrina, a New Kind of Leadership Emerges in New Orleans

Shirley Franklin | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Shirley Franklin

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, three New Orleans businessmen and civic leaders, Gerry Barousse, Mike Rodrigue and Gary Solomon, teamed up to play an inspirational role in the rebirth of their beloved city.

As Maine's Waters Warm, a Seafood Investor Fosters Climate Resiliency

David Bank | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
David Bank

ImpactAlpha.com -- An invasion of green crabs. Plummeting populations of northern shrimp and cod. Shifting seasons for lobster, the anchor of Maine's ...

Community Development Priorities for Your Family Business

Daphne Mallory | Posted 07.07.2016 | Business
Daphne Mallory

At your finger tips lies the power to create better communities. It's the gift inherent in building any solid family business. You have to decide what it is you want. What changes do you want to see?

Don't Give Up on America's Sandtowns

Terri Ludwig | Posted 06.03.2016 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

But the issues that plague Sandtown are not unique to Baltimore. As we increasingly understand what it takes to turn around struggling communities, we should apply these lessons to Sandtown and communities like it everywhere.