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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'...

Community Development Priorities for Your Family Business

Daphne Mallory | Posted 07.13.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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.

Where Does Your Money Spend the Night? Rethinking Capitalism

Tyler Jackson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Tyler Jackson

If we want to effect social change at scale, investors need to enlist the capital markets by injecting intention and purpose into every financial decision.

Black Christian Leaders Changing the World (Part 2 of 3)

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

This is the second installment of a three-part series highlighting a few of the many Black Christian leaders I've had the privilege of learning from throughout my career.

Black Evangelical Leaders Who Are Changing the World

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 04.10.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

I've had the privilege of working alongside a prodigious group of Black Christian leaders throughout my career as a social justice activist. Their lives and ministries have shaped me deeply and continue to do so as I grow in my own ministry of racial reconciliation and justice.

Using Health Know-How to Build Healthier Communities

Alina Tugend | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Alina Tugend

In the world of community development, the fact that ZIP code often trumps genetic code in determining a person's overall health has become convention...

Capacity Builders vs. Dandelion

Jason Lorimer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Jason Lorimer

There is a cottage industry of "capacity builders" that make up a growing portion of the nonprofit space. Almost all of these service providers are on...

What Philanthropists Can Learn From Hollywood

Jason Lorimer | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Jason Lorimer

This misalignment reminds me of an inefficiency that Hollywood studios have found a way to correct. Studios will fund a project and for any number of reasons it might fall apart before it hits the big screen.

Where We're Going

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

"Scale" and "scaling change" are terms that are thrown around so much in professional circles that they have become cliché. Yet, for all of us in the business of improving lives and building stronger communities, they are the terms that often are the source of both our frustration and our inspiration.

Promise Zones Provide Opportunity and a Pathway to an Equitable Future

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

First announced by President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address, the Promise Zone Initiative aims to build a broader middle-class through partnering with local communities and businesses to create a pathway to greater economic stability for struggling families.

Beat of the Drum in Dong Village

Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D. | Posted 01.03.2015 | Impact
Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D.

It has been six months since my last visit to China. This time around, the fragile architecture of Dali Dong village was wrapped in supporting beams and scaffolding as part of the efforts in progress to restore its heart and soul.

Principles for a Detroit Organizer Who is Not From Detroit

Laura De Palma | Posted 12.21.2014 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

Detroit's history and is rich and complex. Learn it. Understand it. Embed it in the way you conceptualize change in the city and how to join in the struggle.

Living the Wage: Lessons on Privilege and the Unexpected

Joshua Mbanusi | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Joshua Mbanusi

I found the psychological and behavioral privilege associated with living wage work to be startling. I became aware of how far I had disconnected from the reality that forces those who earn a minimum wage to forego the convenience and peace of mind that a few thousand extra dollars a year can quite literally buy.