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A New Approach for Multinational Corporations and Social Enterprises to Tackle Poverty in Africa

Alice Korngold | Posted 09.10.2015 | Business
Alice Korngold

Together, Dow, Acumen, Unilever and other participating MNCs, NGOs, and SEs, are developing and continuously improving on a process to leverage each other's greatest assets to grow their enterprises and build a better world.

Power for All Campaign: Seeking a Faster Timeline for Universal Energy Access

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 05.21.2016 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

This week, the Sierra Club is participating in the second annual United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York, a forum bringing together key world actors advocating for sustainably to address the problem of energy poverty worldwide.

Reflecting on the First Decade of The Charles Bronfman Prize

The Charles Bronfman Prize | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact
The Charles Bronfman Prize

Ten years ago we founded The Charles Bronfman Prize. The intent was to create an early recognition of endeavor, rather than a lifetime achievement award, as a way to amplify important work and make a difference in the careers of those working for social change.

Grateful for a Gift That Is Repairing the World

The Charles Bronfman Prize | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
The Charles Bronfman Prize

What I could not have imagined at the time, and what continues to amaze me still, is how this gift has continued to pay dividends, year after year, as we welcome each new laureate into our prize family.

'Pay-as-you-go' solar financing hits new milestone

Justin Guay | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

We've said it before and we'll say it again: pay-as-you-go solar is the future for those working beyond the grid. From Pakistan to Kenya, anecdotal ...

What d.light's $11 Million Investment Means for Off Grid Solar

Justin Guay | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Justin Guay

From sub-Saharan Africa to Bangladesh the off grid solar market is posting eye popping growth rates. But despite that impressive performance access to...

Meet The Social Entrepreneurs Completely Disrupting The World Of Philanthropy

2013-08-27-Screenshot20130827at12.16.24PM.png | Posted 10.11.2013 | Impact

By William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan, Dowser A couple of weeks ago, pianist Jonathan Biss was set to teach an online course on Beethoven’s Son...

How Competition and Prize Capital Will Save the World

Donn Tice | Posted 08.10.2013 | Impact
Donn Tice

In the wake of government stimulus in response to the Great Recession, many of us working in cleantech and energy efficiency have wondered: what is th...

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.

Joe Van Brussel

eBay Founder Uses Power Of Business To Fight Poverty | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 10.26.2012 | Money

On the day Pierre Omidyar became a billionaire, he knew he wanted to put his money to good use. In September 1998, the eBay founder watched his sta...

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.

Making Money, and Changing Lives, by Lighting Rural India

David Ferris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Ferris

The thinking is that if the rural poor get more power -- literally, in the form of renewable heat and light -- their other problems might begin to take care of themselves.

The New Recruits: Can Capitalism Save the World?

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrea Chalupa

Social entrepreneurism isn't charity; it's business as usual, tailored to those in high-need, and the subject of an upcoming documentary, The New Recruits: Can Capitalism Save the World?

Fighting Poverty with Acumen

Marc Gunther | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marc Gunther

The Acumen Fund provides "patient capital" to for-profit businesses around the world that help people climb out of poverty.