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A Critical Juncture in Capital Markets History

Clara Miller | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
Clara Miller

Recent SEC move could allow for transformative embedding of sustainability information in capital markets. The CEOs of many of the country's leading ...

Your Skin Undertone Is Likely Not Neutral

Carol Brailey | Posted 07.13.2016 | Style
Carol Brailey

Knowing your skin's undertone is a key piece of information about yourself to take with you makeup shopping and when choosing a hair color at the hair salon.

Scientists Are Standing By

Adina Ciment | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Adina Ciment

Time is running out, but you can make a difference.

Forget About Arts Sustainability

Andrew Goldstein | Posted 06.08.2016 | Arts
Andrew Goldstein

As a nonprofit director, I'm often baffled at how funding -- especially arts funding -- works in the United States.

Keeping the American Dream on Track

Verelyn Gibbs Watson | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Verelyn Gibbs Watson

In 1954, Fred Marcon graduated from Mt. Carmel High School on the south side of Chicago. He was one of seven children, the only boy, living in a three...

'Staying Alive' in The Age of AIDS & HIV

Isa Freeling | Posted 04.04.2016 | World
Isa Freeling

The specter of HIV & AIDS still haunts us like the character of death in Ingmar Bergman's Seventh Seal. We are still at the chessboard seeking ways to eradicate the disease and educate people.

Foundations Must Think Globally and Act Locally

Sylvia Bongo Ondimba | Posted 04.01.2016 | Impact
Sylvia Bongo Ondimba

In business, "think global, act local" has become a well-known saying, but in nonprofits and foundations, we sometimes forget to do both. It can be e...

The 5 Drugstore Foundations Celebrity Makeup Artists Swear By

Allure | Posted 03.24.2016 | Style
Allure

By Renee Jacques, Allure Photo: Courtesy Of Maybelline New York, L'Oréal Paris, And Sonia Kashuk Since few of us in the real world have Kerry...

Successes of Philanthropy Series Sheds Light on Nonprofit Victories

Verelyn Gibbs Watson | Posted 03.04.2016 | Impact
Verelyn Gibbs Watson

I want to share with you a story about a wonderful woman. Dorothy Edwards is a homelessness advocate; one reason she's so effective is because just a ...

How Sustainable Grantmaking Helps Create Age-Friendly Communities That Last

John Feather, PhD | Posted 01.27.2016 | Fifty
John Feather, PhD

Sustainability has become a watchword in philanthropy, as funders seek to answer a fundamental question: How best to invest in projects that will cont...

From a Dream of Economic Inclusion to Reality: When Will Maturity Break Out?

Carla Javits | Posted 01.27.2016 | Impact
Carla Javits

Let's put our full weight behind all efforts to make jobs available, and make sure it pays to work, so that economic and social mobility is a reality for everyone. That's our dream for 2016, and it is past time for all of us to take it from dream to reality.

Perseverance: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every week is a new opportunity to seed the change we want to see in the world. This week at The Pollination Project, our team supported projects that feed people, advocate for animals, and preserve cultural history.

Vigilant Philanthropy

John E. Kobara | Posted 12.15.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

I remember with pride when the Japanese American community stood with Muslim Americans right after 9/11 to condemn the terrorism and to call for sanity and compassion amidst the outbreaks of hateful speech and actions. Here we go again.

Smarter, Creative Philanthropy for a Complex World

Sonal Shah | Posted 11.30.2015 | Business
Sonal Shah

Within portfolios, philanthropy can reward more entrepreneurial approaches to public-private partnerships, cutting-edge technology, cross-sector data and civic engagement. And it can leverage a modern toolkit, including social impact bonds and other innovative financing mechanisms, impact investing and outcome-focused partnerships with civil society, government and industry.

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Testing and the Problem With Grant-Driven Educational Projects

Rick Ayers | Posted 10.27.2015 | Education
Rick Ayers

President Obama has finally declared that the educational establishment's obsession with high-stakes testing has gone too far. It reminded me of a disagreement that broke out recently in a teacher professional development planning meeting.

A Shared Understanding: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.26.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week, The Pollination Project celebrates recent grantees whose work allows people to understand one another in new ways.

Let's Require All Big Foundations to Let More Nonprofits Apply for Grants

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Pablo Eisenberg

Philanthropy's lack of democratic practices has sunk to a new low: Seventy-two percent of the nation's 96,000 foundations now do not accept unsolicited proposals from nonprofits.

PTSD: The Illness I Couldn't See

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Oestreicher

PTSD has not broken me. It's taken me apart, and I'm reassembling myself day by day. In the meantime, I'm learning to love what I can build.

Uplifting: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.20.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week The Pollination Project was proud to support grassroots efforts around the world that uplift and support people and communities. Two projects this week provide innovative tools to individuals with autism and their families.

Most Australian Think Tanks Keep Their Funding Secret, New Data Shows

Till Bruckner | Posted 10.07.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

Australian think tanks are among the least financially transparent in the world, according to data compiled by Transparify.

Pathways Out of Poverty: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week, The Pollination Project funded several projects that are seeding local solutions to generational poverty in Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon and In...

Can Money Create Social Change?

The Sillerman Center | Posted 09.15.2015 | College
The Sillerman Center

Many philanthropists and foundations have recently been making impact investments in an attempt to influence social policy. But are these investments producing dividends toward social change?

What's Lost When We Don't Invest in Non-Profits

Gary Oppenheimer | Posted 09.10.2015 | Impact
Gary Oppenheimer

We would have never accept the "why do we need computers - we have paper and pens" argument in the corporate world, yet in the non-profit world, funding tends to flow the way it always has simply because that is the way it has always been.

Determined to Succeed: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day The Pollination Project provides a seed grant of $1000 to a social change visionary who is making their community and the world a more sust...

Can Climate Advocates Innovate?

Justin Guay | Posted 09.01.2015 | Green
Justin Guay

When it comes to climate change we are winning battles but losing the war. If we want to change our trajectory and solve a problem as complex as this, breakthrough innovation -- in technology, business, governance, finance, and civil society -- is essential.