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'Charity Is Not Enough': Funding Micro Enterprise

Karim Samra | Posted 12.16.2015 | Impact
Karim Samra

The statement made by Ahmad Ashkar, founder and CEO of the Hult Prize Foundation, that "charity alone is not enough," is no longer as controversial as it was in 2009. Today, this idea has become mainstream, as organizations increasingly deploy capital to the world's poorest through sustainable businesses, instead of traditional altruistic charity.

Intrapreneurs need to learn the TANGO

Mandar Apte | Posted 12.14.2015 | Impact
Mandar Apte

Since the past few years, there have been many voices that have come out in support of "Intrapreneurs" and encourage large organizations to create the...

5 Steps to Find More Purpose in Your Work and Make an Impact With Your Career

Mark Horoszowski | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business
Mark Horoszowski

Today's workforce wants it all: Earn a good living, make the world a better place, report to good managers, and feel purpose in their work. Unfortuna...

Companies Need to Know Who They Are Doing Business With: Why Beneficial Ownership Transparency Matters

Lida Preyma | Posted 12.09.2015 | Impact
Lida Preyma

Currently, opaque and poorly regulated beneficial ownership entities are used to launder money, finance terrorism, evade taxes and corrupt governments. In order for legitimate businesses to avoid involvement in these elements, the rules governing beneficial ownership need to be in place globally.

Men: Make a Greater Effort to Establish Friendships Outside Your Own Race!

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 12.09.2015 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

Does not having any friends of other races make you a bad or racist person? Of course not. Does it make you a socially limited person? To a large degree, yes it does.

Who Speaks for the Innocent Victims in Syria?

Jack Leslie | Posted 12.09.2015 | World
Jack Leslie

We play right into the hands of ISIS when we let our fear and anger turn to prejudice. ISIS doesn't want Muslim refugees resettled in the West. They succeed if this struggle is seen as a war on Islam, rather than a war against religious extremists.

The Most Powerful Climate Solution You've Never Heard Of

P.J. Marshall | Posted 12.10.2015 | Green
P.J. Marshall

What if there was a powerful but overlooked tool that could reduce global warming by 0.5°C by the end of the century? Imagine if reversing the decline of ecosystems was good for economies. What if making our world more beautiful, also made it stronger and more resilient?

How Can We Help Women and Climate? Start With a Fire.

Archana Agarwal | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Archana Agarwal

Women are disproportionately affected by the impact of climate change. Cleaner cooking resources are kept at arms length for women as male head of households dominate purchase decisions. As if the back-breaking work to collect wood to keep the fire burning was not hard enough, women get sick from the soot emitted from these very fires they light every day.

Follow Zuckerberg's Lead: Combine Philanthropy and Social Business

Perry Yeatman | Posted 12.07.2015 | Business
Perry Yeatman

Instead of supporting the antiquated antagonistic view of business vs. philanthropy, why don't you consider joining this hybrid movement and leveraging the power of both business and philanthropy to the greater benefit of all?

When Mass Shootings Become Typical, What Do You Believe?

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

"This was not a typical mass shooting day," he said. The words struck my heart as the newscaster described the variation in what had become a ritual i...

How Voting's Changing in the Digital Age

Craig Newmark | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics
Craig Newmark

Hey, the Brennan Center for Justice has their boots on the ground and are working hard to ensure that everyone who's eligible has got the means to vot...

Honoring Our Veterans at Annual Luncheon

Marc A. Coronel | Posted 12.03.2015 | Los Angeles
Marc A. Coronel

While there are many companies in the entertainment industry that make considerable monetary donations to a variety charities, one company consistently takes philanthropy to another level entirely. United Talent Agency, with one of the most impressive talent rosters in the business, consistently raises the bar in terms of fostering a culture of generosity and giving back to the community.

Is There a 'Good' Side to Climate Change?

Jim Selman | Posted 12.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

If we've learned anything over the few thousand years we've been thinking about progress, human purpose and possibilities, it is that when our tribe is threatened we will come together, even enemies will unite in a common cause.

A Successful Transition to a Zero Carbon Future Must be a Just Transition

Sharan Burrow | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
Sharan Burrow

Two and half million people have been displaced from their homes, and many workers are on the frontlines of the frontlines of the industrial transformation that is a necessity for a zero carbon future.

Best Way to Save the World? Put Women in Charge

Ryan Scott | Posted 12.01.2015 | Impact
Ryan Scott

Empowering women has been held up as an answer to myriad global problems, starting with poverty. According to the Global Poverty Project, women make up half the world's population and yet represent a staggering 70 percent of the world's poor.

#NoKidHungry Starts With #GivingTuesday

Tim McDonald | Posted 12.01.2015 | Impact
Tim McDonald

'Tis the season for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. All deals you can't pass up on in an effort to get you to buy. Fortunately, today is Giving Tuesday, a day of giving back.

No, I Didn't Steal Grandma's Disability Parking Permit!

Bree Hogan | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Bree Hogan

We need to advocate for the rights of the disability community, but abusing people over a parking permit they are legally entitled to use is not the way to go about it. Reporting the Ferrari double-parked across two disabled bays without a disability parking permit might be a better place to start.

Your Move, Nestle: When the CSR Spotlight Dims

Marianne Smallwood | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Marianne Smallwood

In initiating the public examination of its flaws, and in working with an organization like Verite, Nestle has already gone a more honorable and transparent route than other companies have done. But while it has taken the first step towards being a more responsible company, Nestle's commitment to funding a long term strategy -- and how it pushes beyond the inevitable road blocks ahead -- will determine its ultimate footprint and legacy.

Resources to Recover Aids the Human Capacity to Survive Mental Illness

Katherine Du | Posted 11.29.2015 | Teen
Katherine Du

Jay Boll, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Resources to Recover (RtoR). Credit: Katherine Du Resources to Recover (RtoR), a gateway website equ...

Freedom Collective International: Partnering With Local Non Profits In Uganda to Spark Trade

Plumfund | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact

Kelly and I embarked on our first endeavor in early November, partnering with Musana Community Development Center in Iganga, Uganda. Our goal was to introduce new designs that utilize local resources and create products that would provide a greater profit margin that would, in turn, create more jobs locally.

An Impact Investing Holiday Reading List

Elizabeth Coston | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Coston

Image credit: Image by pixabay, licensed under the Creative Commons CC0 Generic license. The holidays are often the time of year when people are ref...

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.

Former Dallas Cowboy and Washington Redskins NFL Players Join the Real-Life Hunger Games

Dr. Cheryl Action Jackson | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Dr. Cheryl Action Jackson

What happens when we realize the title, "The Hunger Games," really isn't what it is? As you read this article, I hope you reflect on the movie and also understand that the reality is that hunger is NOT a game.

Why I Haven't Had a Conventional Christmas in 20 Years

Steve Albini | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Steve Albini

Nineteen years ago, my wife Heather Whinna stopped by the post office on the way home. She found bins there full of letters addressed to Santa Claus, left out by the post office for people to read and answer. Curious, she read a few of the letters and couldn't believe what she saw.

These Kids Have The Coolest Way To Keep The Homeless Warm This Winter

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 11.21.2015 | Good News

A group of youngsters and a mom in Canada made a kind-hearted gesture last weekend to help homeless people in Halifax, Nova Scotia, stay warm this win...