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Models for Scaling Social Enterprises

Thane Kreiner | Posted 10.14.2012 | Impact
Thane Kreiner

There are relatively few examples of social enterprises that have scaled significantly or globally. Why? What factors influence whether social enterprises can scale, beyond the obvious need for financial capital?

The Life Out Loud: The $29,000 Birthday Swim

MeiMei Fox | Posted 10.01.2012 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

To celebrate her 29th birthday, San Francisco resident, storyteller, landscape architect, urban designer, writer, athlete and born risk-taker Sarah Peck has thrown down the gauntlet.

Nonprofit Board Self-Assessment: Creating the Path Forward

Alice Korngold | Posted 09.29.2012 | Impact
Alice Korngold

Given financial threats and opportunities and a passion for their missions, a growing number of NGO/nonprofit boards are seeking to assess how they can become stronger and more effective in maximizing their greater potential.

The Most Dangerous Place in the World to Be a Girl

MeiMei Fox | Posted 09.23.2012 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

UN statistics revealed that females in India are nearly twice as likely as males to die before the age of five. Experts said the figures reflect widespread discrimination against girls, ranging from neglect, malnutrition, and denial of medical treatment.

A Call for Video Grant Applications

Fron Nahzi | Posted 09.08.2012 | Technology
Fron Nahzi

Today's technology allows more people more opportunities to propose solutions to the world's problems. When both the donor and the applicants free themselves from the offline approach to developing and implementing ideas, it will better our society.

Russia's New NGO Law: The Shadow Of Soft Power

Tomas Hirst | Posted 09.08.2012 | World
Tomas Hirst

Russia's new NGO law is more than a move against organizations receiving foreign funding. It is part of a broader campaign to squeeze out those the Kremlin sees as peddlers of "soft power."

Too Soon for Carnival: Sweeping Haiti's 400,000 Poor Back Under the Rug

Mark Schuller | Posted 09.07.2012 | World
Mark Schuller

President Martelly of Haiti is planning a Carnival des Fleurs, a tradition under Duvalier, scheduled to begin July 29, a day after the anniversary of the 1915 U.S. invasion. But for the 390,276 people who are still under ripped sheets of plastic or tarp, it's too soon to celebrate.

Why Fundraising Should Be About Creating a Culture of Giving

Weh Yeoh | Posted 08.25.2012 | Impact
Weh Yeoh

Realistically, pretty much all of us can afford to give just that little bit more. There isn't a limited and static pool of private donations that NGOs need to fight tooth and nail over.

Pessimism Pervades NGOs at Rio+20

Mark Dearn | Posted 08.19.2012 | Green
Mark Dearn

The situation faced by NGOs at Rio+20 is cast against a corporate agenda many progressive NGOs feel is taking precedence at Rio+20 and threatening its entire raison d'etre.

Get Online

Fron Nahzi | Posted 08.08.2012 | Technology
Fron Nahzi

In the ever-expanding and fast-paced new media world, issues appear to be more about context and less about content. The posts often appear short sighted, and lack substance but they reach a wide audience nevertheless.

Nonprofits Missing From Big Battles

Mark Rosenman | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Mark Rosenman

Charities and foundations should be geared up to confront immediate and near-term policy battles of extraordinary consequence to them. Instead, they seem to be wearing blinders -- or simply fear controversy, no matter the stakes.

The $25 Million Creep-Out

Richard Walden | Posted 07.22.2012 | Impact
Richard Walden

Operation USA, one of the world's most agile and innovative relief agencies, on average, runs on about $1.5M (cash) per year. That sum allows us to de...

Sierra Leone Needs a New Set of Curtains

Lisa Schultz | Posted 07.21.2012 | Impact
Lisa Schultz

I've learned that in order to appreciate all that this country and its people have to offer, you have to learn how not to see things here through Western eyes.

Discussing Haiti... With a Haitian

Alyson Renaldo | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Alyson Renaldo

How is 'need' and 'sustained recovery' being assessed if not through continuous dialogue with the injured group, in this case Haitian people and its governance?

My Journey From A Ugandan Village To Harvard

Akandwahano Dominic | Posted 06.16.2012 | Education
Akandwahano Dominic

In primary school, I had to walk five kilometers daily to and from school, bearing the coldness of the morning on my bare feet before turning around and greeting the dangers of the dark.

Chaos and Cholera: Haiti's Message to the Tea Party (and the Rest of Us)

Mark Schuller | Posted 06.13.2012 | World
Mark Schuller

This Tuesday, April 10, Rick Santorum, who had given Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney a serious run for his money, bowed out of the race, leaving th...

From Under the Mattress and into the Bank: Increasing Financial Access for Women in Nigeria

Joseph W. Saunders | Posted 06.12.2012 | Money
Joseph W. Saunders

A growing chorus of voices is calling for a shift away from cash-based economies in the developing world.

Beyond the Kony Video

Anne Goddard | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Anne Goddard

I believe that the success of the Kony video stems from its ability to simply and unambiguously articulate both the problem and an actionable solution. Kony is personified as the lone enemy that must be stopped in order to put an end to childhood conscriptions in Uganda.

Conversations With Christopher Bessette and Dermot Mulroney on Trade of Innocents

Nicki Richesin | Posted 06.03.2012 | Entertainment
Nicki Richesin

The problem of human trafficking is all over the world. Slavery is alive and well in the 21st century; it's time we as a people put an end to it. It's definitely time modern day abolitionists made it known we are not going to turn away from it anymore.

The Ethics of Storytelling: Documenting Change in Honduran Youth

Michael Solis | Posted 06.02.2012 | Impact
Michael Solis

He had been to Honduras six years earlier to work with OYE, and he knew what to expect -- perpetual heat, 24/7 sweatiness, and inevitable sunburn. Lakin was unsurprised that so little had changed since his last visit.

Joshua Hersh

Palestinian Aid Inches Toward Release On Capitol Hill

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.23.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The long, meandering path for nearly $150 million in funds for development projects in the Palestinian territories inched closer to a re...

Revisiting Senegal After 40 Years

Michael A. Cohen | Posted 05.23.2012 | College
Michael A. Cohen

Working in this space between theory and practice trains students -- and citizens -- to ask better questions about what government is doing, what it can do, and how students can themselves become responsible agents of change.

Colors: A Message of Hope for 'World Read Aloud Day' From Our Friends in Jerusalem

Pam Allyn | Posted 05.01.2012 | Good News
Pam Allyn

Literacy has all kinds of benefits that we might not associate immediately with reading and writing. The stories we read and write and share have the power to transcend physical borders as well as boundaries of race and religion.

From "Too Big to Solve" to "Too Big to Fail"

Ahmad Ashkar | Posted 05.01.2012 | Impact
Ahmad Ashkar

How can we solve the world's toughest social challenges without the sincere belief that a wide-scale solution exists? An annual $1M Poverty Challenge, with the goal of identifying and launching the most compelling student-generated solutions to the crippling issues faced by billions in need.

When Will the Mubarak Regime Fall?

Alaa Al Aswany | Posted 04.22.2012 | World
Alaa Al Aswany

We are discovering that rule by the military council is a carbon copy of Mubarak's regime. The ruler may have changed but the system remains as it was.