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Let's Talk About Saving Central America

Kassia Binkowski | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Kassia Binkowski

In rural Guatemalan communities, less than 10 percent of students finish high school. This isn't the product of laziness or apathy. These desperate statistics are nothing more than the result of a fundamentally broken and exclusionary education system.

Former CEO Inspires Change and Gives Back in Retirement

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 02.16.2015 | Business
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Last summer, I received a call asking if I would be interested in being mentored by a former CEO of a Fortune 500 Company. A trusted colleague of mine had a friend who was starting a business called My Next Season, designed to transition executives and CEOs out of their corporate positions and into a meaningful retirement phase.

"Achieving The American Dream Is Hard": How One Nonprofit Is Helping Underserved Women "Move Up"

Ravishly | Posted 02.10.2015 | San Francisco
Ravishly

As most millennials can attest, the job market is rough. Attempting to navigate it is, at best, an enervating challenge. And that's for Americans who speak the language and understand the job searching tools at their disposal.

How to Get Beyond B-Minus: The State of Nonprofit Boards Today

Anne Wallestad | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact
Anne Wallestad

Today, BoardSource launched Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices, which is a comprehensive scan of current nonprofit board practices, policies, and performance.

What Philanthropists Can Learn From Hollywood

Jason Lorimer | Posted 01.09.2015 | 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.

Nonprofit Employment Actually Grew During The Recession: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact

Nonprofits are becoming an increasingly vital aspect of the American economy, new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. For the first tim...

Volunteers May Have Employee Legal Status

Brad Reid | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

If a volunteer is in fact an employee then employee protection laws such as minimum wage and overtime, as well as Title VII, will frequently apply. Consult experienced legal counsel to review your specific situation.

#GivingTuesday: What Are You Doing With Your Life?

Vicki Escarra | Posted 02.01.2015 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

As we recognize #GivingTuesday and kickoff the holiday season, think about the choices you make, find what inspires you, commit to give back, and each day please do something that touches the lives of others either in your local community or in our global community.

Have You Heard of #GivingTuesday?

Sid Mohn | Posted 01.31.2015 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

This year, as you're searching for the perfect gift or stocking stuffer, consider that it may not be a sweater or the latest gadget. It can be as easy as sharing that moment of change through #GivingTuesday and changing the reality we see every day on the streets.

Adopt Don't Shop: An Exclusive Interview With Rescue Dogs Little Miss Lexi and Pumpkin

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

Little Miss Lexi and her sister, Pumpkin, are spokes-pups for Posh Pets Rescue in NYC, and they want you to consider adopting special needs and senior rescue dogs before hitting the pet shop.

#GivingTuesday: A Guide for Nonprofits

Hilary A. Doe | Posted 01.25.2015 | Impact
Hilary A. Doe

It's coming up. Every Dec. 2nd, families, students, businesses, and organizations around the world come together for Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back.

An Open Letter to Business Owners Everywhere: You Can Do Better

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact
Alexandra Ostrow

As the founder of a marketing consultancy that focuses on social change, I work with my fair share of nonprofits. My team builds awareness around issues like lack of access to healthcare and clean water.

#GivingTuesday Giving Will Double in 2014 -- and That's a Good Thing

George Weiner | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
George Weiner

The amount of money donated on #GivingTuesday has doubled each year since 2012, and it is predicted to double again in 2014.

Why Beyoncé Wants You to Buy This Backpack (and We Do, Too)

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 12.28.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

Operating on the TOMS Shoes model--for each backpack bought, a backpack is donated to a child in need -- STATE Bags was born out of a desire to help provide children in need with healthy snacks, school supplies, a reliable carry-all, and a group of positive role models.

The Culture of Collective Impact

Paul Schmitz | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

I came to believe in collective impact from a cognitive dissonance I increasingly experienced during two decades of work in the nonprofit sector.

The Hunger Language

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Hannah Laufer-Rottman

A parent who doesn't feed his/her hungry child is judged harshly -- and children come to understand that being fed regularly is their birth right, their entitlement. This is not the case for those living in poverty and with food insecurity.

Don't Just Sit on a Board: Stand for Your Mission

Anne Wallestad | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Anne Wallestad

I am a true believer in the power of boards. I have seen strong and courageous boards pull organizations away from the brink, and I have seen weak and disengaged boards allow an organization to languish.

The Next Big (Small) Thing for #TheStitch...

Matt Pipkin | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

While sharing about BLVR's investment in us, I shared my personal story of being sexually abused by a family friend when I was six, keeping it secret until after graduating college, and about the heavy toll it took on my life.

Will the Council on Foundations Be a Change Agent or Just a Trade Group?

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Pablo Eisenberg

Over the past few years, the council has lost well over 200 members dissatisfied with the direction of the organization. And some of the remaining 1,585 members feel they are no longer getting much bang for the big bucks they pay in membership fees.

Beyond the Clothes

S. L. Young | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
S. L. Young

It's often said that clothes make an individual, but this old adage isn't always true -- as there are many talented individuals who don't dress as expected and still have a lot to offer. The reality is that sometimes individuals who appear to be different don't always get a chance to prove their worth.

The Heartbeat That Changed the World

Tim McDonald | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Tim McDonald

This first step to letting people feel your heartbeat. That is, assuming you know what cause has meaning to you, or that you truly care about. This is my story of learning to share my heartbeat instinctively.

Nonprofit Watchdog Overhauls Rating Process To Resemble School Grading System

The NonProfit Times | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact

It might be time to dig out that retainer and tuba from your high school yearbook picture. Charity watchdog Charity Navigator changed in August the wa...

A Huge Economic Impact But Who Knew?

Shar McBee | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Shar McBee

Do you know that there is a sector of the economy that is larger than the construction industry, employs more people than real estate, and creates fifty times more jobs than agriculture... but this sector is almost totally ignored?

Innovating Impact: Two Social Entrepreneurs Tackle Critical Issues at Home and Abroad

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Overwhelmingly, these talented fellows represent a growing commitment to fighting social issues like poverty, terrorism, infrastructural collapse, and beyond -- through straightforward, effective means. I was lucky to learn from two of them, and share their stories here.

Taking Partnerships to the Next Level

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

When the mission of a nonprofit is well-aligned with the social impact goals of a for-profit partner, together they can help to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to the most pressing social and economic problems.