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Better Investment In Social Impact Starts With These 4 Questions

Joseph Agoada | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact
Joseph Agoada

By taking into account all possible outcomes and consequences, including those unintended or indirect, social impact investments can be insured the greatest impact.

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.

SMIRF's Up in LA

John E. Kobara | Posted 02.24.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

Philanthropy has a small amount of financial capital, so leveraging it with all of the other resources available to us is vital. Ambassador Joseph gave us more inspiration and the framework to advance the role of philanthropy in our community.

Rauner's Illinois Pension Plan a Budget 'Booby Trap'?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.23.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Back in December, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said Democrats had concocted a "booby-trap budget" that would detonate just as he took office. He was right. But is Rauner setting another trap with a new pension reform plan he proposed last week? Rich Miller of Capitol Fax explains.

Demonstrating Love Through the Newest Languages Human Beings Know

Laura Wellington | Posted 02.19.2015 | Technology
Laura Wellington

"Programming" languages might seem devoid of heart when standing on their own, but put them together with the human heart and the outpouring of love that will arise is unquantifiable.

'Now I'm One of Them': Michigan Teacher Survives Life on the Street

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

With support from Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank and a local homeless shelter, Dana Knight overcame homelessness with her health and dignity intact. For several months this past fall, Dana lived in the strange world of victimization and kindness that hundreds of Grand Rapids' homeless live in every day.

Nonprofit Leadership: Smooth Successions and Successful Starts

Steve Nardizzi | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Steve Nardizzi

In today's society, nonprofit organizations play an invaluable role, providing critical services to some of our country's and world's most vulnerable individuals and driving real, positive impact.

Invest to Save Lives and Build Sustainable Communities

Lindsay Coates | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

To prevent future crises and help build resilient communities, it is necessary for the U.S. to continue investments in programs that help the world's poor and vulnerable populations obtain access to health care, clean water, nutritious food, and basic education, as well as promote economic growth and democracy and human rights.

Man Takes On Daunting Task Of Listening To Nickelback For 168 Hours Straight For Charity

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact

Nickelback isn't everyone's cup of tea. The rock band -- which arguably has garnered as many passionate non-fans online as it has fans in the real...

A Thank-You to the College Athletes Who Welcomed My Son

Michael Plansky | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
Michael Plansky

Like every new dad, as I held my newborn son, I dreamed of teaching him to play catch, shoot a basketball, and ride his first bicycle. But Max was different. A premature twin, I couldn't hold him for months, and when I did, he fit in my two hands. A few months later, I found out Max had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Do You Hate Asking for Money? Here's a New Way to Look at Fundraising.

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 02.17.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Fearing "the ask" is a professional hazard, and I want to help reframe the experience so that you can get out there, raise more money and actually start to enjoy doing it.

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.

Nonprofit Boardroom Elephants and the 'Nice Guy' Syndrome: A Complex Problem

Eugene Fram | Posted 02.15.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

Directors need to have passion for the organization's mission. However, they also need to have the prudence to help the nonprofit board perform with professionalism.

This Initiative Could Help 60,000 Poor Farmers

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact

Farmers in the developing world will soon benefit from an effort aiming to pull their communities up the economic ladder. The Enhanced Livelihoods ...

Leading Regional LGBT Group Slapped With a "Foreign Agent" Fine in Russia

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 02.13.2015 | World
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

Another day, another court battle lost for the Russian LGBT community, this time set to the tune of Secret Agent Man.

How to Fundraise During a Giving Day

Geoff Livingston | Posted 02.12.2015 | Impact
Geoff Livingston

The conference room was filled with eager nonprofits ready to begin their 2015 campaign. During breaks, they networked, shot promotional videos and took Big Payback social media pics in a photobooth.

Getting Real About Rebuilding Trust

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 02.12.2015 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

Turning the tide on declining trust will require nonprofits to be closely attuned to the communities they serve and reflect what matters to people. Here are five important considerations for any leader who wants to get real about rebuilding trust.

From Postal Worker to Nonprofit President

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

At that moment, Annette discovered her true calling. She went from being a postal worker to becoming the leader of a charitable organization that has raised $35,000 for pediatric cancer patients in less than two years.

Make 2015 About Shaping a Productive Culture

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

The start of a new year is always a moment for reflection. As you look to the year ahead, this is a great time to think about your organization's culture. By looking for ways to both codify and improve it, you can better support the people and communities you care about most.

$75 Million Pledge To Help Reduce Number Of Nonviolent, Poor, Mentally Ill In Jail

Associated Press | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact

NEW YORK (AP) -- In an effort to reduce the number of people locked up in local jails around the U.S., the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundati...

Communication Matters: Getting Your Message Out

Lonnie A. Powers | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Lonnie A. Powers

We are using three approaches to communications in order to broaden our impact. These approaches apply to foundations and nonprofits alike. The first is to communicate proactively with the media to educate the public.

Starting a Nonprofit Calls for Passion and More

Nicki Roth | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Nicki Roth

After eight years as an English classroom teacher and another four as department head I felt I was missing something because too many of my students were not succeeding.

Entrepreneurship Education Helps Put Kids on the Path to Success

Jack E. Kosakowski | Posted 02.09.2015 | Education
Jack E. Kosakowski

Organizations like Junior Achievement prepare young people for their future economic success through engagement with successful business mentors and with time-tested experiential programs that give many their first glimpse at what being an entrepreneur entails.

Why Crowdfunding's a Good Idea

Craig Newmark | Posted 02.11.2015 | Money
Craig Newmark

Folks, lots of people have been doing crowdfunding campaigns lately, myself included, and they're pretty effective. In 2013 alone, crowdfunding raised about $5.1 billion worldwide.

On a Giving Trip With TOMS

Mark W. Guay | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Mark W. Guay

I stood up, my shirt sticking to my chest from sweat, and thought of my students in New York who had their first snowfall that morning. As their teacher, I wished they were here with me and could experience this. Just one day in my shoes would teach them more than a textbook could in a year.