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Beyond Wall Street: Transforming the Way We Use Capital

Don Shaffer | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact
Don Shaffer

By Don Shaffer I've been talking to a lot of people lately about RSF Social Finance's decision to walk off Wall Street, and urging others to consid...

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.

Transforming Communities: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.20.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

We celebrate grantees who demonstrate the spirit needed for community engagement, capacity building, and social change from the environment to the elderly, from endangered animals to social enterprise --they exemplify the change we need and hope to see in the world.

When Work Defines You

Naa-Sakle Akuete | Posted 01.14.2016 | Women
Naa-Sakle Akuete

Is success Wall Street and money? Not for me. Success is waking up every morning fulfilled by my work and confident that I'm forging a new American Dream. I want to share a lesson my mom taught me: It's not bad to be defined by what you do, so long as you can be proud and happy in that work.

Better Together: How to Make the Biggest Impact Through Nonprofit and For-Profit Partnerships

Christie Garton | Posted 01.08.2016 | Impact
Christie Garton

No matter what cause, industry or issue a nonprofit focuses on, the goal remains the same: make the biggest impact possible.

The Empire Strikes Back! CrowdGranting is Giving Power Back to the People

Rich Tafel | Posted 01.05.2016 | Detroit
Rich Tafel

There's a tremor in the force. Innovation is about to democratize philanthropy.

38 Christmas Miracles

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.25.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

The Pollination Project makes micro grants every day of the year to social changemakers who have a plan and a project to help create a more kind, compassionate, peaceful and sustainable world.

The social bad in selling social good

Adora Svitak | Posted 12.22.2015 | Impact
Adora Svitak

March 2014: I'm at Seattle's We Day, the flashy event celebrating youth public service that happens in stadiums in various big cities every spring. ...

Jolina Auguste : An Empowered Woman

Renata M. Black | Posted 12.16.2015 | Impact
Renata M. Black

Paradigm Shifters is a series of interviews with a select group of women and men from eclectic walks of life. It will highlight unspoken, real-life insights on how they have been able to turn weakness into strength.

'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.

Reflecting on 5 Years of Social Entrepreneurship and Making Soccer a Force for Good

Santiago Halty | Posted 12.16.2015 | Impact
Santiago Halty

This past week,Senda Athletics celebrated its 5th birthday with an exciting Footgolf tournament in San Leandro, California. We invited our nonprofit soccer partners, as well as supporters and customers who believed in bringing the Fair Trade model to the soccer industry.

Last Minute Gifts That Do Good and Look Good

Lorainne Lopez Lannon | Posted 12.15.2015 | Impact
Lorainne Lopez Lannon

It is easy to get caught up in the holiday frenzy, but let's not forget the true spirit of the holidays: to show love and generosity to our families and strangers alike. We can use this time to give gifts that can truly make a difference in a person's life.

Apprenticeship and Opportunity

Brendan Lind | Posted 12.11.2015 | Technology
Brendan Lind

In March, President Obama opened his TechHire initiative by saying, "If you can do the job, you should get the job." It's an easy idea to get behind, ...

The Three Traits of Great Social Entrepreneurs

Alex Budak | Posted 12.03.2015 | Impact
Alex Budak

There's a bad habit in the social entrepreneurship world where we put outstanding social entrepreneurs up on a pedestal -- these incredible demigods who have accomplished something us mere mortals can only dream of.

New Funding Model Gets Social Enterprises through Valley of Death

Don Shaffer | Posted 12.02.2015 | Impact
Don Shaffer

The fact that we're seeing this fresh focus on the uses of capital to achieve social benefits tells us that there is a real opening now for vastly greater collaboration between impact investors and community banks. It's up to us to create a finance infrastructure that enables social enterprises to thrive.

The Impact Investing Illusion

Kevin Lynch | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Kevin Lynch

Do you sincerely believe that at the end of the day, Goldman Sachs cares more about social impact than about financial returns?

More Reflection. More Learning. More Impact.

Alex Budak | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Alex Budak

In the startup world, Eric Ries has helped push forward the notion that the goal of a startup is to learn as much as possible, as quickly as possible. In fact, it's my very favorite definition of a startup. As a social entrepreneur, so too is your job to learn -- not just about your organization but also about yourself as a leader.

Want to Make an Impact Through Social Enterprise? Avoid These 3 Mistakes

Christie Garton | Posted 12.02.2015 | Business
Christie Garton

Through social enterprise you can make an impact and a profit, a definite win-win and a major reason for its popularity as a business model. But while more entrepreneurs are incorporating social good into their business, the struggle that comes with balancing the management of a new company and tackling important social issues can be a bit of a mystery to them.

Finding Your Niche, Ex-Pat Style

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Last year, a chance encounter with Einstein's legacy and its keepers, the Landau brothers reignited my passion for physics and math. My search for cl...

Back to School, On to Unemployment? Addressing the Global Unemployment Crisis Facing Youth

Faaria Volinski | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Faaria Volinski

It's no coincidence that the Middle East and North Africa region, with the highest unemployment rate in the world, witnessed large-scale social and political unrest in 2011. Youth expressed their chronic dissatisfaction with a society in which they could not participate, contribute, and develop.

Funding Grassroots Social Change in East Africa

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In the past year, The Pollination Project launched a grant-making hub in Uganda and Kenya. Our team identified promising social change efforts worthy of start-up investments. Here are the seeds of change that they planted in East Africa in the past few weeks!

Goodbye Cotton, Hello Hemp?

John Converse Townsend | Posted 10.28.2015 | Green
John Converse Townsend

About 20 million tons of cotton are produced each and every year, making it far and away the world's most profitable non-food crop. But it's resource intensive in a big way.

If it Were Easy, Everybody Would Do it: The Challenge of Creating Jobs (and Counting Them)

Mark Newberg | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
Mark Newberg

Early this baseball season, when the days were growing longer and hope sprang eternal (for Red Sox fans, at least), I had an idea: that jobs matter tr...

The Human Touch: Harnessing the Human Aspect of Business Video to Connect and Engage

Michal Tsur | Posted 10.13.2015 | Technology
Michal Tsur

Businesses do not exhibit emotions. Neither do products. But humans do. Which is why video is such a potent business tool. Watching someone on video instantly adds an extra dimension - a more personal, more authentic interaction. Video generates more of an emotional response than any other means of remote communication.

Renée Joslyn of CGI on the International Day of the Girl

Greg Woodburn | Posted 10.13.2015 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

One of the greatest blessings of my new role with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has been getting to know, working with, and learning from Renée Joslyn, the Director of Girls and Women Integration at CGI.