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Economic Empowerment: Investing in Opportunity

Flynn Coleman | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
Flynn Coleman

From conversations I have had with people all around the world, what I have come to realize is that we all want the same things: something to believe in, health, prosperity, to belong, and opportunity.

Why the Ivy League Needs the Hult Prize ​

Schuyler Arakawa | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Schuyler Arakawa

As I near graduation, I've noticed my peers and I suddenly have a checklist of criteria our first job has to fit. It must be financially successful, intellectually stimulating, something we are "passionate" about, and a benefit to society.

Entrepreneurs Funding Global Change

Yasamin Beitollahi | Posted 05.17.2015 | Impact
Yasamin Beitollahi

We have more tools than ever before to create positive change on a global scale - but perhaps the best tool is business rather than our traditional means of philanthropy.

Breaking the Code: How the Ad Council Uses Tech for Social Good

Saeed Jabbar | Posted 05.12.2015 | Home
Saeed Jabbar

Chances are you've come across a public service announcement (PSA) from the Ad Council, such as their recent "Love Has No Labels" campaign that went viral with over 86 million views. I interviewed Laurie Keith, Director of National Media Accounts at the Ad Council, to shed some light on how technology is used to empower their campaigns.

Seven Must-Have Apps For Distributed Teams Doing Social Good

T.J. Cook | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
T.J. Cook

Last week I spoke with someone whose house was buried in four feet of snow outside Boston. A day later I joined a group discussing our creative approach for a financial literacy program for kids.

See How 3 Women are Harnessing Technology to Live a Purpose-Driven Life

Tae Yoo | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Tae Yoo

Shae, Lisa and Lucie all have taken different paths to finding purpose in their work, but the outcomes have been the same. They are helping others thrive, solving social problems and making an impact on their communities.

Female Founders Take On the Startup World

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

There was some really good advice coming outta the hashtag #FemaleFounders, so my team and I put together a Storify to put some of our favorites in one place (folks, it was really tough to only choose a few).

#CureFSHD: The Inspiring Stories Behind the Campaign

Max Adler | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Max Adler

I have experienced FSHD firsthand, with both my mother and grandmother diagnosed. It was heartbreaking to watch their struggle to complete simple, everyday tasks that many people take for granted.

20 Years of craigslist: A Reflection by an Old-School Nerd

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Every day I'm reminded that we help people put food on the table and get a job and a place to live. Maybe we have changed the world, seriously. Sure, this isn't the usual approach in Silicon Valley or anywhere else, but I'm a nerd, and a nerd's gotta do what a nerd's gotta do.

6 Women Rocking Tech for Good

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.25.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Folks, I figure it's really important to highlight women who are really making positive changes across the tech sector. These people aren't often give...

Protecting the Internet via the Upcoming FCC Vote

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Long story short, this is about saving the Net for regular people, versus providing privileges for companies that spend lots of money lobbying in Washington and misinforming the American public.

Why Crowdfunding's a Good Idea

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.11.2015 | 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.

GiveNOLA Day Rallies New Orleans Community

Geoff Livingston | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Geoff Livingston

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu appeared at a press conference hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to officially proclaim May 5, 2015 GiveNOLA day.

Horyou TV: Can Social Good Videos Go Viral?

Ron Mwangaguhunga | Posted 03.21.2015 | Good News
Ron Mwangaguhunga

High above the west fifties in Manhattan overlooking Fifth avenue the people at Horyou -- pronounced OR-YOW -- are attempting to make social good videos viral. When one thinks of viral videos, social good does not immediately come to mind.

Social Good Organizations: Don't Be Fooled By Solutions That Don't Solve Problems

T.J. Cook | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
T.J. Cook

Everyone loves coming up with solutions that make positive change in the world, but sometimes they are a mirage. You come up with a solution and drive toward it like a sparkling lake in the desert, only to find it evaporate as you close in on the actual problem that needs solving.

New Digital Storytelling Platform Helps Tell Stories for Social Good

Doug Hattaway | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Doug Hattaway

"Strategic storytelling" is a new notion: In order to help leaders achieve their goals, stories must be strategically designed to motivate and mobilize people. And the content of strategic stories must be compelling, in order to capture people's attention and imagination.

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.

Give a Holiday Gift of Hope

MeiMei Fox | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Are you looking for holiday gifts that have meaning and purpose? These days, we are blessed to have many socially and ecologically conscious companies to choose from when doing our shopping.

Technology Has Important Role In Teaching Financial Fitness

T.J. Cook | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
T.J. Cook

I am an avid runner, but I still have a hard time choosing which exercise app to track my runs. Map My Run? RunKeeper? Something from Nike, or Garmin, or Google? So many great options.

Let's Disconnect to Connect this Holiday Season and Teach Kids the Value of Caring

Daniel Horgan | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Daniel Horgan

While parents are consumed with their iPads and phones, their children are modeling their actions by being engrossed in games or listening to their music on their own handheld devices.

Will You Make Time to Help Make a Difference in the World?

Cathy Chester | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact
Cathy Chester

Which cause will I choose in order to make a difference? I'm not quite sure. But whatever it may be you can be sure that it will be something I believe in.

Silly Apps Aren't the Future of Tech

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 12.09.2014 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

Advancing technologies make it possible to solve the problems of hunger, poverty, energy and education. But advances would happen faster if Silicon Valley's moguls woke up to the new reality and started focusing on big problems as well.

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.

Saving the World, DIY-Style

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.29.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

My general philosophy is to do some real good in the short run, while learning how to scale that up in the long run -- to the entire planet in maybe 20 years. I'm also very committed to helping people from the bottom up, to give people a break that rarely get one, and to help give a voice to the voiceless.