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How Netflix's 'Making a Murderer' Is Setting a New Standard for 'Social Impact Entertainment'

Michael Jones | Posted 01.11.2017 | Entertainment
Michael Jones

These three examples are just scratching the surface of a trend that Hollywood could explode in 2016. When the last scene fades to black, there's a way to keep viewers talking and buzzing about a show, series or movie and it goes beyond just writing a Rotten Tomatoes review.

January is National Mentoring Month: 5 Ways Mentoring Will Change Future Generations

Melissa Beck | Posted 01.08.2017 | Impact
Melissa Beck

Think back to your childhood and the adults who influenced you to become who you are today. The person who encouraged you to do better in school, to p...

What's Missing in Nonprofit Marketing? This Company Has the Answer

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 01.07.2017 | Business
Alexandra Ostrow

YouTube holds great potential for nonprofits to engage younger demographics, increase visibility in search, and drive revenue via donations and monetization. So why are only 13% of nonprofits ranking video as a "very important" communication channel?

There's One Thing We All Can Do to End Domestic Violence

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 01.05.2017 | Impact
Alexandra Ostrow

When a survivor is ready to seek help, a new set of obstacles arises: How will they support themselves financially? What will happen with family members? And, most immediate, how will they remove themselves safely from the situation?

No Resolutions. Picking Yourself to Create the Change (Or World) You Want

Tim McDonald | Posted 12.31.2016 | Impact
Tim McDonald

Should I share all the wonderful things that happened in 2015, or the uncertainty and excitement that I feel 2016 is bringing? You see, this is the first year in a long time that I don't have a clear roadmap come January 1st of how every day will be structured.

How to create social impact without leaving your job

Pioneers for Change | Posted 12.23.2016 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

By: Jay Diamond You have been given a gift that can create positive change in this world - but it has been hidden in plain sight. You have someth...

How to Use Business to Address Domestic Violence

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 12.21.2016 | Impact
Alexandra Ostrow

I first read about Meathead Movers in September when LA Weekly wrote about their free moving services to those fleeing domestic violence. As the founder of a corporate social responsibility and cause marketing firm, I was inspired. Curious about their program's origins and operations, I met with Aaron B. Steed, co-founder and CEO of Meathead Movers, while he was on a trip to NY.

10 Lessons for Starting a For-Purpose Organization

Saeed Jabbar | Posted 12.10.2016 | Business
Saeed Jabbar

It may be easy to get started and achieve your first few milestones. Where the difficulty lies is growing beyond the first success, and building your organization into a full-on entity that can one day operate even when you are no longer there.

This Holiday Season, A Look at Five Ways the Video Game Industry is Helping Others

Rich Taylor | Posted 12.18.2016 | Impact
Rich Taylor

This year, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation, the U.S. video game industry's philanthropic arm, celebrated 15 years of giving back to local communities.

Closing the Health Divide, One Community at a Time

Dr. Garth Graham | Posted 12.16.2016 | Business
Dr. Garth Graham

We all have a role to play in closing the health divide, both on the national and local grassroots levels. Nonprofits, government entities, corporations and even individuals can all make a difference in their own way.

Listening For Disruption: Blue Lights and New Knees

Trisa Thompson | Posted 12.16.2016 | Business
Trisa Thompson

D-Rev sends its designers into the field to conduct interviews with patients, doctors and nurses. By talking with doctors in rural India, D-Rev learned that many babies with jaundice were not being treated effectively because their equipment was too expensive to maintain.

4 Takeaways From Moneythink's Successful Blend of High Touch, High Tech

T.J. Cook | Posted 12.14.2016 | Impact
T.J. Cook

Like many nonprofits and social good organizations, Moneythink found its early footing as a hands-on local program that eventually reached a crossroad...

Kenneth Cole: On His Love/Haiti Relationship

Renata M. Black | Posted 12.14.2016 | Impact
Renata M. Black

"While we were here, we also looked at people who did footwear, to see if there was a way we could create something in-brand that would benefit the community. This is how we found Rebuild Globally and Deux Mains. We launched our exclusive sandals designed and made in Haiti from recycled tires."

5 Steps to Find More Purpose in Your Work and Make an Impact With Your Career

Mark Horoszowski | Posted 12.14.2016 | Business
Mark Horoszowski

Today's workforce wants it all: Earn a good living, make the world a better place, report to good managers, and feel purpose in their work. Unfortuna...

A Sea of Change in Employee Giving, New Report Finds

Ryan Scott | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business
Ryan Scott

It's important to recognize that the top talent and new client prospects you're chasing are taking a close look at you, too, analyzing how seriously your company takes its role as a citizen on the global stage.

Our 5-Step Recipe for Social Change

Alessandro Demaio | Posted 12.09.2016 | Impact
Alessandro Demaio

Written by friends and colleagues, Dr Alessandro Demaio and Dr Mats Junek of festival21. Born after 1980, we are the generation who witnessed the daw...

Put Your Finger on the Pulse of Employee Engagement Trends

Steve Delfin | Posted 12.04.2016 | Impact
Steve Delfin

What happens when employee engagement and social impact converge? What are the six key factors that every leader should know when developing or managi...

The Three Traits of Great Social Entrepreneurs

Alex Budak | Posted 12.03.2016 | 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.

The Year We Thought About Impact

Pam Chamberlain | Posted 12.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Pam Chamberlain

For the past few months I have been happily attending screenings of our award-winning film The Year We Thought About Love, a 2015 documentary directed...

How We Can Take #GivingTuesday to the Next Level

Bryan de Lottinville | Posted 12.01.2016 | Impact
Bryan de Lottinville

It's likely that you - or at least your Twitter feed - noticed that yesterday was #GivingTuesday. This effort first took place in 2012 as a global day...

The Future of 'Social' Media

Pioneers for Change | Posted 12.01.2016 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

After directing 'The Secret' back in 2006, I realized that no story is more dramatic and engaging than the one you and I are co-starring in right now; for if the story of humanity were a feature film, we'd be at the epic climax where our collective choices determine our destiny.

It's Not My Fault Terrorists Exist, but It Is My Problem

Maria Montgomery | Posted 11.26.2016 | Impact
Maria Montgomery

It's not my fault. It's not my fault that South Africa is corrupt. It's not my fault that gang wars and criminality has swept through the town in Sweden where I'm originally from. It's not my fault that terrorists are bombing the world and the city I used to call home. A city that still feels like home.

Smarter, Creative Philanthropy for a Complex World

Sonal Shah | Posted 11.23.2016 | Business
Sonal Shah

Within portfolios, philanthropy can reward more entrepreneurial approaches to public-private partnerships, cutting-edge technology, cross-sector data and civic engagement. And it can leverage a modern toolkit, including social impact bonds and other innovative financing mechanisms, impact investing and outcome-focused partnerships with civil society, government and industry.

Why We Decided to Walk Off Wall Street

Don Shaffer | Posted 11.18.2016 | Impact
Don Shaffer

The only solution is for each of us to pull our money from publicly traded stocks and bonds. It's not that the companies or the people who work for them are bad, but that the trading system is being manipulated by a few people who are driven to make as much money as they can in the shortest time possible.

What I Learned From Ghana: Why Social Missions Matter

CommonBond | Posted 11.17.2016 | Impact

people will ask me why CommonBond has a social mission. If you had come on this trip with me, I think you'd understand. So, you can expect to hear more from me on our Social Promise and the impact it's having. The more that people understand the impact of a strong social mission, the more social missions I believe we'll see.