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The Platinum Standard

Jason Saul | Posted 05.15.2016 | Impact
Jason Saul

Many consider randomized control trials, or RCTs, to be the "gold standard" for evidence. Randomization provides a high degree of proof for a very narrow set of facts: a particular program, under a particular set of conditions, for a particular population of people, at a particular time, made a difference.

7 Tips On How Nonprofits Can Attract Corporate Funding: Part One

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.28.2016 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Aside from having solid financials and noteworthy impact, these are some effective ways in which nonprofits can position themselves more competitively to receive funding.

The Overwhelming Value of the Purpose-Driven

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 03.09.2017 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

A question that keeps many leaders up at night is: How do we bring on new staff while maintaining the values that have made our work so successful to ...

Hey Cabbies, Apps Are Cheap!

Daniel Ben-Horin | Posted 02.23.2015 | Technology
Daniel Ben-Horin

All the recent Uber crap just seemed to underlie an ineluctable point: Behind every prosperous sharing economy company, sits a smart capitalist maximizing profits.

Can an Established Nonprofit Still Be Innovative?

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

It's a question that any "blue chip" company has to be ready to respond "yes" to in order to ensure continued growth. So if being innovative is viewed as being critical to a for-profit company's success, why wouldn't such a standard also apply to nonprofits?

Do Nonprofits Need to Think Outside the Box?

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

Do nonprofits need to think outside the box? Is there even a box anymore? Through my own experience, the answer to both of these questions is yes.

What Inspires Generation Y To Give

Tyler Mahoney | Posted 05.24.2014 | Impact
Tyler Mahoney

In contrast, young people are rejecting the post-modern wanderlust molded by the Baby Boomers and are returning to a pre-modern, pre-industrial understanding of the world.

Creating a Better Society: At What Cost?

Kanan Dhru | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Kanan Dhru

I wonder whether these are just the outliers or whether there is a systemic problem which prevents young people from continuing to work towards creating social impact.

Luring More MBAs to the Social Sector

Laura Moon and Margot Dushin | Posted 05.14.2013 | Business
Laura Moon and Margot Dushin

The barriers that prevent students from making social impact career choices are real: positions that do not effectively leverage the MBA skill set, careers that lack investment in professional development and growth potential, and pathways that require vows of poverty.

Consumer Feedback and Market Demand

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

Markets for Good recently published this piece I wrote in which I assert that collecting and responding to consumer feedback and market demand in low-income communities is critical to spurring economic and social mobility.

Dawn of the Data Age: Jake Porway, DataKind and the Future of Decision-Making

Jereme Bivins | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
Jereme Bivins

What if the same technology that helps power my movie recommendations could help us better allocate resources for public education? Or highlight areas vulnerable to natural disaster? Or even just help our organizations find the right funders?

Why Making Predictions Is So Difficult in the Social Sector

David Henderson | Posted 03.06.2012 | Impact
David Henderson

Despite all the blog posts, books, and questionable models to the contrary, we are a long ways away from being able to predict with any relevance the future of the social sector.

What Is the Social Value of Blogging?

David Henderson | Posted 02.28.2012 | Impact
David Henderson

Professionally I do two things; I help organizations make high impact data-oriented decisions, and I write. As 2011 draws to a close, I reflect on ano...

Benefiting Low Income Communities Through Design

Jean Lin | Posted 06.13.2011 | Arts
Jean Lin

Multi-discipline design and innovation firm IDEO has announced the fall launch of a new nonprofit arm, In a move to bring human-centered des...

Politics, Personalities and the Business of Doing Good

Jake Brewer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jake Brewer

Trying to make the world a better place is messy and almost always full of the same back-room shenanigans chronicled throughout the political sectors, but with one difference: those involved act like it's not, and no one talks about it.