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Why Foreign Aid Is Worth Fighting For

Julie Smolyansky | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
Julie Smolyansky

Recently GOP frontrunner Donald Trump suggested the United States should stop sending foreign aid to countries that hate us. He has called development investments in Afghanistan wasteful, suggesting that the funds should instead be used to rebuild our own country.

In the (Virtual) Room Where It Happens!

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.24.2016 | Technology
Jerry Ashton

If boyish-looking southern Californian entrepreneur Phoenix Eyre has his way, to quote from the Musical Hamilton, everyone will be "in the room where ...

Tipping the Iceberg

Michael Møller | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Michael Møller

The news about the United Nations that makes its way into the media shows only a fraction of what the organization does. And usually it is focused narrowly on international crises and the international community's inability to do much about them.

Women in Business Q&A: Kathy Calvin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation

Laura Dunn | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

Kathy Calvin is President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. Her career has spanned work in the public, private and nonprof...

Christina Wilkie

Internal Memo Recommends Major Global Charities Adopt New Outreach Strategy | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the international community considers the next round of development goals to address some of the world's most critical challenges, mo...

A Different Kind of Social Enterprise Is Helping Communities See Clearly

Neil Blumenthal | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Neil Blumenthal

Rather than simply handing out glasses, we worked to train individuals in developing countries to conduct vision screenings, educate their neighbors about the importance of eye care, and sell high-quality, low-cost glasses to their communities.

Why the World Needs Entrepreneurs

Elizabeth Gore | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Elizabeth Gore

I have always known that entrepreneurs were risk takers: they make visions into reality by developing new products, processes and markets. So what happens when all the definitions for entrepreneurship merge?

Why Must We Pay Attention to Women's Economic Empowerment?

Tina Wells | Posted 08.09.2014 | Impact
Tina Wells

The question should not be, "Why must we pay attention to women's economic empowerment?" Instead, the question should be, "How can we afford to not pay attention to women's economic empowerment?"

Raising Our Voices: Join the Global Moms Relay

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

Sunday is Mother's Day, and there's no better time to join the movement to improve the health and well-being of mothers and babies everywhere. That's the goal of the Global Moms Relay. In partnership with the UN Foundation, Johnson & Johnson and BabyCenter, HuffPost is putting the spotlight on the ways we can bring new opportunities to women and children around the world.

Learning From Strong Women

Nigel Barker | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Nigel Barker

Watching my mother and grandmother taught me so much -- seeing them nurture people and animals showed me, through their actions, what mattered most. They made so many sacrifices for our family, and they set the standard. They inspired me from childhood to volunteer and advocate for those less fortunate.

5 Things to Know About How Climate Change Impacts the World

Kathy Calvin | Posted 05.31.2014 | Green
Kathy Calvin

Today leading science experts released the latest United Nations report on the impacts of climate change around the world.

A Year for Change: From Climate Talk to Climate Action

Reid Detchon | Posted 04.27.2014 | Green
Reid Detchon

Transforming the world's energy systems will take decades, but we will end up better off as a result.

Family Planning and Serving Familes in Kibera

Katherine Marshall | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Run by a Nairobi Baptist church, the name means "spring of life." It caters to the community's many needs, including one that some might find surprising in a faith-run facility: family planning.

We Gave... Now What?

Elena Sonnino | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Elena Sonnino

My theory is that if we are not talking about the issues, chances are good that we are not thinking about the issues.

Giving Tuesday: Magnify Your Generosity This Year

David Nocenti | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
David Nocenti

The initiative struck an instant chord -- last year over 2,500 partners from all 50 states led charitable giving campaigns, and more than 50 million people worldwide spread the word about Giving Tuesday, as evidenced by milestone trending about the day on Twitter.

Haiti: Give Me Light, Give Me Life

Justin Guay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

Here in the US, we think about energy poverty as being oceans away in Africa or Asia - see President Obama's new Power Africa initiative. But while th...

Ted Turner's Best Investment

Monica Gray | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Monica Gray

The UNF has drawn high-profile advocates from around the world -- ranging from former presidents and business leaders to media professionals and A-list celebrities, who gather at the annual Global Leadership Dinner in New York.

Social Good Summit 2013

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

The Social Good Summit was back in New York City for its annual conference, timed to coincide with the influx of speakers attending the 68th United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Key Nonprofit Metrics: Trust and Results

Rick Parnell | Posted 12.07.2013 | Impact
Rick Parnell

Confession: I love my job. Some people don't, I get that, but in my job -- working with the United Nations to improve the lives of people around the world -- I get to work every day with people who are making a big difference on big issues.


Gene Gurkoff | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Gene Gurkoff

The last decade has seen a boom in people moving to raise money for charity. To me, this is the coolest thing happening in philanthropy. But it's not just about the money.

Digital Dexterity for Deeper Social Impact

Elizabeth Gore | Posted 10.21.2013 | Technology
Elizabeth Gore

Why is it so urgent that we adopt the mindset of innovators when our work is philanthropy? The answer is that results -- returns on investment -- matter both in terms of lives saved and securing on-going support from governments and individual citizens.

Want To Change The World? Let Girls Lead

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png When it comes to addressing the needs and rights of adolescent girls worldwide, there is no better advocate than girls themselves.

Celebrities Join Influential Online Moms to Launch Global Mom Relay Video

Posted 04.16.2013 | Impact

Celebrities and top mom bloggers gathered in New York City's Times Square last week for the premiere of the Global Mom Relay video. The video messa...

Why Moms Matter

Elizabeth Gore | Posted 05.07.2013 | Impact
Elizabeth Gore

Today, we launch Global Mom Relay -- an interactive, online conversation over the next 62 days that features moms, celebrities, experts and others who will shares stories of motherhood and talk about what we can do to improve the health of mothers and children around the world.

Why I Traveled 3,000 Miles to Advocate for Children Who Aren't Mine

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Lois Alter Mark

Every 20 seconds, a child around the world dies from a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine. Annually, that number equals almost half the children entering kindergarten in the United States alone this year.