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Venture Philanthropy

Step One in Growing Impact Investing: Prove Social Enterprise Works

Ben Thornley | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Rigorous evidence of impact is not just about accountability in impact investing. It is an enabler of the field's growth in its own right.

Top 10 Medical Research Issues and Trends to Watch in 2015

Margaret Anderson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Science
Margaret Anderson

Academic research institutions are undeniably under duress. While some of it may be due to overbuilding research infrastructure during the years of doubling the National Institutes of Health budget, they are now dealing with a new normal of having to do more with less.

Paradigm Shift in Global Giving: Philanthropy and Impact Investing

David Drake | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
David Drake

Philanthropy and impact investing are the backbones of crowdfunding. The internet and the online crowdfunding platforms on giving have magnified the ways and means to reach anyone from all over the world.

Eli Broad, Houston Schools Supe Grier on Urban Education

Jane Williams | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Jane Williams

This week on Bloomberg EDU, Eli Broad, philanthropist and founder of two Fortune 500 companies, discusses his native Detroit public schools, blended learning, school leadership and a national system for education.

The Consequences of Impact Investing on Philanthropy

Mitchell Kutney | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Mitchell Kutney

Impact investors have two choices when it comes to influencing the philanthropic sector:convert their donations into investments or free philanthropists from inefficient burdens, helping them to focus on where their donations are needed most.

Putting the "Venture" Back into Venture Philanthropy

Pamela Hartigan | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
Pamela Hartigan

This past week I spent two days in Venice - my first visit to this legendary Italian city. I had been invited to speak at the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) that has the good sense to hold its annual meeting in Venice.

A Private Sector Initiative to Bolster U.S. Science

James M. Gentile | Posted 07.20.2013 | Science
James M. Gentile

More important than just the money, however, is that private-sector foundations can afford to fund more high-risk, high-return research without the badgering and bickering that too often comes from Congress.

How Venture Philanthropy Can Close the Poverty Gap

Kristin Lindsey | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Kristin Lindsey

Similar to other modern economies, as Asian countries continue to modernize and grow, they face a serious challenge in how to manage the widening disparity between rich and poor. There is a lot of work to do to ensure that millions of people are not left behind.

What's the 'Next Big Thing' in the World of Philanthropy?

John F. Ince | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
John F. Ince

No longer do funders see their primary role to be writing big checks. Spurred by the entrepreneurial drive of a new generation, new philanthropists are developing their own blueprints for change.

Crowdfunders Are From Venus -- But They're Funding Mars

Gregory C. Simon | Posted 05.17.2013 | Business
Gregory C. Simon

Kim Kardashian must have hated it because the big news this week was the crowd funding of the return of Veronica Mars. In 4 hours 24 minutes 33,000 people set a Kickstarter record by pledging 2.1 million dollars to make a movie Warner Brothers was unwilling to fund itself.

Top 10 Medical Research Trends to Watch in 2013

Margaret Anderson | Posted 03.13.2013 | Science
Margaret Anderson

Advocates need to keep making noise to make a compelling case for the critical importance of medical research. The health of our citizens and the economic and fiscal health of the nation are at stake.

Impact Investing Creates Template for Responsible Capitalism

Raconteur Media | Posted 04.15.2012 | Business
Raconteur Media

Impact investing has developed out of traditional philanthropy in an effort to find solutions that allow investors to make profitable investments that can also address social and environmental challenges.

Is Investing Or Donating More Effective

Richard Walden | Posted 02.04.2012 | Impact
Richard Walden

Aside from faux nonprofits like some of the major health insurance companies, universities, trade groups, influential cultural organizations and many ...

To What End?

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

According to social entrepreneur Mario Morino, the three words that will serve one best throughout business and nonprofit careers are "To what end?"