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How Kids Use Technology vs. Public Schools

CyberFrequencies | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

At tech conferences, experts are talking about "total connectivity." Is that where we're going? Kids seem to think so and in fact, some of them might already be living near total connectivity.

The 2010 Global Philanthropy Forum: Harnessing Technology for Change

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

Philanthropy, technology, and social change are intertwining at incredible speeds across continents, platforms, and devices. We're only beginning to understand the potential.

Mayor Bloomberg's Offshore Millions? The Cayman Islands, Cyrus, And Mauritius

Aram Roston | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Aram Roston

It isn't easy to track where Mayor Michael Bloomberg's money is all invested. But at the New York Observer we took a close look at his "Bloomberg Family Foundation" and found some surprises.

When The Rich Give, You Can Stand Up and Take a Bow

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

Every time someone with lots of money gives it away and gets a lot of attention as a result, I want you to stop what you're doing. Stand up. And bow. Because you made their largess possible.

Gates, Buffett Lobby The Rich For Donation Pledges

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

SEATTLE — Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates and billionaire investor Warren Buffett are launching a campaign to get other American billionai...

Gates Foundation, USAID Offer Prizes To Help Haiti

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 05.26.2011 | Impact

SEATTLE — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is using its financial clout to push the Haitian marketplace toward change by offering $10 million...

Gates Foundation Giving $1.5 Billion For Women's Health

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

WASHINGTON — Philanthropist Melinda Gates announced Monday that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will spend $1.5 billion over five years to s...

Gates Foundation's Ignacio Mas On eFinance in the Developing World

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jim Luce

Ignacio Mas, Deputy Director of the Financial Services for the Poor Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, took time off from his hectic schedule at the recent GSM Alliance Congress in Madrid to speak to me over coffee.

The Water Imperative

Rich Halvorson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rich Halvorson

On World Water Day this year -- March 22 -- we must take time out to remember the 4,500 children who die each day from a lack of access to clean, safe water.

Introduction to mFinance: Cell Phone Banking

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Luce

Growing up in Ohio as a young teen, I would take my savings account passbook to the bank and deposit my earnings from snow shoveling or grass mowing. ...

Peter Buffett and Angelique Kidjo Release Single to Support Girls in Africa

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

I have been trying to interview Emmy Award-winning composer/philanthropist Peter Buffett for two years. I wrote about Grammy Award-winning UNICEF G...

Teachers on America's Schools

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Bridgeland

No constituency is more vital in meeting the challenge to increase high school graduation rates and reform public schools than our nation's teachers.

Questions as Mileposts of Progress

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 02.04.2010 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

One milepost of success in malaria vaccines is in the questions people are asking.

How to Save U.S. Money and Children's Lives Worldwide

Joellen Raderstorf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Joellen Raderstorf

If we invest in global vaccines now, we'll lower threats and costs for the U.S. later.

Why a Gates Foundation Gift Was Not Enough for Haiti's Children

Lisa Conte | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Conte

As I watch the destruction in Haiti, I thought of all those who have hindered the investigation into crofelemer's promise--and thereby prevented distribution of this life-saving medicine.

Bill Gates: Humanitarian Aid Needs Tech Savvy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Bill Gates is fresh off his first year of working full-time for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In an interview with Newsweek, Gates reveals that...

GAVI: A Time to Celebrate ... And Reinvest

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

On its 10th anniversary, it is easy to appreciate the accomplishments of the GAVI Alliance, whose work has led to immunizations that will avert four million deaths in the developing world.

Will Raj Shah Make USAID More "Child Friendly"?

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Orin Levine

As USAID's new head, If Dr. Shah should embrace child survival by directing his budget and programs to combating diarrhea and pneumonia, the two leading killers of children worldwide.

The Shah Appointment at USAID

Mira Kamdar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mira Kamdar

With the appointment of Rajiv Shah to head USAID, it's deja-vu all over again for the Obama administration. Welcome to Camelot redux, the 1960's re-engineered for the 2010s.

The Wall Street Journal on Education: Lies, Myths, and Yellow Journalism

Eric Tipler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Tipler

Earlier this month, the Ford Foundation announced it was giving $100 million to improve urban schools, a fantastic announcement that the Journal lambasted with a misleading editorial.

Needed: People Who Quit

Susan Ohanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Ohanian

In October, 2009, former Marine officer Matthew Hoh resigned his senior Foreign Service post in Afghanistan because he feels the war is pointless and ...

The Teacher is the Key

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Esther Wojcicki

It sounds like an old adage, but we desperately need to support teachers in the classroom and modify the NCLB Act, which is now up for renewal. Supporting teachers is key to our success as a nation.

Itzhak Perlman to Perform at Lincoln Center to Help Rotary Eradicate Polio

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

"Polio is only a plane ride away." So began my sobering interview with Carol Pandak, Manager of PolioPlus for Rotary International about polio, a cr...

Impacting AIDS this World AIDS Day

Josh Ruxin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Ruxin

World AIDS Day has become a time to reflect on the daunting challenges we face in the battle against this tenacious killer. Although huge strides hav...

Gates Foundation Gives Black History Museum $10M

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

WASHINGTON — The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving $10 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Cu...