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'Impact Alphas' Stake Their Claim

David Bank | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
David Bank

Language matters. If "impact" starts to invoke "alpha," it could be a very disruptive trend indeed. If "impact" is taken to mean "haircut," the managers of trillions of dollars in assets will find their own way to the same mega-trends.

From Babe Ruth to the Washington Nationals

Bill Marriott | Posted 12.05.2012 | Impact
Bill Marriott

As National's playoffs get underway, it's fun to look back on some of the greatest players and look forward to the role baseball can play in shaping the lives of our inner city youth.

Using Facebook in the 'War on Cancer' (VIDEO)

Gabe Canales | Posted 12.04.2012 | Impact
Gabe Canales

If other cancer institutions and nonprofits would place such emphases on using this powerful interactive medium for education and support, we could make incredible advances in our "War on Cancer."

Time to Stop Playing Business Card Scrabble With Our Qualifications?

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 12.04.2012 | Business
Dr Layla McCay

This week both my real life and my Twitter feed have been jumping with the question of post-nominal letters: what letters (if any) should you put after your name on a business card?

Investing for Impact

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 12.03.2012 | Business
Dr. Judith Rodin

In the world of finance, ROI -- "return on investment" -- rules the day. But there is a new kind of investor nowadays seeking a different kind of return. We call them impact investors, and they seek to put markets to work for millions of people around the globe.

Clinton Global Initiative: Putting Philanthrocapitalism in the Vernacular

Maura Kelly | Posted 12.03.2012 | Impact
Maura Kelly

Described by Time magazine as the "apotheosis of philanthrocapitalism" CGI is an ultimate power gathering of the minds.

E+Co Avoids Liquidation, Barely, and Emerges Persistent

David Bank | Posted 12.03.2012 | Impact
David Bank

Millions of dollars in bad loans have driven E+Co, one of the pioneers of impact investing, effectively out of business, offering a cautionary tale for those seeking to provide financing for large numbers of small and growing businesses as a strategy to accelerate sustainable development in low-income countries.

Creating Thriving Communities -- Leveraging Partnerships to Create Community-Based Impact

Cecilia Carter | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Cecilia Carter

It's no longer impactful to pick one overarching cause and hope that the contributions will reach all communities in need -- it's imperative that corporations take a moment to walk in the shoes of the communities they're trying to reach.

Why National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Still Matters

Steve Wakefield | Posted 11.27.2012 | Gay Voices
Steve Wakefield

HIV negative Black Gay Health Advocate does not sound like a business title. If anything, it sounds like a statistical category and one that doesn't have a lot of individuals in it. And while it doesn't fit well on a business card, it is who and what I am.

Man Crowdsources To Pay For Sister's Surgery After Brutal Rape

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.27.2012 | Impact

A little over a year after Lydia Tillman was brutally raped and beaten, the Colorado survivor is fighting to recover, and is leaning on donors for hel...

Raising Kids Who Care

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 11.25.2012 | Parents
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Children have an incredible capacity to care, to give and to empathize from a very young age. It has nothing to do with pity. An instinct for justice comes naturally to a young child, who is free from skepticism, prejudice and doubt.

Is the iPhone 5 'Smart' for Everyone?

Shivani Siroya | Posted 11.25.2012 | Impact
Shivani Siroya

In the developing world, amongst those making less than $2 a day, mobile technology is also changing lives and interactions.

Entrepreneurs and Innovators Changing Lives

Elizabeth Gore | Posted 11.24.2012 | Impact
Elizabeth Gore

Entrepreneurs, innovators and technologists have skills and ideas that can't be found anywhere else. That's why we need their engagement to help solve global challenges.

Another Step Towards Global Peace

Forest Whitaker | Posted 11.24.2012 | Impact
Forest Whitaker

Youth have the power to create change. And for real progress to be made, they need to be a part of the solution.

Three Ways Millennials Are Using Technology to Change the World

Allison Jones | Posted 11.24.2012 | Impact
Allison Jones

We use technology to access and share information about causes, organizations, and people whom we may want to support; we use technology to connect with others who share our passion; and finally we use technology to take action and see the results of our efforts.

Living Generously

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 11.23.2012 | College
D. Michael Lindsay

What if today we realized what great potential is held in that dollar, that bright idea or that spare half-hour -- that talent we carry around -- and what if today we harnessed that potential to do something good?

First Breaths and Frontline Health Workers – Taking Nothing for Granted to Save and Improve Lives

Sharon K. D’Agostino | Posted 11.21.2012 | Impact
Sharon K. D’Agostino

A baby's first breath cannot be taken for granted. Our hopeful expectation at birth is for a wailing cry of life. Yet, hundreds of thousands of newborns die before they can breathe, especially in low-resource settings.

Learning from AIDS: Responding to Non-Communicable Diseases

Peter Piot | Posted 09.20.2012 | Impact
Peter Piot

We must rally the whole world around NCDs the way we did with AIDS. Communication messages came from the ground up. Souls were touched. There was a clear ask. It takes time, but we're making a good beginning in building the NCD movement.

The Perfect Marriage of Goodness: Cultivate Wines Give Big to Non-Profits

Erin Bernhardt | Posted 11.20.2012 | Good News
Erin Bernhardt

Talk about having your cake and eating it too -- thanks to California-based social enterprise wine company Cultivate Wines six non-profit organizations addressing education and basic human needs will win a total of $100,000 this fall.

LinkedIn's New Board Connect: A Fresh Tack to an Old Problem for Nonprofits

Robert J. Rosenthal | Posted 11.18.2012 | Technology
Robert J. Rosenthal

For those of us who work in technology for social good, LinkedIn Board Connect also represents one more thing: a rich opportunity to see how the "reverse match" concept of volunteer engagement can play out in a community that's already at scale.

Reducing Cause Isolation Using the Internet

Paul Ruth | Posted 11.11.2012 | Impact
Paul Ruth

The Internet is obviously a vast community connecting more people in new ways. The basis of progress centers on the concept of community, and what tha...

To Save The World, Save Yourself!

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

The ugly, terrible vastness of global poverty seems to demand leaders with the skill to create large systems of opportunity, the talent to reach millions and the urgency of purpose to never sleep, never rest, never flag.

Cleveland Indians Manager Impacts Community Off the Field

Justin Sherman | Posted 11.10.2012 | Sports
Justin Sherman

Cleveland Indians Manager Manny Acta loves life. It's that simple. The guy has such a great attitude that you can't help but be positive around him. His willingness to help others is quite contagious.

Nick Springer: Quad Amputee and Paralympian

John Robinson | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
John Robinson

At age 14, bacterial meningococcal meningitis took four limbs from Nick Springer. It didn't take his determination.

Change Your Behavior or Perish?

Leila de Bruyne | Posted 09.06.2012 | Impact
Leila de Bruyne

I hope the needs and feelings of vulnerable children with limited resources become a priority in prevention dialogue. While an emphasis can remain on stopping the transmission of HIV, let's also tell them medication has come a long way.