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A Mother's Day Tribute For Women In Need

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

Happy Mother's Day to every mother on this planet. We acknowledge your sacrifice, your hardships and your undying love. We only hope that we can give back a fraction of what you have given to us.

The Latest In Social Media For Social Good Strategies

Amy Neumann | Posted 06.26.2012 | Impact
Amy Neumann

This is the seventh installment of the Impact series, #SocialGoodStars. The people highlighted here are passionate, dedicated philanthropists, strengt...

Investing in Women Pays Off

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 06.19.2012 | Business
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

It is time organizations began recognizing the immense payoff that women offer not only in the United States and in the industrialized nations around the world but also in emerging and developing economies.

Muhammad Yunus One Of '12 Greatest Entrepreneurs of Our Time'

Posted 09.06.2012 | Impact

Professor Muhammad Yunus is no stranger to special honors -- having won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to alleviate global poverty through microlo...

What It Will Take To 'Graduate' 1.2 Billion People Out Of Extreme Poverty

Susan Davis | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Susan Davis

As we celebrate our success in defeating global poverty, let's not forgot the portion of those still caught in its trap, struggling to reach the bottom rung - and the innovative solutions being deployed to get them there.

Microfinance: Why Care About Institution Building?

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 09.06.2012 | Books
Elisabeth Rhyne

Rather than complaining that microloans aren't enough, those who support microfinance can work on figuring out how to use these great institutional resources to accomplish more.

TAG You're It!

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 05.19.2012 | Impact
Jane D. Wurwand

Our digital world creates distance instead of closeness, but this month can be an exception. "Tag" a friend with "#tagURit," and joinFITE will contribute $1 towards a microloan that will empower a woman entrepreneur.

Creating a Cycle of Sustainable Change

Reid Hoffman | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Reid Hoffman

In Silicon Valley, we deploy technologies and networks to change the world. Can we deploy these techniques in an effort to break the worldwide cycle of poverty at a scale in the millions?

Using Microfinance to Bring Clean Water to India's Poor

Tom Murphy | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Mumbai -- A unique public-private partnership involving private sector giants like Unilever and Heinz is improving the health of Indian children. Two ...

Grannies Revisit Motherhood Because Of Uganda's HIV Epidemic

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri | Posted 05.08.2012 | Impact
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

In 2008 we began to help our students' caretakers, their elderly grandmothers. What began as a handful of guardians has blossomed into a program assisting over 6,200 grannies who are self-organized into 91 groups in three districts.

International Women's Day In The Participation Age

Premal Shah | Posted 05.08.2012 | Women
Premal Shah

"A rising tide of women in an economy raises the fortunes of all families and all nations ... we don't have a person to waste and we certainly don't have a gender to waste."

Social Enterprises and Solving the World's Problems: How Impact Investing Needs to Change

Geri Stengel | Posted 04.30.2012 | Impact
Geri Stengel

Let's hope that for-profit companies can balance profit motives with social impact because government and nonprofits can't solve the world's problems by themselves.

What A Nonprofit In One Of The Poorest Countries Can Teach Us About Job Creation

Susan Davis | Posted 04.29.2012 | Impact
Susan Davis

How do we address the looming problem of youth unemployment in the developing world? The question was top of mind Monday at the United Nations Economi...

Women Entrepreneurs on the Rise

Jack Hidary | Posted 04.06.2012 | Women
Jack Hidary

What else can the tech world do to engage more women to start and lead companies?

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.

$2 A Year Can Keep Mothers And Their Families Healthy In The Developing World

Suzanne Skees | Posted 10.18.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

The non-profit Freedom From Hunger is working to help 1.3 million women facing extreme poverty in developing nations work hard towards goals to grow, advance, and develop themselves, their families, and their communities.

Microfinance in Bangladesh: It's Not What You Thought

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 04.11.2012 | World
Elisabeth Rhyne

One of the interesting things about microfinance in Bangladesh is that its intense market saturation has not resulted in a crisis of over-indebtedness or unmanageable default. "Overlapping" is common -- that is, clients taking loans from several MFIs at the same time.

From Microfinance to Metafinance: A New Tool to Fight Global Poverty

Melanie Walker | Posted 03.24.2012 | Good News
Melanie Walker

The microfinance revolution created new ways for the world's poor to secure loans. But microfinance institutions normally don't have the capacity or authority to finance community-level infrastructure projects.

The Never-ending Story of One Donation

Tiffany Persons | Posted 03.14.2012 | Good News
Tiffany Persons

This is the story of one donation, unfolding over time, to affect thousands. Each year, the value of that initial donation expands to new heights and just like that, the impossible becomes reality.

Collaborative Action Comes to Life in Guatemala

Keith Ferrazzi | Posted 03.04.2012 | Impact
Keith Ferrazzi

A major problem in Guatemala is the economic disincentive for kids to go to school. Either you can pay for tuition and books from money a family doesn't have, or send your child into the fields to make money for food. Carlos was a rare advocate for an alternative solution.

The Gift of Connecting

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 02.22.2012 | Impact
Jane D. Wurwand

I encourage you to find a philanthropic cause that provides meaning in your life. For Dermalogica, and for me personally, it has always been about women entrepreneurs.

Crowd-Sourcing Development Innovation in India

Maura O'Neill | Posted 02.19.2012 | Impact
Maura O'Neill

With a booming social enterprise sector, a number of the world's leading academics, Nobel Prize winners and thinkers, a vibrant private sector, and world-class NGOs like Pratham, India has been dubbed the innovation hub for the West.

Students Create Microloan Institutions, Tackle Community Issues

Anna Bahr | Posted 12.16.2011 | Impact

The Campus Microfinance Alliance, a coalition of student-run microfinance groups, recently launched a new campaign to spur job growth for budding entr...

Making Consumer Protection a Reality in Microfinance

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 01.23.2012 | World
Elisabeth Rhyne

Across the microfinance industry a deep examination of performance is underway, as well as work to create structures that will incentivize good practices.

Now Is the Time to Invest in the Middle East and North Africa

David Weiss | Posted 01.15.2012 | Impact
David Weiss

Microenterprises on average only employ a few people, but they create job opportunities where very few exist. One individual we supported was Jassim, a young Iraqi entrepreneur who was the sole supporter of his three younger siblings.