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An Open Letter to Business Owners Everywhere: You Can Do Better

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Alexandra Ostrow

As the founder of a marketing consultancy that focuses on social change, I work with my fair share of nonprofits. My team builds awareness around issues like lack of access to healthcare and clean water.

#GivingTuesday Giving Will Double in 2014 -- and That's a Good Thing

George Weiner | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact
George Weiner

The amount of money donated on #GivingTuesday has doubled each year since 2012, and it is predicted to double again in 2014.

Why Beyoncé Wants You to Buy This Backpack (and We Do, Too)

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

Operating on the TOMS Shoes model--for each backpack bought, a backpack is donated to a child in need -- STATE Bags was born out of a desire to help provide children in need with healthy snacks, school supplies, a reliable carry-all, and a group of positive role models.

The Culture of Collective Impact

Paul Schmitz | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

I came to believe in collective impact from a cognitive dissonance I increasingly experienced during two decades of work in the nonprofit sector.

The Hunger Language

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Hannah Laufer-Rottman

A parent who doesn't feed his/her hungry child is judged harshly -- and children come to understand that being fed regularly is their birth right, their entitlement. This is not the case for those living in poverty and with food insecurity.

Don't Just Sit on a Board: Stand for Your Mission

Anne Wallestad | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
Anne Wallestad

I am a true believer in the power of boards. I have seen strong and courageous boards pull organizations away from the brink, and I have seen weak and disengaged boards allow an organization to languish.

The Next Big (Small) Thing for #TheStitch...

Matt Pipkin | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

While sharing about BLVR's investment in us, I shared my personal story of being sexually abused by a family friend when I was six, keeping it secret until after graduating college, and about the heavy toll it took on my life.

Will the Council on Foundations Be a Change Agent or Just a Trade Group?

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Pablo Eisenberg

Over the past few years, the council has lost well over 200 members dissatisfied with the direction of the organization. And some of the remaining 1,585 members feel they are no longer getting much bang for the big bucks they pay in membership fees.

Beyond the Clothes

S. L. Young | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
S. L. Young

It's often said that clothes make an individual, but this old adage isn't always true -- as there are many talented individuals who don't dress as expected and still have a lot to offer. The reality is that sometimes individuals who appear to be different don't always get a chance to prove their worth.

The Heartbeat That Changed the World

Tim McDonald | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Tim McDonald

This first step to letting people feel your heartbeat. That is, assuming you know what cause has meaning to you, or that you truly care about. This is my story of learning to share my heartbeat instinctively.

Nonprofit Watchdog Overhauls Rating Process To Resemble School Grading System

The NonProfit Times | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact

It might be time to dig out that retainer and tuba from your high school yearbook picture. Charity watchdog Charity Navigator changed in August the wa...

A Huge Economic Impact But Who Knew?

Shar McBee | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Shar McBee

Do you know that there is a sector of the economy that is larger than the construction industry, employs more people than real estate, and creates fifty times more jobs than agriculture... but this sector is almost totally ignored?

Innovating Impact: Two Social Entrepreneurs Tackle Critical Issues at Home and Abroad

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Overwhelmingly, these talented fellows represent a growing commitment to fighting social issues like poverty, terrorism, infrastructural collapse, and beyond -- through straightforward, effective means. I was lucky to learn from two of them, and share their stories here.

Taking Partnerships to the Next Level

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

When the mission of a nonprofit is well-aligned with the social impact goals of a for-profit partner, together they can help to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to the most pressing social and economic problems.

3 Ways to Give (Without Spending Any Money!)

Julia Schemmer | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Julia Schemmer

Unless you're Bill Gates or Angelina Jolie, it is nearly impossible to make a meaningful financial impact on the organizations you love. Thankfully, helping someone in need goes way beyond economic support.

How Tech Innovation Leads To Sustainable Solutions In Developing Nations

Lauren Woodman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Lauren Woodman

It seems as if the days of manually doing routine tasks such as shopping and health care are slowly fizzling into obsolescence. People in both developed and developing countries are reshaping their daily lives and interactions as digital technology becomes intertwined with their everyday activities.

Using Food as a Treatment for Mental Illness

Food Politic | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Food Politic

Most of us are familiar with food banks and soup kitchens, where donated food goes to feed hungry people in the community. Yet we rarely talk about the connection between mental illness and hunger and how access to food can do more than just provide a full stomach.

Think Big, Act Now for Nature: Unexpected Common Ground Between Montana, Azerbaijan and the Middle East

Sean Gerrity | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Sean Gerrity

Innovation, persistence, and an attitude of mutuality in the midst of intense sociological and political resistance is the key to creating more large-scale natural places that people will visit and cherish for hundreds of years into the future.

Buckle Up -- Things Are Getting Real With #TheStitch!

Matt Pipkin | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

You know those seasons in life that you look back on and think, "Whew, those were some amazing times!"? Well, that's how we're going to look back on what's happening right now.

Nonprofit Cleans Homes For Women With Cancer So They Have 1 Less Thing To Worry About

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.27.2014 | Good News

What started out as a simple, selfless idea to help women cancer patients, has grown into an incredible organization spanning all 50 states and Canada...

Why Tech Innovation Should Matter To NGOs

Lauren Woodman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Lauren Woodman

Every industry, sector, and market goes through times of transformation and innovation. Whether you're selling smart phones or automobiles, technological change is a powerful force that drives industry innovation and disruption, shaking up traditional industry leaders and establishing new companies.

The Current System is Broken: Bringing Hunger Relief Home for the Summer

Kevin Hagan | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Kevin Hagan

It's summertime, and with summer break comes the laughter of carefree children in many neighborhoods... But not all of them. When the final school bell rings, millions of kids head home to empty refrigerators.

Social Media Is an Equalizer, When You Make the Time to Use It

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

As we're being pulled in so many directions, it's hard to find time to slow down and figure out a solid social media strategy -- but it's worth it. Here's why.

Do You Know a Huggable Hero?

Megan Rosker | Posted 08.04.2014 | Good News
Megan Rosker

This year, just as summer begins for most of our school children, I learned of another wonderful opportunity for children and young adults to display their leadership qualities -- Huggable Heroes.

How Healthy Do You Want Your Nonprofit Board to Be?

Anne Wallestad | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Anne Wallestad

Can you imagine saying, "I don't have time to manage my staff" or "We don't have the resources to fundraise"? No, it wouldn't happen, because it's understood we have to invest in these things for our organizations to flourish.