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The Time is Ripe for a Nonprofit Revolution

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 04.23.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

Local government leaders can help to foster successful solutions in their communities by providing an environment that welcomes and encourages the contributions of nonprofit partners.

What's Love Got to Do With It?

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 04.19.2014 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

I was struck by a question from Curtis Ogden of Interaction Institute for Social Change which boiled down to "What's love got to do with it?" As it turns out, when making a connection between values and practices, love can play a central role.

Nonprofits, Leave Your Charity at the Door

Nell Edgington | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Nell Edgington

I hate the word 'charity.' Don't get me wrong, I'm not big on semantics. But 'charity' is more than a word; it's a destructive mindset that keeps the work of social change sidelined and impoverished.

Africa in the Eyes of Westerners

Audrey Cheng | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Audrey Cheng

Beyond being unfair to the third world, 'first world problems' also is cruel in that it offers no empathy to those in the first world suffering from problems we deem as 'third world problems.'

Google Ad Grants: Nonprofits Take Note [Infographic]

Jonathan Long | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Long

The following infographic provides information about Google's Ad Grant program, which is one of the largest nonprofit marketing missed opportunities. ...

10 Big Lessons We Learned In The Business of Intelligent International Development

Mark Charmer | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Mark Charmer

Akvo means "water" in Esperanto, the international language. It felt like a good name. Seven of us started Akvo as a tech foundation that summer and returned to Stockholm World Water Week to tell the world we were something new -- an internet startup that could transform international development and help fix global poverty.

Rawls in the Real World

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth Mason

More than 40 years after he published his seminal work A Theory of Justice, the debate continues about the logic and desirability of subscribing to his worldview. We need debate no longer: we should all be Rawlsians now.

All Aboard the Smile Train: Organization Brightens One Million Young Lives

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

We've all seen the ads on the subway depicting children with cleft lips. Yes, they're hard to look at, but what's even harder to digest is the truth about what life looks like for these kids. What people may not realize is that they aren't just suffering from a cosmetic deformity.

Primary School Teaching Parents? How ParentJobNet impacts low-income families through adult learning and entrepreneurship

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.03.2014 | New York
Steve Mariotti

Pat Craddick founded ParentJobNet "PJN" 9 years ago after leaving a career in finance to raise her daughter, Christina. While volunteering at P.S. 87 Elementary School on the Upper West Side, she found frustrated, under- or unemployed parents, disconnected from the workforce.

To Save the Birds, Hold Humans Accountable -- Not Cats

Becky Robinson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
Becky Robinson

We can't settle for the easy option -- especially when it's wrong.

Women in Business: Q&A with Marissa Sackler, Founder and President of Beespace

Laura Dunn | Posted 04.22.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Marissa's lifelong passion for nonprofits led to the formation of Beespace--a New York City-based nonprofit incubator providing early-phase organizati...

The State of Philanthropy: How to Maximize Impact

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

I believe philanthropy has found its identity once again, as a convener, a risk-taker, a piloter of good ideas, and a partner in bringing those ideas to scale. Indeed, it's an exciting time to be in philanthropy. But I believe there are areas where we can do better and push ourselves further to maximize our impact in the years ahead.

New Look, Same Great Mission

Neil Mulholland | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Neil Mulholland

This week, we began a new chapter in our story at the National Park Foundation. We have unveiled a new look -- one that underscores our role as the...

Infographic Reveals Latest Data on Cracking the Crowdfunding Code

Craig Newmark | Posted 03.20.2014 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Crowdfunding raised more than $5 billion worldwide in 2013, and peer-to-peer nonprofit fundraising for charities is seeing explosive growth.

Imagine Warren Buffett and/or Charlie Munger on Your Nonprofit Board

Eugene Fram | Posted 03.16.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Buffet and Munger, close partners for 54 years are sometimes described as 'being joined at the hip.' Two Stanford professors have developed an analysis of Munger's comments on good corporate governance.

Alena Hall

Behind Every Superhero Stands a Supermom | Alena Hall | Posted 02.28.2014 | Parents

Kitty Burton of Omaha, Neb., is the kind of mom who works constantly to protect her three children with love, support and strength. But when one docto...

Consider the Giraffe, That Improbable Change Agent

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Valerie S. Lies

Can we make the necessary changes, set aside our differences (including the differences in status, influence and power), and still create connective spaces for honest exchanges to take place in order to achieve true change?

The Inherent Creepiness of LinkedIn

Varda Epstein | Posted 02.23.2014 | Business
Varda Epstein

The answer is voyeurism, plain and simple. I want to see which Big Kahuna took a gander at my profile page on the sly. I want to congratulate myself on being interesting enough that people want to hunt me down and learn more about me.

Why I Stopped Defining Myself By My Job Title

Idealist | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living

I started asking myself: Who am I? And how do I want to live my life? And once I owned up to all the things that I had kept buried under my work identity, I started to make changes.

A Fourth Grade Teacher Finds Hope in the Untimely Passing of Her Student, "Emily"

Rich Polt | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Rich Polt

Still a full time teacher, she seeks mentoring, marketing assistance and all of the resources that will allow her to continue honoring the legacy of her former student.

Why Do Nonprofit Leaders Get in Their Own Way?

Nell Edgington | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Nell Edgington

Once you have the courage to admit (to your board, to your donors, to your staff) that you don't know how to do everything, you just might finally get the help you so desperately need.

The Case of Bixi Bikes: A Learning Opportunity for Social Enterprise

John Brothers | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
John Brothers

Living in and around New York City, it has been hard to miss the explosion of blue bicycles that have found themselves throughout the city streets.

Nonprofits, the Minimum Wage and Not Fighting Inequality

Mark Rosenman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Mark Rosenman

In the long-overdue battle to stem our country's growing economic inequality, too many nonprofits are either missing from action or part of the problem.

Demand for Food Never Higher in West Michigan

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

This is the classic dilemma of American poverty: Without a job, a client has to turn to food pantries and public assistance; when she finds a job, she loses her public assistance and sometimes winds up with less than she had before.

From Charity to Justice to Love: My Professional Odyssey

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Jessica R. Dreistadt

True connection, dialogue, and understanding are missing from both the charity and justice prototypes. Both models are based on judgment, prescription, and dominance. Both assume that there is one right answer -- an illusory perfection that none of us can truly claim to exemplify.