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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.

Saving the World, DIY-Style

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

My general philosophy is to do some real good in the short run, while learning how to scale that up in the long run -- to the entire planet in maybe 20 years. I'm also very committed to helping people from the bottom up, to give people a break that rarely get one, and to help give a voice to the voiceless.

'Oh, The Places You'll Godin' -- Seth Godin on Pushing Beyond Fear to Be a Social Entrepreneur

Mark W. Guay | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
Mark W. Guay

It's often easy to look at the past and see how leaders pushed through fear. But, in the present, it can be painfully difficult to push through fear when it's so much easier to sit comfortably. Not take a leap of faith. Not start an idea. Not question a boss.

Can a Nonprofit Find Strategic Ways to Grow in Difficult Times?

Eugene Fram | Posted 09.26.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Nonprofits have always had to struggle to meet their client needs, even when economic conditions and social turmoil were much less constraining than today. How can mid-level nonprofits uncover growth opportunities in the present environment?

The Shame of NGOs Unwilling to Risk

Kevin Hagan | Posted 09.26.2014 | Impact
Kevin Hagan

Big lofty ideals. Big world problems. Big solutions needed. Yet, the way so many nonprofits organize their day-to-day operations has limited alignment to the vast missions behind their names.

Victoria Beckham Delivers Truly Honest, Passionate Speech At UN

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact

It may have taken Victoria Beckham four decades, but the fashion designer and mother of four said she finally understands her responsibility on the gl...

3 Roads to Joy: 5 Questions to Start the Journey Now

Steven Crandell | Posted 09.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

If you believe the idea of life being joy-centered is a falsehood, you have bought the snake oil of disillusionment, and you are probably still taking a tablespoonful of its bitterness every morning. My recommendation is to skip a day, open up to the possibility of joy, and see how you feel.

Report: More Than 80% Of CGI Commitments Have Succeeded

Forbes | Tom Watson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact

Some fascinating news from the Clinton Global Initiative, currently in lockdown mode on 52nd Street this afternoon (the President’s visit is nigh). ...

Charity Exec Pay Is Catching Up With An Improving Economy: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact

A new survey is suggesting charities are climbing out of the Great Recession with the rest of America -- and their leaders are reaping the benefits. ...

What's This About Making Philanthropy Hard?

Paul Shoemaker | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Paul Shoemaker

Making the work harder and putting yourself in positions to be uncomfortable are the same concept. So making this work hard grows your potential as a leader.

The Envelope Please: A Great Idea That Should Be Passed On

Susan Danish | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Susan Danish

One of the hidden strengths of the nonprofit world is our ability to come up with a great idea that, because of its compelling emotional logic, allows people to change the way they view a situation --- and, in doing so, make a big collective impact.

Cory Booker: Revoke NFL's Nonprofit Status, Give The Funds To Domestic Abuse Prevention

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact

The NFL continues to be the world's most valuable athletics league, raking in an estimated $9 billion in revenue last year. It also happens to be ...

Beyond the Clothes

S. L. Young | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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 09.17.2014 | 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.

How One Startup Is Helping Low-Income Americans

Guy Cimbalo | Posted 09.17.2014 | Technology
Guy Cimbalo

In May 2014, Jimmy Chen left his position as product manager at Facebook in search of something smaller and more meaningful. That's when he stumbled u...

How A Custodian Taught This Veteran Nonprofit Exec A Crucial Lesson In Fundraising

The Chronicle Of Philanthropy | Carol Weisman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact

I have a confession to make. It isn’t pretty and I know better. I thought I would share my failing with you to serve as an example of what not to do...

UKRO President Ken Kleinberg Hosts Annual Benefit for Research to End Kidney Disease

Marc A. Coronel | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Marc A. Coronel

This past Friday, I had the privilege of attending a fundraising gala at the Beverly Hilton in support of the new USC (University of Southern Californ...

What Can a Nonprofit Chair Do to Fix a Dysfunctional Board?

Eugene Fram | Posted 09.15.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

There are times when the governing body of any organization may appear to be "broken." The directors, whether for profit or nonprofit, may be polarized -- progress is stunted -- apathy and confusion replace purpose and efficiency.

Bill Gates' Foundation Gives Its Largest Gift Ever To Combat Ebola Crisis

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.12.2014 | Impact

The fight against Ebola has found a deep-pocketed ally in Bill Gates. The billionaire philanthropist's foundation has pledged $50 million to fight ...

Food Forward Sees One Man's Fruit As Another Man's Meal

Nadine Cheung | Posted 09.11.2014 | Good News

Aol's BeOn group creates custom editorial content that is sponsored by marketing partners. The sponsoring partners do not exert editorial influence ov...

The Black Wall Project: A Picture Can Express a Million Words

Marc A. Coronel | Posted 09.10.2014 | Los Angeles
Marc A. Coronel

In reality, you can put a filter on an image, you can add 100 layers to make the perfect picture. But for some, through the lens the naked truth lies in the eyes, the poverty, the struggle, the hunger and the truth that is recorded.

The Business of Good: How a Local Donation Campaign Became a $200 Million CSR Success Story

Jim Gibbons | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

"Corporate Social Responsibility" -- or CSR -- has become a trendy term over the past few years, with companies large and small putting aside resource...

Want to Change the World? Get Ready to Get Your Hands Dirty Together

Christie Garton | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Christie Garton

Thanks to social media and the other technology advances we've witnessed over the past couple of decades, these needs are more apparent and feel closer to our own back yard than they ever did before.

Confounding Conventional Wisdom With a Simple Ask

Tim Delaney | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Tim Delaney

The America Gives More Act would implement several common-sense changes in tax law that many in the nonprofit and philanthropic communities have been seeking for too many years.

Retweet, Favorite, Donate: Charitable Giving On Twitter Might Soon Be A Click Away

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact

The Twittersphere may soon be getting a little more giving. Twitter announced on its blog Monday that the social media site is testing a new "buy"...