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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.

Save the Oceans, Feed the World, Make a Profit?

David Bank | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
David Bank

Impact IQ -- What's good for the fish is good for the fishing communities -- and for impact investors. That's the thesis of three new vehicles for inv...

Ocean Health as a Wicked Problem

John B. Thomas | Posted 02.12.2014 | Green
John B. Thomas

Mobilizing these actors may seem like a daunting, uncomfortable, and perhaps Sisyphean goal. Yet changes in our ocean's health will affect everyone living on this giant blue marble.

Judith Rodin: Unemployment Makes Our Youth 'Less Resilient'

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.24.2014 | Business

During an interview with HuffPost Live at Davos on Thursday, Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, warned of the devastating long-ter...

Realizing the Resilience Dividend

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

By pursuing the resilience dividend, cities can get an economic leg up and better prepare for what's next. Because no matter if the next shock hits tomorrow or 10 years from now, resilience is something a city can realize the benefits of each and every day.

Q&A With Judith Rodin: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 03.08.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

In this ongoing series, I talk with thought leaders about ideas and trends in the environmental movement. Next in the series is my conversation with ...

On the Path to a More Resilient New York

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Superstorm Sandy was a reminder that we need to prepare our cities, New York included, to withstand crises and bounce back quickly and effectively.

Improving Social Services in an Era of Budget Cuts: Social Impact Bond Competition Gives Six States the Tools to Lead the Way

Kippy Joseph | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Kippy Joseph

State and local governments deliver and fund many of the nation's most important social services -- educating our children, training our unemployed wo...

Giving Work is Not Enough to Bring People Out of Poverty

Jeremy Hockenstein | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Jeremy Hockenstein

In my 12 years of experience leading a social enterprise that creates jobs for some of the most disadvantaged people on the planet, I've learned that just giving people work is not enough. If we truly want to empower people to emerge from poverty, we must do more.

Urban Resilience for a New Century

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

We can't know for sure when or where the next crisis will hit -- only that it will. But despite these certainties, most cities are woefully unprepared to manage these shocks. Now is the time to help cities build resilience.

100 Years Of Success, Controversy For Rockefeller Foundation

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 07.13.2013 | Impact

NEW YORK — For the richest American family of their era, the goal was fittingly ambitious: "To promote the well-being of mankind throughout the ...

The Transformative Power of Philanthropy

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Amazing things happen when you bet on people -- including entire transformations. But with this ability comes great responsibility, in all of our work, to grapple with the big moral questions of our day.

Philanthropy as Backer of Brains

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

There is still no machine that can match the power of human ingenuity to solve truly human problems. And therefore, "backing brains" has always been a key part of philanthropy's strategy.

Philanthropy as Field Builder

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Last week, I discussed role of philanthropy as risk-taker – taking on the hardest parts of the work so that the private and public sectors can c...

Philanthropy Is the Go-To Partner for Risk

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Risk is philanthropy's calling card -- it's what our philanthropic dollars, at least in the United States, are now tax-advantaged to do. If we're not taking enough risk, we're clearly not doing everything in our power to maximize impact for the poor or vulnerable.

Ryan Grim

Foundation Money Pours Into Liberal Group's Coffers

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Center for American Progress pulled in nearly $20 million from philanthropic groups in 2012, more than half of its funding base. Tha...

Impact Sourcing: Making Good on the Promise of a Flat World

Leila Chirayath Janah | Posted 05.20.2013 | Business
Leila Chirayath Janah

Though emerging markets like India had seen income increases for those at the cusp of poverty, not much had changed for people at the very bottom. Impact sourcing distributes wealth using the mechanism of the market.

City Environmental Initiatives Win Innovations Prize

Carol Kellermann | Posted 09.30.2013 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Too often, government is satisfied with regulation and enforcement. Yet in New York, the Mayor's Office has created effective collaborative mechanisms to go further, and Mayor Bloomberg and the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability deserve enormous praise.

Flood Walls For Subways? Sea Barriers Along Coast?

AP | MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 01.12.2013 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A commission formed to examine ways to guard against storms like Sandy released a report Friday that calls for flood walls in subways,...

10 Ideas for Scaling Impact Investing

Ben Thornley | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

The work to grow impact investing into an established category of mainstream investment remains very deliberate.

WATCH: Arianna and Judi Rodin Talk Social Impact Investing

Posted 10.08.2012 | Business

Arianna appeared on Squawk Box Thursday to discuss the $100 trillion of social impact investing opportunities with Judith Rodin, the president of the ...

WATCH: Arianna And Judith Rodin On 'Unlocking $100 Trillion Of Possibilities'

Huff TV | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Huff TV

Arianna joined Dr. Judith Rodin, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, to discuss unlocking "$100 trillion of opportunities in for-profit marke...

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.

WATCH: Million-Dollar Competition For Best Job Creation Idea

Posted 09.19.2012 | Impact

To help cultivate innovative solutions to unemployment, the Rockefeller Foundation is hosting a million-dollar competition for the best job creation i...

Rockefeller's High-Impact Investment

David Bank | Posted 11.19.2012 | Business
David Bank

Indeed, if impact investing grows as rapidly as the projections made by Rockefeller's own grantees, the impact investing initiative may well become a case study in philanthropic leverage.