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How American Independence Fosters Philanthropy

Carrie Rich | Posted 07.24.2014 | Good News
Carrie Rich

Does the U.S. have a stronger sense of independence than other countries? Could this sense of independence translate into acts of kindness and purpose?

This Is FSHD

Max Adler | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
Max Adler

Growing up, I watched my mother and grandmother battle FSH muscular dystrophy. Not many people know about FSHD, but it affects more than 500,000 people around the world, and there is currently no treatment or cure.

Why You Should Go Play After Reading This -- A Q&A With Kevin Carroll

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Marcus T. Wright

What is play to you? Is it something you haven't done in years? Has the hustle and bustle of life caused the world of play to become unfamiliar territ...

How to Help America's Vets and Heroes Right Now

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

I figure, the least we can do is give back. These charities do some really innovative work to support vets, and other American heroes.

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

Matt Pipkin | Posted 07.02.2014 | 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.

Is Globalization Making Us More Tolerant?

Noa Gafni | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Noa Gafni

Growing up in the U.S. with foreign parents was like getting a glimpse into other universes.

From #GivingTuesday to Giving USA, New Lessons for Faith-Based Organizations

Jumpstart | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Jumpstart

Ethics, integrity, imagination. These are among the opportunities and challenges that faith-based nonprofit organizations bring to the broader social sector.

Social Good at London Technology Week

Noa Gafni | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Noa Gafni

Yesterday, I moderated a panel on the role technology plays in creating social impact. The Tech+SocialGood panel was held at Google Campus and organized as part of London Technology Week

How Do We Stop Online Harassment?

Craig Newmark | Posted 06.11.2014 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Online harassment affects people differently, but the survey results show that it affects all types of folks. One thing that the majority agreed on was that the current laws about online and in-person harassment either aren't strong enough or are nonexistent.

Barbara Annis and Dr. Keith Merron on the Need for Gender Intelligence, An Exclusive Interview (Pt 4)

Jarod Cerf | Posted 06.05.2014 | Books
Jarod Cerf

Let's take a closer look at how pervasive our own blind spots are and see where, in society, we're most likely to change.

How to Use Social Media to Help Social Causes

Russell Bishop | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Russell Bishop

One of the biggest challenges not-for-profits face in gaining support is the simple fact that no one cares what they do until they know why it matters. It's pretty much a take off on the old cliché: No one cares what you know until they know how much you care.

Crowdfunding for Sherpas After the Everest Avalanche

Elaine Heinzman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Elaine Heinzman

At the time of the avalanche, the Sherpas were working on a notoriously dangerous slope, setting ropes and ladders for hundreds of mostly Western climbers who pay tens of thousands of dollars to attempt an Everest ascent.

4 Ways to Unsuck Philanthropy

Kandice Ferrell | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Kandice Ferrell

Philanthropy can take on many forms. Short-term solutions can include providing a meal or offering your time at an event. Long-term solutions can involve creating systems or sustainable infrastructure, but it all matters.

Good Afternoon, Vietnam: A Revolutionary Small Business Impetus and I Learned About It on Skype (Part 2)

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

As exciting as the social enterprises presented were, the most interesting and perspective-changing lesson for me was the Vietnamese flat tax.

#ForYourSelfie: Reclaiming the Selfie for Change

Olivia Whitton | Posted 05.31.2014 | Good News
Olivia Whitton

#ForYourSelfie is a project dedicated to reestablishing the selfie as a tool for change, and we want you to help us. By reclaiming the selfie, we can achieve a few different goals. The first? Redefine beauty.

Spring Cleaning for Social Good

Perla Ni | Posted 05.30.2014 | Impact
Perla Ni

Four Ways Your Spring Cleaning Can Be Used For Social Good. Housebound by bad weather? Why not do a little pre-emptive spring cleaning. Start small;...

Good Afternoon, Vietnam: A Revolutionary Small Business Impetus and I Learned About It on Skype (Part 1)

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

In growing economies like Vietnam's, we are seeing innovations in business--through both national and foreign investments. But the government, almost 40 years after the US left, is also empowering social enterprises with its reforms.

Non-Profits and Social Media: Believe it or Not, Your Non-Profit Is a Brand

Tulani Elisa | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Tulani Elisa

Brand seems to be a dirty word in the nonprofit/NGO space. Organizations shy away from it because "it's a private sector thing" or "it only applies to organizations that have money for marketing."

Three Ingredients to Mainstream Social Enterprise

Nell Derick Debevoise | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Nell Derick Debevoise

There's a ton of buzz about social enterprise these days. Which thrills me: I believe that we can all do well by doing good. If you want to know more about why I believe, read my wonky manifesto below.

Poor Women Need More than Just a Pink Mobile Phone

Hillary Miller-Wise | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Hillary Miller-Wise

In recognition of International Women's Day, March 8, 2014, we'd like to challenge mobile operators, NGOs, government and others to radically rethink the way that we allow poor women to benefit from mobile technology.

Non-Profits and Social Media: 3 Steps to Defining Your Audience

Tulani Elisa | Posted 04.23.2014 | Business
Tulani Elisa

An understanding of your audience should drive your entire social strategy. It will help you determine your goals, messaging and tone, and help give a better understanding of social analytics.

Social Media for Social Good: Going Beyond Facebook and Twitter

Noa Gafni | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Noa Gafni

Many organizations rely heavily on Facebook and Twitter whilst shying away from newer social media platforms. How can non-profits leverage social media for social good with Instagram, Pinterest and Vine?

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.

The Good Guys Need a Plan Too: Non-Profits and Social Media

Tulani Elisa | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Tulani Elisa

In movies, the bad guys always have a "master plan" and at least a trick or two up their sleeves. Though their plans may get foiled before they can follow through, they at least have one.

Lessons on Building a Social Enterprise From the First Buy-One-Give-One Food Company

Peter Walters | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Peter Walters

It pays to give. TOMs has given over 10 million pairs of shoes; SoapBox Soaps has provided over 20,000 children with vitamin supplements for a year; W...