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Looking to SME Lending to Guide Social Impact Investing Growth

Pioneers for Change | Posted 10.24.2014 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

By: Vinay Nair "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." These famous words, by Sir Isaac Newton, are regularly refe...

Capturing Consumer Demand for Social Impact

Perry Yeatman | Posted 10.23.2014 | Business
Perry Yeatman

The question is: how can you determine which causes and social strategies will actually move the business needle? It is a particularly challenging issue given so many CSR programs and cause marketing campaigns don't.

Why It's Time for Tech and Travel to Intersect for Impact

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 10.23.2014 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

With a plethora of activists and social entrepreneurs roaming the world as engaged global citizens, the travel industry as a vehicle for social change seems like a no brainer.

2030, This Is the End.

Alexandre Lemille | Posted 10.10.2014 | Impact
Alexandre Lemille

Will it really be "The End" like The Doors were telling us back in the seventies or will it not? Today we have enough data about our ecosystems to ma...

Taking Measure of Impact Investing

Willa Seldon | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Willa Seldon

While the definition of impact investing isn't completely settled, it typically refers to the placement of capital -- primarily private -- in enterprises with the explicit expectation of achieving both financial and social returns.

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.

A Case for Community in Cultural Planning for New York

Lane Harwell | Posted 10.03.2014 | New York
Lane Harwell

Today I add new learning about the importance of "community" to discussions underway about including a comprehensive cultural plan requirement in the New York City Charter.

Ebola -- A Fragile Health Care System's Ripple Effects

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

The health care systems in the countries most affected by the virus -- Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea -- have collapsed. Even before the Ebola outbreak, these countries had very low doctor-to-patient ratios; Liberia had one doctor for every 100,000 people prior to the outbreak.

How One Tweet Can End Child Hunger

Tim McDonald | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Tim McDonald

What would you do if I told you that by sharing only one tweet, you could help be the solution to ending child hunger in the U.S.A.? Would that make you more than simply interested? Would you dare to take action and join a movement of people who want to see our children's dreams come true?

Can an Established Nonprofit Still Be Innovative?

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

It's a question that any "blue chip" company has to be ready to respond "yes" to in order to ensure continued growth. So if being innovative is viewed as being critical to a for-profit company's success, why wouldn't such a standard also apply to nonprofits?

Why I Made a Giving Plan

Susan Price | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Susan Price

I'm not Bill Gates or Michael Bloomberg. No one is going to name a building after me any time soon. But two events in the news last week convinced me that I need to make a giving plan.

Be My Hero

Tim McDonald | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Tim McDonald

Inspiration comes from many places. To me, there is perhaps no greater source of inspiration than the youth of the world. Being involved with No Kid Hungry brings me in contact with many who feel the same way.

The Leap of Faith to the Impact Space

Pioneers for Change | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

Don't let yourself fall into a pit of stagnation, while watching the world edge itself in the wrong direction. Take some risk and work for your morals.

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.

How to Hire the Wrong People and Fail, Sometimes, Repeatedly!

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

Why is it that some truly amazing social entrepreneurship ventures never get off the ground? Or why do some concepts and programs with every reason to succeed and thrive only achieve a modicum of success, and then die?

Social Enterprise and the Privilege Economy

Kevin Lynch | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Kevin Lynch

I am an unapprehended felon. From age 18 to 38, I spent some part of virtually every day in the illegal drug culture. Buying, selling, using and/or driving under the influence of highly illegal substances.

Why We've Ditched The Old Model For Doing Good

Kate Moynihan | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Kate Moynihan

Companies know that getting the biggest bang for the buck in social impact investment requires applying smart business sense to the nonprofit realm. And they are right -- but the business model that needs to be applied is not the one you might think.

Why I Want You to Steal My Startup Idea

Jordan Phoenix | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Jordan Phoenix

My primary desired outcome from the work I do during my brief time on this planet is not to purchase luxury items for myself, it's to solve problems that cause suffering for billions of fellow human beings.

Revving Our Engines: 10 Lessons From Launching an Impact Accelerator

Jamie N. Jones | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Jamie N. Jones

Impact entrepreneurs and impact investors are interconnected and mutually dependent: Early-stage companies need investment to fund their development and growth, and impact investors need good deals to fund.

Social Businesses Look to Accelerate Impact

Neil Parmar | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Neil Parmar

Few focus on supporting social purpose businesses that aim to provide investors with a financial return as well as a positive social impact.

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.

How Social Impact Grows Sales for Small Business

Melinda Emerson | Posted 08.10.2014 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

Have you ever heard the term doing good while doing well? I recently came across a new business in central Florida whose business model is focused on...

Hearts Beat Bucks: How to Defeat the Koch Brothers in 3 Easy Steps

Tom Sheridan | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Sheridan

Politics today has started to feel a lot like the children's playground at recess. Out there, it's the small handful of bullies with the loudest mouths who stand out, steal people's lunch money and run roughshod over everyone else.

Setting the Table for a Hungry City

Tom Wingert | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Tom Wingert

The commute from my home in suburban Philadelphia to my office at the Impact Hub in Olde Kensington presents a kaleidoscope of the human experience in...

Passion and Collaboration in the Nonprofit Sector

Gary Gero | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
Gary Gero

Even at nonprofits it is easy to get tied up in the day-to-day details of the workload and lose sight to the other pressing issues that are facing our global community.