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New Digital Storytelling Platform Helps Tell Stories for Social Good

Doug Hattaway | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Doug Hattaway

"Strategic storytelling" is a new notion: In order to help leaders achieve their goals, stories must be strategically designed to motivate and mobilize people. And the content of strategic stories must be compelling, in order to capture people's attention and imagination.

Why I Walk Barefoot

Amy Quinn | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Amy Quinn

This is not your everyday classroom. And these are not your everyday students. This is The Barefoot College, an NGO which aims to empower rural communities to become sustainable and self-sufficient by creating Rural Solar Engineers.

Responsibility Before Dollars: Laura Zax Is in the Business of Making a Social Impact

Brian Kil | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Brian Kil

For those who know me, it's not a secret that I am very interested in the cross section between entrepreneurship and social missions. I had the privilege of meeting Laura Zax, Social Impact Manager at Harry's.

Group Shows How Much Better World Would Be If Fortune 500 Donated Just 1% Of Revenues

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact

One group wants more businesses digging deeper into their pockets for charitable causes, and it believes they'll make more money in the long run by do...

#GivingTuesday: A Guide for Nonprofits

Hilary A. Doe | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Hilary A. Doe

It's coming up. Every Dec. 2nd, families, students, businesses, and organizations around the world come together for Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back.

Rethinking Work is a Social Contagion

Susan Scrupski | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Susan Scrupski

It's about that time again. We're prepping for our annual year-end board meeting coming up in a couple weeks.

An Open Letter to Business Owners Everywhere: You Can Do Better

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Alexandra Ostrow

As the founder of a marketing consultancy that focuses on social change, I work with my fair share of nonprofits. My team builds awareness around issues like lack of access to healthcare and clean water.

Artists as Global Citizens

Lane Harwell | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Lane Harwell

An opportunity for our artists and arts institutions to lead, globally, is to approach their identity and creation of art holistically and with intention--to be global citizens

The Power of Words

Julie Barnes | Posted 11.14.2014 | Impact
Julie Barnes

Do you ever stop to wonder how the words you say to other people impact them? How about the words you say to yourself? Words can create doubt and negativity, or be the seeds of change and the start of something great.

Dear Corporate America: Stop Whining and Give Millennials What They Want

Jenna Atkinson | Posted 10.31.2014 | Business
Jenna Atkinson

Regardless of your feelings about this so-called "Me Generation," there are irrefutable statistics that show if you want your business to be successful in the next decade, or even to stay in business, you better not only take notice, but take action.

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 12.09.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 12.06.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.08.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 10.26.2014 | 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 10.25.2014 | 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?