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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 08.21.2014 | 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 08.20.2014 | 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 08.08.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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 09.16.2014 | 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.

Wear It Well to Wear It Better: Wearable Technology for Social Impact

Blair Palmer | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Blair Palmer

What if wearable technology could mean the difference between life and death in emergency situations where there was no doctor, or could help track vital signs, nutrition and healthcare monitoring for those children who do not have access to regular care?

Impact Begins Inside the Company

Acumen | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Acumen

The lifeblood of the local economy has traditionally been small scale agriculture and trading businesses, particularly as this town sits on the road between Aflao (on the Togo border) and Accra, the Ghanaian capital.

Cause Vs. Purpose

Merry Carole Powers | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
Merry Carole Powers

A cause is based on a desire to stop something. A purpose is rooted in a desire to start something. Cause is charity. Purpose is empowerment. A cause is your nemesis. A purpose is your muse. Should we break it down? Let's use hunger as an example.

How Crowdfunding Is Creating More Social Enterprises

Lisa Curtis | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Lisa Curtis

When I ran a crowdfunding campaign for Kuli Kuli last May we had zero money, no full-time staff and a network that consisted mostly of other broke 20-somethings. And yet, within a day we had raised $22,000.

Conference to Fill Gap in Social Impact

Simon Rycraft | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Simon Rycraft

For the second year running, Wharton is bringing together a community of socially innovative thinkers who understand that what is good for society is also good for business, by hosting the student-led Social Impact Conference at its San Francisco campus on April 10, 2014.

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.

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.

A Rising Tide to Lift All Boats: Alex's Story

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Rising Tide Capital is a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization that helps aspiring but financially limited entrepreneurs to start and grow successful businesses.