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Philanthropy Gift Guide: Give Hope This Holiday Season

Francine LeFrak | Posted 11.04.2014 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

I'm deeply invested in philanthropy, and I stand behind these exceptional organizations and their passionate leaders who live for impact and deserve our support as they work to change the world.

Mary Did Not Have a Great "Day of the Girl Child"

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 11.03.2014 | Women
Rebecca Tinsley

The International Day of the Girl Child is on a par with the worthy treaties some world leaders sign and then fail to implement. 190 governments have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Children.

Transforming Cycles Of Violence Into Cycles Of Prosperity

Molly Melching | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Molly Melching

Real, cycle-ending change can look like not just making a one-time intervention, but transforming the current system into a new vision. When this happens, I believe communities are not simply ending cycles of violence; rather, they are transforming them into cycles of education, peace and prosperity.

Women Who Inspire, And Surprise

Molly Melching | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Molly Melching

Women like Marième surprise and inspire us all as they take new knowledge, share it with others and turn knowledge into action in their communities. The goal they have for their families resonates with all of us because it is a universal one -- to ensure that children are educated, safe, healthy and able to reach their full potential.

What Is Next After the Gates/Buffett Giving Pledge? Building Generosity Networks

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

I believe that the big opportunity is more than just money. Concentrating on connecting serious passionate people to others with similar areas of philanthropic interest, such as educational reform, global health, and nutrition, will produce more long lasting, positive change.

Maternal Health Is A Social Issue, Too

Molly Melching | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Molly Melching

In Senegal and throughout West Africa, deeply-rooted social norms are meant to protect and support a woman and her child throughout her pregnancy and after the birth. Unfortunately, these beliefs can also put the mother and child's health at risk.

The Meaning of Disruption and Social Fiction

Carl Pope | Posted 06.15.2013 | Green
Carl Pope

Several of the Skoll Award Social Entrepreneurship Award winners at this year's "Disruption" themed World Forum meet the classic definition crafted by HBS's Clayton Christenson of disruption - serving customers who are ignored by the existing business models.

Ban Female Genital Mutilation

Katherine Marshall | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

FGM is most common in Muslim communities but also occurs in Christian and traditional religious settings. Yet the Bible and the Quran do not call for FGC and theologians discount any religious obligation.

Giving Economic Freedom to Women in West Africa

Molly Melching | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Molly Melching

Often, communities will dedicate some or all of the funds to establishing community-led revolving micro-credit funds which provide seed capital for small businesses. Small loans of $20, $40, or $50 give community members, usually women, the opportunity to set up their own businesses.

The Time Is Now, the Place Is Senegal

Molly Melching | Posted 09.30.2012 | Impact
Molly Melching

Senegal is also a country on the verge of immense social change. I am talking about change so profound that it will have a lasting impact on the lives of generations of girls and women to come.

Dancing to End Female Genital Cutting

Julia Lalla-Maharajh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Julia Lalla-Maharajh

Communities are changing, shifting, abandoning. The very people who have perpetuated the practice of female genital cutting for centuries are choosing to change.

A Report From "Women in the World: Stories and Solutions" Summit - Part 2

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marcia G. Yerman

Gloria Steinem has stressed the importance of women sharing their personal stories as a way to add their voices to the human record. This was the strength of The Daily Beast's three-day event.

Female Genital Mutilation in Georgia, USA

Julia Lalla-Maharajh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julia Lalla-Maharajh

We can and we should be doing more. Female genital mutilation is one of the least researched, least resourced, least talked about issues that the world faces today.

A Powerful New Opportunity to End Female Genital Cutting in Senegal

Molly Melching | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Molly Melching

This movement is an example of how lasting social change can occur through the leadership of informed grassroots activists: mothers and fathers, youth, and traditional and religious leaders.