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Published: 2017-03-27T16:30:00+00:00


Education is Changing—It’s Time Assessment Caught Up (Blog)


To prepare students for the job markets that will await them, let’s focus on the skills, not the scores.

Sustainability: A New Path to Corporate and NGO Collaborations (Blog)


The convergence of shifting CSR trends, untapped NGO value, and pressing development challenges holds tremendous potential for driving social impact and business innovation.

Rethinking the Business Case for Investing in Health (Blog)


Is ESG Missing an “H”?

Civic Engagement: Why Cultural Institutions Must Lead the Way (Blog)


Arts and culture organizations have the power to drive the cultural movement America needs to deliver democracy.

Increasing Impact: People and Place at the Center (Blog)


For impact investing to realize its true potential, we must change the mindset and narrative related to there being a “lack of pipeline” in underserved communities—rural and urban—to a perspective that people in communities create the environments in which outside investments can thrive.

It’s About Results at Scale, Not Collective Impact (Blog)


Improving outcomes at scale requires a paradigm shift in how we work.

An Overview of Free Innovation


New findings on the large scale and importance of innovation by consumers fundamentally change how we understand the innovation process.

The Princess and the Pain Point (Blog)


Four strategies for scale from a local mattress recycling effort that is going beyond waste reduction and expanding across the United States.

Restorative Justice: The World I Want (Blog)


A group of inmates is benefitting from a practice that’s badly needed both within and beyond prison walls.

Our Gutenberg Moment (Blog)


Lessons from the deep past can help us shape what’s to come.

How Boosting Education Research Could Revolutionize US Schooling (Blog)


The right support can put the nation’s most vulnerable students on track to graduate high school prepared for postsecondary school, but efforts to secure evidence of what works are currently too burdensome.

Intervene Early, Intervene Well (Blog)


Impact bonds supporting early childhood development can bridge capital gaps, improve the quality of services, and establish effective data-sharing systems.

Don’t Give Big. Instead, Invest Thoughtfully. (Blog)


This spring, community foundations around the country will host one-day, online giving campaigns for nonprofits in their regions. But the model needs an overhaul if it’s going to benefit more than the community foundations themselves.

Designing a Way to Measure the Impact of Design (Blog)


A group of diverse funders, business leaders, and practitioners are looking to quantify the potential of social design—the application of design methodologies to solutions for complex human problems—to improve lives.

The Civic Media Crisis and What Philanthropy Can Do (Blog)


Protecting the independent media and the public sphere presents an epic challenge, but there is great opportunity for philanthropy to step up and help.

Arriving at 100 Percent for Mission. Now What? (Blog)


In the coming years, the Heron Foundation will emphasize “connective investing” in US communities, providing financial and other forms of capital. It will continue to seek allies and build connections with those who have muscle and capital market reach.

Redefining Teacher Development to Great Effect in Honduras (Blog)


A different approach to developing teachers helps rural students access secondary education, and also has an immediate and positive impact on their communities.

Can a Surge in Giving Be Bad News? (Blog)


Recent leaps in giving to specific causes in the United States probably don’t represent a net addition to the annual total—which means a lean season for many nonprofits unless foundations step up their game.

Nonprofit Mergers that Work (Blog)


A recent study uncovers what drives successful mergers and suggests that more nonprofits should consider mergers as a useful tool to increase impact.

Three Ways Universities Can Dramatically Advance Social Enterprise (Blog)


A growing number of schools are advancing the pedagogy and practice of social enterprise, and today have much more to offer than they did a generation ago.

Fueling the Momentum of Impact Investing (Blog)


Three trends that will drive scale and take impact investing to the next level.

When Schooling Doesn’t Mean Learning (Blog)


In India, a simple, citizen-led assessment is helping citizens gauge children’s learning levels—and challenging a deep-seated belief that going to school means getting an education.

The Systematic Starvation of Those Who Do Good (Blog)


Despite the importance of human services and other nonprofits to employees and those they serve, many nonprofit workers do not earn a living wage. We can do better.

Scaling Out (Blog)


For solutions to get to scale, we need strong entrepreneurs who can build on existing breakthrough ideas, rather than creating entirely new ones.

Are You Delivering Services or Are You Providing Value? (Blog)


More social innovators need to ask themselves whether the products and services they offer are actually new—and whether they in fact benefit the people they aim to help.

When Impact Investing Is All About the People (Blog)


Impact investing strategies often focus on returns, but one family foundation’s sights are set on building human capacity, collaboration, and diversity in the field.

Cross-sector Collaboration: What the Tipping Point Looks Like (Blog)


Five successful change management strategies from an initiative to transform higher education.

Thumbs Up for Science (Blog)


The social sector needs to take greater advantage of the behavioral sciences when developing programs and services.

Editors’ Note (Blog)


An introduction to Impact India Spring 2017.

East Asia’s Role in Global Social Innovation


Can East Asian countries be as successful at devising innovative ways to improve society as they have been at growing their economies?

Understanding China’s Third Sector


A historical look at China’s third sector, from the country’s first imperial dynasty some 2,000 years ago to the present.

Making Strides in Social Innovation


Social innovation has become a critical tool in China's efforts to tackle its social problems.

Using the Internet to Transform Giving


How the Internet giant Tencent is using its online platform to help increase charitable giving in China.

Fashioning New Values in Hong Kong


Social enterprises are tapping into Hong Kong's free market culture to tackle social problems.

Partnering for Impact


A foundation, the government, and academia are working together to nurture social entrepreneurship in Hong Kong.

The Façade of Post-Feminism


A new book shows why—despite the supposed ascendency of women and girls—feminism can’t rest on its laurels.

Engaging Citizens in Society


In South Korea, a core principle of social innovation is finding ways to engage citizens at the grassroots level.

A Rational Gut Check


A Yale psychologist offers a passionate account of the negative effects of passion but ends up with a more temperate conclusion.

The New Science of Designing for Humans


The rise of behavioral science and impact evaluation has created a new way for engineering programs and human interactions.

Innovating Local Government


Under Mayor Park Won-soon, the city of Seoul has become a leader in fostering social innovation.