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Published: 2016-10-21T16:30:00+00:00


Caring for an Aging Population (Blog)


Ideas to help address the challenges of providing better care to low-income elders.

Many Ways to Many (Blog)


A brief compendium of networked learning methods.

Market-Oriented and Mission-Focused: Social Enterprises Around the Globe


Social enterprises contribute significantly to the economy, and simultaneously are fiercely social mission-driven.

A New Financial Reporting Model for Social Enterprises (Blog)


Treating philanthropic grants as revenue can hurt social enterprises’ performance.

Nonprofit Mergers: The Missing Ingredient (Blog)


The secret to the sauce is hidden in plain sight.

Philanthropy and the Growth of Charter Schools (Blog)


What is the right role for private funders in the US education system?

It Takes a Network to Tackle Growth and Complexity (Blog)


Social network analysis may benefit regional conservation efforts in the Texas Hill Country and help mitigate other challenging societal issues.

Social Impact Bonds: What’s in a Name? (Blog)


Why so-called social impact bonds should be renamed—and re-formed—as debt securities.

Networked Impact: This is Not Your Grandfather’s Coalition (Blog)


The 100Kin10 effort to increase the number of STEM teachers in America’s classrooms offers insights into an emerging model for social change.

Poor Kids Learn Like Rich Kids and All the Kids in Between (Blog)


In an era when low-income children are offered different learning opportunities than rich children, we must work to provide all kids the high-quality educational experience that the 21st century demands.

Benchmarking Individual Donors (Blog)


Why small nonprofits need to measure donor retention rates and build a strong fundraising plan.

The Future of Banking for the Poor: Lessons from India (Blog)


How combining “high-tech” and “high-touch” support can improve global financial health.

Using Measures That Really Matter (Blog)


Why the social sector should not relate its work in any quantitative or qualitative way to the GDP.

The Art of “Muddling Through” (Blog)


How an emergent funding strategy gave rise to a rapid-learning health system and ultimately became part of a national moonshot to eliminate cancer.

Reverse the Brain Drain (Blog)


The social sector must better support entrepreneurs and professionals who have migrated from the developing world, and who want to positively influence social change in their countries of origin.

How Philanthropy Can Help Bridge America’s Political Divide (Blog)


The imperative to invest in risky collaboration has never been greater.

Three Buckets of Money (Blog)


It’s more of a desert than a jungle out there.

A Powerful, Under-Used Tool for Addressing the Roots of Inequality: Inclusive Ownership (Blog)


To disrupt the starkest income divide in US history, we must foster new ownership models that more evenly distribute wealth and assets throughout the United States.

Is It Time for a New Presidential Debate Format? (Blog)


Around the world, people want more say in what questions candidates need to answer during presidential debates.

Building a Relational Public Sector (Blog)


What the US can learn from Denmark, and vice versa.

Transforming Cities Into Learning Landscapes (Blog)


Cities can create outside-the-classroom learning opportunities for low-income children by encouraging communities to reimage everyday locations in their neighborhoods as places for playful learning.

Public Organizations, Private Meetings (Blog)


Given that all charities and charitable foundations exist to serve the public good, why do so few hold their meetings in public?

Updating the Nonprofit Work Ethic (Blog)


How nonprofit leaders can protect themselves and their staff from burnout and achieve higher, more sustainable organizational performance.

Rethinking the Global Development Convening (Blog)


This year marks the last Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. How might future global development convenings build on the meeting’s success to create even greater impact?

Investing in Global Refugee and Migrant Integration (Blog)


George Soros’s $500 million investment announcement following the first-ever UN summit on migrants and refugees sets an example for how all investors could engage in “migrant lens investing."

A Neoliberal Takeover of Social Entrepreneurship? (Blog)


A model of social entrepreneurship focused on market-based solutions and profit is threatening to crowd out more collaborative approaches.

Living in the World of Both/And (Blog)


How leaders are integrating both the network and organizational mindset into their pursuit of social impact.

What the Heck Does “Equity” Mean? (Blog)


A clear definition of equity would seem paramount to galvanizing philanthropy into action around this increasingly used term—but the field is only beginning to explore what it really means.

The Calculus for Commitment: The Power of Involving the Private Sector in Social Impact Networks (Blog)


Why social sector organizations should make engaging for-profit companies a normal part of their problem-solving strategies—and four ways to do it effectively.

Playing for Their Lives: The Global El Sistema Movement for Social Change Through Music


How a Venezuelan model of music education is bringing a sense of inclusion to children in immigrant communities in Denmark—and around the world.

What Every Good Microfinance Business Should Track and Why (Blog)


Many microfinance impact investors are not monitoring the social components of the financial service providers (FSPs) they finance—but doing so can make a substantial difference to business success.

Rethinking Education in a Changing World (Blog)


How can we ensure all children across the globe learn the skills they need to be successful in an increasingly interconnected, technologically advanced world?

Taking Advocacy Campaigns Off Auto-pilot (Blog)


A lack of creativity in campaign tech can stifle social change. Advocacy organizations need to take more chances with technology and think beyond existing tools to achieve greater impact.

Hidden Talent: How Smart Companies Are Tapping Into Unemployed Youth (Blog)


Refining the raw talent of the 5.5 million young Americans out of work and out of school provides compelling opportunities for companies, youth, and society—a rare trifecta—that a growing number of corporate leaders are betting on.

Winter Is Here, and the Wall Between Funders and Nonprofits Must Come Down (Blog)


Grantmakers and nonprofits can face today’s pressing social issues only if we break down the walls between us and see each other as partners on the same side.

Four Approaches to Nonprofit Sustainability (Blog)


Insights from nonprofits that have effectively adapted their work over time can help other organizations think creatively and develop a strong strategic plan.

Grantee Inclusion for Community Empowerment (Blog)


Grantee inclusion can help correct the power imbalance not only between foundations and nonprofits, but also between marginalized communities and the broader power structures that perpetuate inequity.

Reaping the Benefits of Integrated Health Care (Blog)


Care that links physical and mental health has proven to be economically and medically beneficial, but hard to implement sustainably. We can surmount these common roadblocks by emphasizing community collaboration and self-reliance.

Start with a Shared Vision (Blog)


True grantee-funder partnerships are based on a shared vision of the future. Creating a strategy to achieve that vision requires listening and clearly defining roles.

A Call for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (Blog)


Why philanthropy needs to support more community-driven solutions, not just Ivy League ones.