2017-01-23T17:28:00+00:00The changing US political playground requires that foundations both double down on what works and actively explore what might work in uncertain times ahead.
2017-01-20T17:30:00+00:00Many small-scale (but scalable) creative efforts to foster tangible urban change, inspired by the burgeoning “tactical urbanism” movement, have met with success—and yet the movement itself faces limitations. How might this approach continue to evolve so as to effect inclusive, sustainable, and meaningful social and political change at the local level?
2017-01-19T17:05:00+00:00How foundations can reimagine a proven philanthropic tool to more effectively address today’s social and environmental challenges.
2017-01-18T17:27:00+00:00Student debt is hurting recruitment, retention, and diversity in the nonprofit workforce, but a Federal program is poised to help.
2017-01-17T17:30:00+00:00As impact investing expands in scope and sophistication, foundations are leading the way.
2017-01-13T17:15:00+00:00Instead of prescribing higher education as the silver-bullet solution to poverty, we must provide diverse and contextualized pathways to disadvantaged children, enabling them to redefine the dominant narrative of success.
2017-01-12T17:30:00+00:00To make education systems more adaptive, innovative, collaborative, and empathic, we as change leaders must first model these characteristics ourselves.
2017-01-11T18:53:00+00:00University social impact centers are stretched thin. Rather than do more of everything, the best strategy may be to establish a baseline level of services, and then focus on making significant progress in one distinct area.
2017-01-10T19:11:00+00:00Borrowing from the renewable energy sector, we can create a better food system by organizing regional governments to create markets for smaller producers and establishing coordinated networks that can amplify best practices.
2017-01-09T18:18:00+00:00Modified from an excerpt of Philanthropy in Democratic Societies: History, Institutions, Values, edited by Rob Reich, Chiara Cordelli, and Lucy Bernholz.
2017-01-05T16:00:00+00:00The tide of China’s recent economic boom hasn’t lifted all boats. But inclusive businesses can help provide sustainable solutions for China’s vast impoverished population.
2017-01-04T17:15:00+00:00Social innovation educators are responsible for teaching students how to become collaborative community partners. Here's how.
2017-01-03T22:46:00+00:00We need a new framework for giving to address America's economic, social, and political inequalities.
2017-01-03T01:24:00+00:00Five lessons on scaling educational technology for the most vulnerable children.
2016-12-30T16:30:00+00:00A collective impact effort in Greater Cincinnati offers a useful framework for evaluating community change.
2016-12-29T16:15:00+00:00How civil society organizations can come together in the defense of civic space.
2016-12-28T16:00:00+00:00Are social entrepreneurship education programs excluding those who have directly experienced social problems from working on social change solutions?
2016-12-27T16:15:00+00:00Launching social enterprises with national reach holds great promise, but there’s no easy route to success—a look at four lessons from the field.
2016-12-26T15:00:00+00:00Favorites from the magazine and website.
2016-12-23T17:30:00+00:00By combining the characteristics of small and nimble organizations with those that have successfully scaled, can we have our impact and our numbers too?
2016-12-22T16:30:00+00:00Connecting arts goals to a foundation’s larger vision can make support for the arts more targeted and impactful.
2016-12-21T20:45:00+00:00Universities play a critical role in producing social impact leaders committed to the public good and prepared to confront the challenges of an uncertain world.
2016-12-19T18:15:00+00:00We do best when we let communities define and direct their own “positive outcomes.”
2016-12-16T17:30:00+00:00With a growing part of the workforce earning a living independently, we need a new system that provides greater stability and security.
2016-12-15T16:45:00+00:00It’s hard to fully understand the effects of interventions that aim to address several life challenges at once. But it can help to transition from all-or-nothing assessments to more incremental measures.
2016-12-14T17:45:00+00:00For true social change to happen, we must welcome social entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, but universities simply can’t do that in their current form.
2016-12-13T18:00:00+00:00Although we are ultimately most interested in long-term life outcomes for students, to achieve them education leaders will need a new focus on shorter-term, intermediate measures of success.
2016-12-13T17:30:00+00:00Investors must intentionally incorporate new ways of investing if they are to address big global problems or harness global trends while achieving competitive returns—a look at the path ahead.
2016-12-12T17:30:00+00:00Three lessons from the field for NGOs pursuing social impact investing.
2016-12-09T17:30:00+00:00In bringing the nutrition cohort a carefully calculated strategy, patient capital, and a willingness to let go, Newman’s Own Foundation is demonstrating success at the heart of the collaboration challenge.
2016-12-09T17:00:00+00:00To realize their potential, crowdfunding efforts need to engage traditionally excluded communities by emphasizing more than one bottom line.
2016-12-08T17:32:00+00:00Funders can support positive change by backing proven, replicable interventions and new measurement tools that help draw the connection between services offered and results achieved.
2016-12-08T15:59:00+00:00A growing number of investors are attempting to create social value with their investments, but it’s often more difficult to achieve than one might think
2016-12-07T18:08:00+00:00Academic institutions can help build the impact investing field by teaching students a fuller suite of skills, clarifying the range of career paths open to them, and developing a better theoretical and practical knowledge base.
2016-12-06T17:30:00+00:00Evidence-based practice has great potential to improve social outcomes, but only if we do a better job marketing and adapting it to address the specific problems at hand.
2016-12-05T23:50:00+00:00Like games, classes aren’t interesting when the skills they require are too easy to master and there’s no chance of failure.
2016-12-05T17:30:00+00:00A new study reveals that foundation leaders are more self-critical than ever and are seeking urgently to create greater social impact.
2016-12-02T19:35:00+00:00How an infrastructure imperative and tax overhaul could unlock capital for social and environmental impact.
2016-12-02T17:30:00+00:00Green bonds are experiencing explosive growth, but are they a useful new financing tool to bridge conservation funding shortfalls or just the latest chapter in greenwashing?
2016-12-01T17:30:00+00:00In laying the groundwork for stronger cross-sector collaboration and outcomes-focused approaches, pay-for-success projects in Silicon Valley are reaping benefits far beyond the success they’ve agreed to invest in.