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Thursday, April 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Why I’m Done With the Foundation World

Source: Brookfield Group

I’m done. I’ve spent 10 years working in the charity sector and my conclusion is that the organisations that finance it are so bad at their jobs, that they make the rest of us bad at ours.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Africa's battle against AIDS, a key player hits a crossroads

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

The Catholic Church administers 25 percent of all AIDS treatment worldwide, especially in hard-to-reach rural areas. But it's facing new obstacles as funding declines and African governments are under pressure to provide services themselves.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

Charities Seek Donations in Bitcoin

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Charities are often open to all sorts of donations, whether in money or in kind. Now they’re turning to a new source: donations of bitcoin.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

Pharmaceutical Company Operates With the Heart of a Nonprofit, Soul of Social Enterprise

Source: MintPress News

A San Francisco-based pharmaceutical company is bringing a new contraceptive to the U.S. market. The product is Liletta, an intrauterine device (IUD), which, like any other IUD, is long-lasting and highly effective at preventing pregnancy when inserted properly.
Monday, April 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

How to Serve Remote Customers Who Live on Less Than $2 a Day

Source: Forbes

The worlds of business and charity are increasingly merging. Social enterprises engage in activities that don’t perfectly fit in either of these worlds. Blending the two is a powerful tool: the solutions are often more effective, more innovative, and above all more sustainable.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Are Wealthy Donors Squashing Debate on Inequality?

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Here's a scary picture that fits nicely into a growing populist critique of philanthropy: Wealthy donors are using the power of the purse to muffle debate about economic inequality.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

More Thinking About Contest Philanthropy: Market-Based Approaches

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

In the wake of the Council on Foundation’s modification of its original plan to host a “pitch competition” at its annual meeting this year, two people associated with the Case Foundation wrote a blog post on the foundation’s website to defend the notion of nonprofits “playing by market-based approaches” or rules—as though they don’t all the time because of the structure of the U.S. economy. Trying to make their point that the criticism of the COF competition was a nonprofit reaction against the wisdom of “markets…[that] have this uncanny way of being candid, sending demand signals that companies need to pay attention and adapt to in order to thrive, if not survive,” the two authors stretched some points that were made in the criticism of the COF program.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 — No Region Specified

Echoing Green Wants Deeper Engagement With Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Devex

Echoing Green is seeking partners for a soon-to-be-launched program that will place young, rising stars in the corporate world into the boards of its fellows’ organizations.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

NPO Aims to Bring Traditional Japanese Medicine Marketing to Africa

Source: The Japan Times

Eri Machii, a 37-year-old pharmacist, hopes a traditional Japanese method of marketing medicine will take off in Africa and help improve health care.
Monday, March 30, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: McKinsey & Company Starts Its Own Version of Bain’s Bridgespan

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

The announcement that Helene Gayle, the retiring CEO of CARE, was going to be inaugural CEO of the McKinsey Social Initiative struck us as noteworthy for reasons that other press outlets really haven’t covered.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — North Africa and Near East

10,000 Flat-Pack IKEA Shelters for Iraqi Displaced

Source: IRIN

The UN refugee agency has placed an order for 10,000 flat-pack refugee shelters designed by a social enterprise arm of furniture giant IKEA, with first delivery planned within months to camps across Iraq, where some 2.5 million people have been displaced by conflict.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — South Asia

Interview: Stuart Hart on How Indian Microfinance Institutions Can Improve Their Negative Image

Source: Business Insider

In the second part of his interview to the Chairman of Indian Council of Competitiveness, Amit Kapoor, global thinker and Founder and President of Enterprise for a Sustainable World, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping businesses make the transition to sustainability, Stuart Hart talks about how Indian micro finance institutions can work towards cleaning their negative image.
Friday, March 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Nonprofit Contractor Sent Government $1.1 Million Bill for Parties and Retreats

Source: The Washington Post

The largest nonprofit contractor working for the U.S. Agency for International Development during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan billed the government $1.1 million for staff parties and pricey retreats — three of them held at one of the poshest destinations on the East Coast, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: You Don't Want Charities to Be Efficient

Source: The Huffington Post

Efficiency. We can get obsessed by efficiency. In our businesses, jobs and personal lives we often ask, 'How can we do more with less?'. We have the 4 Hour Work Week, 4 Hour Body and numerous 'life hacks.' But often lost in the mix in the discussion around efficiency is the focus on quality. What type of life does this give us? What type of business does this give us?
Monday, March 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

How Impact Philanthropy is Shape-Shifting

Source: Barron's Impact Investment Blog

A study by Exponent Philanthropy suggests philanthropists and family foundations are becoming more impact-oriented, doling out fewer grants but with larger dollar amounts given to only the top-performing nonprofits.
Friday, February 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

How and Why Your Business Should Support Social Impact

Source: Chicago Tribune

An astounding 94 percent of consumers are likely to switch brands to one that supports a cause. Social impact is becoming more relevant in today's business world, and we are quickly realizing that the business of impact is the business of the future. And like many other social entrepreneurs leading the way in this space, it is important that we encourage all businesses to build a higher purpose into their model so that the most effective organizations in the world can also positively impact humanity in a major way.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

Merck Places Children's HIV Drug in Shared Non-Profit Patent Pool

Source: Reuters

U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co has contributed an HIV medicine for children to an international shared patent pool in a move that should speed the development of cheap paediatric formulations for use in poor countries.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

Financial Solutions Lab Announces $3 Million Competition to Tackle Consumer Financial Security

Source: Center for Financial Services Innovation

The Financial Solutions Lab at the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) with founding partner JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced a $3 million competition for technology innovators working to address consumer financial challenges. This cross-sector initiative will identify technology-enabled financial solutions and provide winners with direct and indirect support to test and expand the availability of their products and services to consumers.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 — South Asia

Why Bill Gates Is Backing Impact Entrepreneurs in India

Source: Entrepreneur

Will Poole, a top Microsoft executive-turned seed-stage investor, is tapping American and Indian tech entrepreneurs to back some startups in India that are decidedly not tech-related.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 — Asia Pacific

Of Social Business Ventures and Islamic Principles

Source: The Star Online

Interest in the area of social entrepreneurship has gained momentum in recent years. Many studies have been commissioned in this area, including comparative studies to clarify the concepts of conventional entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship, and also social entrepreneurship with not-for-profit activities such as corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, charity and voluntary work.
Friday, February 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Startup Accelerator Scholas.Labs Announced by Pope Francis

Source: The Inquisitr

Startup accelerator Scholas.Labs was announced last week during an education event hosted by Pope Francis. Although one hardly expects to hear “startup accelerator” and “pontiff” in the same sentence, this enterprise is quite real and is aimed at assisting education projects all over the world.
Thursday, February 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Impact Investor Global Partnerships Invests in Solar to Connect the Poor With Light

Source: The Huffington Post

To this day, an estimated 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity. That is over a billion people who struggle to refrigerate their food and medicine, study at night to further their education, or charge their mobile phones. Electricity is crucial to human well-being and development, and lack of access to it is a huge barrier to overcoming poverty in the developing world.
Friday, January 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Vaccines Alliance Set to Ramp Up Its Work, Hopes to Raise $7.5B

Source: Voice of America

The GAVI global vaccines alliance is seeking to raise $7.5 billion at a funding conference in Berlin next week, as its battle to prevent infectious diseases in millions of children reaches an expected peak.
Friday, January 16, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Capacity: The Philanthropy Buzzword For 2015 That's Missing

Source: Forbes

In many ways, these are changing times in U.S. philanthropy. The emphasis on data and measuring impact more closely, pushing for scale and large-scale solutions, social investing and performance metrics, crowd-funding and digital networks has created the sense that the social sector – and nonprofits along with it – has reached an inflection point that may soon fundamentally shift the way funds are raised and spent on causes and social change.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Why Impact Assessments Are Good for Non-Profits but Bad for Business

Source: The Guardian

By Erik Simanis: Impact assessments are a powerful – and necessary – part of a non-profit’s tool kit. Rigorously measuring how and how much a program solves a social ill and betters the lives of the poor ensures continual improvement. Impact assessments also serve as a report card back to the funders of non-profits. They assure donors that grant funds are being maximised and used for the purpose intended.
Friday, November 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Here’s how one green group got its investments out of dirty energy

Source: Grist

The Oregon Environmental Council had a problem. It was late last year, and the nonprofit’s board finance committee was reviewing the performance of its endowment fund, which was invested in various stocks and bonds and mutual funds.
Friday, October 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Citi looks to tech and non-profits to drive financial inclusion; Gates talks bitcoin and biometrics

Source: Finextra

Citi is working with non-profit organisation Catalyst Miami on a tech-based financial inclusion programme that it believes could be replicated across the country.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Profit vs non-profit: Why this Ugandan enterprise is no longer an NGO

Source: How We Made It In Africa

Thursday, August 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola crisis provides glimpse into Samaritan’s Purse, SIM

Source: Washington Post

Samaritan’s Purse and SIM USA were instrumental in the evacuation of two U.S. missionaries from West Africa. These religious relief groups maintain a low profile in the U.S. but are often on the front line of public health crises. Health organizations and leaders of affected areas are also working to contain the deadly outbreak. Here are the key players.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Students Don't Have To Drop Out To Thrive As Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Forbes

For young social entrepreneurs, fellowships such as Thiel, Ashoka, and Echoing Green provide guidance and resources that can be essential for launching their projects without having a college affiliation.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

A Few Simple Tricks Make Starting A Business Overseas Cheap And Easy

Source: Fast CoExist

Zoe Cohen produces her Zoko Bags from Kenya. Here's how she got her start as a destination entrepreneur.
Friday, August 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Will Obama’s “New Africa” Deliver on Its Promises?

Source: IPS News

WASHINGTON, Aug 7 2014 (IPS) - As the three-day U.S- Africa Leaders Summit here drew to a close Wednesday, experts across the private, public and non-profit sectors continued to debate the opportunities and obstacles posed by the U.S’ expanding business partnership with Africa.
Monday, August 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Obama's Africa legacy moment?

Source: Devex

U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to three African countries last summer might have been dubbed the “trade not aid” tour.
Monday, July 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Social Impact Bonds: Phantom of the Nonprofit Sector

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

What issue could bring Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Senator Al Franken (D-MN) into bipartisan partnership? Social impact bonds (SIBs)—or pay-for-success (PFS), depending on one’s preferred terminology.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tech Entrepreneur Priya Haji, Founder And CEO Of SaveUp, Has Passed Away At 44

Source: TechCrunch

Priya Haji, a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur known for her focus on socially-minded ventures in both the for-profit and non-profit spaces, most recently as CEO and co-founderof personal financial savings app SaveUp, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on July 14th at the age of 44.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

What social nonprofits can teach the corporate world

Source: Fortune

Going forward, for-profit enterprises will need to collaborate with other groups to do things like product design and manufacturing. Social enterprises have mastered this.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Corporate ‘Prizes’ Driving Innovation

Source: Pro Bono Australia

As the global trend for corporate prize winning competitions to drive innovation increases, a new US report offers guidance for the public sector, Not for Profits and philanthropic foundations on cultivating the winning opportunities.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact investing: What’s in it for your nonprofit?

Source: Devex

Are you a nongovernmental organization wondering how to benefit from impact investors?
Monday, June 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

Somaly Mam: The Holy Saint (and Sinner) of Sex Trafficking

Source: Newsweek

Nestled on the banks of the Mekong River, Thloc Chhroy looks like the typical rural Cambodian village. Mango trees thick with fruit are everywhere.
Thursday, May 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: We're All Liars: Creative Storytelling Is the Nonprofit Sector's Drug of Choice

Source: Huffington Post

On May 21, 2014, Newsweek funneled years of speculation and doubt into a single piece that, once and for all, brought the legendary Somaly Mam into the spotlight for a type of fraud that has become the Achilles heal of the nonprofit world.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Is For-Profit the Future of Non-Profit?

Source: The Atlantic

The troubling allure of turning philanthropy into consumer activity
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Inspired by a plastic bag’s potential, nonprofit trains mothers in Ghana

Source: PBS Newshour

Friends Rebecca Brandt and Callie Brauel quickly learned two things while they were studying and volunteering in Ghana’s capital Accra: Everyone drinks water out of disposable bags, which end up discarded in the streets, and tens of thousands of children were living on the streets.
Monday, May 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Reform to boost not-for-profits

Source: Vietnam Net

Amendments to the 2005 Enterprise Law aim to enable social enterprises to operate more efficiently, Director of the Central Institute for Economic Management, Nguyen Dinh Cung, told the Viet Nam Investment Review.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

When Philanthropists Give Directly, Are Climate Dividends Next?

Source: Huffington Post

International development philanthropies have been testing out a simple solution to a complex problem. Can we help the poorest people in the world by just giving them money? If so, how about giving them money with no strings attached? An idea that simple to solve a problem that complex must be met with skepticism, especially from groups that thrive in the existing top-down international development aid structure.
Friday, May 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bumps and Slowdowns in UK Social Impact Bonds

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

At a recent program of Georgetown Law School and Independent Sector on the for-profit social enterprise dynamic in the U.S., the gap between the hype and the reality of social impact bonds was evident
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Ethiopia most successful in Africa at cutting maternal deaths - NGO

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Pregnancy-related deaths in Ethiopia have fallen by nearly two-thirds, making it the African country that has most successfully lowered its maternal mortality rate thanks to its lifesaving investment in female health workers and girls’ education, Save the Children said on Tuesday.
Monday, April 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Can a tool for doctors 'fix' evidence-based foreign aid?

Source: Devex

As development institutions like the World Bank look for ways to make their projects and interventions more evidence-based, development practitioners have run into a problem faced by doctors a generation ago.
Monday, April 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Uganda police raid U.S. military AIDS clinic, order it shut

Source: Erasing 76 Crimes

Activists in Uganda report that plain-clothes police raided a U.S. military-affiliated AIDS services clinic in Kampala today, accused it of promoting homosexuality, and ordered it to close.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — South Asia

Oxfam Vietnam Will Begin Investing in Social Enterprises

Source: Social Enterprise Buzz

Oxfam’s office in Vietnam has launched a new impact investing program to support social enterprises in the country.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

The White House’s new $65.8M Social Innovation Fund competition is the largest to date

Source: Social Enterprise Buzz

The 2014 competition, which was officially announced this week, will provide up to $65.8 million to grantmakers.
Friday, February 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Sustainable Harvest-Rwanda Launches First Let’s Talk Coffee Rwanda

Source: Press Release

On February 18 and 19, Sustainable Harvest Inc., through its nonprofit entity, Relationship Coffee Institute, will launch its Rwanda operation with the first Let’s Talk Coffee Rwanda event, convening in partnership with Women for Women International (WfWI). Sustainable Harvest’s relationship coffee initiative in Rwanda is funded by a three-year grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Disrupting The Pharmaceutical Industry To Save The World From Diarrhea

Source: Ariel Schwartz, Co.Exist

Pharmaceutical companies like to focus on developing two kinds of drugs: blockbuster drugs that lots of people use (like Lipitor), and more recently, extremely expensive niche drugs. Drugs targeted specifically for common afflictions that affect the developing world aren't as profitable and are often left out of the picture entirely. Global health nonprofit Path is trying to change that with an ambitious drug development program that targets diseases like kala-azar (also known as black fever disease), malaria, HIV, and diarrheal diseases, such as cholera.
Monday, September 30, 2013 — South Asia

Sucre Blue sets up affordable, community health care in India

Source: MSNBC

Erin Little’s inspiration to establish India’s Sucre Blue stemmed from the problems she encountered with a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis during her childhood. “It was getting to a point where it was really, really hard to take care of myself,” Little told MSNBC about her health insurance costs.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Raikes steps down as CEO of Gates Foundation

Source: PC World

Former Microsoft exec Jeff Raikes said Tuesday that he would step down as the chief executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, theoretically freeing himself up as Microsoft searches for a new CEO.
Friday, August 30, 2013 — South Asia

Matt Damon Tries to Get Clean Water and Toilets for India’s Poor

Source: The New York Times

Matt Damon finds it a challenge to get people to care about water. It’s why he was in India from Aug. 23 to 26 on a four-day tour. Not to promote his latest film Elysium, a sci-fi dystopia with a socialist underpinning, but to help the rural and urban poor in India get access to clean water and sanitation by investing in tube wells, hand pumps and toilets with proper drainage facilities.
Friday, July 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

Harvard Business School program helps build nonprofit management skills

Source: The Boston Globe

One group described a venture capital model that helped allocate resources. Another examined the benefits of mergers and acquisitions. The role of board members came up often. These subjects have all been discussed for generations at Harvard Business School, wrapped in case studies that help prepare students to become future captains of industry and finance.
Monday, July 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Social Entrepreneur Transforms a Nonprofit Into a Profit-Making Enterprise

Source: The New York Times

Last week, we published a case study about a social entrepreneur, Saul Garlick, discussing what kind of legal structure would be best for his enterprise, ThinkImpact, which encourages entrepreneurship in third-world communities. He fundamentally had three options: continue as a nonprofit, go commercial, or find some sort of hybrid route.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Social Innovation in Africa: When a Young Girl and Prime Minister Share a Vision to Fight Illiteracy

Source: Huffington Post

Fighting illiteracy and advancing social innovation in Africa are different sides of the same coin. Worldreader joins the two visions with a scalable approach.
Monday, June 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

At Grameen Foundation, an international nonprofit becomes a software developer

Source: The Washington Post

The Grameen Foundation was providing health care to pregnant women in Ghana in 2010 when the organization had an idea: As cellphones become more widely available in developing nations, health information can be quickly disseminated to poor patients in remote locations via voice and text messaging.
Monday, January 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

Deal leaves risks for global health to fall or be pushed off the cliff

Source: Science Speaks Blog

Will the U.S. government's fiscal cliff deal mean steep drops in global health and research funding?
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 — No Region Specified

In New Brand of Philanthropy, Nonprofits Invest in For-Profits

Source: DealBook

When the W. K. Kellogg Foundation set aside $100 million in 2007 to invest in companies that could produce both social and financial benefits, it was considered revolutionary. Historically, major foundations had used mainly stocks, bonds, real estate and other traditional asset classes to build their endowments.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 — South Asia

Goonj founder this year’s top social entrepreneur

Source: Hindustan Times

Almost 13 years ago an idea then considered a ‘non-issue’, fructified into an NGO — Goonj, got recognised on Tuesday evening, as its founder Anshu Gupta was adjudged the ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2012”.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Coke Applies Supply-Chain Expertise to Deliver AIDS Drugs in Africa

Source: The Daily Beast

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent tells Daniel Gross his company is expanding a project that helps nonprofits deliver vaccines in rural Africa more quickly.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Shopping for a Better World

Source: New York Times

To be successful in business today, a company must do more than just sell a good product. According to a recent study (pdf), 80 percent of Americans are likely to switch brands, if comparable in price and quality, to one that supports a social cause.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 — South Asia

Indian Eye Clinic Uses Tiered Pricing to Combat Blindness Among Poor

Source: The Guardian

An expanding network of eye clinics has found an innovative way of providing quality, affordable treatment to millions of blind and visually impaired poor people in India
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