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Monday, September 28, 2015 — No Region Specified

Partnership Aims to Bolster Local Health Care Providers

Source: The New York Times

Supported by one of the world’s leading philanthropies, a new partnership was announced Saturday during a United Nations development meeting aimed at improving health in poor and middle-income countries by helping to strengthen their primary care providers.
Thursday, September 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

How MasterCard Aims to Transform Aid Distribution

Source: Press Release

Humanitarian organizations are increasingly asked to provide aid in a climate of political and economic unrest.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Small Foundations Are Embracing Impact Investing

Source: Next City

Paperwork and bureaucracy aren’t just pains in the backside of everyone working at every small business or smaller nonprofit. They’re also barriers to entry — for new people, new ideas and even new sources of capital.Crowdfunding might help level the playing field, but even that has a new set of challenges and limitations. When it comes to improving our cities, who knows how many opportunities to try out new approaches or scale up existing models are falling through the cracks?
Monday, September 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

New IRS Rule Likely to Make Impact Investing Easier

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Internal Revenue Service took a major step this week to calm grant makers’ fears about taking risks with impact investments, giving them a green light to commit more of their assets to investments that further their missions.
Monday, August 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

Who Said Big Foundations Can’t Change? Four Takeaways from MacArthur’s Makeover

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Last week, the foundation announced a major streamlining of its priorities; this week it gave a glimpse of how it would operate by unveiling a “big bet” on curbing climate change. Here are four takeaways from this makeover worth spotlighting, along with one question to ponder.
Monday, August 17, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Communications Helping Humanitarian Organizations in Tanzania

Source: ITWeb Africa

Tanzania's rapid uptake of mobile phones and massive investment in rural network coverage is helping disaster and humanitarian organisations in the country speedily disseminate and collect information.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: I spent a weekend at Google talking with nerds about charity. I came away … worried.

Source: Vox

In the beginning, "effective altruism" was mostly about fighting global poverty. Now it's becoming more and more about funding computer science research to forestall an artificial intelligence–provoked apocalypse.
Monday, August 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

In a Push for Financial Inclusion, the eBay Foundation and a Focus on Entrepreneurs

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Pierre Omidyar established the eBay Foundation in 1998 with an endowment of pre-IPO eBay stock. The foundation has always been modest in size, which is probably why we haven't written about it before. It had assets of $30 milllion in a recent year, and gives out between $3 million and $5 million annually to a limited set of grantees.
Thursday, August 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

Three Takeaways From a Massive Tech Grant to Fight Global Poverty

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Why is Good Ventures worth watching closely? For a few reasons, all of which are exemplified in its grant to GiveDirectly, its biggest give to date.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

Hewlett Foundation Begins to Distance Itself from Financing Fossil Fuels

Source: Nonprofit Chronicles

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, one of the US’s biggest and most influential foundations, has taken a small step to distance itself from financing fossil fuels.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

Facebook Co-Founder Giving Millions Directly To The Poor, No Strings Attached

Source: Huffington Post

GiveDirectly's work is receiving a major boost from Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and his wife Cari Tuna, who on Monday announced a $25 million donation through their foundation Good Ventures.
Friday, July 24, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Social Entrepreneurs That Are Changing the Developing World


Corporate Social Responsibility is a trend that has been gaining more attention in recent years.
Thursday, July 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Is Too Much Funding Going to Social Entrepreneurs—And Too Little to Social Movements?

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Are social movements more effective at bringing about large-scale change than social entrepreneurs? And if they are, why are so many funders excited about the latter compared to the former?
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

When Impact Investing Stays Local

Source: The New York Times

By the mid-1990s, the Houghton family, whose wealth is derived from the glass and ceramic material manufacturer Corning, was into its sixth generation. Many of the cousins felt they had lost touch and were drifting away from the family.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 — No Region Specified

This 'Emergency Floor' Is Going to Make Life Easier for Millions of Refugees

Source: Forbes

Humanitarian innovation is something of a hot topic, in philanthropic circles. NGOs, governments, and other private and public institutions are trying to findnew solutions to the growing number of emergencies taking place in our troubled world: in the last 10 years, the number of people affected by humanitarian crisis has almost doubled.
Thursday, July 2, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Can a Bajaji Change a Teen Girl's Life?

Source: PSI Impact

“Human-centered design has a role in solving every problem,” says Pam Scott, a serial design thinker whose career has wended from advertising to customer research to a board seat at to a current chapter that might be dubbed activist philanthropy. A born connector, Scott has spent nearly three decades working at the intersection of design and impact, and much of her power lies at getting the right people in the room and prompting them to ask — and answer — the right questions.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — No Region Specified

Profits Meets Philanthropy in ‘Pay-For-Success’ Investments — Horizons

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Do you care about reducing the prison population? Want to create work opportunities for homeless people? Re-employ veterans? Well, a new model of investing allows you to fund such projects — and even take home a profit.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 — South Asia

MyDentist Raises Around $8M From LGT Group, Existing Investors

Source: VCCircle

Mumbai-based Total Dental Care Pvt Ltd, which runs dental care chain under the MyDentist brand, has secured Rs 50 crore (around $8 million) in its Series C round of funding led by LGT Venture Philanthropy, a global impact investing organization founded by LGT and the Princely Family of Liechtenstein.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

Is There Finally Some Movement on the Pressing Challenge of Microinsurance?

Source: Inside Philanthropy

More market players are stepping into the microinsurance arena - if this trend continues, the role of philanthropy in this space may become less and less critical.
Friday, June 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

Ford Shifts Grant Making to Focus Entirely on Inequality

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The fight against inequality will take center stage at the Ford Foundation under a sweeping overhaul announced today by the nation’s second biggest philanthropy.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 — No Region Specified

Solving Complex Social Problems Through Collaboration

Source: Harvard Business Review

Geneva Global, a tiny but mighty philanthropic consulting firm that specializes in international development, is helping to change the world from its small suburban corner of Wayne, Pa. With a team of just 52 staff members, they are quietly igniting social good on a global scale through the repetitive flexing of an approach called dumbbell collaboration.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 — No Region Specified

Double Duty Dollars: Behind the Crazy Idea That Investors Can Make Money and Change the World at the Same Time

Source: Forbes

In 2001, after 29 years cultivating Napa’s Silver Oak Cellars and its iconic cabernet sauvignon, Justin and Bonny Meyer sold their 50% stake to partner Ray Duncan for $110 million. With Justin’s health iffy, they hoped it would give them more time together forphilanthropy and to build their newer winery, Meyer Family Cellars. But just eight months later Justin died of a heart attack at 63, leaving Bonny, then 52, to manage the money and their shared charitable mission.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Citi’s 2014 Global Citizenship Report Highlights Efforts to Enable Economic Progress in Communities Around World

Source: MarketWatch

Citi today released its 2014 Global Citizenship Report highlighting efforts underway in the past year to empower people, support economic progress in cities, and catalyze sustainable growth. The report, Progress: Responding to Global Challenges,examines how Citi lends, invests and facilitates growth through core business activities and philanthropic efforts, as well as partnerships and new approaches to address pressing needs.
Friday, June 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

Expats, the 'scaffolds' of locally led organizations

Source: Devex

“Why does Nuru Kenya have to be locally led?” Jake pressed. “Why can’t expats continue the work?" “Maybe we aren’t asking the right question,” I responded, straightening up in my chair. “Instead of asking why should we exit, perhaps we should ask, why should we stay?”
Thursday, June 4, 2015 — Latin America

How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes

Source: ProPublica

The neighborhood of campeche sprawls up a steep hillside in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. Goats rustle in trash that goes forever uncollected. Children kick a deflated volleyball in a dusty lot below a wall with a hand-painted logo of the American Red Cross.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

Gates pledges $776M for malnutrition, unlocks UK commitments

Source: Devex

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — the world’s largest private foundation — will spend $776 million over the next six years to fight malnutrition, a strong signal of support for a historically underfunded sector, according to the foundation’s leaders.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

Study: Less Than Half of Foundations Use Impact Investing


The survey found that 41 percent of respondents said their foundations currently use impact investing, 6 percent plan to in the future, and 20 percent don’t plan to.
Friday, May 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: JPMorgan Chase 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report Reflects Focus on Cities as Engines of Economic Growth

Source: Market Watch

JPMorgan Chase & Co. today released its 2014 Corporate Responsibility report, highlighting steps the firm is taking to support economic growth and address critical challenges facing cities around the world. The report, Global Strength: At Work in Cities, features case studies of work the firm is doing to help cities address these challenges as well as innovative and sustainable solutions designed to create growth and opportunity.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Philanthropy Starts After Profits Are Tallied

Source: The New York Times

Foundations are the new Birkin bags. Everyone who is anyone has one. Giving is now chic. Far from being in denial about it, many wealthy people fret over rising inequality these days, in public and in private.
Monday, May 11, 2015 — North Africa and Near East

Uncertainty Over Vaccine Procurement Worries Donors

Source: DAWN

Pakistan may be facing a serious interruption in vaccine supply as provinces are showing unwillingness to pay for vaccine imports, following the expiration of the current National Finance Commission (NFC) award next month.
Friday, May 8, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Top Philanthropy Board and Staff Are Paid Over $600 Million a Year. Is That Too Much?

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Not long ago, I wrote about the Ford Foundation's overhead expenses, pointing that it had spent over $1 billion in the past decade on personnel and office space. That's a shocking amount of money that never made it to poor people or starving artists or struggling students or others in need.
Friday, May 8, 2015 — South Asia

Viewpoint: India’s Chilling Crackdown on Charitable Organizations “Smacks of Political Payback”

Source: The New York Times

The Ford Foundation is among the world’s best-known charitable organizations, dispensing billions of dollars globally for projects aimed at reducing poverty, fighting injustice, improving education and advancing democracy.
Friday, May 8, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Is This the Big Solution to Failing WASH Projects We've Been Waiting for?

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Water and sanitation projects often go something like this: NGOs show up with equipment, money, and people on hand, drill a well or install sanitation systems and then leave. A handful of locals are typically trained on upkeep and minor infrastructure repairs, but this isn’t always the case. If the wells need to be repointed or major leaks or breaks occur in the pipes, the communities are out of luck. As a result of the dig-and-dash approach, well-meaning projects end up abandoned and communities go back to contaminated water, which can lead to enteric illness and death, as well as economic setbacks.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 — South Asia

After cracking down on Greenpeace, Ford Foundation, Indian gov't could focus on Gates Foundation

Source: Economic Times

After turning the screws on Greenpeace India and the Ford Foundation, the home ministry has now turned its gaze to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 — South Asia

Drone Pilots, AI, Tweets and Texts Speed Up Relief Efforts in Nepal

Source: Voice of America

They are known as digital humanitarians: the thousands of tech-savvy volunteers from around the world who are both physically and virtually converging on the crisis in Nepal and digging through mountains of data to help humanitarian agencies direct their aid.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

Complement Your Giving With Impact Investing

Source: The Huffington Post

Individual Americans gave $241.3 billion to charities in 2013, the most recent year for which data are available. They gave even more to their future selves, investing some$300 billion in their retirement accounts. Clearly, $241 billion in donations has the potential to accomplish a lot of good. But what about the investments?
Monday, May 4, 2015 — South Asia

Crowdfunding Raises Millions for Nepal Earthquake Victims

Source: CNBC

If you want to measure the constructive power of social media, look no further than the crowdfunding campaigns for Nepal earthquake victims, which have proliferated in the days since disaster struck the nation.
Monday, May 4, 2015 — South Asia

Viewpoint: Nepal Response Shows Why Donor-Advised Funds Are a Boon to Philanthropy

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

In the days immediately after Americans learned of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, they began to send millions of dollars in donations to organizations prepared to put disaster-relief boots on the ground in that historic Himalayan kingdom.
Monday, May 4, 2015 — South Asia

Saving Nepal: The Information Revolution

Source: Brookings

Communities impacted by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake (and subsequent aftershocks) that struck Nepal on April 25th have a variety of needs, stemming from immediate protection of physical safety and security, access to life saving services, and basic subsistence (food, clean water, shelter) and psycho-social support in the aftermath of an extremely traumatic event. In the case of Nepal and the city of Kathmandu, recent reports suggest that the capital city’s critical infrastructure and services were not sufficiently resilient to protect against an earthquake, that the topography of the region is such that landslides remain a concern, and that socio-cultural factors like caste-based discrimination makes some communities more vulnerable than others.
Friday, May 1, 2015 — South Asia

In Nepal and Beyond, This Corporate Funder Takes on the World's Biggest Disasters

Source: Inside Philanthropy

The UPS Foundation is keenly aware of the unique assets of its parent company, and has carved out an exceptional—and indispensable role—in the realm of disaster philanthropy.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 — South Asia

India Cancels Licenses of Nearly 9,000 Charities Over Foreign Funds

Source: Reuters

India has cancelled the registration of nearly 9,000 charities for failing to declare details of donations from abroad, as New Delhi tightens surveillance on foreign-funded non-governmental organisations in the country.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 — No Region Specified

Nine Humanitarian Businesses Win Bloomberg-Funded Genesis Challenge

Source: Jewish Business News

Genesis Generation Challenge Recipients of this year are: Build Israel and Palestine (BIP); Building Up (Canada); eNable 3d Printed Prosthetics; LAVAN (Israel); Prize4Life (Israel); Sanergy (Kenya); Sesame (Israel); Spark (Burundi); and Vera Solutions (United States, India).
Thursday, April 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Where the Hell Is All the Climate Funding?

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Less than 2 percent of all philanthropic dollars go to fighting the existential threat of climate change, and much of it comes from just a handful of funders. Where is all the money?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 — No Region Specified

Here Come the Philanthropreneurs

Source: Fast Company

Entrepreneurs using wealth and power to transform society are not a new phenomenon. A century ago, Andrew Carnegie’s love of libraries helped bring education to the masses, and he spent millions promoting world peace. Today’s "philanthropreneurs" are equally ambitious—and they’re succeeding, while redefining what it means to give and give back.
Monday, March 30, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Social Investment Problems Include 'Too Much Hype and Hubris and Not Enough Transparency' Says Report

Source: Civil Society

Social investment in the UK requires less hype, more transparency from lenders and more focus on the needs of charities and social enterprises if it is going to succeed, according to a commission of thinkers and practitioners in the world of social finance.
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.
Friday, March 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

That Time a Hedge Funder Quit His Job and Then Raised $60 Million for Charity

Source: The Huffington Post

Elie Hassenfeld had an enjoyable and lucrative career in finance. Then he discovered an unusual passion.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

What Qualifies As CSR and What Does Not?

Source: Live Mint

Trees in your company campus, jobs for people with disabilities and fuel-efficient office cars may be good for the society and the environment. Continue the good work, but none of that counts as corporate social responsibility (CSR) under the law.
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 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

Michael Bloomberg Backs Project to Collect Foreign Health Data

Source: Newsmax

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is backing a new project that will collect basic health data for countries in Africa, southeast Asia, and Latin America.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Activists Protest Gates Foundation Plan for African Farmers

Source: Humanosphere

Activists in Seattle and London held demonstrations on Monday to protest efforts by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and others to privatize seeds as part of a push to industrialize farming in Africa.
Monday, March 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Traditional Divisions Between NGOs, Charities, and Businesses Are Blurring With New Collaborative Projects on Water

Source: psfk

The problem of global water access is as intransigent as they come. Some 768 million people – more than the population of Europe – still lack access to clean water. Likewise, this year’s Millennium Development Goal target of halving the number of people without sanitation will be missed by 8% – that’s half a billion people.
Friday, March 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton Promise, Charity Did Not Disclose Donors

Source: Reuters

In 2008, Hillary Clinton promised Barack Obama, the president-elect, there would be no mystery about who was giving money to her family's globe-circling charities. She made a pledge to publish all the donors on an annual basis to ease concerns that as secretary of state she could be vulnerable to accusations of foreign influence.
Friday, March 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

Charity Attacks Gilead Over Hepatitis C Drug Restrictions

Source: Reuters

Charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has accused U.S. drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc GILD.O of restricting access to its breakthrough hepatitis C drug Sovaldi in developing countries as it tries to protect profit margin in wealthier nations.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing Can Help Foundations Avoid Obsolescence

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

John D. Rockefeller would never have considered abandoning the oil business. But that is exactly what some of his heirs did last fall. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a family foundation with $860 million in assets and a long history of supporting environmental causes, announced it would divest itself of all fossil-fuel investments.
Friday, March 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

New MacArthur President Promises Grant Making With a More Immediate Impact

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation looked within its own ranks to pick its new president, Julia Stasch, who has promised to instill a sense of urgency at the grant maker.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing Is the Top Way to Contribute to Society in the Future, Says Global Survey of Philanthropists

Source: Pro Bono Australia

Impact investing is seen as the most promising trend by the majority of global philanthropists, according to new figures. The BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index 2015 revealed that 52 per cent of global philanthropists nominated impact investment as the top way to contribute to society in the future.
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.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

5 Things You Didn't Know About Philanthropy

Source: Huffington Post

One of the greatest challenges for philanthropy today is the very term itself --philanthropy.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 — No Region Specified

Step One in Growing Impact Investing: Prove Social Enterprise Works

Source: The Huffington Post

Rigorous evidence of impact is not just about accountability in impact investing. It is an enabler of the field's growth in its own right.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Only 40% of Ebola Donations Have Reached the Affected Countries

Source: TIME

The latest study shows the gap between what the world pledged to give, and what the affected countries really got.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 — South Asia

China Makes First Aid Commitment to Gavi

Source: Devex

Despite Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance’s ambitious $7.5 billion target, donors rose up to the challenge and pledged slightly more than the set goal: $7.539 billion. These commitments are a reflection of donors’ continued confidence not only in the alliance’s capability to deliver results but also to provide evidence of value for money.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

What’s Next for Philanthropy? More Investment and More Cooperation.

Source: The Washington Post

Washington-area philanthropy is becoming unabashedly business-minded. Practices such as impact investing and public-private partnerships that were experiments after the recession are now expected to be regular giving habits for many do-gooders. And that’s just for starters. Capital Business caught up with a few local philanthropy thought leaders to see what’s next for local giving in the region:
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

How to Leave a Mark: Impact Investing

Source: The New York Times

The big debate during the 20th century was about the relationship between the market and the state. Both those institutions are now tarnished. The market is prone to devastating crashes and seems to be producing widening inequality. Government is gridlocked, sclerotic or captured by special interests. Government is an ever more rigid and ineffective tool to address market failures.
Monday, January 26, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Brandee McHale Named President of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship for Citi

Source: Market Watch

Today, Citi announced that Brandee McHale has been appointed President of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship for Citi, effective February 1st. Ms. McHale will succeed Pamela Flaherty, who is retiring at the end of January after 46 years with Citi. Ed Skyler will remain Chairman of the Citi Foundation.
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.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

MSF Bends Donation Policy for Pneumonia Vaccine

Source: Devex

After years of refusing vaccine handouts from big pharmaceutical companies, international medical humanitarian group Médecins Sans Frontières is bending its policy to accept donations of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.
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.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

28 Philanthropy Issues to Watch in 2015

Source: Inside Philanthropy

As the New Year gets underway, we could conjure up a list of "top trends" in philanthropy for 2015 or make a bunch of predictions that we would probably regret twelve months from now, along with all the junk we ate over the holidays.
Friday, January 2, 2015 — South Asia

How 'Desh' Deshpande Is Helping Indian NGOs Scale Up

Source: Forbes India Magazine

Tech billionaire Gururaj 'Desh' Deshpande is helping NGOs scale up and sustain philanthropy initiatives on their own steam. His formula for self-reliance is relevance followed by innovation.
Friday, January 2, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Charity and Investment Should Work Together

Source: The New York Times

When it comes to our greatest social and environmental challenges, let’s first ask: What problem are we trying to solve? Once we know where we’re headed, we can better understand which methods and resources are most needed. Charity and social enterprise both have critical roles. Increasingly, we are seeing the ways charity and social enterprise and investment can work together effectively – along with smart government policy – to drive real and lasting change.
Thursday, December 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Can Innovation Help the Poor Escape from Payday Lenders? Ford Thinks So

Source: Inside Philanthropy

The Ford Foundation has been working to close the racial wealth gap for over two decades, a gap much in the news these days, and one part of that effort has been to help "unbanked" low-income people escape from the shady world of payday lending and worse, and access the financial services that middle-class people take for granted. To that end, Ford recently gave $1 million dollars to the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) to continue its work on building financial tools for the underserved.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

2014 in Impact Investing: The Big Bang and its Aftermath

Source: The Huffington Post

Impact investing reached and surpassed the tipping point in 2014, ceasing to be an insiders' game.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

5 Reasons Today's Leaders Are Focused on Using Wealth and Power to Create Impact

Source: Business Insider

Leaders are migrating from figureheads to action figures. From bureaucrats to disrupters. From managing the established to creating and sponsoring more social impact.
Friday, December 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investments Show Strong Returns, Survey Says

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

An overwhelming majority of "impact investments" met or exceeded financial and social-benefit goals, according to a survey released Thursday.
Friday, November 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Agora Fund Will Bring Rigor of Investing to Philanthropy

Source: Agora Fund

Innovative new social enterprise will work with donors and nonprofits to apply the rigor, transparency and ease of a for-profit investment platform to the world of charitable giving.
Friday, November 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Facebook adds button designed to make it easier for users to donate to charities battling Ebola

Source: The Daily Mail

Facebook is stepping up its efforts to fight Ebola by adding a button designed to make it easier for its users to donate to charities battling the disease.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Crowdfunding Global Health

Source: National Geographic

According to Wikipedia, crowdfunding is “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet”.
Monday, October 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Is social investment bad for the charity sector?

Source: Civil Society

In recent months senior figures in the world of charity have questioned whether social investment is good for the sector. David Ainsworth examines why this new field is facing a backlash.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 — North Africa and Near East

Dubai entrepreneur’s 100% Mad scheme to give away $1bn

Source: The National

Launching a social enterprise that will revolutionise the way we donate money to charity is a tall order. But the Dubai-based businessman Tariq Qureishy, 50, aims to raise US$1 billion in the next two years, and give the entire amount to charity through his social venture 100% Mad.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

New Calvert chief sees two trends in sustainable investing

Source: Washington Business Journal

John Streur, incoming CEO of Calvert Investments Inc., sees "two broad trends that are really coming together to shape and influence socially responsible investing."
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Global Innovation Fund Receives $200m from Omidyar Network, Governments of Australia, Sweden, UK, US

Source: MicroCapital

The Global Innovation Fund (GIF), a UK-based nonprofit, recently announced its launch in the US city of New York. GIF plans to fund “social innovations” brought forward by nonprofit entities as well as for-profit organizations and government.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

An Unconventional Billionaire Is Revolutionizing Philanthropy By Closing His $8 Billion Foundation

Source: Fast CoExist

Should charity go on forever? For Chuck Feeney, the answer is an emphatic no--and fellow billionaires, from newly-minted Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, can learn from his example.
Friday, October 3, 2014 — South Asia

Philanthropic capital should be invested more strategically for poverty alleviation: Country Director, Acumen Pakistan

Source: Business Recorder

Farrukh H Khan is the Country Director & CEO of Acumen Pakistan and one of the leading independent business and financial advisors in the country.
Friday, October 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Rockefeller Foundation aims for Impact

Source: BusinessWeek

Judith Rodin is the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, which means she’s in charge of giving away one of America’s historic fortunes. One problem: “As rich as Rockefeller” doesn’t mean quite what it once did. The foundation ranks only 16th in assets among U.S. charities, according to the Foundation Center.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: CGAP CEO Ehrbeck Will Join Omidyar Network As Partner

Source: Press Release

Omidyar Network today announced that Tilman Ehrbeck will join the philanthropic investment firm as a partner. Based in Washington D.C., Ehrbeck will oversee Omidyar Network's Financial Inclusion, Impact Investing, and Property Rights initiatives. Omidyar Network Managing Partner Matt Bannick made the announcement during the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Millennials Will Change the Face of Philanthropy

Source: Diplomatic Courier

Millennials are expected to be the core beneficiaries of a coming $30 trillion transfer of wealth between generations, according to Accenture’s report on the “Greater Wealth Transfer.” This will impact philanthropy, investments, and possibly even global financial markets.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 — Latin America

Philip Morris Sues Uruguay Over Graphic Cigarette Packaging

Source: NPR

Shopping for cigarettes in Uruguay isn't a pleasant experience. Photos of decaying teeth, premature babies and gruesome hospital scenes wrap around every pack. In fact, the country requires manufacturers to cover at least 80 percent of the packaging with medical warnings and graphic images.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — South Asia

The Man Who Feeds 1.2 Million Kids A Day

Source: Fast CoExist

Running a massive school meals program that feeds malnourished kids, Manoj Kumar is on a mission to show how entrepreneurs can make real inroads in tackling India's age-old social problems.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Harvard Receives Largest-Ever Donation

Source: NPR

A $350 million gift pledged to Harvard University's School of Public Health is the largest single donation in the university's long history, officials said, and will help bolster research in several key areas including global pandemics.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 — South Asia

Unitus Seed Fund Has Raised USD 20 Million From Investors

Source: Press Release

New investors in India’s most active Micro VC impact fund demonstrate that commercial and philanthropic investors are drawn to impact investing
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.
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.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: USAID and Rockefeller Foundation Announce $100 Million Global Resilience Partnership in Africa and Asia

Source: USAID

?WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Rockefeller Foundation announced today a $100 million Global Resilience Partnership that lays out a bold new vision for building resilience to chronic stresses and increasing shocks in communities across Africa and Asia.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

‘While the US may be late to the party, it has a lot to offer Africa’

Source: HowWeMadeItInAfrica

Africa offers US multinationals a compelling trade and investment opportunity thanks to the rapid economic growth rates being experienced across the continent along with burgeoning population growth and increasing urbanisation, according to South African-based Standard Bank.
Friday, August 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Banking For The Poor: Will This Be Bill Gates' Greatest Philanthropic Achievement?

Source: Forbes

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has given away more than $28 billion, comfortably making him the world’s greatest living philanthropist.
Friday, August 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing’s Image Problem

Source: FinancialAdvisor mag

Steve Schueth, president of First Affirmative Financial Network, offered an analogy that made the usual invest-to-make-money-first-and-then-be-philanthropic-later approach sound something like a Viking raid.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

What Conditions Will Bring More Investors into the Sustainable Seafood Sector?

Source: National Geographic

As sustainable seafood markets grow, philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, and entrepreneurs see opportunities for impact-minded investors to make profits while creating positive change in the oceans.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Buffett gives record $2.1 billion donation to Gates Foundation

Source: Bloomberg

Warren Buffett, the second-richest person in the United States, made his largest single charitable contribution ever when he donated $2.1 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nearing A Deadline, Is The World Going To Meet The Millennium Development Goals?

Source: Fast CoExist

The latest UN appraisal shows progress, but in some areas, such as child mortality and biodiversity loss, we're falling short.
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.
Monday, June 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Foreign Aid Isn't Charity. It's an Investment

Source: Business Week

One of the few bright spots of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill of late has been in global development. The House recently passed a bill to support President Clinton’s Power Africa initiative, which is designed to boost access to electricity across six countries in the region. Both houses also managed to reauthorize PEPFAR—the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief— which provides antiretrovirals toalmost 7 million people worldwide.
Friday, June 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing: Not Just For Billionaires

Source: Forbes

Foundations just make grants, correct? Not necessarily. Grants are becoming one option in a more complex menu of financial tools for the social sector.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Is Impact Investing the Next Big Thing for Bloomberg?

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Despite his business background, Michael Bloomberg's philanthropy has been pretty traditional, albeit in an outsized way: He's made big cash grants to NGOs trying to solve major problems.
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.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

An Idea for Female Donors: Social-Impact Investing

Source: Women's Enews

A new wave of social-change philanthropy is focusing on endeavors that run on a for-profit basis. The idea is to encourage a more businesslike approach to solving the world's pressing problems and earning a return on investment in the process.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — South Asia

Rohingya Health Crisis In West Myanmar After Aid Groups Forced Out

Source: Business Insider

The United Nations says at least 40 Rohingya were killed there by Buddhist Rakhine villagers. The government denies any killings occurred.
Friday, April 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Development Assistance For Global Health: Is The Funding Revolution Over?

Source: Health Affairs

In many ways, the last twenty years have been somewhat of a “revolution” in global health, as marked by rising attention, growing funding, and the creation of new, large scale initiatives to address global health challenges in low and middle income countries.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Philanthropists And Investors Can Work Together To Create Social Change

Source: Forbes

Scaling up innovation is rarely as simple as investing in a company. The best social innovations aren’t companies – rather they are social movements, coalitions co-created by businesses, social sector organisations and governments working together. But how do you fund and scale up a movement?
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Maker of Toms shoes expands into coffee roasting


Toms, the Los Angeles company known for its comfy, eco-friendly footwear and its shoes-donating ways, is tiptoeing into an unusual product line: coffee.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Catalyzing Impact Investments Through Coordinated Grantmaking

Source: Philanthropy News Digest

In an increasingly resource-constrained world, the ability to drive more impact investments into the communities and issues we care about is imperative
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Haitians sue UN over cholera epidemic

Source: Yahoo! News

Nearly 1,500 Haitians filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking compensation from the United Nations for victims of a cholera outbreak that health officials say has killed more than 8,000 people and sickened over 600,000 in the impoverished Caribbean nation.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Africa: Narrow Funding Base 'Puts WHO Drug Programme At Risk'

Source: All Africa

The future of a WHO programme that ensures the quality of medicines for numerous global health NGOs and UN agencies is vulnerable unless more donors start funding it, health experts have warned.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Georgetown gets $10M gift for social innovation

Source: The Washington Post

Georgetown University has received a $10 million gift for a new center aimed at fostering innovation among students who want to build skills and organizations to solve society’s problems, the school announced Monday.
Monday, January 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tony Elumelu's new Africapitalism

Source: Devex

Global development leaders can’t seem to get enough of Tony Elumelu, the soft-spoken Nigerian banker and philanthropist who last year made headlines when he announced a $2.5 billion investment in U.S. President Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative.
Friday, November 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Leading health and philanthropic organizations outline plan to address global preterm birth burden

Source: Science Codex

A call-to-action was issued to advance a comprehensive research agenda to address the global burden of preterm birth, which has become the leading cause of newborn deaths worldwide.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 — South Asia

"Donate to health, not Gods"

Source: Deccan Chronicle

Instead of donating money to temples, Dr Poonawalla suggested Indian billionaires to look at donating funds for education and health care purposes.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

8 Incredibly Effective Ways to Save Children from Preventable Deaths

Source: Co.Exist

How many children's lives can be saved with $1 million? That's the question posed to the eight finalists in the inaugural Caplow Children’s Prize, the biggest humanitarian prize for saving the lives of children.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

MasterCard Launches Center to Drive Inclusive Growth Around the World

Source: Wall St. Journal

MasterCard has launched the Center for Inclusive Growth to further sustainable and equitable economic growth and financial inclusion around the world.
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.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

The Consequences of Impact Investing on Philanthropy

Source: The Huffington Post

As the investment culture expands from simply the bottom line of profit to an increased focus on the triple bottom line (social, environment and profit), philanthropy will continue to be an essential catalyst in unlocking the potential of impact investing. This is because these game-changing funding models may not achieve the necessary scale to produce a profit without some initial subsidies.
Thursday, January 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

Save the Children receives $40 million for Saving Newborn Lives program

Source: Save the Children

Save the Children is pleased to announce the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's new five-year grant of $40 million to its Saving Newborn Lives program.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 — No Region Specified

Charitable foundations look towards impact investing

Source: Marketplace

Pierre Omidyar wanted to take the fortune he earned from his company, eBay, and become a philanthropist. So he started a traditional foundation for giving out grants. He called it the Omidyar Family Foundation.
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.
Monday, December 10, 2012 — No Region Specified

Gates Foundation Announces $21 Million in Global Health Grants

Source: Philanthropy News Digest

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $21 million to seven projects through its Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative.
Monday, December 3, 2012 — South Asia

What Is eBay’s Omidyar Doing on Delhi’s MedTech Row?

Source: New York Times

Pierre Omidyar is best known as the founder of the online auction company e-Bay, which he grew from an “odd little Web site” to one of Web commerce’s biggest and longest-lasting success stories.
Friday, September 21, 2012 — No Region Specified

White House Hosts Innovation Forum for Philanthropists

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

More than 150 leaders in philanthropy and finance gathered at the White House on Thursday for a private meeting on “innovation in philanthropy” that featured Jean Case, chief executive of the Case Foundation, as a keynote speaker.
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