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Goldman Sachs: 'If You Ignore Sustainability, You're Going To Be Worth Less'

At a time when so many businesses have global growth ambitions, an emphasis on sustainability and non-financial issues could give a company the edge when it comes to attracting investors and gaining long-term commercial advantages, the chairman of Goldman Sachs’ Asia Pacific region has said.<p>“As a …

Sustainability

Bill Gates Gives $100 Million To Alzheimer's Research. Move Called Game Changer By Advocates.

“Beating Alzheimer’s is going to be a team sport. We now have our new quarterback.” Referencing billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates’ announcement today to join the fight to cure Alzheimer’s, George Vradenburg, chairman, president and co-founder of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s – a movement bent on …

Dementia

Zuckerberg says Facebook doesn’t focus on charity because it’s already doing plenty of good

Big companies often pledge to do good for the world. This can mean donating money to charities, advocating for social issues, or championing employee volunteer programs. But to Facebook, giving back means focusing on social media.<p>In a recent interview with Fast Company, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg …

Silicon Valley

Leveraging All Assets for Social Good (Blog)

By Patrick McCarthyTo bring more resources to bear on the challenges facing children and families, funders can step outside their traditional …

Innovation

Onward: Accelerating the Impact of Social Impact Education (Blog)

By Susan Wolf Ditkoff & Alison KelleyUniversity social impact centers are stretched thin. Rather than do more of everything, the best strategy may be …

Education

Carnegie Mellon-led nonprofit received $250 million to create a new robotics institute

The institute aims to help create 510,000 new jobs in 10 years.<p>A new nonprofit run by Carnegie Mellon University will receive more than $250 million for a new robotics institute in Pittsburgh dubbed the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute, or ARM, the university announced today.<p>The award is …

Artificial Intelligence

Eight people have same wealth as half the world, Oxfam reveals ahead of Davos

Eight billionaires have riches equivalent to the same wealth as half the world, campaigners have warned world leaders gathering for talks in Switzerland.<p>The research by Oxfam found that the gap between rich and poor was far greater than had been feared and called for an overhaul of a "warped" …

How impact investing is changing philanthropy

Impact investing can lead to new strategies for entrepreneurs and mission-driven businesses. That means room for new people to receive investment.<p>“It …

Impact Investing

Salesforce’s Marc Benioff Has Kicked Off New Era of Corporate Social Activism

On social issues such as gay rights, Mr. Benioff is pushing companies to speak out, drawing brickbats from local lawmakers; ‘a corporate bully’<p>When North Carolina passed its law in March restricting certain gay rights, Marc Benioff was ready with his rapid-deployment response.<p>The Salesforce.com …

LGBTQI

Billionaire Todd Wagner On How He's Disrupting Charitable Fundraising

After Todd Wagner and fellow billionaire Mark Cuban sold Internet startup Broadcast.com to Yahoo for $5.7 billion in 1999, Wagner immediately turned to philanthropy. In 2000, he launched a foundation that funded charities helping underprivileged children. But the entrepreneur got tired of simply …

Entrepreneurship

Finance

How a New Generation of Business Leaders Views Philanthropy

Andrew Carnegie’s advice in the 1889 essay “Wealth” was to spend the first part of your life getting as much education as possible, to spend the second part making all the money you could, and to spend the last part giving it all away for worthwhile causes.<p>Today, business leaders are not only …

Entrepreneurship

Harvesting Fresh Water from Fog

Municipal Bonds: A Socially Responsible Investment

In the depths of the recession in 1991, home was Natick, MA and I was working for a Boston-based fund manager. The recession had hit the area hard, particularly the building trades. It was looking like it was going to be a tough winter for some families.<p>Across my desk came a bond offering for about …

Investing

Bill Gates Explainer: A Mind-Blowing Fact

Inside Leonardo DiCaprio's Crusade to Save the World

'The Revenant' star is on the verge of winning an Oscar — but he really just wants to rescue the planet from eco-disaster<p>Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio's …

3 models of social entrepreneurship: Which is the most successful?

Social entrepreneurship is on the rise. Sixty percent of all social enterprises today were founded only within the past eight years, according to …

Sub-Saharan Africa

The Faces Of China's New Philanthropy

Five months before Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba's went public in September 2014, cofounders Jack Ma and Joseph Tsai created charitable trusts and seeded them with a combined 50 million in share options. Today those trusts are worth nearly $3.5 billion.<p>It’s one sign of a new age of …

China

From Corporate Social Responsibility to Business Model Innovation

Compassion, enlightened self-interest and an innovative approach can make CSR projects a viable part of your business operation.<p>CSR teams face …

UNICEF Steps Into A Venture Capitalist's Shoes To Invest In Open Source Technologies For Children

Are you a startup working on open source technologies which could have a positive impact on the lives of children in developing countries? You still have a few days to apply for funding provided by UNICEF, as part of its recently launched Innovation Fund.<p>After raising $9million in a first …

Participation

Philanthropic Strategies For Entrepreneurs And Business Owners

In a nation that leads the world in private philanthropy,1 entrepreneurs as a group rank consistently among the most generous segments of the population. Charitable giving by entrepreneurs reached a peak in 2007, when the <i>2008 Bank of America Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy</i> found that business …

A 'Public Benefit Enterprise Zone' For Impact Entrepreneurs In The Berkshires

Social entrepreneurship pioneer Laurie Lane-Zucker wants to turn the Berkshires in Massachusetts into a social enterprise/impact investing hub. Specifically, he ‘s trying to build what he calls a “public benefit enterprise zone”.<p>The idea is to take the concept of enterprise empowerment zones and …

Entrepreneurship

The Failures of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and How Philanthropy Can Fix Them

I spent 10 days in Paris at COP21 helping organize, participate in, and lead some of the events and demonstrations supported by civil society …

How much does art and culture contribute to economic growth?

There is growing international interest in the potential of the cultural and creative industries to drive sustainable development and create …

Leadership lessons from Davos 2016

Every year in January, thousands of the world’s most influential people descend on the Swiss mountain town of Davos. The stories behind their success …

Justin Trudeau

Could a Few Billionaires Close the World's Poverty Gap?

In some countries, all it would take is the largesse of one super-wealthy citizen.<p>This week, the richest business leaders and investors from around the world have gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. In keeping with tradition, a small portion of the …

World Economy

Bill Gates: We can end poverty by 2030

On Wednesday, he published an essay on the worldwide effort to end poverty by 2030, and he says that he's very much a believer that it can be done.<p>"There is good reason for optimism about progress on reducing inequity," he writes. He published the essay from Davos, Switzerland, where the World …

Bill Gates

Six Ways Impact Investing Is Transforming the Environmental Movement

<i>Mark R. Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature's Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkTercek.</i><p>Impact capital is revolutionizing the nonprofit world--and conservation.<p>Impact investing is a big topic of conversation this week at the World Economic Forum in …

Conservation
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship