Social Impact & Philanthropy

By Michael Hartley CFP® | Cultivating Change LLC curated articles focusing on philanthropic topics and trends. CultivatingChange.com

This 3D-printed house aims to end homelessness. Could it work?

A printing company and a nonprofit think they’ve found a solution to global poverty: 3D-printed houses. But activists warn the solution might not be as simple as it sounds.<p>New Story, a charity dedicated to providing shelter for impoverished and distressed communities, and printing company ICON …

3D Printing

Los Angeles’s New Plan to House the Homeless

<i>Good morning.</i><p><i>(Want to get California Today by email?</i> <i>Here’s the sign-up</i><i>.)</i><p>For California communities struggling with homelessness, the challenge has been to reconcile two demands: Moving encampments of people off sidewalks and into shelters, while dealing with neighborhood opposition that, to name …

California

Austin is piloting blockchain to improve homeless services

While the vagaries of the cryptocurrency markets are keeping crypto traders glued to their CoinDesk graphs, the real potential of blockchain is its capability to solve real human challenges in a decentralized, private, and secure way. Government officials have increasingly investigated how …

Blockchain

Tech’s Super-Rich Need A Crash Course In How To Donate For Impact

What good is all that wealth unless the people wielding it know how to identify the causes and organizations that could benefit most from it?<p>In December 2016, Open Impact, a social change advisory firm, reported some strange behavior by Silicon Valley’s wealthiest givers. While overall giving has …

Silicon Valley

How the new estate tax rules could reduce charitable giving by billions

Congress and the Trump administration scaled back the estate tax when they enacted the new tax law.<p>Although the government didn’t do away with this …

Estate Tax

Students are being prepared for jobs that no longer exist. Here's how that could change.

As automation disrupts the labor market and good middle-class jobs disappear, schools are struggling to equip students with future-proof skills.<p><i>Editor’s note: This article is the first in a series entitled Map to the Middle Class, which is being jointly published by NBCNews.com and The Hechinger</i> …

Education

The Audacious Project Is TED’s New $250 Million Fund To Power Social Change

The initiative–backed by heavyweights like the Gates Foundation–will fund five groundbreaking social impact projects every year.<p>A women-led initiative in the 50 highest-need communities in America to get people embracing physical activity to fight disease. A plan to finally eliminate trachoma, one …

Sea Level

This Food Giant Is Now The Largest B Corp In The World

Yogurt giant Danone North America has passed B Labs rigorous assessment that measures a company’s sustainability and how it treats its employees.<p>One year ago, the yogurt giant Danone merged with the organic and plant-based food giant WhiteWave, the company behind brands like Silk, Horizon Organic, …

Sustainability

America’s villages are collapsing—so who’s raising the children?

Almost four years ago, I sat in my daughter’s nursery, stressed and anxious. I felt the walls of parenthood pressing in. Our nanny had just quit with no notice, our second daughter was due in six weeks, I had preschool applications to write for our 2-year-old, and the constant work pressures that …

Parenting

World Bank says SA could halve poverty by 2030

Johannesburg - The World Bank says South Africa could more than halve its number of poor people to 4 million by 2030 if it addresses corruption, gets …

World Economy

Poverty Incidence in Kenya Declined Significantly, but Unlikely to be Eradicated by 2030

<b>NAIROBI, APRIL 11, 2018 –</b> The proportion of Kenyans living on less than the international poverty line (US$1.90 per day in 2011 PPP) has declined …

Africa

Babacar Sy, Guerschon Yabusele: "Giving Back Can Defeat Poverty" | Talks at Google

Welfare got 50m out of poverty, World Bank

About 50 million people have escaped extreme poverty because of social safety nets, from pensions to feeding programs, the World Bank said.

World Bank

US school teachers are among the worst-paid in the developed world

Teachers’ strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kentucky are drawing attention to the dire state of public education funding in those US states. …

Education

How an insurance transfer can benefit charities and policyholders

More wealthy Canadians are donating certain life insurance policies they no longer need – and assumed had no value – to charity.<p>The little-known option is gaining more recognition among policyholders and larger Canadian charities looking for new ways to shore up donations.<p>The transaction is …

Retirement

How a Former Fortune 500 CEO Found a New Calling: Sharing Inspiring Stories of Giving Back

As chairman and CEO of Home Depot from 2007 to 2014, Frank Blake came to understand the power of storytelling.<p>“One of the things I learned was how powerful great stories are, how powerful it is to celebrate and recognize people who do great things,” says Blake. “It’s a virtuous cycle.”<p>For instance, …

Home Depot

When To Play Nice In The Sandbox -- And When To Get Out

I’ve written about nonprofit collaboration because it’s a principle I believe in. Nonprofit collaboration can help eliminate unnecessary overlaps and create a more streamlined process for impacting the lives of others. Not to mention, collaboration can help diminish pride, improve collegiality and …

Leadership

One MIT Adtech Startup Is Generating Traffic Data To Help Build 'Smarter' Cities

Unfortunately, traffic is a necessary part of modern life in a big city. The transportation-consulting firm INRIX found that worldwide traffic congestion cost $305 billion in 2017 in the U.S. An adtech startup is working on a solution to share traffic data with city officials to help build better, …

Road Safety

The Newman’s Own Philanthropic Exception Is Now Law—What Will the Consequences Be?

Share49<p>Share<p>Tweet24<p>Email<p>Shares 73<p>“Newman’s Own Salsa, Hot, 9/2014” by Mike Mozart<p>March 27, 2018; WealthManagement.com<p>February was a good month for …

Nonprofits

A $29 Million Cryptocurrency Donation Just Funded Every Project On DonorsChoose.Org

The site that lets teachers request items for their classrooms got a big boost from the founders of Ripple.<p>Earlier this week, the public school crowdfunding platform DonorsChoose.org, which lets teachers ask for contributions to fund important classroom needs or projects, had 35,647 open campaigns. …

School Districts

Drue Heinz, philanthropist, widow of Heinz CEO, dead at 103

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Drue Heinz, the widow of the former head of the H.J. Heinz Co. and a longtime patron of the literary arts has died. She was 103.<p>The Heinz family and The Heinz Endowments said she died Friday in Lasswade, Scotland.<p>Heinz was known for her philanthropy and support of the literary …

Art Galleries

Sky Invests £25m To Fight Plastic Crisis Highlighted By TV's Blue Planet

Many Sky customers love a cozy night in with the TV, but today the business is making its mark as a champion of the environment.<p>Ten years ago the global telecoms giant became the world’s first carbon neutral media company, it previously raised £9m to protect the Amazon rainforest, and is the first …

Sustainability

James Patterson Is Donating $2 Million to Teachers Across the Country

Here's why.<p>(NEW YORK) James Patterson is stepping up his game.<p>The best-selling author has increased his annual donations for classroom libraries from …

Books

Cisco Attacks Homeless Problem In Its Backyard

<i>This article first appeared in Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter on the top tech news.</i> <i>Sign up here</i><i>.</i><p>It is bonkers that the county at the heart of …

Silicon Valley

Ai Weiwei’s Film ‘Human Flow’ Documents the Staggering Scale of the Global Refugee Crisis | Colossal

<p>To create his new documentary film <i>Human Flow,</i> Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei spent a full year traveling through 23 countries, following the …

Ai Weiwei

Stepping up for the homeless at the opera

Anita Ferguson on the Streetwise Opera organisation; Chris Hodgkins on excessive subsidy; Alec Nacamuli on ticket prices; Margaret Vandecasteele on her working-class parents’ opera habit; Bill Hawkes on the solidarity with dismissed cleaners/porters at Covent Garden<p>As Chris Addison says (Journal, …

The Arts

Google Has Announced a $300 Million Initiative to Support News Organizations

Google (goog) has announced a new $300 million initiative intended to strengthen quality digital journalism and combat the proliferation of “fake …

Fake News

Bangladesh shows how to keep children alive

FOR adventurous travellers, it is merely an embarrassing nuisance. But among poor people diarrhoea is a killer. As many as half a million children …

David Shulkin

Blackstone's David Calhoun Gives $20 Million to Virginia Tech

A Virginia Tech alumnus and private equity executive is giving $20 million to the public school to fund scholarships and help students gain …

Virginia Tech