Social Impact & Philanthropy

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

Bill and Melinda Gates have explained why they're giving away their fortune

In 2010, Bill and Melinda Gates started The Giving Pledge along with their friend (and fellow billionaire) Warren Buffett.<p>As part of that effort, …

Warren Buffett

Women poorer and hungrier than men across the world, U.N. report says

Women are poorer, more hungry and more discriminated against than men, according to a new report from the United Nations. The report, called “Turning Promises Into Action: Gender Equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” looks at how women around the world are faring in several key …

Sustainability

We've got no idea how much our world is changing. This is how far we've come

A recent survey asked “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse?”. In Sweden 10% …

Geography

How Changes to the Google Grants for Non-Profits T&Cs Will Impact Charities - Analytics Journey

You may have heard about the latest changes to the Google Adwords Non-Profit terms and conditions. Simply put, as of January 2018, all charity …

AdWords

Natalia Vodianova on Making Philanthropy Modern

Inspired by the rise of 'clicktivism,' the model launched Elbi, a charitable-giving app designed to democratise philanthropy. On stage at #BoFVOICES, …

Louis Vuitton

Microsoft Philanthropies expands program that sends tech company volunteers into high schools to teach computer science | Stories

<i>With seven new states, including Ohio and Wisconsin, TEALS offered in more than 31 states</i><p><b>REDMOND, Wash. — May 15, 2017 —</b> Microsoft Philanthropies on …

Cleveland

Want to Emulate Toms Shoes' Charitable Model? Here's How to Get Started.

Follow in Toms Shoes' footsteps (pun intended) and make a philanthropic difference in the world.<p>Entrepreneur, Digital Nomad and Marketing Consultant<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you are considering adding charitable value to your business, the one-for-one business …

Entrepreneurship

Test how moral (or immoral) you are with this utilitarian philosophy quiz

Everyone likes to think of themselves as moral. Objectively evaluating morality is decidedly tricky, though, not least because there’s no clear consensus on what it actually means to be moral.<p>A group of philosophers and psychologists from Oxford University have created a scale to evaluate one of …

German Philosophy

Why you shouldn't feed the homeless in parks

Don’t feed the homeless in the park and don’t hand out money to people on the street.<p>And if you agree with that, please, please, please be careful …

Homelessness

How AI Could Help the Public Sector

Last Thanksgiving, I watched my father-in-law evaluate over one hundred exams for the high school class he teaches on the U.S. government. They were mostly short answer questions: matching different provisions of the U.S. Constitution, and explaining the contents of the Bill of Rights. The grading …

Bill Of Rights

Good intentions alone won’t create opportunities for every child. Here’s what needs to be done

Inequality is one of the most significant long-term risks worldwide, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Risks Report. We cannot …

World Economic Forum

Jeff Bezos' First Big Charitable Gift Is Diabolically Clever

Amazon founder's donation to TheDream.us carries a big message.<p>As the richest man in the world, and the world's only $100 billionaire, Jeff Bezos' philanthropy (or lack thereof) has come under a lot of scrutiny. This past summer, after <i>The New York Times</i> asked him if he had any philanthropic plans, …

Jeff Bezos

How to Write a Good Proposal for a Non-Profit Orgnization

Nonprofits should receive funding from a variety of sources -- the greater the diversity of revenue, the better the financial health of the …

Nonprofits

Bad news for Dallas arts groups as major funder TACA cuts grants nearly in half

TACA, known as The Arts Community Alliance, which for half a century has funded arts groups in Dallas, will be the bearer of bad news when it …

Texas

Bill Gates promised to pay off this country's $76 million debt — now he's doing it

Billionaire philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates will pay off $76 million of Nigeria's debt.<p>It's part of a promise the Bill & Melinda Gates …

Public Health

Online Courses Are Harming the Students Who Need the Most Help

A single teacher can reach thousands of students in an online course, opening up a world of knowledge to anyone with an internet connection. This limitless reach also offers substantial benefits for school districts that need to save money, by reducing the number of teachers.<p>But in high schools and …

Here's Why $128 Is the Average Online Donation Amount

It's 2018 and giving back is the new giving in.<p>It's 2018 and it's no longer enough to simply work, create and focus on your product or service. You must be aligned with a cause greater than yourself and the product you're selling.<p>According to NonProfitSource.com, 67% of nonprofits across the globe …

Nonprofits

The Go-Giver

• <b>Author:</b> Bob Burg & John David Mann<p><b>A new edition with expanded content is available now, “The Go-Giver, Expanded Edition: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea”</b><p><b>An engaging book that brings new relevance to the old proverb “Give and you shall receive”</b><p><i>The Go-Giver</i> tells the story of an …

Books

There's a crisis in homelessness among high school students across the US

One in 30.<p>That's what a new first-of-its-kind study found was the number of students ages 13 to 17 who have experienced homelessness in the past year. The figure represents about 700,000 young people nationwide.<p>When a student is homeless in high school, it can cause high levels of stress and …

Homelessness

As Homeless Take Refuge in Subway, More Officers Are Sent to Help

More police officers have been sent into the New York City subway to address the large number of homeless people sleeping on trains during cold winter nights, the police said.<p>The officers’ objective is to offer services to the homeless people, from shelter to hospitalization, but their task is a …

21 Million Taxpayers Will Stop Taking Charitable Deductions Under The New Tax Law

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will shrink the number of households claiming an itemized deduction for their gifts to non-profits from about 37 million to about 16 million in 2018, according to new Tax Policy Center estimates. At the same time, the new law will reduce the federal income tax subsidy for …

Retirement

How venture philanthropy can revitalize the Heartland

If there’s one thing we can agree on, it’s that nobody agrees on how to create economic growth. That shouldn’t be surprising — successful and sustainable economic development is a monumental challenge. In St. Louis, we’ve primarily used public place-based investments, like tax increment financing, …

Entrepreneurship

Next-Gen Donors: Bryn Mars

A glimpse behind the curtain from a fourth generation member of the Foster Family Office.

Philanthropy

For Many Public Housing Residents, It’s Cold Inside, Too

The oven was on in Patricia Elcock’s apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan because the radiators were cold — and a window in her 10-year-old grandson’s room would not close all the way. They had taped clear plastic over it, hoping the room would feel less drafty.<p>“It’s cold, it’s cold, it’s …

Blockchain could solve the next global humanitarian crisis

When one talks about blockchain, the focus is usually on the technological side or on how to apply it to business. Less common, however, is to hear about it in the context of, for example, delivering aid, assisting refugees or helping to achieve one of the Sustainable Development Goals.<p>While …

Met Changes 50-Year Admissions Policy: Non-New Yorkers Must Pay

For the first time in half a century, visitors to the world’s largest cultural institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will have to pay a mandatory admission fee of $25 if they do not live in New York under a new policy that begins March 1, the museum announced on Thursday.<p>The change reflects …

Prominent Israeli philanthropist Morris Kahn contributes $1 million to the Genesis Prize-Natalie Portman initiative to empower women

<i>Funds available for programs focusing on women's equality now total $2m</i><p>NEW YORK, Dec. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Genesis Prize …

The four questions to ask when serving on a nonprofit board

Directors need to probe, nudge, and prod to make sure the organization achieves its full potential.<p><b>Sooner or later,</b> you may follow in the footsteps …

Critics say helpers of homeless do them no favors

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mohammed Aly does not see any reason why he shouldn't try to ease the lives of Orange County's homeless. But the authorities — and many of his neighbors — disagree.<p>Aly, a 28-year-old lawyer and activist, has been arrested three times as he campaigned on behalf of street …