Social Impact & Philanthropy

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

Why Kind Founder Daniel Lubetzky Invested $20 Million to Connect Kids Around the World

It's the latest effort from the snack food giant's charitable organization.<p>Daniel Lubetzky, a Mexican-Jewish immigrant and the founder of Kind, wouldn't be alive if it weren't for a Nazi.<p>In a candid conversation with <i>Inc.</i>, Lubetzky revealed that his father, a Holocaust survivor, had his first brush …

Professional Development

Sustaining Your Nonprofit With Product Sales

How one woman is changing the lives of children worldwide and funding her nonprofit with a water bottle.<p>Sometimes I get to interview people who are making amazing advances for business and design around the world... and sometimes I get to interview someone who has found their purpose in changing …

Nonprofits

'Praying to have business': Workers hit hard by wildfires

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires in California wine country have left many business owners and employees without work or pay for nine days.<p>The fires up-ended business across the region, forcing evacuations at department stores, hotels and wineries, shops and factories. Business communities were just …

Santa Rosa

George Soros Just Used $18 Billion to Create One of the World’s Biggest Charities

Billionaire investor George Soros has transferred “the bulk of his wealth” to the Open Society Foundations, the nonprofit organization said.<p>The $18 …

Wealth

DonorsChoose.org Is Filling America’s Classrooms With Much-Needed Supplies and Plenty of Optimism

It all started with Little House on the Prairie.<p>As a young teacher working in a Bronx, N.Y., public high school in the late ’90s, Charles Best was …

Advertising Industry

Participants in this sport may be the most charitable athletes in the nation

Amateur runners raise millions for a variety of causes<p>The real winners of the 2016 New York City marathon didn’t run a single mile.<p>They were the …

Marathons

Volunteering: A Formula For Help And Happiness

Volunteers are in the news for actively working in communities hard-hit by natural disasters and political unrest. We have seen so many amazing examples of the impact that volunteers can make, and it’s worth learning more about what that impact looks like for ourselves and in our communities.<p>The …

Volunteering

Gates Foundation Launches Open Platform To Connect Mobile Finance In Developing World

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation today announced an open source platform, Mojaloop, to allow companies to build a secure digital payments platform at scale. Across the developing world banks, developers and mobile carriers are developing systems to support payments. M-Pesa in Kenya is probably …

Banking

Hillary Clinton Won’t Give Back Weinstein Money After Saying She Would: Clinton Foundation Spent It All

Hillary Clinton has led the public to believe that the Clinton Foundation will be giving back the money donated to them by Harvey Weinstein after …

Hillary Clinton

In the Fight Against Poverty, Work Is Our Most Powerful Weapon

Fourteen years ago, I left suburban Los Angeles to teach English in rural Ghana. I’d expected, like so many young people with bleeding hearts and big dreams, to make a difference by donating my time as a schoolteacher for six months. Upon arrival in the village, I was shocked to discover that my …

Harvard Business Review

How The Giving Habits Of The Super Rich Are Changing

In the past, the wealthy turned their attention to philanthropic giving only as retirement approached. But that has been changing in recent years, as the ultra-wealthy have been starting their philanthropy at younger and younger ages and paying ever-closer attention to the enterprise of …

Wealth

Philanthropy’s Missing Trillions

In the next 20 years, an estimated $30 trillion will be inherited in the United States as the large and prosperous Baby Boomer generation passes its …

Philanthropy

Who Is Poor?

Does the poverty line really determine who is poor?<p>The lowest income parts of the country generally are the lowest cost to live.<p>Are slums part of …

Equality

A top economist just put the fight against poverty in stunning perspective

There are dozens of ways to measure humanity's progress over the last couple centuries, including reductions in childhood mortality, disease, and hunger.<p>But one of the most striking signs is the progress we've made in combatting extreme poverty.<p>In honor of International Day for the Eradication of …

Poverty

Mesmerizing maps reveal which cities around the world are most likely to fall apart

Much of the world is making great leaps in technology, security, and public health. But some cities are getting left behind.<p>In these distressed urban areas, unemployment rates are high, equality is low, health care and safety are poor, and people fear for their lives on a daily basis, wondering if …

Geography

What You Should Donate to Your Local Food Bank Instead of Canned Food

There Are Better Things to Donate to Food Banks Than Canned Food<p>Donated funds > donated foods.<p>October 17, 2016<p>In 2015, 42.5 million Americans and …

Farming

How a video game might help us build better cities | Karoliina Korppoo

Zappos is offering to pay funeral costs for the 58 victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting

Zappos is offering to pay funeral costs for the 58 victims of the Las Vegas shooting.<p>The Las Vegas-based retailer has already given roughly $20,000 to three families money for funeral and transportation-related costs, the Las Vegas Sun reported.<p>The day after the shooting, Zappos announced that it …

Las Vegas

Eli Broad, Patron of Los Angeles, to Step Down From His Philanthropy

LOS ANGELES — Eli Broad, a billionaire who has been a dominant figure in this city’s cultural, philanthropic, business and political world for almost 50 years, announced on Thursday that he is stepping down from public life, saying that it was “time to move on.”<p>“I am retiring,” Mr. Broad, 84, said …

The Arts

10% of New York City Public School Students Were Homeless Last Year

The number of homeless students in the New York City public school system rose again last year, according to state data released on Tuesday. The increase pushed the city over a sober milestone: One in every 10 public school students was homeless at some point during the 2016-17 school year.<p>More …

Education

You’re probably giving to the wrong charities — here’s where to donate instead - MarketWatch

With hurricanes in the Caribbean, mass shootings in the U.S., and countless health and human rights-related problems around the world, it’s difficult …

Philanthropy

Alphabet’s Project Loon may deliver internet to Puerto Rico with Wi-Fi balloons

X is looking into emergency connectivity solutions<p>Project Loon, the initiative of Alphabet’s X lab to deliver internet using air balloons, is looking into deploying Wi-Fi balloons to help alleviate the crisis in Puerto Rico, the company confirmed. “The Project Loon team at X is exploring if it’s …

Project Loon

How to Decide Where to Donate Your Money After Disasters

First, there was Hurricane Harvey. Then came Irma, Jose and Maria. In between, there were floods, earthquakes and wildfires, too.<p>In the span of about one month, a large area of the world was hammered by natural disasters, leaving behind death and devastation. The rubble is being cleared, millions …

Hurricane Harvey

How Nonprofits Can Make The Super Rich Work For Them

Understanding the different giving habits of Boomers, Gen-Xers, and Millennials.<p>Individuals gave nearly $282 billion of the total $390 billion awarded to charities last year. The lion’s share was from high net worth individuals, an estimated 91% of whom donate an average of more than $25,000 a …

Wealth

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation donates $20M to support environmental causes

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) just announced their biggest portfolio of environmental grants ever given. LDF is giving $20 million to …

Climate

Mark Zuckerberg is gifting as much as $12.8 billion to his own foundation in 2018

Must be nice to be a billionaire.<p>Just a day after he somewhat apologized for somewhat undermining democracy, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared …

Facebook

Facebook donates $1 million to aid victims of Mexico earthquake

Facebook says it will give $1 million to the Red Cross in Mexico to help rebuild areas that were decimated by a powerful earthquake this week.<p>The tech giant said in addition to its gift to Cruz Roja Mexicana, a branch of the International Red Cross, it is working with the United Nations Children's …

Enrique Peña Nieto

This nonprofit uses behavioral science to nudge people towards making good choices

Areas like financial literacy, water conservation, and university degree completion can all benefit.<p>By Rebecca Linke | September 20, 2017<p>Sometimes …

MIT Sloan

For This Family, The Bigger The Problem, The Bigger The Opportunity

<i>You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes.</i><p>The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN estimates that “roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year gets lost or wasted.”<p>Recognizing the journalistic injunction to avoid hyperbole, that …

Agriculture