Social Impact & Philanthropy

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

Microsoft co-founder pledges $30 million to house Seattle's homeless

The man who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates has pledged $30 million to house Seattle's homeless.<p>Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said Wednesday the city was partnering with Paul G. Allen's family foundation to build a facility to house homeless families with children.<p>Allen's foundation will provide $30 …


The forgotten millions: How to improve prospects for refugees

The forgotten millionsHow to improve prospects for refugees<p>Growing up in a refugee camp means little education and no jobs<p>print-edition iconPrint …

How Society Will Be Affected by the Oncoming Automobile Revolution

Society will benefit greatly from the oncoming automobile revolution in several ways. Autonomous vehicles will reduce the number of accidents that …


Kobe partners with Nike to form Mamba League for youth in L.A.

One year after retiring from the NBA, Lakers legend Kobe Bryant continues to find ways to give back to Los Angeles.<p>Bryant has teamed up with Nike to …

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This Travel Site Donates Half its Commissions to Charity

<i>PHOTO: This travel website donates half its commissions to charity. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)</i><p>At only 19 years old, Megan Maloney founded Charity …

Sandra Bullock Donated $5,000 To Help A Homeless Man

Svend Petersen, once known as "the poolside prince," recently found himself homeless and down on his luck. And Sandra Bullock has stepped in to help.<p>Petersen used to be the Beverly Hills Hotel's pool manager, <i>Us Weekly</i> explains. The 86-year-old "cabana king" worked with plenty of big-name Hollywood …

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With $6M gap, United Way tells nonprofits they'll be getting less

Hurt by targeted giving, the Twin Cities branch called 150 nonprofits to let them know their funding will be cut.


Why libraries could soon need a national endowment

As libraries continue to transform themselves from places to check out books to civic centers with cutting edge technology, how will they meet …


Las Vegas First In Nation To Offer Clean Needles In Vending Machines

Health officials aim to make access to clean syringes as easy as possible.<p>Las Vegas health officials may not be able to stop opioid addiction, but they’re hoping to make addicts’ lives safer.<p>The city will be the first in the U.S. to dispense clean syringes for free in vending machines. The effort …

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TradingView is Taking Social Investing to The Next Level

Having secured $3.75 million in funding and having a million members, I interviewed Stan Bokov, COO and Co-Founder of TradingView to get his take on how they grew so quickly.<p>Getting a million members isn't an easy thing to do, but TradingView was able to do so all alone and without an advertising …

Business Strategy

Ford Foundation Is an Unlikely Convert to ‘Impact’ Investing

Peter A. Nadosy is a pillar of the Wall Street establishment — he spent 27 years at Morgan Stanley, rising to vice chairman. He served a stint managing the endowment at Harvard, his alma mater, and he’s also a life trustee and member of the investment committee at Amherst College. He’s on multiple …


Miss Saigon and Come From Away Will Offer Special Actors Fund Performances

Proceeds from a performance of both shows will benefit the non-profit organization.<p>The new musical <i>Come From Away</i> and the Broadway revival of the …


Generous gift to Dallas' performing arts center comes with a bonus — and strings

The AT&T Performing Arts Center might be getting some much-needed assistance in paying back its massive debt, and from a Texas organization too.<p>The …


How To Be a Community-Powered Nonprofit

<i>Accusations of fake news are all over the news. So when donors want old-fashioned, honest information, they are turning to nonprofit news</i> …


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 …


Surprising And Sobering: 7 Facts About Global Health

When 1,700 specialists in global health descended upon Washington, D.C., this past weekend, they brought suitcases full of data and experience.<p>The Consortium of Universities for Global Health conference offered marathon sessions that covered everything from noncommunicable diseases and …

Public Health

A Solution For The Bay Area’s Traffic Woes, And Other World-Changing Transportation Ideas

Learn about the winner of the transportation category of Fast Company’s 2017 World Changing Ideas Awards–and the other innovative finalists.<p>For all its capacity for innovation and genius, Silicon Valley has yet to solve its traffic quandary. Throughout the Bay Area, roads have become a gridlocked …


Advice to Future Philanthropists: Follow Your Heart but Let Your Brain Drive

Strategic philanthropists respond to immediate needs while also addressing root causes.| Reuters/Adrees LatifAs an expert in strategic philanthropy, …


Europe funds another data accelerator to get startups tackling societal problems

A new European Commission-funded startup accelerator, Data Pitch, is being launched today with the aim of connecting established businesses and organizations with lots of data with startups that might be able to help them unlock the value of the info they hold and thereby tackle industrial and …


Here's what you can do to help besieged, war-torn Syria

The crisis in Syria reached new, heartbreaking heights on Tuesday when one of the most devastating chemical attacks left dozens of people — including at least 27 children — dead or critically injured.<p>While watching a humanitarian disaster unfold before your eyes across the world may make you feel …


How to Include Community Service in a Professional Life

Veronica S. Weiner, Director of Special Projects at the MIT Probabilistic Computing Project and biotech entrepreneur, shares ways to balance work, life and service.<p>When I think about lessons from my professional life, I wonder what I might share as an entrepreneur and professional still in advance …

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