Social Impact & Philanthropy

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

Howard Buffett's millions help jump-start Decatur's recovery

When Mandy Christian left Decatur in 2005, she swore she'd never move back to the shrinking city.<p>The county seat nearly smack dab in the middle of the state didn't have much going for it, Christian thought, and it had a bad reputation when it came to crime.<p>Yet there was Christian, now 35, sitting …

Philanthropy

Priscilla Chan is running one of the most ambitious philanthropies in the world

Chan and her husband — Mark Zuckerberg — are using Facebook’s billions to try and end disease and change education.<p>Priscilla Chan remembers the moment she decided to become a doctor.<p>She was a 21-year-old undergrad at Harvard College working at an after-school program for students from a nearby …

Philanthropy

5 Social Media Best Practices for Nonprofits

Folks, I work with nonprofits who are fighting for really good causes, and sometimes they're so busy that they forget to engage online. The thing is, their supporters aren't forgetting to sign into their social networks and scroll through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.<p>Each time I meet with a …

Social Media Marketing

How to Raise Volunteer and Employee Morale

Motivation. We all have it, we all lack it at times. There’s a trick to stimulating motivation among your employees and volunteers. Employees and …

Employment

How Grantmakers Unwittingly Make Life Harder For Nonprofits

“Philanthropy” is generally translated from its Latin roots as “the love of humankind.” That means we automatically assume that all philanthropists are motivated, at least to some degree, ­by a desire to make life better for others. We see this assumption at work across the philanthropic landscape, …

Philanthropy

Microsoft Philanthropies expands program that sends tech company volunteers into high schools to teach computer science - News Center

<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 …

The Limits of Philanthropy

To the Editor:<p>In “The Rising Power of Philanthropy” (Op-Ed, June 20), David Callahan writes that megadonors are gaining too much influence as they try to solve community challenges. Predicting that philanthropy will increasingly tackle problems that government cannot or will not, he sees an …

Philanthropy

What we are doing to improve education for the children of South Sudan

Alice Albright defends the Global Partnership for Education’s record in South Sudan, and John Benington points out what smaller-scale projects can achieve<p>Conflict in South Sudan has sent a million people over the border to Uganda and three-quarters of South Sudan’s children are out of school. Larry …

Africa

Bitcoin donations to a $16 billion charitable fund are soaring

Bitcoin is red hot these days. The price of the cryptocurrency is up about 140% since the beginning of this year. And now it looks like bitcoin's popularity among the charitable is also on the rise.<p>According to the recently released Fidelity Charitable 2017 Giving Report, donations made in bitcoin …

Cryptocurrency

The real motor of the performing arts isn’t vision. It’s the board, stupid. ​

Vision. We want performing arts organizations to have it. After all, the point is to offer us compelling performances, new perspectives and ideas. Or so, at least, some of us think.<p>But for an arts administrator, vision is only one piece of a picture that includes a host of practical considerations. …

The Arts

Visitors Threw $1.5 Million Into Rome's Trevi Fountain Last Year — Here's Where All Those Coins Go

Coins aren't the only things thrown into the fountain.<p>It's no novel idea to toss a coin into a fountain and make a wish, but there's something …

Rome

A Swedish Billionaire Will Award $5 Million For Reimagining Global Governance

We urgently need fresh new thinking in order to address the scale and gravity of today’s global challenges, which have outgrown the present system’s …

Globalization

Back In China, Basketball Legend Yao Ming Pursues Philanthropy

Yao Ming seemed omnipresent in 2009. A superstar with the Houston Rockets, China’s premier basketball player peered out from hundreds of billboards across his hometown of Shanghai. But this was no game. His mission: saving sharks.<p>Shark’s fin soup had long been a popular splurge in China. Rising …

Yao Ming

Asia's 2017 Heroes Of Philanthropy

Each year since 2008, we’ve scoured the Asia-Pacific region for our list of top philanthropists. We look for men and women who made news with their altruism over the past year, and we also seek to spotlight people who have compiled a record of notable contributions over the years.<p>The members of …

Philanthropy

Billionaire Steven Cohen Gives $50 Million Gift to Museum of Modern Art - Bloomberg

Billionaire Steven A. Cohen and his wife Alexandra gave $50 million to the Museum of Modern Art in New York for its capital campaign.<p>The unrestricted …

MOMA

World Bank issues first bond to tackle pandemic disease

Want to save the world and earn a juicy return at the same time?<p>The World Bank has got a bond to sell you.<p>The Bank has launched its first pandemic …

World Bank

Jeff Bezos is off to a good start if his goal is to reinvent philanthropy

Jeff Bezos, the world’s second-richest person, trails his peers when it comes to generosity. His family’s donations to hospitals, museums and universities rarely make headlines, and he hasn’t signed the Giving Pledge, a commitment by many of the world’s richest people to give away most of their …

Philanthropy

If you had $100 billion to give away, how would you spend it?

<i>Question: If you had $100 billion to give away, how would you spend it?</i><p><b>Dan Gilbert:</b> (Laughter) A hundred billion dollars to give away. How would I …

Infographic: The Refugee Crisis Has Gotten Even Worse

The Refugee Project, an interactive infographic charting displaced people and forces uprooting them, has new data showing how explosive the crisis is.<p>Twenty-sixteen was a record-breaking year–and not in a good way. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the total number of forcibly …

Refugees

On Social Progress, The U.S. Isn’t The World Leader It Thinks It Is

Given how much wealth the U.S. economy generates, it’s baffling we haven’t leapt farther ahead in the Social Progress Index. As it is, we’re not in the top 10.<p>The United States might be the second richest country on earth, and you might hear politicians laud it as the “greatest country on earth,” …

Social Justice

Cities Full Of Autonomous Vehicles Could End Up Less Machinelike–And More Human

Can artificial intelligence let us put people first?<p>Less than a decade ago, the concept of autonomous vehicles roaming streets and highways seemed nothing more than a moonshot. Today, we now have Uber and Google and NuTonomy and Tesla testing and tweaking their tech in the race to take driverless …

Cities

The Most Charitable Cities In America

A new report looks at where nonprofits are raking in the most donations–and what they’re doing with them.<p>Nearly one-third of Americans don’t trust charities to spend their donations wisely. But new research by nonprofit evaluator and watchdog Charity Navigator proves such feelings generally …

Philanthropy

Jeff Bezos might become the world's richest person — and he could redefine philanthropy

When Amazon bought Whole Foods on June 18, the move sent the online retailer's stock skyrocketing. It also increased the net worth of its CEO, Jeff Bezos, by $1.8 billion.<p>That put Bezos' net worth of $84.6 billion $5 billion behind — and within striking distance of — Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, …

Philanthropy

White House Pushes Military Might Over Humanitarian Aid in Africa

MUA MISSION, Malawi — If ever there was an example of American and African military bonhomie, it was at a recent summit here over glasses of South African Pinotage and expectations of Pentagon largess<p>Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, vice chief of staff of the United States Army, gave the African generals …

Africa

Deion Sanders, Koch brothers commit $21 million to fight poverty

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders announced plans Saturday to join forces with the conservative Koch brothers to launch a new $21 million venture to work on anti-poverty programs in Dallas.<p>The project, called Prime 5, will expand the Kochs’ work with two existing Dallas …

Koch Brothers

AI Is a Game-Changer in the Fight Against Hunger and Poverty. Here's Why

Scientists around the world are harnessing AI's data-mining ability in the fight against poverty.<p>For good or bad, artificial intelligence has become ubiquitous.<p>Thanks to AI, Amazon recommends items based on your browsing and purchase history. Facebook presents you with targeted ads after crawling …

Agriculture

This Fund Lets You Pool Your Money To Help The Most Efficient Charities

The Effective Altruism Funds lets you give to groups solving the issues that the Centre For Effective Altruism has determined will have the most benefit for humanity.<p>Americans donated a combined $268 billion to charity in 2015. Subtract the huge gifts from millionaires and billionaires, though, and …

Philanthropy

Meet The Entrepreneurs Helping South Korean Millennials Tackle Elderly Poverty

The South Korea we see today is flourishing with high-speed internet, 24-hour nightlife and an abundance of Instagram-ready K-pop stars. But in its breakneck ascent from a post-war agriculture-based economy to a technology and pop culture mecca, a large and growing social group has been left …

Korean Peninsula

Donating At Checkout Remains High Amidst Retail Slump

Ever been to a retail checkout counter and been asked to donate a dollar to a good cause? It appears that consumers like you continue to give – and give generously – even against the recent backdrop of store closings and precipitous sales decreases at many department stores, clothing retailers and …

eCommerce