Social Impact & Philanthropy

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

Lloyd Webber funds acting scholarship at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Andrew Lloyd Webber is to fund a new scholarship at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for an acting student.<p>Funded through the Andrew Lloyd Webber …

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Jessica Lang Dance Announces $500,000 Gift From Ann And Weston Hicks

Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) announced today a significant donation of $500,000 from Ann and Weston Hicks. The Hicks' leadership gift is the largest …

Special Education

TI Foundation gives $4.6 million for STEM training

The <b>Texas Instruments Foundation</b> is investing $4.6 million to enrich the science, technology, engineering and math curricula at 16 schools that feed …

Education

Why Ashton Kutcher Donated $4 Million in Cryptocurrency to Charity

Ashton Kutcher, an actor and tech investor, had a pretty non-traditional gift for TV host Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday.<p>Kutcher and his team donated $4 …

Cryptocurrency

The economics of homelessness in Seattle and King County

Can a rising tide lift all boats? Here is a quick primer on the state of play in one fast-growth market.<p><b>Affluent coastal cities,</b> such as Seattle in …

Housing

96-Year-Old Secretary Quietly Amasses Fortune, Then Donates $8.2 Million

Even by the dizzying standards of New York City philanthropy, a recent $6.24 million donation to the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side was a whopper — the largest single gift from an individual to the social service group in its 125-year history.<p>It was not donated by some billionaire …

Great Depression

DAFs vs. Private Foundations: How the Wealthy Engage in Philanthropy

DAFs now significantly outnumber private foundations in the U.S., and the gap is widening.

Retirement

Inside a Powerful Silicon Valley Charity, a Toxic Culture Festered

As Silicon Valley technology executives have amassed enormous fortunes in recent years, one relatively obscure group — the Silicon Valley Community Foundation — has emerged as the local charity of choice.<p>Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has donated stock worth more than $1.8 billion to …

Silicon Valley

Big Think

Want to be a better philanthropist? Think like a poker player!<p>When some charities are 100 times more effective than others, world champion poker …

How the next generation is creating social change through philanthropy

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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 …

Housing

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

<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 Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. The series will examine how schools can</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 …

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 …

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.

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. …

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 …

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 circle.”<p>For …

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 …