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How Do You Bring Innovation To Philanthropy? S12 Ep47 - Killer Innovations: Innovators Talking About Creativity, Design and Innovation

This Quiz Will Guide You Toward The Best Place To Donate

If you’re itching to give some money away, a few simple answers could help you direct it most effectively.<p>Ever since the presidential election, charity advocates have claimed that The Time to Donate is nigh. Trump’s proposed tax reform plan will likely reduce the amount of charitable giving that …

Philanthropy

Hacking poverty through mobile tech and social entrepreneurship

In Silicon Valley the term “hacker” has evolved to connote high praise for someone particularly creative, ingenious and adept at finding clever new ways to accomplish a difficult task. It’s with that framework in mind, rather than some of the other meanings that “hack” usually represents, that I …

Doing good by doing well

Lessons from business for charities.<p>Selected article from <i>The Economist</i> archive<br>May 23rd 2015<p>“WHAT charity will give me the biggest bang for my buck?” …

From The Edge Of Space, 5 Tips For Social Entrepreneurs

Perspective comes from experience. Dan Clark, Hall of Fame Speaker and social entrepreneur, gained extraordinary perspective flying in an Air Force jet into space. <i>(Disclosure: Clark and I collaborated on a book with 15 other authors but have no revenue or profit sharing arrangement.</i>)<p>Retired Air …

Leadership

The Seed Impact Investment Template Note Developed by and for Entrepreneurs

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Web Development

Spotfund Lets You Become A Micro-Philanthropist At The Touch Of A Button

With the ability to donate just a few dollars to any cause, the new app wants to make giving easy for everyone.<p>As roommates living on New York’s Upper East Side, Sanford Kunkel, Mike Marian, and Brian Belardi often spent Sunday nights eating pizza and watching saved TV-shows about the world’s …

Manhattan

Here’s What You Need for a Memorable CSR Story

Are you checking the corporate volunteering box? Hope not.<p>https://www.causecast.com/blog/heres-what-you-need-for-a-memorable-csr-story<p>article

Demanding That Nonprofits Not Pay For Overhead Is Preventing Them From Doing Good

A new report highlights the damaging expectations we ask nonprofits to live by when we insist on telling them how to best spend their money.<p>Earlier this year, the popular veterans organization, Wounded Warrior Project, was rocked by a series of bad press. An investigation by <i>The New York Times</i> found …

Nonprofits

Three Foundation Execs Give Inside Scoop on Grantee Feedback

[youtube id=”Y9YXfpByNH0″ width=”600″ height=”350″]<p>I often find myself facing a series of pretty consistent questions when I begin a conversation …

Philanthropy

Atlantic Fellows: Advancing Fairer, Healthier, More Inclusive Societies

From their inception, The Atlantic Philanthropies have invested in people and in their vision, opportunity and ability to realize a better world. …

Philanthropy

Millennials Are Reshaping The World Of Social Impact

The kids are taking over–and rather than being apathetic selfie-takers, they’re bringing a fresh perspective on the most effective ways to change the world.<p>Stories about millennials are unavoidable in the media today. We’ve all heard how they’re knocking at the door to the corner office and already …

Philanthropy

Is it possible to hack for social change?

Hackathons are taking over the world these days. On college campuses, in corporate headquarters, and even in museums, there seems to be a hackathon …

Innovation

An Unexpected Career: Building Plumbing for Philanthropy

Jacob Harold and 19 other leaders of infrastructure nonprofits have written to foundations asking for support for nonprofit and philanthropic …

Plumbing

GEO’s Change Incubator

Grantmakers are coming together to shift the culture of philanthropy from transactional to transformational.<p>By partnering with grantees to shape what …

Social Change

7 Essential Lessons From The Harvard Innovation Lab

Here’s what Harvard students learn about how to create an environment where innovation thrives.<p>Jodi Goldstein knows a thing or two about innovation. With more than 20 years’ experience as a high-tech entrepreneur and investor with a focus on consumer technology and a stint as a venture capitalist, …

Innovation

Can charity raters achieve both rigor and scale?

US development policy<p>#HRLeads<p>Australian aid<p>For Devex Executive Members<p>Inside Development<p><b>Charity</b><p>Can charity raters achieve both rigor and scale?<p>With …

Human Resources

Another Uncomfortable Conversation—Part I: Foundation Funding of Nonprofit Infrastructure

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Philanthropy

How much money should your charity hold in reserve?

Securing funding can be a tricky road to navigate. Saba Salman asks how much money charities should have in the bank when applying for a grant<p>Latest figures from the NCVO estimate that reserves held by UK charities are collectively worth around £49bn, which equates to 15 months of spending.<p>It’s not …

What does collaborative donor practice look like?

By Gillian Mitchell, Gabrielle Ritchie and Melanie Judge<p>Collaboration is a non-profit and funding term that is increasingly used to refer to good …

Philanthropy

Five Challenges All Nonprofit Leaders Must Come To Terms With

Securing needed financial resources is just the start of the average nonprofit leader’s list of challenges. Work in this sector is often demanding, and successful leadership requires a unique set of traits. To name a few, nonprofit leaders need to have the humility to receive help, the finesse to …

Leadership

Your Picks for the Worst Nonprofit Jargon

The nonprofit world, like any other group, can develop its own language that doesn't make much sense to outsiders.<p>This can be especially damaging in …

Philanthropy

This Startup Lets You Invest Only In The Companies That Share Your Values

Socially responsible investing that makes it easy for you to set the terms.<p>Nearly half of millennials, a much bigger percentage than previous generations, say that they want to invest in line with their values. But it’s not always clear how to do that. A new startup called OpenInvest makes it …

Startups

Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy

By Jeri Eckhart-Queenan, Michael Etzel, & Sridhar PrasadGrantmakers should provide enough money for nonprofits to pay for all their operations, not …

Nonprofits

Nearly 2 Dozen Groups Urge Foundations to Spend More to Strengthen Nonprofits

• Unlimited access to the online Resource Center<br>• Our monthly magazine<br>• Free access to GrantStation’s exclusive database<br>• Nonprofit Adviser — a …

Nonprofits

11 Articles Every Social Entrepreneur Should Read

The great Albert Einstein once said, “Learning is not a product of schooling but the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”<p>This quote reinforces a maxim we …

Entrepreneurship