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Impact Investing

Impact Investing in Global Health: Let’s Get Flexible

Investors should think creatively about how to meet the real needs of entrepreneurs who are creating market-based solutions to health problems in emerging economies.

By Beth Bafford & Sarah Gelfand | Apr. 16, 2015
 
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Economic Development

The IRS’s Secret, Successful Low-Income Savings Program

Let’s build on—not try to fix—overwithholding.

By Timothy Ogden | 1 | Apr. 15, 2015
 
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Food

A Healthy Dose of Skepticism

There is no scientific consensus on the safety of GMOs and no evidence that their commercialization has been beneficial to society as a whole; until there is, it is prudent to just say no.

By Rufo Quintavalle | 10 | Apr. 14, 2015
 
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Technology & Design

Digital Fluency at the BOP

Mobile adoption at the base of the pyramid will bring massive development benefits, but we must seize the unique opportunity to drive pre-emptive positive digital behavior to help safeguard vulnerable communities.

By Oliver Gilbert | Apr. 13, 2015
 
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Philanthropy

The Seven Commandments of Funding

Don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger.

By Kevin Starr | 9 | Apr. 10, 2015
 

Nonprofit Management

How to Build Better Bosses

Four steps organizations can take to strengthen their approach.

By Maggie Davies | Apr. 8, 2015
 

Social Entrepreneurship

Time to Define What a “Hub” Really Is

Clarifying four core features that hub organizations are widely assumed to share can help us grasp their limits and possibilities as innovation intermediaries.

 

Fundraising

Driving Medical Research through Major Giving

Nonprofit organizations that invest in fundraising fundamentals can drive major gift donations that lead to transformational change.

By John L. Lehr | 2 | Apr. 6, 2015
 

Socially Responsible Business

Sending a Signal for Change

Leading by example through individual and institutional commitments to fossil fuel divestment.

By Michael Simpson | 1 | Apr. 3, 2015
 

Foundations

Express Yourself

The independence of foundations gives them the unique ability to communicate uncomfortable truths to entrenched power. When it comes to strategic communications, however, there are three things of which every foundation could do more.

By Darren Walker & Alfred Ironside | 2 | Apr. 2, 2015