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Following India’s Microfinance Crisis, A Shift to Male Clients

The 2010 Andhra Pradesh microfinance crisis may cause MFIs to shift away from a majority female client base to a more gender-balanced portfolio.

By Elena Bridgers | 5 | Dec. 16, 2011

Economic Development

Is Fair Good Enough?

As Fair Trade USA changes its certification standards, a tempest is brewing among those in the coffee industry who see technology and transparency as the means to lift farmers out of poverty.

By Glenn Parrish | Dec. 16, 2011


False Dichotomies

Philanthrocapitalists are vital to moving beyond blame-game rhetoric to try to figure out solutions to the world’s problems.

By Matthew Bishop & Michael Green | Dec. 15, 2011


Philanthrocapitalism Is Not Social Change Philanthropy

Too few philanthrocapitalists are asking themselves hard questions about a model of economic growth that has made their acquisition of wealth possible.

By Kavita Ramdas | Dec. 15, 2011


Five Ways to Ensure That Your Strategy Falls Short

Why do so many foundation and nonprofit strategies go amiss?

By Anne Sherman & Paul Connolly | Dec. 15, 2011
SSIR blogger Kelly Kleiman, who blogs as The Nonprofiteer, is principal of NFP Consulting, which provides strategic planning, Board development and fundraising advice to charities and philanthropies.


Arts Funding Promotes Neighborhood Vibrancy

The argument that the arts are an economic engine (true or false) is unpersuasive.

By Kelly Kleiman | 1 | Dec. 14, 2011

Social Entrepreneurship

Prime Time in Afghanistan

An interview with Tom Freston, chairman of the ONE Campaign.

By Tom Freston | Dec. 13, 2011

Innovating for a Better City

The need for local government innovation is now greater than ever.

By Michael Bloomberg | Dec. 12, 2011
Blake Mycoskie founded TOMS in 2006 after starting five previous businesses, including a national campus laundry service and an online driver’s education company. socially responsible business

A New Model for Philanthropy

Through a simple purchase, a consumer is making a direct impact on someone’s life around the globe.

By Blake Mycoskie | 2 | Dec. 9, 2011

Social Entrepreneurship

Social or Cultural Entrepreneurship: An Argument for a New Distinction

A look at the difference between cultural and social entrepreneurship.