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Technology & Design

Exploring Failure

Failure and its upside—a report from the 2010 PopTech conference.

By Marcia Stepanek | Nov. 3, 2010


Influence Without Authority?

Focusing on other people is something that comes naturally to many nonprofit practitioners. What’s harder for us is asking for help when we need it.

By Jenka Soderberg | 2 | Nov. 2, 2010

Nonprofit Management

Straight Talk in Mixed Company

A plea for across-the-aisle conversations about overhead.

By Ann Goggins Gregory | 3 | Nov. 1, 2010

Nonprofit Management

Volunteer Bill of Rights

A call for openness and innovation between organizations and volunteers.

By Perla Ni | 2 | Oct. 29, 2010

Economic Development

Youth Entrepreneurship in Africa

How do we promote bottom-up entrepreneurship in emerging economies?

By Reeta Roy | Oct. 28, 2010


A Sobering Assessment of Microfinance’s Impact

At a conference last week of leaders in microfinance, attendees focused on the nitty-gritty of the social impact of microlending, and the results of the discussions were both sobering and startling.

By Tamara Straus | 11 | Oct. 27, 2010

Technology & Design

Machine Politics

The information systems we're building are starting to get better at taking input from crowds and using it to help us mine data for what we will most likely want or need.

By Marcia Stepanek | Oct. 26, 2010
SSIR blogger Kelly Kleiman, who blogs as The Nonprofiteer, is principal of NFP Consulting.

Individual Giving

Whether Women Are More Generous Than Men, and Whether It Matters

A recent study shows that at all income levels women give more than men—both more frequently and more generously when controlled for income.

By Kelly Kleiman | 3 | Oct. 22, 2010
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A Look at “I Live in the Future and Here’s How It Works” by Nick Bilton

Insight into the malleability of data, and the need for stories and filters, are as relevant to those in philanthropy as they are to car salesmen, reporters, film makers, and fiction writers.

By Lucy Bernholtz | 1 | Oct. 21, 2010


Live from Health 2.0

Diem Brown announces medical gift registry for patients.

By Halle Tecco | 1 | Oct. 20, 2010