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Online Giving The Dynamics of Group Lending

Transforming the world of microfinance, has successfully implemented strategies that powerfully effect human engagement.

By Scott E. Hartley | 1 | Apr. 5, 2010

Nonprofit Management

How to Start a Nonprofit Side Hustle: Know the Basics

For those looking to expand their employment options, nonprofit consulting may be the perfect option for your skills.

By Rosetta Thurman | Apr. 2, 2010


The Water Cycle with a Human Twist

The urban water supply cycle faces an exciting opportunity—large-scale conversion of sewage waste into drinkable water.


Economic Development

Listening to African Youth

Effective social change stems from listening to African youth, confronting the realities of poverty from their perspectives and on their terms.

By Reeta Roy | 8 | Apr. 1, 2010
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The Nonprofit World Becomes Flat: How Technology and Economic Needs May Shrink Our Globe

The nonprofit sector can take advantage of the outsourcing movement.

By John Brothers | Apr. 1, 2010


From Lemons to Lemonade: Clevelanders Find New Uses for Abandoned Spaces

Clevelanders are converting abandoned spaces into thriving new businesses.

By Halle Tecco | Mar. 30, 2010


Four Ways to Innovate Your Nonprofit Career

Five ways nonprofit professionals can innovate and think differently about their careers.

By Rosetta Thurman | 1 | Mar. 29, 2010

Nonprofit Management

Nonprofits Face Moment of Truth

In light of the weakened economy, nonprofits need to refocus their efforts, take stock of their operations, make tough financial choices, and think big for investing in resources for the future.

By Todd Cohen | 1 | Mar. 29, 2010
SSIR blogger Sean Stannard-Stockton is CEO of Tactical Philanthropy Advisors. Strategic Philanthropy

Philanthropy Made to Stick

A look at how Kiva created a compelling model that hooked everyday donors into their social impact world.

By Sean Stannard-Stockton | 7 | Mar. 24, 2010


Obama’s Missed Opportunity to Change Charitable Giving

Obama could have radically changed the debate on how to allocate charitable funds if he had detailed the set of criteria used to donate his Nobel Peace Prize award money.

By Timothy Ogden | 5 | Mar. 23, 2010