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The latest stories on social innovation, published each weekday

 

Philanthropy

Like the Vacuuming, Nonprofit Work Is Women’s Work

If we want the nonprofit sector to innovate, we need to acknowledge the gender gap between nonprofits and the private sector.

By Kristen Joiner | 8 | Jun. 12, 2015
 

Business

Beyond Shared Value: Character as Corporate Destiny

A new approach to enhancing corporate performance by upgrading the character of an organization.

 
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Health

Operating When You Can’t See the Full Picture

Three principles for solving complex, systemic problems like improving community health.

By Jeff Cohen | Jun. 11, 2015
 

Impact Investing

Parsing Impact Investing’s Big Tent

As the momentum of impact investing builds, the lack of proper taxonomy poses a significant risk to the movement, especially given recent growth.

By Paula Goldman & Lauren Booker | 2 | Jun. 10, 2015
 
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Civil Society

Building With, Not For

Social good technologists working on building a more responsive and effective government need to be more inclusive of the citizens they’re trying to engage—and stop neglecting the government they already have.

By Marcia Stepanek | 1 | Jun. 9, 2015
 
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Health

Undercover Solutions

Solutions to social problems are often hidden in the most obvious places, masquerading as problems.

By Meghan Williamson | 1 | Jun. 9, 2015
 

Nonprofits

Moving Beyond Vanity Metrics

To achieve greater impact, membership and advocacy organizations must find new ways to measure engagement.

 
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Nonprofit Management

The Charity Trap

Why a recent exposé on Red Cross failures in Haiti highlights unrealistic expectations for social sector organizations.

By Matthew Scharpnick | 10 | Jun. 5, 2015
 
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Philanthropy

Working in the Dark

The nonprofit funding process lacks transparency and fosters insecurity—and only funders can fix it.

By Ken Davenport | 5 | Jun. 5, 2015
 
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Health

Cultivating and Sustaining Generative Teams

Four practices that can help people establish common intent; sense emerging needs and solutions; and collectively prototype, create, and evolve innovative health models and relationships.

By Margaret A. Hawthorne | Jun. 4, 2015