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Philanthropy

Passing the Torch on Impact Investing

An introduction to the recently released book New Frontiers of Philanthropy.

By William Burckart | Sep. 3, 2014
 
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Philanthropy

Getting Beyond Hype: Four Questions to Predict Real Impact

A simple way to think about investment and design.

By Kevin Starr | 6 | Sep. 2, 2014
 

Social Entrepreneurship

Crickets Going Quiet: Questions of Evolution and Scale

Can new insights from biology help us reimagine what and how organizations scale up?

 
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Business

Fifty Shades of Sharing. Or at Least Two.

Understanding the division within the sharing economy is an essential step toward engaging the values-driven segment of that economy with our social change missions.

By Daniel Ben-Horin | 9 | Aug. 28, 2014
 

Education

Disrupting the Textbook Status Quo

Philanthropy can help educators find, create, and demand better options for students.

By Rachel Leifer & Denis Udall | Aug. 27, 2014
 
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Health

Jobs for Better Health

Helping those excluded from the labor market reach their full potential will have a huge effect on health care and the economy.

By Nicolas Hazard | Aug. 26, 2014
 

Impact Investing

Adopting the London Principles

A new report shows how innovative impact investing policies are helping Hong Kong tackle its social problems.

By Ming Wong & Philo Alto | 1 | Aug. 25, 2014
 

Social Enterprises: Serving “Extreme” Customers

Mainstream companies are just starting to pay attention to consumers with nonstandard preferences and needs; social enterprises have sought to serve these customers for years.

By Mollie West & Andy Posner | 2 | Aug. 22, 2014
 

Impact Investing

The Rockefeller Foundation’s Hand in Hobby Lobby

The Supreme Court’s reasoning and decision in Hobby Lobby should make the foundation reflect on the relative wisdom of its initiative to blend the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

By Maribel Morey | 6 | Aug. 21, 2014
 

Foundations

Making a Graceful Exit

Recommendations for foundations seeking to exit a program area or close down responsibly.

By David La Piana | 1 | Aug. 20, 2014