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Hypertension: A Global Citizen Year Story

How, and when, is the right time to focus on food education, not simply food security?

By Charlotte Benishek | Jan. 20, 2012


The Billionaire vs. “Free-riding” Multimillionaires

Philanthropy is not sufficient and taxation is necessary.

By Kelly Kleiman | Jan. 19, 2012
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Global Issues

One Book to Save the Town: A Global Citizen Year Story

A social change leader's greatest challenge is disinterest.

By Winson Law | Jan. 19, 2012
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Economic Development

The Top 10 Books on the Economics of Poverty

A suggested reading list to provide a foundation for understanding development, aid, and poverty.

By Amy Lockwood | 14 | Jan. 18, 2012
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Global Issues

Marcia: A Global Citizen Year Story

A portrait of woman facing poverty and injustice in the developing world.

By Annie Plotkin | 4 | Jan. 18, 2012

Global Issues

At the Heart of Innovation, Failure and Trust

A report from the first-ever Intersection Event.

By Jenifer Morgan | 1 | Jan. 18, 2012
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Nonprofit Management

United Way’s William Aramony and What We Missed

The nonprofit sector could have learned from Aramony’s experience.

By John Brothers | Jan. 17, 2012
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Individual Giving

Shaking Up the Long Tail

Donors who use cell phones to make donations do more than give, they talk about it.

By Lucy Bernholz | Jan. 13, 2012

Technology & Design

Mobile Money to Deliver Cash Aid: Believe the Hype?

Research suggests that mobile distribution had some tangible benefits for recipients of aid, but they also carried costs that could exceed those of traditional physical and voucher-based transfers.



Expand Your Nonprofit’s Mission Through Co-Location

There are some great mission advantages to sharing space with other organizations.

By Jean Butzen | 1 | Jan. 11, 2012