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SSIR blogger Aaron Dorfman is executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.

Philanthropy

Wanted: Philanthropy CEOs Who Can Shift Out of Neutral

Philanthropy frequently justifies its independence by invoking capacities it seldom displays.

By Aaron Dorfman | 11 | Dec. 6, 2011
 
SSIR blogger Stephanie Wolcott is social responsibility director for the Alcoa Foundation in New York City and serves as content contributor to KIN Global at the Kellogg School of Management.

Fundraising

Make It Personal

The rapid spread of social media has catapulted the possibilities and scale of relationship-building into the stratosphere.

By Stephanie Wolcott | 2 | Dec. 5, 2011
 

Global Issues

Mobile Money: A Game Changer for Financial Inclusion

Imagine if everyone who had a cell phone could also have access to financial services, and could save and send money safely, regardless of location.

 
SSIR blogger Stephanie Wolcott is social responsibility director for the Alcoa Foundation in New York City and serves as content contributor to KIN Global at the Kellogg School of Management.

Social Entrepreneurship

Creating Jobs, Harmonizing Nonprofits, and Diagnosing Disease

The agenda for the off-the-radar Social Innovation Summit read like an all-star team of social innovators.

By Stephanie Wolcott | 3 | Dec. 2, 2011
 

Government

The Social Innovation Fund: Field Observations

We must use our scarce resources to serve disenfranchised people’s needs and demand that evidence of results play a greater role in funding decisions.

By Lisa Jackson & Carla Javits | 1 | Dec. 2, 2011
 
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Impact Investing

Investing Beyond Exit

An important question that social entrepreneurs should also be thinking about when dealing with impact investing.

By Brian Axelrad | Dec. 1, 2011
 
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Impact Investing

Constructing the Case for Impact Investment

What social entrepreneurs need to be thinking about when approaching impact investors and making the pitch for investment capital.

By Brian Axelrad | 4 | Nov. 30, 2011
 

Government

Will the FCC’s Digital Literacy Corps become a 21st Century Peace Corps? Maybe.

Will this Digital Literacy Corps be a 21st Century Peace Corps?

By Daniel Kent | Nov. 29, 2011
 

Technology & Design

Social Innovation Needs Design, and Design Needs Social Innovation

Social innovation needs people who know how to create lives filled with both success and purpose. It needs designers.

By Cheryl Heller | 2 | Nov. 28, 2011
 

Global Issues

Unexpected Innovation Lessons from the Do Lectures

Innovation doesn’t happen only in gleaming purpose-built labs with groups of geniuses hi-fiving each other as they surf the waves of change.

By Ella Saltmarshe | 2 | Nov. 23, 2011