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Leap of Reason: What Nonprofit Leaders Should Know About Impact and Funders
By Tom Watson on November 14, 2011 | No Comment
Leap of Reason: What Nonprofit Leaders Should Know About Impact and Funders

I’m a story teller by nature and by vocation, so I shivered a little bit when I read this sentence in Mario Morino’s excellent Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity, …

School is Out – Now Change the World
By Susan Carey Dempsey on July 13, 2011 | No Comment
School is Out – Now Change the World

There was a time when summer vacations gave young people a chance to do something creative, to stretch their imaginations or see where their ambitions might lead them. That could mean anything from weaving a …

Building Stronger Communities out of the Rubble
By Susan Carey Dempsey on May 20, 2011 | No Comment
Building Stronger Communities out of the Rubble

 

In the wake of earthquakes that have left unprecedented death and destruction in several countries, the announcement this week of  Dr. Elizabeth Hausler as the recipient of the 2011 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability was …

A Brighter Future for Women – One Stitch at a Time
By Susan Carey Dempsey on May 9, 2011 | No Comment
A Brighter Future for Women – One Stitch at a Time

This week, onPhilanthropy goes back to our roots, reconnecting with Tamara Backer Tepper, who led Changing Our World’s corporate social engagement division for several years. Before leaving New York for Singapore, where her husband Jason …

Commentary – The Social Innovation Fund: Innovation for What?
By Pablo Eisenberg on June 20, 2010 | 10 Comments
Commentary – The  Social Innovation Fund: Innovation for What?

Although the Obama Administration has asserted that it wants to support and strengthen nonprofit organizations, it has neither understood the vastness, diversity and needs of the nonprofit community nor launched a serious initiative …

Foundations Collaborate with White House to Scale Social Innovation
By Susan Carey Dempsey on June 1, 2010 | 2 Comments
Foundations Collaborate with White House to Scale Social Innovation

This past week First Lady Michelle Obama announced the commitment of $45 million from five major foundations to the administration’s Social Innovation Fund. A White House ceremony highlighted the support from the following funders:

The Eli and …

Scale, Sustainability and Community: Aravind and the Hilton Prize
By Tom Watson on April 27, 2010 | No Comment
Scale, Sustainability and Community: Aravind and the Hilton Prize

Last week, the world’s largest humanitarian prize was awarded to an innovative eye care provider that has saved millions from blindness in India and is now recognized as a low-cost model for efficient healthcare globally.  …

Generation Change: CGIU Helps Empower A Young Corps of Doers
By Tom Watson on April 18, 2010 | No Comment
Generation Change: CGIU Helps Empower A Young Corps of Doers

The spirit of can-do change and societal aspiration permeated the Clinton Global Initiative’s third annual university gathering last weekend like the warm spring rain descending on the University of Miami campus, where more than a …

Hopeless Causes May be Saved by Smart Branding
By Susan Carey Dempsey on April 15, 2010 | One Comment
Hopeless Causes May be Saved by Smart Branding

In a column on a unique conservation program he visited in Zimbabwe, Nicholas Kristof observed the effectiveness of savvy branding and marketing skills, traits he says many “do-gooders” possess in short supply. Kristof, who frequently …

Daily Beast gathers ‘Lionesses’ to Empower Women
By Tom Watson on March 19, 2010 | No Comment
Daily Beast gathers ‘Lionesses’ to Empower Women

Women in the World, which unfolded last weekend at the historic Hudson Theater just east of Times Square – where Arsenic and Old Lace made its Broadway debut in 1941 – was the energetic vision …

Why Idealist Matters (And How You Can Help)
By Tom Watson on February 1, 2010 | No Comment
Why Idealist Matters (And How You Can Help)

We all know about “too big to fail” and its repercussions for the economy. But what about “too important to fade away?” To me, that’s the story of Idealist, the pioneering online community for the …

When Embedded Philanthropy Works (Hint: It's All in the Story-telling)
By Tom Watson on May 29, 2009 | One Comment

Lucy Bernholz coined the term “embedded philanthropy” a couple of years ago to describe a growing phenomenon in the consumer marketplace – well, let’s let Lucy tell it:
Embedded giving is the (apparently) increasingly common practice …

CauseWired Canadian
By Tom Watson on May 24, 2009 | 3 Comments

Later this week, I’m headed for Toronto to give the luncheon plenary at the AFP’s local Fundraising Day conference there. So in true crowd-sourcing style, I started pinging the network just a bit in order …

Guest Post: Citizen journalism, open government, status updates, community building, information sharing, crowdsourcing, and the election of a President
By Tom Watson on May 12, 2009 | 2 Comments
Guest Post: Citizen journalism, open government, status updates, community building, information sharing, crowdsourcing, and the election of a President

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Max Gladwell.
Our children will inherit a world profoundly changed by the combination of technology and humanity that is social media. They’ll take for granted that their voices …

Our Skoll Panel
By Tom Watson on April 11, 2009 | No Comment
Our Skoll Panel

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Great shot by Greg Smolonski of our panel at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford two weeks ago – that’s Premal Shah of Kiva.org (doing a great job working …

The CauseWired Roundup
By Tom Watson on April 7, 2009 | No Comment

PHILANTHROPY 2173: Moving markets
Must-read from Lucy Bernholz: "I've been thinking about philanthropic and social capital markets for several years now. … We are currently in one of the most dynamic periods in this area that …

Tanzania Twitterwall: Now That's Donor Involvement!
By Tom Watson on April 2, 2009 | No Comment
Tanzania Twitterwall: Now That's Donor Involvement!

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Brilliant job by the folks at Epic Change in following up on their successful Tweetsgiving fundraising campaign to build a school classroom in Tanzania via Twitter. The Tweetsgiving team raised over …

Skoll World Forum and the Social Commons: Amidst Oxford’s Spires – and in the Twitter Feeds – the Order Is Changing…
By Tom Watson on April 2, 2009 | No Comment

Even as we witnessed drastic shifts in the very system of capitalism that supported the growth of social entrepreneurship in its more enlightened margins, 800 delegates from 60-odd countries flocked to the 900-year-old University of Oxford last week for the annual Skoll World Forum – the sixth formal gathering of the leadership of the blended social sector that may well have to redefine its own model on the fly to keep up with a decimated marketplace.

The Twittered Conference: A Richer Experience
By Tom Watson on April 1, 2009 | No Comment

Last week in Oxford, I posed a simple question to the audience assembled for my panel at the Skoll World Forum: who was on Twitter?
About half the attendees raised their hands. And indeed, the the …

Skoll World Forum Take-Away: Funding for Online Social Activism
By Tom Watson on March 27, 2009 | 2 Comments
Skoll World Forum Take-Away: Funding for Online Social Activism

My panel yesterday at the Skoll World Forum, courtesy of MakeGood.
Lifting a pint in an Oxford pub that celebrated its 500th birthday two years ago with several Skoll World Forum attendees may have provided the …

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