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Philanthropy is Broken — Let's Re-imagine It

Philanthropy is broken, and the impact of even the most generous donors is no longer enough to cover the overwhelming expenses that plague the...

Philanthropy is broken, and the impact of even the most generous donors is no longer enough to cover the overwhelming expenses that plague the social sector. While there have been great strides in re-imagining philanthropy, innovation in this space has been overwhelmingly squandered by three dilemmas that make up something I like to refer to as "the giving gap" — an explanation for the incredibly underwhelming impact businesses, organizations, and individuals are having on the world's problems.

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What's Blocking Progress for the Poor? Here Are Three Myths on Foreign Aid

Like many international organizations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation releases an annual letter, authored by Bill and Melinda Gates. ...

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Like many international organizations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation releases an annual letter, authored by Bill and Melinda Gates. Rather than listing the foundation's trials, triumphs, and organizational priorities, this letter, released on January 21st, takes the form of a manifesto. While the goal of the foundation to end extreme poverty across the globe remains, this letter tackles three myths that hinder progress. Simply put: poor countries stay poor, foreign aid is a waste of money, and saving lives in the developing world just creates more need (mouths to feed).

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Does Your Community Have a Crowdfunding Platform Yet?

I’m still connected to my home in Denver and I’m still able to support good projects going on there, at least online. Like most people in Denver, I wasn’t born there but chose to make it my home. There’s something unique about a place where so many people choose to live, and I’m continually impressed by the amazing work people are doing there.

I’ve been traveling in Central and South America for the past two years, and seeing many different places in various countries has shown me the importance of doing good on the local, community level. In talking with world-changers at different NGOs in my travels (for my blog writing about people doing goodin the world), I’ve seen that while getting support from afar certainly helps, nothing gets done without the support of the local community.

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What Inspired Me to Tell Nonprofit Stories More Creatively

Preparation is key in creating any nonprofit video, especially an international one. But keeping an open mind is also crucial. You never know when an awesome, little Kevin will cross your path and add his priceless magic to your project.

There’s an old building at the end of the long strip of surf shops and restaurants in the small tourist town of San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. If you didn’t know it was there, you’d surely miss it. But when you look closely, you’ll notice the character of the old structure and, of course, the graffiti that reads BPP in neon pink, green, and purple. It stands for Barrio Planta Project, a nonprofit organization that offers art and English education to the kids of “La Planta,” the village where the residents of this small surf town reside. Most importantly, BPP strives to inspire confidence and empower their kids to express themselves creatively. Like many non-profits, BPP provides valuable work to their community. But their achievements are lost among the clutter of the internet. The last thing they needed was another long, boring video about how the organization worked and who ran it. Instead, we decided to show the success of BPP’s programs in action. By using creativity to promote creativity, our short video was a collaboration with the BPP kids. We made sure to highlight their awesome personalities and utilize their unique ideas.

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What Constructive Disruption Can Do For Business

Constructive disruption - the act of productively challenging inherited wisdom or structure - supports innovation by opening up the space to replace what we have with what we might imagine.

“Innovation” feels both essential and meaningless right now. We all recognize the imperative to pursue it but how? Must we hire the innovation experts? At the ninth annual Business Innovation Factory, I had the privilege to join a remarkable set of storytellers in sharing our lives and work, surfacing in particular a few common traits for those of us in pursuit of innovation.

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A Food Truck to Drive Change for Youth Just Out of Prison

One day, in her English class at East River Academy, a school for incarcerated youth on Riker's Island, Jordyn Lexton had her students reRegardless of what I was doing inside the facility, it wasn’t enough," she says. "I wanted to literally stop selling dreams and actually create channels for young people to have a successful reentry experience.”


One day, in her English class at East River Academy, a school for incarcerated youth on Riker's Island, Jordyn Lexton had her students read Langston Hughes' poem "Harlem (A Dream Deferred)." After the group discussion, one student asked if he could be an architect someday. She told him yes. Another student shouted, "Hell no! No disrespect, Miss, but you’re selling dreams."

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