Non-Profit

Interview With Nick Cooney: How To Be Great At Doing Good

Charitable donations have been increasing in recent years and accounted for approximately $358 billion in 2014 (or, 2 percent of GDP). Of this amount, about 72 percent of donations came from individuals (perhaps in part due to Warren Buffet and Bill Gate’s positive peer pressure). With so many charities to choose from, who should we be writing …

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Nonprofit Solar Installer Empowers Low-Income Neighborhoods

Investing in solar power is a great choice for homeowners and businesses alike, but one big obstacle to entering the solar revolution is the high initial cost for both the equipment and the installation, which can deter many people from choosing to install solar panels that could offset some or all of their energy costs. …

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Social Investment Forum Uses GRI Guidelines and Practice What They Preach

Social Investment Forum (SIF), the US national nonprofit membership association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in socially responsible and sustainable investing, announced  that their 2009 annual report was their first which used the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines to measure and report their economic, environmental, and social performance.  Hopefully this move will encourage …

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Measuring Social Value: Can subjectivity guide real decisions?

Whether you are a social enterprise, NGO (non-governmental organization), non-profit, policy-maker or an investor interested in a quantifiable social return on your investment, measuring social value remains an elusive goal. A new article by Geoff Mulgan suggests a new approach in measuring social value that calls for collaboration across sectors. In a recent collaborative project …

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Panera Bread Learns People Are Basically Good

Panera Bread sets an example with its non-profit cafe and challenges other corporations to push their philanthropy beyond writing checks. Last month, I blogged about Panera Bread’s new non-profit cafe in St. Louis dubbed the St. Louis Bread Company Cares Cafe. The idea was simple… take whatever you want to eat or drink and instead …

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Panera Bread Takes Corporate Social Responsibility to a New Level

Panera Bread opened its first non-profit cafe with the motto: Take what you need; leave your fair share. I was surprised to read about Panera Bread’s new cafe in St. Louis dubbed the St. Louis Bread Company Cares Cafe. The concept is simple yet groundbreaking… take whatever you want to eat or drink and instead …

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What Non-Profit Donation Would Be the Most Effective In Combatting Environmental Calamity?

We all give to environmental non-profits for different reasons.  Sometimes, with local groups, it’s to fight a certain development or to protest a local company’s toxic emissions.  With national groups, it’s usually to fight policies we don’t agree with that come from governments or multinational companies.  Sometimes we win, sometimes we don’t.  And even when …

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iPhone as Fundraiser

Is there anything the iPhone can’t do?

Shazam figures out what song you’re listening to. A pocket flashlight (not to mention a light saber) is only two taps away. And Yelp can get the phone number, directions and even a review of the place you’re trying to find and meet your friends at in a quarter of the time directory assistance, Safari, Google or any mapping software can do it.