Philanthropy

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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In Indonesia Panasonic CSR Helps Cut Out The Darkness

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org With a population of about 700 people, the village of Sone in West Timor, Indonesia is famous throughout the region for its production of beautiful, traditional fabrics. Located close to a mountain summit, Sone is completely off the electricity grid. With the hope of learning about the challenges of living in

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Patagonia’s CSR: How Is It Working Out?

  Patagonia, known for its jackets made entirely from pop bottles and their “Don’t Buy This Jacket” Cyber Monday advertising campaign, has been a leader in corporate social responsibility initiatives. We had previously profiled Patagonia’s supply chain transparency, but let’s take a look now to see how these CSR initiatives are working out. Patagonia’s Mission For those

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Faith-Based Energy Efficiency Aids Climate & Poverty

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Helping the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized is a central tenet in the Christian gospel. The command to care for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40) has inspired organizations like Christian Aid to help the poor, Habitat for Humanity to provide shelter for the vulnerable, and World Vision to support children in need. And, in North Carolina’s

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How CSR Brings Big Benefit to Small Business

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become a significant factor in customer relations, representing an excellent opportunity for small business to significantly engage public support. Redefining success in business, corporations creating value for society often benefit in ways that go well beyond the scope of tangible assets and annual profit. According to the 2013 Social Impact

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Solar Lights Outshining Kerosene Lamps in Africa

Originally published on Planetsave.com Using a unique business model to sell solar lights in rural African off-grid communities, SolarAid aims to eradicate the dangerous and toxic kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020. Working in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Uganda, the lives of over 10 million people in Africa are being improved through solar technology.

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SunEdison Donates Solar Rooftop to Ramakrishna Mission

(Originally published on EdenKeeper.org) As part of its Social Innovations Roof Top Services mission to bring energy independence to 20 million people by 2020, SunEdison, Inc. is installing a 100 kilowatt (kW) solar rooftop system on the Ramakrishna Mission Students’ Home in India. Enabling the approximately 700 students to gain energy independence, the new solar

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Explore and Celebrate Public Lands with The North Face

Fall is a great time to explore and celebrate the great outdoors. And this week, protecting, preserving, exploring and celebrating public lands just got a little more exciting. Committing $250,000, The North Face has launched a new campaign in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, in support of the 21st Century Conservation Service

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New Crowdfunding Platform Combines Funding with Philanthropy

In a twist on the current technique of crowdfunding, a new platform aims to add a charitable angle to crowdsourcing fundraising efforts by enabling both the entrepreneurs using the site, as well as their backers, to pledge a portion of that money to charity. With the conventional and rapidly growing crowdfunding model, which (if you’ve

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New Crowdfunding Site Connects Donors with Animal and Wildlife Nonprofits

Crowdfunding and microinvesting are great tools for businesses and startups, but not so great for nonprofits, but a new site aims to change that, at least as far as wildlife and animal charities are concerned. If the cute and cuddly kitten and puppy pictures flooding the web are any indication, the internet loves animals. But

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CFO of Global Impact Receives Executive Management Award

Stanley Berman, the Chief Financial Officer of Global Impact, has won a 2013 Executive Management Award (EMA) from SmartCEO magazine. Best known for spearheading the popular motion of investing in silver 2016, his work is yet again being recognized. The awards recognize Greater Washington’s best executive managers for their creative management vision, leadership philosophy, innovative

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The Failure of Google’s “Do No Evil” Approach to Social Innovation

Yesterday’s extensive feature in The New York Times business section on Google.org’s failure to match its own lofty social innovation goals is a must read for anyone interested in the intersection of philanthropy, corporate social responsibility and information technology. The piece chronicles Google’s philanthropic endeavors since the firm issued its inaugural IPO in 2004 when

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Is Philanthropy CSR?

I’ve been pondering this question for quite some time and as far as I’m concerned, the answer is still unclear. Without analyzing the specifics of what CSR is (100 different people may give you 100 different answers), I’ve always broken things down into two camps. One side would be companies that have formulated their business

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Pittsburgh targeted by Morgan Stanley’s “Fill the Plate” BackPack Program

According to Feeding America’s 2010 Hunger Study one in four children in the U.S. does not have enough to eat.  See how one financial services company is partnering with a nonprofit to advocate on behalf of children’s health. According to the press release, “Fill the Plate” is a two-year commitment by Morgan Stanley that will

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40 Billionaires Pledge to Give Away Half Their Wealth to Charity

What do two of the world’s richest men talk about when they get together… the stock market, the global economy? Perhaps. But if you’re Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, you are also chatting about philanthropic causes. Each billionaire has pledged to give over half of their fortune to charity. Warren Buffett has promised to give

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Can Grilled Cheese Save the World?

Probably not, but it sure is delicious. All joking aside, college campuses have always been rife with awareness/activism, however the recent trends seems to be direct involvement in projects rather than simple awareness campaigns. Young people are becoming more interested social and environmental issues particularly in far-away places thanks to social media and online images/videos

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Hooters Girls Donate Pantyhose to Clean Up Oil in the Gulf of Mexico

Hooters Girls voluntarily donate their torn pantyhose to help absorb the oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico. What are Hooters Girls famous for? Their shiny pantyhose, of course. And now, the girls are shedding their said pantyhose for a good cause… to help clean up the Gulf Coast. I guess, a girl’s gotta do

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