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“To Catch a Dollar:” New Documentary Captures Microfinance in America

This is a guest post by filmmaker Gayle Ferraro, the director of a new documentary looking at Grameen America.  Financed and released by Sundance Institute, Participant Media, and Skoll Foundation,…

The Women Effect: a Billion Women are about to Transform the Global Economy

Janet Yellen, Christine Lagarde and a handful of U.S. senators notwithstanding, women are still underrepresented in the world of finance. So it was a reversal earlier this month to be…

Understanding Millennial Finance

Not many college students will find “travel 3000 miles on a train with a group of entrepreneurs” as a part of the job description for a summer internship. During my…

Who is Poor Enough for Cash Transfers? Difficult Problem in Malawi

One of the biggest challenges facing cash transfer programs in Malawi is deciding who is poor enough to get the money. The meeting was supposed to start half an hour…

Strategic Branding: How to Market a Growing Nonprofit

As nonprofits feel the squeeze of funders cutting dollars for operating costs and organizations try to set themselves apart, many nonprofit managers focus on marketing individual programs and services first,…

Crowdfunding 2.0: What Will it Look Like?

This is a guest post by London-based entrepreneur Anthony Ogunbowale-Thomas, founder of GOODFRUIT, a crowdfunding 2.0 platform. Has technology sparked a modern Renaissance? Over 5 centuries ago, in Northern Italy,…

Social Media is Not the Answer: How to Market Your Non-Profit Effectively

This is a guest post by Alexa Loken, founder of Loken Creative: an Austin-based marketing agency for cause-based organizations. Managing a cause-based organization is similar to trying to juggle flaming batons…

Impact Investment: Just 1% – 2% of Venture Capitalism, says Arun Gore

Esha Chhabra chats with Arun Gore, the president and CEO of Gray Ghost Ventures, about impact investing movement. Arun Gore is at the helm of Gray Ghost Ventures (GGV), a venture capital…

How to Build A Healthy Economy: Ron Schultz

An excerpt from Ron Schultz’s most recent book –  Creating Good Work—The World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build A Healthy Economy If social entrepreneurs are in the business of…

Paul Polak: Testing New Funding Model for His Second Global Venture

Paul became known for making the treadle pump accessible and affordable for low-income markets. It was his first foray into “social business.”   For the past three years, Paul has…

Austin Goes Local

I’ve been fascinated by Austin, Texas, for a while now. It just seemed so creative and cool. But more importantly, it has become a mecca for the modern day cooperative…

The Richest Country has Left Millions Out in the Cold: American Winter

By Tessa Farnsworth Curry America is facing a problem and ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. Since the Great Recession in 2008 11.7 million people are still unemployed, we…

Students Take on Social Entrepreneurship Early On

By Adam S. Poswolsky If extreme poverty is going to be eradicated in our lifetime, all sectors of society, especially young people, need to be mobilized. Nourish International, a social…

Sparking Innovation – in the middle of the Pacific

by Brittany Koteles Unreasonable at Sea (UaS), a first-time collaboration between Unreasonable Institute, Semester at Sea, and Stanford’s d. school, was born with the objective to accelerate companies that are…

Crowdfunding Gets Specific: 10 New Platforms

by Brittany Koteles As a follow-up to yesterday’s piece on the explosion of crowdfunding in 2012, here’s a list of new platforms that connect crowdfunding to people, communities, and causes. …