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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,…

Raise Your City: Millennial Tactics for Fundraising

It’s becoming an age-old question: How do you engage today’s 20-somethings in charitable giving and community engagement? Organizations and nonprofits have racked their brains and literally devised development strategies to…

Weekly Roundup: The G-20 Stalls and Stanford gets Flush

G-20: Fury with International Leaders This past week, the world’s leaders convened for the annual G-20 summit in France titled “New World, New Ideas.”  The hottest topic of discussion?  The…

VilCap: Entrepreneurial investment beyond just cash

Investment is often conceived as simply an application of capital toward future gains, but it can also materialize in other forms, such as time, information, or people. Village microfinance groups…

Top ten crowdsourced funding platforms

Whatever project you can dream up, there’s a crowdsourced funding platform out there for it. Entrepreneurs, investors, journalists, artists, environmentalists, educators, nonprofits and charities are using these sites to fundraise…

Twitter Roundup: February 4 – The crowd(source) goes wild, startup inspiration, and social enterprises at the Superbowl

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: Nominations are open…

Twitter Roundup: January 28 – A buck a day for a good cause, legal advice and private partnerships

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: Philanthroper is a…

Eight trends in social entrepreneurship to watch for in 2011

We thought we’d kick off the year with a look at some of the trends currently shaping the movement. What follows is the culmination of a series of interviews with…

Twitter Roundup: January 21 – Changemaking degrees, crowdfunding and LinkedIn startups

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: Get some advice…

Last post of 2010: Recapping some innovation trends

As we teeter on the edge of a new year, after eight months in operation, we thought we’d highlight a few of the stories we came across the past year….

Giving What We Can: Maximizing the impact of donations

In the giving season, choosing where to donate can be difficult; the staggering number of important organization and causes is overwhelming, and where you put your money is as important…

The Unreasonable Institute, version 2.0

The Unreasonable Institute is gearing up for its second year and the wind is at its back. More than half the entrepreneurs selected last year received funding to implement their…

Mini Case Study: Why VolunteerMatch rejected venture financing and the prospect of fast growth

PROBLEM: VolunteerMatch, an online service that matches volunteers and organizations, had operated for about a year when it faced a wrenching choice: either become a for-profit business, which would allow…

George Overholser on how to finance social organizations so they learn to fend for themselves

One of the key questions in the social sector is: What kind of financing is needed to help build great organizations, i.e. organizations that genuinely succeed in solving problems and…

Big Ideas: Alex Nicholls says social entrepreneurship is growing up

In our Big Ideas series, we check in regularly with top thinkers in the field of social innovation. We want to know what they’re working on, what questions they’re wrestling with,…