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Panel Discussion on Tech + Non-Profits in NYC Feb 5

The largest marketplace of charity-made products, ‘Do Good Buy Us’ is hosting a panel discussion on how technology can help non-profits reach a wider audience and increase their impact. The company’s mission is to help anyone “do good” just by buying beautiful, often hand-made items that support the worthiest causes.

February 4th

A Gift of Service

A Gift of Service connects those who want to give help with those who need the help and those who provide it, giving them a way to provide housecleaning, babysitting, nanny service, handyman services, dog walking, or more. Have you ever had your life stopped in its tracks by a sudden crisis? Whether it is from illness, accident, a death in the family or one of life’s other challenges, most of us will run into a crisis at some point in our lives that throws us off the tracks. Anne Carey is building A Gift of Service for people to give help at times like this when it is needed the most.

January 24th

Flowers for Dreams: Profit with Purpose

Studies have shown that the under-30 crowd values small, local businesses over big box stores. These same studies have also noted that many people in this generation would spend more money and be willing to pay more for the same service to a company who gives back to a community. So what happens when a business is created to earn profit and give back to the community? Dreams come true.

January 22nd

The TutuDesk – A Simple Solution for Sub-Saharan Africa

Close your eyes. Imagine you’re back in grade school learning the alphabet, introductory math, and that the opposite sex has cooties. I’m sure your memory includes classrooms full of school supplies, but most importantly, classroom desks.

In sub-Saharan Africa, there are over 95 million children in school who do not have desks. This simple piece of furniture is something we often take for granted, but can drastically change a child’s educational experience. Now, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu is the patron of this campaign to ensure all students in Africa have a desk.

September 26th

Bin Donated: Redefining the Charity Model Through a Triple Bottom Line Approach

Have you wondered what happens to the miniature, half-used shampoo bottles after your hotel stay? Do you have a better use for stationary at the end of the school year other than recycling or trashing? Millions of tons of useful items are sent to landfills every year while there are needy citizens with no access to them. What if the wasted but useful inventory was connected to charities helping these communities? No-brainer right? Right. Bin Donated is putting this common sense idea into practice.

June 25th

1% For the Planet Program: Network with Like-Minded Businesses

In 2002, Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia) and Craig Mathews started the 1% for the Planet Program as a way of bringing together companies that want to help the environment and help other companies do the same. Its mission is to “build and support an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet.” Member companies range from large corporate entities to small non-profits all over the world.

An Open Letter to Occupy: A Carrot is Better Than a Stick

Carrotmob founder, Brent Schulkin explains why offering a “carrot” to businesses is better than to berate them with a “stick”. And he bring his ideology to the Occupy movement. Traditionally, people who wanted to influence businesses would threaten or attack them. Brent believes people can have more influence on businesses by giving them a positive incentive to change: our money. If you agree, sign up!

April 2nd

Locals Do It Better: GoVoluntr Helps Small Businesses with Effective Cause Marketing

Cause marketing is complex, challenging and costly. Despite these known challenges both local organizations and businesses recognize the efficiency of cause marketing as a revenue booster and an awareness platform. These are the clear hurdles for social innovation, but ones that if confronted can reap substantial rewards for everyone involved.

A platform like GoVoluntr’s Volunteer Rewards might just do the trick. Businesses can provide discounted goods and services as a reward for volunteering hours with non-profits or choose to use products to endorse a specific cause. “Free stuff” can be an effective motivator to volunteer, especially for those individuals who aren’t yet familiar with the natural rewards of helping out.

January 10th

Occupy Wall Street Is About Sustainability and Ecological Innovation

Much has been said in recent months about the Occupy Wall Street movement and its link with a broader movement to rein in wastefulness and unsustainable business practices through entrepreneurial innovation. Occupiers are often critiqued as being off-message or, worse, not having a message. Other times Occupiers are accused of being too vague or hypocritical. It seems most of middle America would rather complain about pictures of Occupy Wall Street protesters holding Starbucks coffees than actually listen to their grievances. The most common charge waged at the group is that they don’t really know what they’re protesting, that it’s generalized liberal ambiguity. However, if you read between the lines, there are several clear messages emanating from Occupy Wall Street and they are perfectly aligned with environmental responsibility and sustainability:

January 4th

US Congress Worth Over $2 Billion: Wealthy Lawmakers Mostly the Top 1 %

Do people become politicians because they are rich or are they rich because they are politicians? Whichever the case, such a high proportion of wealthy lawmakers is just not a healthy situation.

According to a Roll Call analysis of US Congress members’ financial disclosure forms, the collective net worth of American lawmakers jumped 25 percent to over $2 billion in just the last two years — with 50 of the richest Congressmen and women accounting for 90 percent of the increase.

January 2nd

8 Trends That Will Impact Social Entrepreneurs in 2012

2011 was full of good news for social entrepreneurs. And 2012 promises to be even more exciting. Here is what I think social innovators will build upon in the New Year! We saw social enterprises created out of cooperatives and clean tech. Non-profits came out of their comfort zones and many for-profit companies took on a more holistic vision. The local and occupy movement created opportunities, previously un-imagined. Overall, social entrepreneurship came of age and is raring to go into 2012!

December 30th

What Non-Profits Can Learn From Coca-Cola?

Melinda Gates, through her travels for the Gates Foundation in the developing world, sees that poverty-stricken areas do not have a lot of things we take for granted- clean surroundings, clean water, sanitation or electricity. But she is astounded by what they do have- Coke. At TEDxChange, Melinda Gates makes a provocative case for nonprofits taking a cue from corporations such as Coca-Cola, whose plugged-in, global network of marketers and distributors ensures that every remote village wants — and can get — a Coke. Why shouldn’t this work for condoms, sanitation, vaccinations too?

December 21st

Another Reason to Switch to a Credit Union: Banks Fund Climate Change

Whether the coal is coming from traditional mines, whose well-documented dangers include inhaling coal dust and mines collapsing, or whether it’s harvested by companies who use mountaintop removal, it is devastating to our environment and to human life. A recent study, “Bankrolling Climate Change”, gives a disturbing look at how banks are funding the coal industry. Our use of coal is one of the major contributing factors to global warming, not to mention that coal mining itself is hideous.

December 8th