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Society’s risk capital needs to be more innovative and more catalytic.

In the past decade we’ve entered a historic time for philanthropy, given the scale, growth and innovation throughout the social sector. What if philanthropists, working in concert with the organizations they support, and in partnership with business and government, can improve the results they deliver to society by 50%?
Or 100%? We believe that significant improvements are achievable, and would have a profoundly positive impact on our society.
 

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Recap: Big Business, Bigger Impact: The Pursuit, Peril, and Power of Partnership

Ida Jeng
Refugees United

 
 
 

Participants in this session tackled questions like, “How can entrepreneurs and businesses alleviate pressing social issues together?” and “How do you convince a multinational company to fund your social innovation?”

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Participants in this session tackled questions like, “How can entrepreneurs and businesses alleviate pressing social issues together?” and “How do you convince a multinational company to fund your social innovation?”

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Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science

New York Times

This is philanthropy in the age of the new economy — financed with its outsize riches, practiced according to its individualistic, entrepreneurial creed. The donors are impatient with the deliberate, and often politicized, pace of public science, they say, and willing to take risks that government cannot or simply will not consider. Yet that personal setting of priorities is precisely what troubles some in the science establishment.

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This is philanthropy in the age of the new economy — financed with its outsize riches, practiced according to its individualistic, entrepreneurial creed. The donors are impatient with the deliberate, and often politicized, pace of public science, they say, and willing to take risks that government cannot or simply will not consider. Yet that personal setting of priorities is precisely what troubles some in the science establishment.

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How Will African Philanthropy Serve Young People?

Reeta Roy
MasterCard Foundation

 
 
 

As a leader of a major foundation that focuses on Africa, I’m often asked to describe how we envision the continent’s future.  Predicting anything is always hazardous.  But one promising development is taking hold – the emergence of an imaginative and proud community of African philanthropists.

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As a leader of a major foundation that focuses on Africa, I’m often asked to describe how we envision the continent’s future.  Predicting anything is always hazardous.  But one promising development is taking hold – the emergence of an imaginative and proud community of African philanthropists.

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What's Your End-Game?

The Global Development Incubator

Most of the nonprofit organizations celebrated by leading foundations are not reaching the minimum scale required to catalyze change. Given structural barriers to the funding that helps them grow, it’s time for nonprofits to ask a more nuanced set of questions than “How Do You Scale?” – including, “How Do You Reach a Minimum Scale?” and an even more fundamental question: “What’s Your End-Game?” This new report helps nonprofit leaders define their End-Game early, and explains how funders need to adjust their practices to help them get there.

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Most of the nonprofit organizations celebrated by leading foundations are not reaching the minimum scale required to catalyze change. Given structural barriers to the funding that helps them grow, it’s time for nonprofits to ask a more nuanced set of questions than “How Do You Scale?” – including, “How Do You Reach a Minimum Scale?” and an even more fundamental question: “What’s Your End-Game?” This new report helps nonprofit leaders define their End-Game early, and explains how funders need to adjust their practices to help them get there.

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Foundations Launch Campaign to Divest From Fossil Fuels

Bloomberg News

A coalition of 17 foundations, representing almost $1.8 billion in investment, plans to divest from fossil fuel companies in its portfolios and invest more in clean energy, leaders of the effort said Jan. 30. The Wallace Global Fund, the Ben & Jerry's Foundation, the Educational Foundation of America and others hope their “historic step,” the first divestment campaign led by a group of foundations, will encourage other philanthropies to follow suit.

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A coalition of 17 foundations, representing almost $1.8 billion in investment, plans to divest from fossil fuel companies in its portfolios and invest more in clean energy, leaders of the effort said Jan. 30. The Wallace Global Fund, the Ben & Jerry's Foundation, the Educational Foundation of America and others hope their “historic step,” the first divestment campaign led by a group of foundations, will encourage other philanthropies to follow suit.

“It is okay to expect an economic return from doing good!”

Jason Saul

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World Economic Forum Video: Re-Thinking Philanthropy

Victor Pinchuk Foundation

Sir Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Muhammad Yunus discuss how to re-think philanthropy at the 7th Philanthropic Roundtable of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in Davos. The panel was moderated by Tony Blair.

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Sir Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Muhammad Yunus discuss how to re-think philanthropy at the 7th Philanthropic Roundtable of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in Davos. The panel was moderated by Tony Blair.

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2014 Gates Annual Letter: 3 Myths That Block Progress For The Poor

Gates Foundation

By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. People are living longer, healthier lives. Many nations that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient. You might think that such striking progress would be widely celebrated, but in fact, Melinda and I are struck by how many people think the world is getting worse.

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By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. People are living longer, healthier lives. Many nations that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient. You might think that such striking progress would be widely celebrated, but in fact, Melinda and I are struck by how many people think the world is getting worse.

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Predictions for Philanthrocapitalism in 2014

Matthew Bishop

"We think that Bloomberg is going to scale up his giving dramatically, and that he may well do so with such positive social impact that he will give Bill Gates a run for his money in the race to be judged the best philanthropist of this age."

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"We think that Bloomberg is going to scale up his giving dramatically, and that he may well do so with such positive social impact that he will give Bill Gates a run for his money in the race to be judged the best philanthropist of this age."

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Rethinking the MDGs: A Comprehensive Approach to Poverty Reduction

Jacob Lief
Ubuntu Education Fund

 
 
 

I cannot help but feel that we have lost sight of the realities of poverty on the ground, of just how many challenges a child-headed household faces living in South Sudan or Bangladesh. Instead, we have become fixated on quantifying impact, defining success in outputs, and maximizing returns on investments.

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I cannot help but feel that we have lost sight of the realities of poverty on the ground, of just how many challenges a child-headed household faces living in South Sudan or Bangladesh. Instead, we have become fixated on quantifying impact, defining success in outputs, and maximizing returns on investments.

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Tiffany & Co. CEO Talks Sustainability

Michael Kowlaski
Tiffany & Co.

 
 
 

Tiffany & Co. long ago recognized the inconvenient truth that the core activity upon which all jewelers rely – precious metal and gemstone mining – has a long and sad association with human rights and environmental abuses.  Much progress has been made addressing those abuses, but much remains to be done.

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Tiffany & Co. long ago recognized the inconvenient truth that the core activity upon which all jewelers rely – precious metal and gemstone mining – has a long and sad association with human rights and environmental abuses.  Much progress has been made addressing those abuses, but much remains to be done.

“The key opportunity for the bottom billion is not that these people are consumers, it's that they're producers! Astoundingly unproductive producers ... and that's the opportunity and the challenge.”

Paul Collier

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Forum 2013

Awards Ceremony

Session: Forum 2013
 
 

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