Posts in Changemakers
Gift good: a holiday guide.

Americans are expected to spend $720 billion on gifts, travel, and entertainment this season. That’s no chump change. But, we can use those dollars to support thoughtful brands doing incredible things through the creation and sale of their beautiful products. So we’ve curated a list from our most admired companies. No “give back” gimmicks here.

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One month, four events, five key takeaways.

Our minds are racing after spending most of October at four distinctive convenings around the world. We went from the Segal Family Foundation annual meeting, to Austin City Limits Music Festival with a nonprofit client, then Opportunity Collaboration, and finally on to SOCAP. We detected a number of themes and compiled our top five takeaways.

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Introducing the Changemaker Capacity Index.

Whether an NGO or social enterprise, driving impact requires a number of building blocks. So how do you gauge at a glance an organization’s capacity for creating social change? Today we eagerly launch a new diagnostic tool for underserved changemakers to assess four key indicators of impact capacity. See how your org measures up.

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Setting KPIs that drive impact.

KPIs are simply a way of measuring a company's progress toward the goals it is trying to achieve. And there’s no point setting a vision if you don’t bring that lofty aim down to earth and track your successes every step of the way. Learn about both lagging and leading indictors, along with five rhythms to nail them.

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The not-so-hidden key to organizational success.

Nelson Mandela knew the power of good leadership, the right team, and proper structure during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. These are the same three bases of organizational health, and they’re free, effective, and available to all NGOs and social enterprises. So why all the attention on innovation, scale, and funding? Org health alone is paramount to driving real impact.

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Positioning for the social sector.

The deliberate process of positioning allows nonprofits and social enterprises to attract more funding, align internal teams, identify strong partnerships, and ultimately drive more impact. In this post we cover what positioning is, why it matters, plus how to determine it in the social sector.

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Four insights from SXSW 2018.

A few hundred thousand brands, entrepreneurs, social innovators, and media outlets crash Austin each spring aiming to capitalize on the one-of-a-kind mixture of minds and missions. This year’s edition was my sixth time around and as I reflect on SXSW 2018, four key insights emerged.

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A watershed moment for profit & purpose?

Larry Fink's 2018 letter to CEOs is a game changer. In this year’s address, he sent a clear and direct message to brands: contribute to society or risk losing our support. Our hearts and minds are racing, so we captured the thoughts of co-founders Kathleen and Kevin about the BlackRock letter and its implications.

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Fighting to meet basic human needs.

We focus on organizations with the potential to create systemic impact around the issues of poverty, health, hunger, water, work, education, and equality. These seven Global Goals are where we devote every ounce of our might. And we’re humbled to see inspiring changemakers like these leading the way. 

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Notes from the field, thoughts for the future.

With just two days left before we flip the calendar to 2018, I’m thankful for all the growth and learning we’ve amassed in our first (partial) year. But I’m extremely impatient for all the work left to be done – not only within our own model, but more broadly in the world at large.

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Four steps on the path towards shared value.

The reason many for-profit organizations fail to achieve shared value is because it is, to put it bluntly, difficult to achieve. However, we have the responsibility to try. The world will soon require it of us as a way to remain competitive and differentiated as we move into the future.

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