When a Preschool Opens Inside A Nursing Home All Heaven Breaks Loose

A hospital chain has found a way of caring for both the young and the old by having them take care of each other – and in the process, built a bridge across generations.

The Intergenerational Learning Center consists of a preschool inside the Mount St. Vincent nursing home in Seattle, Washington. The 400 adults in the assisted-living center join the […]

Massachusettes’ ‘Food Rescue’ Distributes Discarded Produce To Charities

At a time when so much perfectly edible food is wasted, more and more efforts are being made to address the issue – but the question remains of how to get “rescued” food that would have otherwise been discarded to the people who need it most.

That’s where a group like Food For Free, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based nonprofit, steps in.

Through its […]

Parents Combat Gender Stereotypes with Futuristic Clothing

Designer Tiffe Fermaint and her fiancé Keith Walker hope that their kids’ clothing line will provide a cool alternative to the countless children’s brands that promote harmful gender stereotypes.

Inspired by the birth of their daughter Violet, Fermaint and Walker launched Baby Teith in 2013. Fermaint told The Huffington Post that she searched in vain for clothing that was gender neutral and […]

A Manifesto for Women As Agents of Peace

According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), today there are more than seven billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, up from 738 million in 2000. Globally, 3.2 billion people are using the internet, of which two billion live in developing countries. However, ITU figures also indicate that four billion people in the developing world remain offline. Off the nearly one billion people […]

Haggen seeking local vendors and new nonprofit partners

For local farmers and food-producers thinking of working with Haggen Food & Pharmacy in Lake Grove, the store has three words: Rain City Crunch.That particular snack, a product of Edmonds, Wash.-based Sisters Baking Company, was first sold at the Haggen store in Ferndale, Wash. It proved so popular that it quickly moved up the distribution chain and will now be […]

Cut The Crap: The Feud over Miami Homeless

It’s time to cut the crap.

Tired of the pushback against installing restrooms for homeless people, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in Miami took to constructing a map that detailed how much urine and feces actually fills the city’s downtown streets on a daily basis.

The group scooped up its data from a sanitation worker’s eight-hour shift last Friday, and dumped smiling […]

Harnessing Social Impact Investing

For many, Latin America is associated with a laundry list of negatives: drugs, corruption, gang violence and transnational crime. However, our new report Harnessing Social Impact Investing in Latin America, helps to dispel some of these myths. In fact, in the realm of social impact investing, it is on the forefront of rapidly-changing global trends.

The report, published by the Atlantic […]

The Traits of Socially Innovative Companies

In this article adapted from their new book, Jerry Davis and
Chris White explore what makes some companies more fertile for social
innovation — that is, the ongoing (rather than one-off) initiatives that
have positive social impact while promoting the core mission of a
business. While there are some factors that make social innovation more
likely than not — such as intrapreneurs who will champion them — […]

Six Years, Many Lessons: Scaling Impact with Ashoka

Why don’t great ideas that are useful and working effectively to solve some of the most pressing social challenges “travel” as well as business ideas do? Why aren’t they able to scale to solve similar social challenges happening in other parts of the world? What is preventing our Ashoka Fellows from scaling their work better and faster? With these questions […]

How ‘Dumb Phones’ Can Help Stop The Spread Of Ebola

A basic cell phone may not be able to snap the best selfies, but it can be a vital tool in preventing the spread of deadly viruses.

In Ebola-stricken West Africa — a region where a lack of resources makes spreading information more challenging — UNICEF is helping young people stay safe through its U-Report initiative.

The free social tool, accessible through […]

The Case Against Investing in Social Innovation

Innovation is often viewed as an unquestionably worthy endeavor, and in most cases, I think that is true. But in the social sector, the benefits of experimentation and innovation must be carefully weighed against the costs incurred by all stakeholders.

Starting with the perspective of funders, there appears to be a straightforward reason why investing in innovation is popular: the benefits […]