Nonprofit Chronicles

Journalism about nonprofit organizations and their impact

To avoid becoming depressed by the malevolence of the Trump administration, it helps to cultivate a long-term and global perspective. Last week’s Skoll World Forum offered both, and a bit of fun, too. Spend time at Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and you’re reminded that Britain has endured much worse that Trump. Listen to …

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To alleviate poverty in the global south, the New York-based Acumen Fund has for the last 15 years invested in businesses that serve the bottom of the pyramid, like solar-light manufacturer d.light and Burn, which makes and sells cookstoves in East Africa. Now, unexpectedly, Acumen is coming home. Acumen has just launched a fund to …

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In the last decade or so, an array of nonprofit groups have creatively and persistently worked to deploy the power of business and markets to drive social and environmental change.  They include the Marine Stewardship Council (advocating for sustainable fisheries), Verite (just supply chains), GoodWeave (eliminating child labor from the rug industry), Ceres (an investor-environmental …

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