Nonprofit Chronicles

Journalism about nonprofit organizations and their impact

Village Enterprise is a small NGO. Its annual budget? About $3.5m. Number of employees? Fewer than 150, with all but seven based in East Africa. Yet Village Enterprise is about to test a big idea that has the potential to insure that money spent to fight global poverty has real impact. It’s known, inelegantly, as …

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Few institutions in the US are as undemocratic as endowed foundations. The executives in charge of foundations answer to, er, no one. They give money away, so people tend to laugh at their jokes, tell them they look well, nod in agreement at their banal remarks. What’s not to like? As for nonprofits, they pay …

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Americans gave $15.1 billion to help poor people outside the US in 2014. That’s a lot of money, but it’s just 4 percent of the $358 billion that Americans gave away last year, according to Giving USA. This is unfortunate because the world’s poorest countries are where the needs are greatest and where our dollars …

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