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Category: "Innovation" (15 posts)

Eye On: Airbnb Co-Founders Joe Gebbia, Nathan Blecharczyk, and Brian Chesky
April 26, 2017

Still relatively new to philanthropy, Airbnb’s co-founders acknowledge they are taking their time to give away their wealth. However, openness is at the heart of the sharing economy, and Giving Pledgers Jeff Gebbia, Nathan Blecharczyk, and Brian Chesky understand a public expectation of openness in philanthropy exists.

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Apocalypse Later? Philanthropy and Transparency in an Illiberal World
March 6, 2017

How long will it be before nonprofit transparency takes its place alongside diceros bicornis on the endangered species list? Hopefully never, but in a world that's growing more technologically sophisticated and more illiberal, Foundation Center president Brad Smith is beginning to think that if it's not Apocalypse Now, maybe it's Apocalypse Later.

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Soulful Innovation: Increasing Diverse Tech Entrepreneurship
February 22, 2017

Let's have a conversation about innovation with soul. The Kapor Center for Social Impact shares how the intersection of tech-for-good and grantmaking expands diverse entrepreneurship and benefits everyone.

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Tips from the Tech Sector on How Philanthropy Can Scale Impact
February 15, 2017

Why aren’t more nonprofits, like Khan Academies and Wikipedia, building software to create social change at scale? Learn how foundations can become accelerators for tech nonprofits.

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From Good Idea to Problem Solved: Funding the Innovation Means Funding the Process
February 8, 2017

Bush Foundation shares why philanthropy needs transparent and thoughtful ways to get community buy-in and a wide variety of perspectives to make those ideas a reality. Truly good ideas—those that will really have a sustainable impact—are often created in deep partnership and trust between organizations, leaders, and—most critically—the people most affected by a problem.

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From Early Stage Funding to Lasting Impact: The Venture Philanthropy Approach to Funding Innovation
February 1, 2017

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation leverages a venture capital philanthropy model to solve complex social issues. DRK Foundation finds, funds, and supports early stage social entrepreneurs whose ideas have the potential to drive systems-level change.

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Fueling Innovation Through Competition
January 25, 2017

Countless ideas are abandoned because entrepreneurs could not find the proper funding or mentorship to build their idea from a mere thought to a reality. This is where foundations and philanthropies, which might be more poised to take risks, can help fill the gap by providing grants to new social impact ideas and start-ups.

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YouthGiving.org: Opening Up the Power of Youth as Grantmakers
September 7, 2016

Youth grantmaking is not just a cute group of kiddos running a lemonade stand for charity, although that's great, too! YouthGiving.org connects members of the youth giving movement, expands knowledge and collaboration about youth giving, and makes the field of grantmaking more inclusive as more young people can now see themselves as active leaders in philanthropy.

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Flooding the Locks: Philanthropy’s Knowledge Conduits
August 3, 2016

Uniquely positioned to embrace risk, foundations should tread outside their comfort zone to achieve large-scale, systemic change; but they should also learn from the Panama Canal’s massive gamble. When making big bets, transparency, data-informed decisions, accountability, and clarity of process lead to better outcomes.

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Get Open: Leaders Reflect on Glasspockets' Impact
July 27, 2016

Sharing strategy, knowledge, processes, and best practices in philanthropy is better for everyone – from the grantmakers to grantees and the communities they serve. In our new video, Glasspockets: Making the Case for Transarency, philanthropy leaders reflect on the positive impact that Glasspockets and working more openly has made on their work.

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