December 2, 2015
M-Kopa plans to be a $1 billion company by selling solar panels to rural residents—and providing them with credit. Tom Opiyo is the best-performing salesperson at M-Kopa Solar, a Kenyan company selling solar power systems to the very poor. Watching him work, it’s not hard to see why. Opiyo is a pastor who used to be a musician and concert promoter, and when he’s closing a sale he never stops talking. “The...
December 2, 2015
Source; Washington Post CORRECTION from NPQ: Please excuse our error in today's newswire for the article on the Zuckerberg-Chan pledge. The original version of this article incorrectly stated that the size of the Zuckerberg-Chan pledge was larger than total private giving in the U.S. in 2014. It is not. The pledge is $45 billion against $358 billion in all U.S. giving. This change is now reflected in the article....
November 16, 2015
When Carly Fiorina started at Hewlett-Packard Co in July 1999, one of her first acts as chief executive officer was to start buying back the company’s shares. By the time she was ousted in 2005, HP had snapped up $14 billion of its stock, more than its $12 billion in profits during that time. Her successor, Mark Hurd, spent even more on buybacks during his five years in charge – $43 billion, compared to profits of $36 billion. Following him,...
November 16, 2015
Jean Kennedy has a BS in biology and a master’s in special education. Now, she’s trying to decide what to do with her third degree: a certificate of achievement from Oaksterdam University, the Harvard Business School of marijuana. “I’m Italian,” said Kennedy, 56, a retired high school biology teacher with graying hair and a heavy New York accent. “You know Italians, we grow tomatoes. Maybe I’ll grow some plants.” Horticulture 102 is one of the...
October 28, 2015
By Michael R. Bloomberg President Barack Obama is in danger of squandering one of his most important legacies -- better public education policies -- and doing real harm to our poorest students and America’s future. Over the weekend, the president and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called for limiting the amount of time that students spend taking tests. It’s an unfortunate and tragically oversimplified response to the challenges facing our...
October 28, 2015
The retirement assets of CEOs at our largest corporations have exploded while the rest of us wonder when or if we’ll be able to retire. A Tale of Two Retirements, released this morning, found that the 100 largest CEO retirement accounts are worth a combined $4.9 billion. That’s equal to the combined retirement accounts of 41 percent of American families. The former CEO of YUM Brands has the largest retirement nest egg, with $234 million, enough...
July 29, 2015
The 50th anniversary of Medicare, enacted on July 30, 1965, with President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Social Security Amendments of 1965, is a significant milestone for one of the most important social insurance programs in our nation’s history. The American Academy of Actuaries, also celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary, is the U.S. actuarial professional association for public policy and professionalism and...
June 22, 2015
It took Taylor Swift less than 24 hours to make technology giant Apple Inc. back down. In the wake of a stinging rebuke from the pop singer, Apple made a rare public about-face on an earlier decision not to pay royalties for songs played on its new streaming-music service during a three-month free trial. Swift penned an open letter on Tumblr, calling the policy “shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically...
June 21, 2015
At a time when the information world becomes increasingly shallow, journalists ought to join forces with experts. The alliance would bring deeper knowledge to journos and sharper story-telling to eggheads. Last Friday, at the Global Editors Summit in Barcelona, we awarded the Startup for Newsprize to SourceRise.org, a tiny New York  company. Its goal is to “connect journalists to non-profit sources from...
May 23, 2015
In Thailand, Buddhist monks don’t just serve people’s spiritual needs, they also manage microfinance networks that help the country’s poorest citizens. Video/Photo: Warangkana Chomchuen: http://financingthefuture.wsj.com/videos/%7B8BA69888-4810-4E07-9E0A-C34E...


Off the Wires

December 2, 2015
M-Kopa plans to be a $1 billion company by selling solar panels to rural residents—and providing them with credit. Tom Opiyo is the...
November 16, 2015
When Carly Fiorina started at Hewlett-Packard Co in July 1999, one of her first acts as chief executive officer was to start buying back the company’...
October 28, 2015
By Michael R. Bloomberg President Barack Obama is in danger of squandering one of his most important legacies -- better public education policies --...
June 22, 2015
It took Taylor Swift less than 24 hours to make technology giant Apple Inc. back down. In the wake of a stinging rebuke from the pop singer,...
May 23, 2015
Legalisation has created a ‘green rush’ as companies find success in edibles, a growing consumer base and a three-day expo at the...

Value Blog

December 2, 2015
Source; Washington Post CORRECTION from NPQ: Please excuse our error in today's newswire for the article on the...
November 16, 2015
Jean Kennedy has a BS in biology and a master’s in special education. Now, she’s trying to decide what to do with her third degree: a certificate of...
October 28, 2015
The retirement assets of CEOs at our largest corporations have exploded while the rest of us wonder when or if we’ll be able to retire. A Tale of Two...
July 29, 2015
The 50th anniversary of Medicare, enacted on July 30, 1965, with President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Social Security Amendments of...
June 21, 2015
At a time when the information world becomes increasingly shallow, journalists ought to join forces with experts. The alliance would bring deeper...

Altruism Today

December 2, 2015
While media outlets are scrutinizing politicians this time of year, it has not been the case for Gates Foundation, but the scrutiny of...
November 19, 2015
The GoodCall Scholarship Search Engine is one of the largest databases of scholarships on the web. Unlike the others, GoodCall Scholarship Engine...
November 16, 2015
Facing budget cuts and shrinking tax bases, a growing number of cities are turning to private giving to pay for infrastructure, public safety, and...
October 28, 2015
For those who are concerned about homelessness in the United States, it is worthwhile read the “street papers” that are produced and sold by homeless...
June 24, 2015
Napster co-founder and former Facebook President Sean Parker says he used the election cycle as “a laboratory for learning” on how the ballot...

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