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Big Bank Bail-out Blues

Bank of America forecloses on a home it doesn’t own

Goldman Sachs in Manchester United flap

March 4th, 2010  |  Source: Financial Times

Ah, another day, another Goldman Sachs (GS) controversy. This one involves the soccer club Manchester United. The Glazer family, which owns the club, is angry over the role that Goldman Sachs’ chief economist Jim O’Neill played in an effort to takeover the club.

Information revolution for Third Sector as two major players join forces

March 3rd, 2010

The UK’s Directory of Social Change (DSC) and GuideStar International (GSI) have announced that ownership of, the free public website, and GuideStar Data Services, a community interest company providing bespoke information, has been transferred from GSI to DSC.

This combines the most detailed repository of information about charities and the voluntary sector with the largest publisher of information for those who work in it.

International Corporate Philanthropy Day: February 22

February 22nd, 2010

We don’t usually publish press releases but this is one is informative and OK!

CECP Leads International Corporate Philanthropy Day

With new impacts measurement research and a convening of over 50 leading global CEOs


From Mario Morino, the sharpest mind in the nonprofit business

February 18th, 2010  |  Source: The Stanford Innovation Review

Can Living Frugally Free You to Live Better?

February 17th, 2010

Civic Ventures founderMarc Freedmancalls Chris Farrell’s new book, The New Frugality, a roadmap to “a more sustainable lifestyle in America.” In an interview with Marci Alboher of Civic Ventures, Farrell explains why adopting a healthy attitude toward money may help you find your true calling.

Technology as a Lifeline During Natural Disasters

February 12th, 2010  |  Source:

Broadband Internet and mobile technologies now reach even the most remote corners of the world, making us all more immediately connected than ever before. This is particularly the case during times of natural disaster, when connectivity—from tweeting one’s location from under a pile of rubble to accessing life-saving information—can materially affect the outcome for victims and empower them to lead their own rescue efforts.

The Value of Design

February 6th, 2010  |  Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Why Design Matters

Good design does not always equal good business. But good business outcomes—especially when the goal is to create new sources of value in the world—are most often achieved through a well-structured design process that is more holistic and inclusive than the notion of good design.

Why KIVA is one of the fastest-growing nonprofits in history.

February 4th, 2010  |  Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review

The Profit in Nonprofit
Kiva, the first online peer-to-peer microcredit marketplace, is one of the fastest-growing nonprofits in history. But its nonprofit status was not inevitable. Here’s why Kiva chose to be a 501(c)(3), what this tax status buys the organization, and how being a nonprofit poses challenges.

New research on a link between luxury goods and self-interest.

February 1st, 2010  |  Source:

The ‘Luxury Prime’: How Money Changes People

Does money change everything?

If not everything, it does seem to have an important effect on human cognition and decision-making, according to new research on a link between luxury goods and self-interest.

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