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Course on Poverty and Development Available on YouTube

April 16th, 2008

Google.org’s course on poverty and development a 10-week course focused on understanding poverty and development taught by Joshua Cohen, director of Stanford’s Program on Global Justice, is now available through YouTube.com. [Details]

Google.org is the philanthropic arm of Google and the umbrella for its commitment to devote employee time and one percent of Google’s profits and equity toward philanthropy.


The Responsibility Project from Liberty Mutual

April 8th, 2008

It all began when they ran a TV commercial about people doing things for strangers. The response was overwhelming; with thousands of emails and letters from people all over the country thanking the Insurance company.


Philanthropy’s New Passing Gear: Mission-Related Investing

April 2nd, 2008

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors has published a comprehensive, practical guide that translates the concepts, ideas and philosophy of Mission-Related Investing (MRI) into useable policies and practices for foundation trustees. The monograph adds significantly to a growing body of knowledge and practice areas.


Philanthrocapitalism: after the goldrush

March 31st, 2008

The application of business principles to the world of civil society and social change has fashion, wealth, power and celebrity behind it. But where is the evidence that “philanthrocapitalism” works, and are there better ways to achieve urgently needed global social progress? It’s time to end the hype and start the debate, says Michael Edwards


Swiss Islamic bank planned

March 30th, 2008

The continued boom in bank products compliant with Islam has spurred plans to set up a new financial institution in Switzerland based on the tenets of the faith.


The Center for Environmental Leadership

March 27th, 2008

The nonprofit Conservation International can claim to have redefined how conservation organizations work with major corporations, enlisted them as equal partners, and worked with them to implement environmentally friendly and sustainable practices.

Starting in 1987 they conducted first Debt-for-Nature Swap.  The first-ever debt swap with the government of Bolivia, which agrees to put $600,000 toward conservation in exchange for debt relief.


Green private banking boom behind 67% annual rise in Swiss sustainable assets

March 26th, 2008

High net worth and retail investors overtake institutions in allocations to SRI themed funds.




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