A list of SSIR articles to help social change leaders address operational and financial problems due to the Covid-19 crisis and other situations like it.
The Trust-Based Philanthropy Project is part of a growing chorus urging change within philanthropy. It’s a big chorus and covers a wide spectrum in terms of the changes people want to see (from radical restructuring to more modest internal shifts in practice).
The historic $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides much needed relief to individuals, businesses, and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. 501(c)(3) public charities and their donors should be aware of a new tax incentive in the law that could strengthen nonprofit fundraising at this critical time.
During the past 15 years, I’ve spent a lot of time (some might say an unusual amount, even) thinking about the importance of gathering and responding to feedback from the people social sector programs are designed to help.
Everyone in the United States plays a race or ethnic card at some point, or at least everyone who responds to the decennial census. Despite the scientific consensus that race is an artificial social construct, unmoored from biological reality, is there a box that best describes you?
Whether you plan to respond to the census online, in writing, or by telephone, one question you'll be asked to answer is how, racially speaking, you self-identify. What follows are answers to some frequently asked questions to help guide you through the process.
Philanthropic investment in the public system through the social sector can enable statewide systems change. Here is the story of how one initiative transformed access to public higher education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Californians.
We all know the charitable deduction works. It encourages Americans to give more money away than they might otherwise give. If it didn’t, we wouldn’t have it, or many other tax incentives for that matter.
Deductions and taxes are used, at all levels of government, to encourage behavior we want more of in society and discourage behavior we want less of. We have the mortgage interest deduction to encourage homeownership, and we have sin taxes to discourage consumption of substances deemed harmful, like alcohol or tobacco.
Global development funders pour millions of dollars every year into various forms of learning — from disseminating insights and lessons learned to reflecting and acting on program outcomes to using knowledge to improve decision-making. But, based on what we’ve seen, many of the smartest, most creative, and most successful organizations in the social impact space are hindered by poor learning systems. This means that they are failing to reach their potential in terms of performance and impact, and that they are limited in their ability to evolve or pivot in response to challenges they face.
As we close out 2019 and head into a new decade, it’s time to reflect on what happened this year in the field of corporate social responsibility.