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Is big data a silver bullet for development?

NEW YORK CITY] I'm at a three-day workshop on data and accountability for the post-2015 development agenda, hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). I'm joined by a sizeable contingent of statisticians as well as representatives from governments, parliaments, international organisations, NGOs, the private sector and academia.

The Crucial Role Of Empathy In Development: Q&A With Social Entrepreneur Molly Melching

Submitted by: Tsega Belachew on 01/31/14 Editor's Note: This story, written by Brittany Koteles (@koteles2) , first appeared in Forbes and was brought to you in partnership with, a media organization that reports on social innovation, focusing on the question: Who is solving what and how?

What Crowd-funding can teach Fundraisers about Winning

Yeah, yeah, crowd-funding is the new big fundraising idea. Nothing new there. But I recently did something through Kickstarter. It got me thinking about why it is so exciting. It is simple, tangible, direct, involving and you know exactly what your money buys - yes, all of that. (And it ...

Ethics: the First Step to Fundraising Success

I have had the honor of serving on the Association Of Fundraising Professionals Ethics Committee over the past few years, alongside completely engaged committee members from all over the world. With every meeting, I become more convinced that any organization engaged in fundraising must keep ethics as a core value in order to gain and keep donor trust.

How content marketing can help your nonprofit

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, Web publishers. Your nonprofit has a problem. You're trying to get people to volunteer their time and donate their money-but you can't even get them to pay attention. You're not alone. In the internet age, nonprofits and businesses are all in the same boat.

16 Tips, Tools and Tricks to Improve your Pinterest Marketing Strategy

Pinterest just keeps on growing and at 70 million users, there's on end in sight to its growth anytime soon. It's been a while since I've paid attention to what's changed. There are some great guides around to help you get started from scratch with your Pinterest strategy, including this great one from Social Media Examiner that will guide you through the process of setting up your account.

Nonprofits: Avoid Those Social Media Silos!

January 29, 2014; The Guardian Staff of nonprofit organizations may find themselves working in social media silos. For example, three different programs might operate three different Facebook pages, and no one talks to one another. It's easy: Just bury your head and do your work. That is, after all, what staff is paid to do.

The Global Information Internship Program

The Global Information Internship Program (GIIP, pronounced "jeep") is a fabulous program at UCSC, which allows undergraduates to fund and work on projects they are passionate about in the areas of global social justice and sustainability. This video helps to explain more about GIIP, so students can find out how to get more involved.

Social Media Birdbrain

This week's examples of good nonprofit infographics was put togther by Madeleine Hammond. Madeleine is a marketing executive at Skeleton Productions - one of the UK's leading video production companies. Robyn here. So what makes a good infographic?

The Social Impact Bond: Potential and pitfalls

There is currently much discussion about the Social Impact Bond as an innovative tool to generate financing for social enterprises. Anyone who has tried to start a social enterprise-a business that exists for the primary purpose of addressing a social need-knows that it is challenging to find the financial resources to start operations.

Infographic: The Surprising Words That Get Top Content Shared

Recently, I wrote about 2 key elements that article titles should incorporate if they wish to be clicked on and read. Some words don't just impact what folks read, it can also impact what folks share! This infographic from ShortStack provides data collected from Iris Shoor, Leo Widrich and Scott Ayres.

Seen and Heard: News from Acumen and the impact investing sector

Acumen hosts Investor Gathering in New York City, full event can be viewed here Recent Highlights The Financial Times recently featured a profile of LifeSpring and Acumen in its Innovation in Healthcare special report.

Pinterest FAQs: Answers to 11 Questions You've Always Wanted to Ask

in March? I mean, where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday marketers were beginning to explore how Pinterest could fit into their marketing strategies. Now, the site has Did you know that Pinterest is turning four over 70 million active users, and marketers around the world have embraced it as a legitimate social media marketing channel.

Free Sustainable Development Course from Jeffrey D. Sachs

In certain circles, the word sustainable gets tossed around quite a bit, and depending on the background of the people using it, it can have a certain cachet and authority, but in the bigger scheme of things, such as discussing the economy and economic development in layman's terms, it may serve to muddy the waters

Microinsurance: The win-win-win value proposition

MFW is a client-centric institution that prides itself on striving to meet their clients' needs. In the process of analyzing the life cycle of their clients, they realized that there are many circumstances where clients face health-related issues that involve many expenses and often loss of income, all of which have a negative impact on the financial stability of the household, maternity and child birth being the most common.

Youth Cannot Be Ignored

By Ryan Newton, Specialist, Youth Savings January 13, 2014 Two out of three people in the MENA region are under 30 years old. And youth in MENA, especially women and girls, are more financially excluded than youth in other parts of the world (according to the Global Findex).

Massachusetts Launches Non-Guaranteed Social Impact Bonds

News & Articles > Massachusetts Launches Non-Guaranteed Social Impact Bonds Mark Hrywna - January 29, 2014 This year is shaping up to be the year of the Social Impact Bond (SIB). Two announcements this week on either coast highlighted the momentum behind SIBs, also called Pay For Success (PFS) initiatives.

The Five Mistakes Donors Make (and How to Fix Them)

By many measures, Americans are among the most generous people in the world, giving about $300 billion to charities every year to help those who are less fortunate or to otherwise make the world a better place. Unfortunately, all that generosity does not have the world-improving impact that it should, because the vast majority put almost no effort into deciding where to give.

Resolve to Improve - 7 Goals for Being Better in 2014

This is a guest post from Michael Culler. With over 15 years of nonprofit industry experience, Michael has worked with nonprofit customers across North America and the United Kingdom to implement full-scale projects and business process improvement projects.

Practical Visionary: Dorothy Everett video

The woman behind the newly endowed Dorothy E. Everett Chair for Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship and manger of the Everett Program, previously GIIP, at University of California at Santa Cruz. Directed, Produced, Edited by Sienna Thorgusen and Katie Roper