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Uncommon Partnerships for Common Good

02/13/2015

by Nicole Trimble, Senior Advisor, The Giving Practice | As the child of a city manager, I grew up with dinner table conversations that often included such scintillating subjects as “municipal bonds as a method to invest private capital in our shared physical infrastructure.” So it is with geeky interest in public financing that I've been following “Pay For Success,” a new method of investing private capital for social good. more »

Reconstructing Philanthropy from the Outside In

02/11/2015

Paul Shoemaker, Executive Connector, Social Venture Partners Seattle I Philanthropy Northwest member and executive connector at Social Venture Partners recently penned a post for the Stanford Social Innovation Review which ganered the second highest number of comments for that blog. Clearly, Paul has tapped into a powerful discussion within philanthropy. We are pleased to cross-post the original article here with its companion white paper. more »

Next Steps in Mission Investing

02/09/2015

Melanie Audette, deputy director, Mission Investors Exchange | Because the social and environmental issues we face today are too big for any one sector to tackle alone, it is urgent for impact investors to work together. During a recent discussion at the Ford Foundation’s offices in New York, a group of foundation leaders, private sector investors and others took stock of the field and committed to more collective action around impact investing. more »

Why I Always Start a Meeting With a Check-In

01/07/2015

Ted Lord, Senior Partner, The Giving Practice | One antidote to over-designed collaboration is the check-in. Check-ins are a way to open every gathering, whether a generative conversation or an implementation meeting. They can be as simple as asking everyone to share their current personal weather or as corrective as asking participants to share one thing from the last meeting that shifted or hasn’t sat well. more »

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