Through an agreement with the , PND is pleased to be able to offer a series of articles and profiles related to the "business" of improving society.

Creating New Pathways to Capital

Creating New Pathways to Capital

Alvin Warren, Robin Brulé  |  July 30, 2019

Lack of access to capital not only prevents business growth but also perpetuates cycles of intergenerational poverty and racial inequity that affect families and communities at all levels. Brulé and Warren report on one model that is helping to change that equation in New Mexico....

China’s New Model of Blockchain-Driven Philanthropy

Kevin C. Desouza, Xiaofeng Wang  |  June 27, 2019

According to Wang and Desouza, social entrepreneurs in the world's most populous country are using blockchain technology to create a more decentralized and autonomous philanthropic sector....

How to Push DEI Conversations Out of the Comfort Zone

Chera Reid, Jara Dean-Coffey  |  May 30, 2019

As we work to advance racial equity in philanthropy, write Reid and Dean-Coffey, four practices can help us find our "learning edge" — the boundary of our comfort zone and competencies where change is truly transformative and freeing....

Forest Restoration for Fuel

James Gaines  |  April 29, 2019

Is commercial-scale torrefaction — the process of turning wood scraps from forest-thinning operations into a coal substitute — a partial solution to climate change? Gaines, a freelance science journalist living in Seattle, reports....

Communities Need Neighborhood Trusts

Joseph Margulies  |  March 29, 2019

Low-income communities need ownership over the resources that flow into them and defenses to protect them from feckless funders and footloose capital, argues Margulies. In an age when the failure of unregulated capitalism is becoming more evident every day, options like the neighborhood trust cannot be implemented quickly enough....

The Cost of Financial Precarity

Carrie Leana  |  February 26, 2019

With wages stagnating, benefits shrinking, and personal debt increasing, financial precarity has become widespread in the United States, writes Leana, but the philanthropic community has been and can continue to be a catalyst for solutions to the problem.... 

This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Five Lessons for Nonprofit Advocacy

Will von Geldern  |  January 30, 2019

Whether you are doing advocacy for the first time or revamping an existing program, the recipe for success, writes van Geldern, requires a careful balance between analytical thinking and action.... 

The Power of Letting Go

Dan Honig  |  December 27, 2018

Honig looks at new research that explores when top-down control works best in international development work and when organizations should let employees in the field navigate challenges using their own judgment....

Time for a Three-Legged Measurement Stool

Fay Twersky  |  November 27, 2018

Across the social sector, writes Twersky, there is a growing recognition of the importance of being human centered — of putting the people we seek to benefit at the center of our problem-solving efforts....

When Rapid Equals Urgent

Michael Seo  |  October 11, 2018

Movements such as #MeToo and Time's Up reinforce why a rapid-response fund might focus on women human rights defenders. Seo, the founder of ReaMedica and ReaMedica Health Care Kenya, reports on one such fund....

The #GivingTuesday Model

Asha Curran  |  September 25, 2018

Since its creation in 2012, #GivingTuesday has spread across the world, with official movements in forty-six countries and unofficial activity in dozens more. As Curran explains, there are important lessons all nonprofits can learn from its success....

A New Local Movement

Sarah Murray  |  August 28, 2018

Freelance journalist Sarah Murray looks at an innovative fund in Chicago that is demonstrating how place-based impact investing can transform a community....

A New Form of Capitalism

Sarah Murray  |  July 26, 2018

Social impact bonds (SIBs) do not offer a silver bullet for solving social problems, writes Murray, but they may represent the first expression of a new form of capitalism that optimizes risk for return and impact....

Is the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative the Future of Philanthropy?

Dana Brakman Reiser  |  June 25, 2018

Although they didn't originate the concept, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, gave the philanthropy LLC its "big reveal" when they launched the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative in December 2015. Brakman Reiser, a professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, explains why the vehicle is attractive to high-net-worth donors and, barring another round of tax reform, why it's here to stay....

When Philanthropy Meets Advocacy

Patrick Guerriero, Susan Wolf Ditkoff  |  May 29, 2018

Increasing numbers of Americans want charitable organizations to step into the policy arena and lead the causes they care about. But if philanthropists are going to help make that happen, argue Patrick Guerriero and Susan Wolf Ditkoff, they will need to work through five fundamental questions....

Taps and Toilets for All

Gary White, Matt Damon  |  April 11, 2018

For tens of millions of people, getting fresh water is a daily struggle that dominates their lives. But according to Water.org co-founders Gary White and Matt Damon, we have the tools to bring the water and sanitation crisis to an end....

Four Strategies for Large Systems Change

Steve Waddell  |  March 27, 2018

How can diverse change efforts that aim for a similar outcome be thought of comprehensively? What are the relationships between them? And how do they interact most powerfully to speed change? Veteran community organizer Steve Waddell breaks it down for us....

Social Enterprise Is Not Social Change

Jason Spicer, Marshall Ganz, Tamara Kay  |  February 23, 2018

The solution to systemic social problems, argue Ganz, Kay, and Spicer, is collective political action by organized constituencies using the power of democratic government to overcome resistance to structural social change — not more social entrepreneurship....