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Rohini Nilekani pours her wealth into getting books to India's poorest children

Rohini Nilekani pours her wealth into getting books to India's poorest children | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it
When she found herself suddenly wealthy, the Indian philanthropist founded Pratham Books, a nonprofit publisher that uses innovative ways to put low-cost books in the hands of millions of kids.

 

"Nilekani's own journey is something of a fairy tale. She has gone from being a middle-class journalist (something of an "activist," she says) to being a wealthy philanthropist. In 1981, when just 20 years old, Nilekani invested 10,000 rupees (about $180) – all the money she had – into a company cofounded by her husband, Nandan Nilekani, along with six close friends. That company grew into Infosys Ltd., India's second-largest technology company, with a net profit of $1.72 billion in the last financial year.

 

Nilekani, who owns 1.41 percent of the stock, is now one of India's richest women. She calls herself an "accidental philanthropist" because of her accidental wealth.

 

"I felt very uncomfortable when I became wealthy," she says. "One of my ways of dealing with it was to give it forward right away. I believe that any society that allows the creation of legitimate wealth expects that the wealth be used for its benefit."

 

Early on she used her profits from Infosys to set up a charitable foundation. She soon developed a reputation for philanthropy, and in 2010 Forbes magazine chose her as one of its "48 heroes of philanthropy." "

 

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The Art of Love in Philanthropy (SSIR)

The Art of Love in Philanthropy (SSIR) | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it
Sublime philanthropy demands an emotional investment as much as it demands economic and process investment.
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AN : may we all experience and become such selfless givers as described in the full article : http://goo.gl/BixUo

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Apple fires up its version of Google’s ’20% time’, giving some employees 2 weeks for special projects

Apple fires up its version of Google’s ’20% time’, giving some employees 2 weeks for special projects | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it
Apple is trying out its own version of Google's 20% time, reports Jessica Lessin on The Wall Street Journal's News Hub, as singled out by Jay Yarow at Business Insider. The initiative, ...

 

AN : philanthropy is not just sharing funds but also time......excellent examples with Google and Apple...

 

http://goo.gl/XnAzk

 

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Watch the Global Conversations at Social Good Summit Live

Watch the Global Conversations at Social Good Summit Live | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it
The Social Good Summit kicked off Saturday in New York -- but you can join in even if you couldn't make it to New York.

AN : Social Good Summit & reference to Social Good Meetups. 

http://mashable.com/2012/09/22/social-good-summit-2012-live/

 

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Simplicity in Home-Page Design: One.org - Redesigning Good - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Simplicity in Home-Page Design: One.org - Redesigning Good - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it

"One of the most often-praised nonprofit home pages was designed by One, a group that seeks ways to help people escape poverty.

 

Designers have long praised this page for its simplicity, a key feature, as I noted in my post Monday.  The slideshow at the top focuses on the most important issue, while giving you a sneak peak at two other features."

 

AN : a good website and social media presence and strategy goes a long way to accomplishing the goal of a philanthropic entity.

 

http://philanthropy.com/blogs/redesigning-good/2012/08/01/simplicity-in-home-page-design-one-org/

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Helping Africa develop growth that benefits its poor

Helping Africa develop growth that benefits its poor | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it
VSO's Mark Rowland, has just returned from Uganda where he spent the last week understanding the challenges facing entrepreneurship and the role that NGOs can play in releasing the power of pro-poor enterprise...

"We brought together 15 young entrepreneurs from Europe, who all had experience of setting up a businesses to address a social issue, to work with 15 Ugandan counterparts. Their task was to answer a single question: how can we accelerate the building of enterprises that are commercially viable and also create prosperity for poor communities?

 

The process highlighted three key obstacles that stand in the way of enterprise flourishing in Uganda and across Africa. These are the challenges of capital, capacity and corruption."

 

AN : philanthropy is not just giving money. The saying of the value of " giving a fish versus teaching to fish " is so apropos.  The interplay of capital, capacity and corruption are so vital in developing self sufficiency and sustainability.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/developing-enterprise-achieve-inclusive-economic-growth

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Mapping Generosity: New Tool Highlights Giving-est Places by Zipcode - News - GOOD

Mapping Generosity: New Tool Highlights Giving-est Places by Zipcode - News - GOOD | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it
Blue states lag far behind red states, and rich people are far more generous if they live in mixed income communities.

 

AN : USA based info but an observation can be made as to giving being more predominant in politically liberal and religious backgrounds....

 

http://www.good.is/post/mapping-generosity-new-tool-highlights-giving-est-places-by-zipcode/

 

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IFRC launches appeal to support regional response to population movement from Syria - IFRC

Since the beginning of 2011, violence in Syria has caused mass displacement within the country and across its borders into Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey.

 

AN : the need is great to help the two arms of the international relief / aid agencies in response to the internal conflict in Syria.

 

http://www.ifrc.org/en/news-and-media/news-stories/international/ifrc-launches-appeal-to-support-regional-response-to-migration-from-syria-58294/

 

 

 

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Viral Philanthropy: The Impact of Crowdsourced Compassion

Viral Philanthropy: The Impact of Crowdsourced Compassion | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it
Online crowdfunding for worthy causes has complemented traditional forms of fundraising, and may even replace them in the future.

 

http://mashable.com/2012/07/11/viral-philanthropy/

 


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Eradicating Global Poverty and Disease Begins at Home

Eradicating Global Poverty and Disease Begins at Home | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it

"Those of us fortunate enough to have spent most of our lives under a solidly built roof sometimes take for granted the health benefits of modern housing....

In a 2001 World Bank report, Voices of the Poor, those living in poverty identified better housing as a pressing priority. In recent decades, studies by the World Health Organization (WHO) affirmed what the poor have known all along: housing and health are intrinsically linked.....

Global poverty and disease are typically viewed as wicked problems requiring huge investments, and even decades, to solve. Are these problems really so intractable? The solutions are right in front of us. "

 

http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/08/eradicating_global_poverty_and.html

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The Emerging Fourth Sector - FourthSector.net

The Emerging Fourth Sector - FourthSector.net | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it

Businesses create and distribute goods and services that enhance our quality of life, promote growth, and generate prosperity. They spur innovation, reward entrepreneurial effort, provide a return on investment and constantly improve their performance responding to market feedbacks. They draw on the skills, effort and ingenuity of individual workers, and share with them the economic value created by the enterprise.

 

AN : the excellent introductory article is a great overview of the emerging area categorized as " the fourth sector " of organiztions in society . There are overlapping and crossing overlaps of roles and outcomes. This applies also to  philanthropic orientated entities.

 

http://www.fourthsector.net/learn/fourth-sector

 


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Costa Rica's 'green economy' shows that money can grow on trees

Costa Rica's 'green economy' shows that money can grow on trees | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it
Ina Porras: Costa Rica's creative approach to sustainable development includes paying for environmental resources, such as forests and water...

 

"Controversy stalks the green economy concept, even as it topped the agenda of world leaders at the Rio+20 summit. Its detractors say it spells a commodification of nature that will transfer money, power and land to elites and corporations while supporters counter that our collective failure to value nature is why forests and other ecosystems are in such trouble. As the world watches and waits to see how giants like the US and China respond to our environmental, social and economic crises, a small country – Costa Rica – has big lessons to share.

 

The story emerged last week at the International Institute for Environment and Development's fair ideas conference in Rio, when Costa Rican politicians, community leaders and researchers related their experiences of putting the green economy model into practice as they pioneered payments for environmental services (PES).

 

The idea is simple: landowners are rewarded financially for actions that maintain environmental services that benefit other people, who then pay for that gain. Lowland water users would, for example, pay highland communities that plant or protect forests and so maintain the flow of water downstream."

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2012/jun/26/costa-rica-green-economy-trees

 

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Why Investment Banks are Jumping on the Impact Investing Bandwagon | Social Enterprise Buzz

Why Investment Banks are Jumping on the Impact Investing Bandwagon | Social Enterprise Buzz | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it

Methods to create social change are shifting.  It used to be the case that only philanthropic money and charitable donations are given to assist communities in need.  Now, private investors and companies are using impact investing to drive social change, providing more money than philanthropy and government can afford.

Two months ago, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney announced an Investing with Impact Platform for their clients.  In the past few years following the 2008 financial crisis, there has been a surge of banks from the US to Europe who have launched impact investing products.  These products constitute a new investment style that allows clients to generate both financial and social or environmental returns.  Compared to charity, impact investing would help accelerate solutions faster and ensure long-term sustainability.


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A Seattle Charity Helps Poor Families Lay Claim to Land They Farm - Face of Philanthropy - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

A Seattle Charity Helps Poor Families Lay Claim to Land They Farm - Face of Philanthropy - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it
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In North America and Europe we take much for granted as far as livelihood and land goes. 

 

"For very poor, rural families in developing countries, gaining legal rights to the land they farm can be life-changing.

 

People can invest in the land, secure in the knowledge it won’t be taken away from them. Farmers can use the land as collateral for loans to buy livestock, equipment, or supplies to increase their yield. And, in some countries, land title can provide the vital proof of residence that people need to apply for government services, such as public schools or subsidized seeds.

 

For more than 40 years, Landesa, a Seattle nonprofit organization, has sought to combat poverty by working with governments around the world to help poor people gain secure land rights."

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Interview: The Nobel prizes in the 21st century

Interview: The Nobel prizes in the 21st century | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it
Head of the most prestigious awards discusses its future, including the three-person rule, lack of female winners, and why it could turn to hedge funds.
"Every year on the 10 December – the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death – the city of Stockholm comes alive with celebration for the new Nobel Laureates in Physics, Chemistry and Medicine, as well as Literature and the Prize in Economic Sciences. (The Peace prize is awarded in Oslo – at the time of Nobel's death Sweden and Norway were united under one monarch.)

Those lucky enough to be awarded a Nobel prize experience a rare glimpse of the celebrity lifestyle. The prize ceremony and Nobel banquet are glitzy white-tie events where Laureates and their families meet and dine with royalty, their words become front-page news, and every minute is broadcast live in TV.

Behind the prestige and glamour is the Nobel Foundation, which is responsible for managing Alfred Nobel’s funds in accordance with his will. Nobel may have died in 1896, but the interest on his wealth continues to fund the institutions responsible for choosing the prizes each year – which for medicine is the Karolinska Institute, and for physics, chemistry and economics is the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences.

Since the first Nobel prizes were awarded in 1901, the foundation has seen both science and society change radically, not to mention seeing the odd bit of controversy. On the eve of this year’s festivities, Lars Heikensten, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, talked to BBC Future about how they are trying to maintain Alfred Nobel's original vision, and the success of the prizes for years to come."
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Even though the Nobel Awards are recognition of achievement awards, they represent a foresightful form of philanthropy by Alfred Nobel. 

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Ancient Giving | Philanthrocapitalism

Ancient Giving | Philanthrocapitalism | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it

 

"The earliest charitable foundations were probably temples caring for the sick in ancient Egypt. King Pandukabhaya of Sri Lanka, in the fourth century BC, set up early hospitals, as did King Ashoka in India in the third century BC. But our exploration of wealth and giving begins with the Ancient Greeks, from whom we derived the word philanthropy."

 

AN : it is always interesting and informative to look at the roots of words and concept. That also means going backward in time. This article and the downloadable pdf further our knowledge and understanding of the roots of philanthropy.

http://goo.gl/wOZ9k

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How technology democratised development

How technology democratised development | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it
Mobile innovator Ken Banks argues that technology has become a vital tool in the fight against poverty.

"There are likely more people working on solving social and environmental problems in the world today than ever before in human history.....

Designing mobile applications for the next billion, or the bottom of the pyramid, or the other 90% - whatever you choose to call it – is now big business. You only have to look at cites like Nairobi, where companies like Google, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Hewlett Packard and Samsung have set up shop.

 

Their mission, in many cases, is to help to get the best African minds thinking about African problems. Clearly, if this trend continues then Africans are less likely to be left behind in designing solutions for their own continent than they were before. It would be hard for anyone to argue that this is not a positive step.

 

At the same time as this influx of big business, there are increasing numbers of homegrown initiatives. Innovation and technology labs have been springing up over the continent for at least the last three years. According to Erik Hersman, Founder of the iHub, there are now more than 50 tech hubs, labs, incubators and accelerators in Africa, covering more than 20 countries. Mobile phones will be at the centre of the majority of solutions their tenants develop."

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120906-how-tech-democratised-development

 

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An Enterprising Young Rabbit Entrepreneur Rises To The Top Of An African Entrepreneurship Contest

An Enterprising Young Rabbit Entrepreneur Rises To The Top Of An African Entrepreneurship Contest | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it

"Laetitia Mukungu is one of the finalists for the The Anzisha Prize, an award for young African entrepreneurs. How did she do it? On the backs of delicious little rabbits."

 

"The Anzisha Prize is an initiative of the African Leadership Academy Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation.

The Anzisha Prize is the premier award for African leaders aged 15-20 who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to challenges facing their communities.

The Anzisha Prize is a celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa. The Prize recognizes the transformative role of youth-lead change on the African continent."

http://www.anzishaprize.org/about-anzisha/

 

AN :  a prize which encentivises and rewards social entrepreneurship is a novel form of philanthropy. The spark to go for the goal inherent in the mission of the prize has a multi-fold return.

http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680466/an-enterprising-young-rabbit-entrepreneur-rises-to-the-top-of-an-african-entrepreneurship-co

 

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Buildings society - FT.com

Buildings society - FT.com | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Staring at Churchill’s phraseology in the glass display cases of the Morgan Library recently, I was newly aware of the power of his rhetoric.

"In championing the wealth necessary to create a cultural legacy, Carnegie found a paradox critical for philanthropy today. He argued that inheritors of great private estates usually squandered the money they hadn’t earned, and so they should meet with huge inheritance taxes.

So, who should step in to mend our neophiliac flaws and pay to keep the great estates? Or maintain the libraries that Carnegie built now that local authorities have few funds left to repair their weathered edges? Perhaps it is those won over by the smile of a building’s historical significance.

“I don’t support buildings because of the ‘George Washington Slept Here’ syndrome,” says Wilson. “So what if a humdrum building was, say, occupied by Dvorak for a while? The architecture should be good – that’s the important thing. If a building’s not beautiful, forget it.” "

 

http://goo.gl/SxLt6

 

 
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The World's Youngest Nation On The Road to Food Security : UN World Food Program

The World's Youngest Nation On The Road to Food Security : UN World Food Program | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it

'The World's Youngest Nation On The Road to Food Security...

During her recent visit to South Sudan, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin travelled to Aweil, an area in the north west with some of the poorest food-security indicators in the country. While there, she met with small farmers who are transforming their communities with help from WFP food-for-assets programmes. She sent us this blog post to tell us about them."

 

AN : The UN World Food Programme in South Sudan. The country officially came into being only last year. Many needs ...the philanthropic community has a brand new canvas to demonstrate the compassionate side of humanity.

 

http://goo.gl/a2tVo

 

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Sharing the World’s Resources – An Introduction - STWR - Share The World's Resources

Sharing the World’s Resources – An Introduction - STWR - Share The World's Resources | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it

"The process of economic sharing can ensure that the world’s essential resources, goods and services are made accessible to all, according to a new brief by Share The World’s Resources."

 

"Moving beyond ‘isms’Unlike capitalism, socialism or communism, sharing is not a dogmatic,‘one size fits all’ ideology. Nor is it a set of prescribed methods or processes implemented from the ‘top down’ by an unaccountable or absentee authority. Applying this simple principle to the field of political economy navigates between the divisive ‘isms’ that still drive much of the debate on economic and social rights."

 

AN :  sharing,  stems from caring. Economic sharing is a good, solid approach to equity of all resources for all.

http://goo.gl/Jwa4z

 

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How America’s Biggest Companies Give

How America’s Biggest Companies Give | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it

"2012 Corporate Giving Survey

Learn how much America's biggest companies gave in 2011, in both cash and products, and find out the causes they support and how they encourage employee giving. To find a corporation, search below or click from company to company using the bar chart."

 

AN : helpful , interactive graph on USA corporate giving in 2011

 

http://philanthropy.com/article/How-America-s-Biggest/132785/

 

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The most boring development solution in the world ...

The most boring development solution in the world ... | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it

"Salt. I’m not sure I can come up with a more mundane substance. But did you know that a development solution with one of the highest returns on investment involves this lowly compound? ...."

 

AN : it is not just the complex solutions in charity which can yield great results. A practical matter is that of iodine  and other micronutrients deficiencies.

 

http://evolutionofphilanthropy.com/2011/02/03/the-most-boring-development-solution-in-the-world/

 

 

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GLOBAL: Follow the fizz, save a life

GLOBAL: Follow the fizz, save a life | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it

"How is it that the world's most popular fizzy drink reaches even the farthest-flung corners of the planet, yet vast numbers of children in developing countries die for lack of one of the cheapest and most effective preparations known to medical science ? "

 

AN : The Coca Cola conumdrum ....

 

http://www.irinnews.org/Report/94996/GLOBAL-Follow-the-fizz-save-a-life

 

 

 

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How a Tech Non-Profit Became the Hottest Ticket in Silicon Valley

How a Tech Non-Profit Became the Hottest Ticket in Silicon Valley | Philanthropy Means, Mechanisms & Motivations | Scoop.it
After five years at Facebook, where she was one of three engineers who launched the company's advertising platform, Yun-Fang Juan could writ...

 

"Khan Academy, an educational non-profit, is becoming one of the sexiest workplaces for programmers in Silicon Valley, where stock options, IPOs, and big-money acquisitions have long been considered key to luring talent. It’s attracted star coders from companies like Google and Microsoft and, as it grows, has its pick of some of the tech sector’s top engineers.

 

Khan’s recruiting success underlines something often forgotten as investment dollars pour in to the Valley: Money isn’t everything. At Khan, none of the staff can hope for a fast fortune. What they can realistically hope for is to shape a nascent industry and to markedly improve the lives of millions of students. It turns out that means a lot."

 

AN : Salman Khan does tutoring style videos..fabulous story...winning by helping...works!

 

http://www.wired.com/business/2012/06/khan-academy/

 

 

 

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