Civil society can act directly to solve critical problems, but its indirect effect might be just as important: allowing individuals to participate, collaborate, and—in the process—develop into citizens capable of upholding democracy.
Civil society wasn’t invented by the tax code, but changes in the law can have serious, if unintended, consequences on the public good. Nothing is final, however; with change comes new opportunity.
In both the conservative and progressive imagination, civil society is valued—for opposite reasons—as an arbiter between the individual and the national state. But by viewing civil society as the core of America’s social life, we can see our way toward a politics that might overcome some of the dysfunctions of our day.
Organizations must prioritize collecting and analyzing the data needed to manage implementation and improve programs.
The Peterborough Social Impact Bond was the first of its kind. Does its success in improving recidivism rates while rewarding investors herald a new way of using finance for social impact?
My experience in Erdoğan’s Turkey has taught me that NGOs need to avoid polarizing politics, focus on core values, and find allies to survive and thrive in closing societies.
In an environment of declining aid budgets dwarfed by pools of private capital, some decades-old donor organizations are turning to market-based tools to address global health challenges.
Far from being a win-win financial instrument, SIBs come with significant technical burdens and exemplify an ideological shift in welfare service provision.
To attain affordable housing for all, we must build public support by shifting narratives away from consumer choice and personal responsibility.
A look at how private long-term investment can help spur public engagement—and lead to policy change and impact—in environmental conservation and beyond.