An international roster of donors has dispersed billions of dollars since 2000 to address social issues targeted by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Their efforts highlight four ways that big bets can achieve big social change.
The contours of civil society are influenced—but not bound—by America’s larger demographic curve. On the leading edge of that curve, California shows the kind of intentional, strategic role that civil society might play in a more equitable and sustainable future.
Those who influence the allocation of capital have an obligation to consider whether current practices solve or perpetuate the challenges impact investing aims to address.
Every year tens of millions of Americans sacrifice their personal time and resources to participate in civil society in some way. Why do they do it? The answers are varied and intertwined, but it might boil down to this: Civic-mindedness starts early, runs deep, and aims higher.
Like all of civil society, the American nonprofit sector is a living thing. Its recent evolution has created a large and diverse force for good, but faces distinct challenges ranging from identity to sustainability.