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Sharing Solutions to Poverty

By Jonathan Morduch 4

Efforts to battle poverty in the United States can learn a lot from the developing world, and vice versa. Thankfully some of the barriers between these traditionally isolated domains are falling.

Sunshine Snapshot

By Suzie Boss

An online tool called Project Sunroof provides homeowners with a clear picture of whether they should go solar.

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The Problem with Fair Trade Coffee

By Colleen Haight 27

Fair Trade-certified coffee is growing in sales, but strict certification requirements are resulting in uneven economic advantages for coffee growers and lower quality coffee for consumers.

Collective Impact

By John Kania & Mark Kramer 107

Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, not the isolated intervention of individual organizations.

Ten Nonprofit Funding Models

By William Landes Foster, Peter Kim, & Barbara Christiansen 65

For-profit executives use business models—such as "low-cost provider"—as a shorthand way to describe the way companies are built and sustained. Nonprofit executives have not had an equivalent lexicon—until now.

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Design Thinking for Social Innovation

By Tim Brown & Jocelyn Wyatt 33

Designers have traditionally focused on enhancing the look and functionality of products. Recently, they have begun using design techniques to tackle more complex problems, such as finding ways to provide low-cost healthcare throughout the world.