Several states are adopting the Finnish practice of distributing “baby boxes” to expectant parents—and taking the opportunity to also educate families about safe sleep for infants.
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We must address the poverty that underlies criminal recidivism if we want to reduce the number of people in US prisons and jails.
The Contemplative-Based Resilience Project is using meditation to help aid workers stave off burnout.
Southcentral Foundation has vastly improved Alaska Native welfare while saving on costs by using traditional healing practices.
A group of inmates is benefitting from a practice that’s badly needed both within and beyond prison walls.
Florence, a social enterprise, is helping cause major reforms in Japan’s childcare system.
While communities can benefit from the entry of more welfare nonprofits, there is a point after which greater numbers are counterproductive.
Instead of prescribing higher education as the silver-bullet solution to poverty, we must provide diverse and contextualized pathways to disadvantaged children, enabling them to redefine the dominant narrative of success.
Launching social enterprises with national reach holds great promise, but there’s no easy route to success—a look at four lessons from the field.
From emphasizing the importance of a data culture to exhorting people to “move thoughtfully and improve things,” nonprofit leaders, funders, scholars, and technologists at SSIR's 2019 Data on Purpose Conference provided deep insights into surviving and thriving in an increasingly digital world.
Anxiety about debt and financial stability can severely reduce the productivity and health of employees, which can hurt a company’s bottom line. Businesses, government, and philanthropic organizations should embrace the case for improving the financial well-being of workers.
The Arkansas nonprofit Our House, which provides shelter to homeless families and individuals working to regain their economic independence, has built a culture of continuous feedback with surveys, community councils, and “happy or not” voting terminals. Part of a series produced for SSIR with the support of the Hewlett Foundation.
New experiments with civic engagement, outreach, and philanthropic models in Philadelphia offer inspiration for leaders across the social sector.