Philanthropy Hour








April 2015
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Katie Kerr, Director of Communications for B Lab, discusses exactly what a B Corporation is, how companies can gain certification through the B Impact Assessment, and how a generation of social entrepreneurs is using business as a force for good in the world. B Corp certification is to sustainable business what LEED certification is to green building or Fair Trade certification is to coffee. Today, there is a growing community of over 1,000 Certified B Corps from more than 30 countries and 60 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to use business as a force for social good.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 7:23pm EST

Nell provides concrete examples from her 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She discusses how truly effective organizations always begin with a Theory of Change, getting to the core of why they exist, and being able to articulate that through a Message of Impact. From there, an org must focus on strong leadership, building an effective board of directors, and staying true to their core mission and strategic plan. This is an insightful interview full of great actionable tips.  

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Category:Business -- posted at: 8:56pm EST

Cathy Clark is a professor, researcher, impact investor, and leader in the movement for social enterprises, B Corporations, impact investing, and social good.  She is a Director of CASE i3 at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, i3 standing for Initiative on Impact Investing.  In this episode she speaks about impact investing, social entrepreneurs, and the importance of this model in the world of business, and how it represents the future of fundraising for pro-social organizations. 

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Category:Business -- posted at: 2:30pm EST

Challenge grants like My LA2050 represent a new model for Foundations, byseeking out innovative new organizations, visionary projects, and also crowdsourcing the opinions of people all across the city, who have a chance to vote for their favorite projects.  Besides this program, Goldhirsh Foundation is also exploring new ways of funding social entrepreneurs and B Corporations, through a hybrid venture philanthropy model.  Tara discusses all of the exciting things that are taking place, and how the landscape of philanthropy is shifting in unexpected ways. 

Direct download: Tara_Roth_Goldhirsh_Foundation_1.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 5:26pm EST

Dave Sternberg is a consultant, coach, and trainer who specializes in strengthening nonprofit boards and creating awesome fundraising organizations.  As a Board Governance Consultant for BoardSource, he preaches a strong, engaged, fundraising board of directors as the most important element of any high-functioning organization. In this episode, he provides valuable information and actionable steps on how a nonprofit organization can identify, recruit, and develop awesome board members, and go from good to great. 

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Category:Business -- posted at: 5:19pm EST

Ryan Honeyman, author and thought leader, discusses the popularity of B Corporations as a business model, and represents a profound shift in thinking about the way business measure their success. In this episode we discuss what a B Corp is, how it is set up, and how it helps business achieve their goals. Ryan also talks about some important resources that can help get you started. 

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Category:Business -- posted at: 4:59pm EST

Nike (pronounced Nicki) is the VP of Programs for the California Community Foundation, the largest community foundation in the Los Angeles region, with assets of over $1.4 billion, and over 17,000 actively managed funds. Nike discusses the community foundation model, and its importance in bridging the gap between funders and on-the-ground agencies providing the necessary social services. 

Nike Irvin has an impressive background in the philanthropic sector, having previously served for seven years as the Executive Director of the Riordan Foundation in Los Angeles.  She is a proud Angeleno who is deeply ensconced in the fabric of this community.  In her current role, she is pivotal in providing funding to organizations who are providing services in low-income neighborhoods in South LA. She is also leading collaborations and partnerships with other important stakeholders to build a new model for funding in Los Angeles. 

Direct download: Nike_Irvin_CCF_Podcast_1.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:30pm EST