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Andrew Wolk is a pioneer in the social enterprise movement. He designed and taught one of the first courses on social entrepreneurship in this country. He is the founder of several social venture including Root Cause, a nonprofit consulting firm and pragmatic partner to nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, foundations, and government. 

In this podcast, Andrew discusses the Root Cause model, their relentless focus on impact and outcomes, and how measuring and understanding impact is of vital interest to nonprofits striving to improve lives. He also explains the use of data and evidence for driving higher performance, and why it is necessary to focus on the right data. Andrew also provides some exclusive insights into Root Cause, and how the organization is evolving with the times, and responding to the issues of our country. 

Direct download: Andrew_Wolk_FINAL_1.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 2:53pm EDT

Gregg Behr is the Executive Director of the Grable Foundation, based in Pittsburgh, PA, helping to advance high-quality early childhood education, improved teaching and learning in public schools, and robust out-of-school time support. In this podcast, Gregg discusses this family foundation's grantmaking practices, the importance of being very present in the community, and responsive to community leaders, and the need to get back to the basics with respect to effective grantmaking. We discuss the unique characteristics of the Pittsburgh community, and how philanthrophy has been a true driver of change in the city over the past few decades. The Grable Foundation is demonstrating place-based grantmaking, and a model of excellence. 

Direct download: Gregg_Behr_FINAL_1.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 2:46pm EDT

Third Sector Capital leads governments, high-performing nonprofits, and private funders in building evidence-based initiatives that address society’s most persistent challenges. As experts in innovative public-private contracting and financing strategies, Third Sector is an architect and builder of the nation’s most promising Pay for Success projects including those in Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and Santa Clara County, California. 

As a co-Founder, Caroline provides a clear and in-depth look at the Pay For Success field, what they have achieved thus far, and what can be accomplished in the future. This is a helpful primer for anyone who is trying to learn more on the PFS subject. Caroline's energy and passion about Pay for Success is infectious! 

Direct download: Caroline_Whistler_FINAL_1.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

Rick Williams is the CEO of the Sobrato Family Foundation, based in Cupertino, CA, which is focused on building a thriving Silicon Valley, through its business and philanthropic leadership. It is a place-based grant maker that invests in organizations seeking to make a social impact in the tri-county area of Silicon Valley.

Today, Rick joins us to discuss the strategic grantmaking of the Sobrato Family Foundation, the challenges specific to the Silicon Valley region, how they are responding to the community, and how they are using philanthropy as a tool for change. This is a great and inspirational conversation, from a man with a lot of industry experience.

Direct download: Rick_Williams_FINAL_1.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 1:51pm EDT

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