Impact Investments in Women

We talk a lot about how impact investments help people move out of poverty. But impact investments are not just about providing a job and an income; impact investments provide dignity, self confidence, and the ability to stand on your own feet. When that investment is in women, the impact is even more profound.

Over the past decade of working in India, I have seen some incredible businesses, social entrepreneurs and hybrid organizations emerge.  The success of these organizations has largely been based on their ability to...

Mi Fortuna: Extreme Philanthropy on the Streets of Ciudad Juarez

Part 3.

The following is a personal dispatch from a site visit tour by the
 Angelica Foundation and its program partners in the spring of 2011.
 Since then, the violence in Mexico has spread - exploding in some areas
 while leaving others untouched. Social movements throughout the country 
are gathering strength, but still face daunting adversaries. This
 account is intended to mobilize and inform fellow progressive
 grant-makers. The Angelica Foundation's Mexico Border Fund for Human 
Rights and Drug Policy...

Can America Spare Some Social Change?

What the ‘Bush Tax Cuts’ Mean for Communities of Color.

I live in Kingsbridge Heights, a working class residential neighborhood located in the northwest Bronx of New York City. Kingsbridge Heights has a population of 35,000, with a high concentration of Dominicans, especially in the southern and central section of the neighborhood.  In these two areas over 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.  But, if you ask any low-income resident New Yorker, Kingsbridge Heights is considered a high-end...

Mi Fortuna: Extreme Philanthropy on the Streets of Ciudad Juarez

Part 2:

The following is a personal dispatch from a site visit tour by the
 Angelica Foundation and its program partners in the spring of 2011.
 Since then, the violence in Mexico has spread - exploding in some areas
 while leaving others untouched. Social movements throughout the country 
are gathering strength, but still face daunting adversaries. This
 account is intended to mobilize and inform fellow progressive
 grant-makers. The Angelica Foundation's Mexico Border Fund for Human 
Rights and...

Super Poderosas: Powerpuff Women

After my father’s sudden passing when my mother was just 24, she decided to emigrate from the Dominican Republic to the United States, in search of a more promising future – for both of us.  Although my mother had led a seemingly productive life in Santo Domingo, studying secretarial/office skills at night and working during the day, opportunities for economic advancement in our country, especially for widowed women with children, were scarce. After arriving in this country, however, she quickly discovered that her limited...

Budget Breakthroughs: Nonprofit Strategies for Resolving a Funding Crisis

What’s going on? When faced with a funding crisis, you might panic, or ignore it. You might blame others, yourself, or the economy. You might throw yourself into organizing a big event or apply for every grant possible. Or, if you are like the wonderful folks who attended the Budget Breakthroughs Learning Community for Tides’ fiscally-sponsored projects, you might:

-Renegotiate the terms of a grant with funders -Negotiate with vendors to cut costs -Diversify your funding base and the pool of people (staff,...

Mi Fortuna: Extreme Philanthropy on the Streets of Ciudad Juarez

Part 1:

The following is a personal dispatch from a site visit tour by the
 Angelica Foundation and its program partners in the spring of 2011.
 Since then, the violence in Mexico has spread - exploding in some areas
 while leaving others untouched. Social movements throughout the country 
are gathering strength, but still face daunting adversaries. This
 account is intended to mobilize and inform fellow progressive
 grant-makers. The Angelica Foundation's Mexico Border Fund for Human 
Rights and Drug...

How to Celebrate Int'l Women's Day

Much has been made, and appropriately so, of Rush Limbaugh’s recent attack on a Georgetown student who was advocating that contraception be covered by health insurance plans. After calling her a “slut,” a “prostitute,” and suggesting that she post images of herself engaged in sexual acts online for others’ viewing pleasure (including his), calls for companies to pull their advertising from Limbaugh’s show have escalated. As well they should.

But the truth is that this most recent birth control battle is just...