Nuru Project: Stunning Photojournalism For Social Change

Photo by Kirk Mastin

Photojournalist Wendy Watriss once wrote that “photojournalism at its best embodies our ability to benefit the issues and people with whom we connect.”  I couldn’t think of a better reason to snap a few shots. Some of the most iconic images of all time have been bestowed upon us by photojournalists. From pictures of the anti-war movement during Vietnam to quiet, tranquil moments of peace captured through the lens, photographs evoke emotions in us in an instant. That’s powerful, and that’s why JB Reed, a photographer turned social entrepreneur, is…

Which Brand Wins? McDonald’s vs. Wendy’s


You want fries with that environmentally hazardous, potentially cancer-causing cup, or would you like to reduce the of terminal illness in your country? You want electrically shocked chickens with that shake, or would you like non-abused animals in your sandwich? Two major fast food restaurant chains are making moves to be more socially responsible, and they’re doing more than giving customers additional salad options. According to, McDonald’s is launching a pilot program to phase out polystyrene beverage cups, while testing out double-walled paper hot cups to…

5 Ways The Cloud Can Expand Your Mission And Improve Your Operations


With metrics like cost per dollar raised and percent “overhead” used to determine ratings for non profits, it’s no wonder that we focus so much of our time on lean solutions. We sacrifice quality for cost, efficiency for hours logged, and try to have more do-it-all types. It’s unacceptable, but fortunately there’s a way to rapidly focus and improve your IT solutions in the cloud while simultaneously improving your delivery of services too. Sound too good to be true? Read on. cross posted @

Clinton Global Initiative University: Hoop Dreams And Hope For Social Change


There is a stigma attached to the millenial generation—one that suggests it largely consists of self-entitled lazy slacktavists. However, there is also a burgeoning group of innovators in this demographic, a rising army of capable and creative crusaders for social good. This is evident in the tremendous turnout of college students participating in the Clinton Global Initiative University’s (CGI U) Commitment Challenge, a competition bringing college students together to address the world’s toughest problems. More than 1,000 students from 250 universities around the globe are…

Janelle Monae Rallies Fans And Seeks Social Justice For A Young Boy’s Family


“Tightrope” singer Janelle Monae is on the top of her game. She’s been nominated for a few Grammys, has been given the fashion thumbs up by Karl Lagerfeld (a rare feat that JUST might be harder than winning a Grammy) and has a cameo in the hit single, fun.’s “We are Young.” So it’s great to see her raising awareness for issues she truly cares about. Last night, the soul singer tweeted to her fans asking them to show their support for the life of…

Three Ways To Make Your Non-Profit Rock in 2012


Guest post by Jeff Ramos Some non-profits just seem to be all the rage these days. It always seems like everyone is talking about their work. Every time they come up in your newsfeed because another celebrity has signed on to help them out. All their post go viral. They make it look… well… easy. And you have to wonder, what are they doing differently? It’s tempting to think they are just lucky or maybe even blessed, but they’re not. They are just thinking differently…

Calling All Future Thomas Edisons: Wants To Make Your Invention Come Alive!!


Doesn’t seem like rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, actor and producer is taking a break since Black Eyed Peas announced an indefinite break last year. The “I Got A Feeling” singer is helping young inventors bring their ideas to life and make life more awesome, as part of Time Warner Cable’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education challenge “Wouldn’t It Be Cool If….” From now until March 28th, young people across the country can enter the no-purchase-necessary contest by explaining how math and science can…

Paint A Ton Of Social Good With PictureHealing


They say a picture paints a thousand words. In the case of the new smartphone app PictureHealing, an image can do a ton of social good. Through fancy, fun photo-sharing, PictureHealing empowers users to support three charities of their choice. Incentivize caught up with the certified B Corporation’s CEO, Christopher Brereton, to get the lowdown on PictureHealing’s social entrepreneurial secret sauce. Incentivize: How is PictureHealing different from other charity apps? PictureHealing is different in a few key ways, one major one being that the app…

Riders Ride For Health: Because Saving Lives Is Always In Style


Guest post by Beth Goldman The Schwab Foundation defines a social entrepreneur as “someone achieving large scale, systemic and sustainable social change through a new invention, a different approach, a more rigorous application of known technologies or strategies, or a combination of these.” Case in point: Riders for Health, a group that has literally been “driving” global change for over twenty years via motorbikes. Talking about riding in style! Currently located in seven countries, the organization provides health workers across Africa with reliable transportation and…

Humanitarians Rush To South Sudan Amid Deadly Attacks


At least 200 people have been killed in South Sudan, where cattle camp raiders are terrorizing the region. According to local authorities, most of the attacked areas are on the Ethiopa side of the border. Incentivize spoke with International Medical Corps (IMC), which has teams on the ground responding to the inter-communcal violence. To date, 67 casualties have arrived at Akobo Hospita. The caseload includes 61 patients with gunshot wounds – including 5 children. IMC has one surgeon and one nurse on-site who are managing…

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