How Life Below The Line Affects Us All


There are lines everywhere. Lines being drawn, crossed, walked around, and even erased when necessary, or when someone has the power to do so. There is an ugly, unjust line that isn’t serving any of us, and killing many who live below it. This is the poverty line. Today, 1.2 billion people around the world live at or below the poverty level, and they exist on $1.50 per day. This sounds unfathomable, but it’s a real fact and a real crisis. To address the issue,…

Exploring And Ending Modern Homelessness, Let’s Give It A Try


Since the dawn of social media, there has been great debate over whether or not online activism constitutes “real activism.” The term slacktivist evolved when supporters of digital social change campaigns began to participate in droves via cyberspace. This is a pointless argument. There are always going to be people who do their part to contribute to a cause by retweeting, downloading Twibbons, and liking a campaign’s Facebook page. In the same vein, there are going to be humanitarians who form committees, travel to conflict…

29 Groundbreaking Women In STEM


When I was a little girl growing up in Michigan, my parent’s garage was my study, the swamp down the street was my amusement park, and the lagoon in my backyard was my basin of fun and adventure.  I was the only girl in my neighborhood, so helping my dad, now a retired electrical engineer, fix things in the garage was status quo. I didn’t think of myself as a tomboy. I just loved learning about how things worked. I thrived off of collecting and…

Changing Charity: The Great CEO Compensation Debate


By Myles Dannhausen Last year, when Roxanne Spillett came under fire for receiving $988,591 in total compensation as the CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of America in 2008, Dan Pallotta decided enough was enough. The Boys & Girls Club, which receives millions in federal funds, was attacked first by the media, then by Congress when Senator Chuck Grassley launched an investigation into the organization’s compensation practices. Pallotta was incensed by the controversy. The firestorm focused solely on Spillett’s compensation with nary a discussion of…

The New Presidential Paradigm


President Barack Obama did not just win re-election tonight. His victory signaled the irreversible triumph of a new, 21st-century America: multiracial, multi-ethnic, global in outlook and moving beyond centuries of racial, sexual, marital and religious tradition. ~Howard Fineman

Los Angeles Social Innovators Gear Up For The Fast Pitch


Who says Los Angeles doesn’t have heart and depth? On October 24th, 20 of LA’s most promising nonprofit entrepreneurs are sharing their freshly minted communications and business skills during the culmination of the Social Innovation Fast Pitch, a free two-month training program that connects nonprofit leaders with business mentors and funding opportunities. During the event, 10 finalists will make three-minute pitches to a panel of judges and an enormous audience filled with investors, philanthropists and foundation executives. The grand prize is $45,000 in awards. Presented by…

What’s Your Personal Triple Bottom Line?


By Nina Hodjat Some companies sling the Triple Bottom Line concept of focusing on people, planet, and profit versus just profit like they’re offering the sexiest narcotic previously available only to the elite, now available to the commoner. Corporations are wooing the masses with promises that purchasing their services or goods will result in the ultimate high: the wondrous feeling that spending money is synonymous with “doing good” in the world. While “doing good” isn’t a bad thing, I believe it’s high time to explore the next frontier of…

The Clinton Global Initiative & Mashable Social Good Summit Take Manhattan


  New York, New York, here we come! There’s nowhere else in the world I’d rather be this weekend than my old stomping grounds. The Clinton Global Initiative is holding its annual meeting in Manhattan on Sept. 23 to 25, and Incentivize is going to be there to see all the magic happen!  With more than 1,000 participants including global leaders, Fortune 500 CEOs, nonprofit organizers, and celebrity activists convening to instigate social change, mountains are sure to fall. Focused on how business and human capital…

Great Orgs in the Spotlight: Transforming Youth Through Education And Art

I am an advocate for human rights and education. Recently, I walked smack into the face of two amazing youth advocacy orgs which help less fortunate youth gain access to art, vocational support and educational assistance. It would be a disservice not to share with the world the work these two organizations do. Each One Reach One (EORO) is an organization which uses theatre arts to help incarcerated youth understand how to break free from negative patterns. By writing out their stories and recounting experiences,…

5 Kick-Ass Crowdfunding Campaigns For Social Good


When graphic footage of a school bus monitor being bullied by children hit YouTube, it shocked viewers worldwide. The ten minute video featured below shows 68-year-old Karen Klein being verbally abused; being called a “fatass”, “poor”, “ugly” and other derogatory names that leave her weeping and unable to escape the torment. After the clip went viral, the Athena Middle School students shown in the video were swiftly suspended from the school for the whole year. However, that was far from the worst of their punishment. The kids…

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