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Customers Determine Product Design for Social Enterprise

Editor’s note: To help social entrepreneurs anticipate and avoid some of the problems of starting a social-good business, Ventureneer will do a series of blogs about the progress of Greenway Grameen Infra, a very likely candidate for success. “Grameen” means “rural” or “village.” Greenway Grameen Infra is not associated with the Grameen Foundation. I’ll be checking back with them regularly to see what’s working and what’s not. Right now, it’s looking good.

Why Aren’t Entrepreneurial American Women Among the World’s Power Brokers?

With all my talk about entrepreneurship being the way to close the gender gap, I was struck by the lack of American female entrepreneurs on the Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful Women.

Jewish Grantmaker Experiments With Competition, Long-term Grants, Hands on Involvement

Building a broader donor base is forcing a transformation in grantmaking. Jewish philanthropy has been hard-hit by demographic changes. Last week, I looked at the way the UJA-Federation of New York City is handling the challenge.
 

Recharged and Rarin’ to Go with Outcomes of Latest Social Media Research

Another day off to recharge and reflect: I visited Washington Irving's home at Sunnyside, just north of New York City. Lovely day immersed in history, literature, and the fresh air of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail.
 

More than One Road Can Take You Where You Want to Go

Vacations are for relaxing and recharging, but what happens when things don’t go as planned? As with business, sometimes you plan for X and Y happens. So it was with my vacation.

I Think I Can, I Think I Can … I Know I Will!

I’m a Pollyanna, always optimistic, always seeing the glass half full instead of half empty.

UJA-Federation of NYC Exemplifies Changes in Philanthropy

Jewish philanthropy is undergoing a transformation. The challenges it faces are a microcosm of the challenges facing the larger philanthropic community.

Is Your Nonprofit Ready If There Is a Major Funding Loss?

So you’re going along, minding your own nonprofit, putting on great fundraising events, and suddenly the global financial crisis knocks your socks off or, more precisely, knocks out a sizable chunk of your budget.

5 Tips for Attracting Large Donations

Donors are different these days. I’m talking about the individual donor, not foundations. And I’m particularly talking about the donors you hit up for more than $10 per month. How do you inspire donations in the $10,000 range?

Social Media for Small Businesses: It’s About The Bottom Line

Yes, we all know that social media are about conversation and engagement. But how does that conversation get translated into profit for small businesses?



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