Markets For Good

Before Digital Impact there was Markets For Good, a program launched in 2012 to help increase social impact through good data practice. Digital Impact acquired Markets For Good in 2016, and we continued our mission to improve the digital infrastructure for civil society and help social sector practitioners and policymakers use digital resources safely, ethically, and effectively for maximum impact.

Browse the archive (2012-2016) for commentary from many of the experts you’ve come to know through Digital Impact, and learn more about Stanford PACS and the Digital Civil Society Lab here.

Posts by Markets For Good

Data On Purpose

  This week Stanford Social Innovation Review hosted the two day Data on Purpose conference, giving “data geeks” a chance to explore the realm of using data to tell stories in the social sector. The conference featured an impressive lineup of journalists, technology innovators, computer scientists, data visualization designers, and professional communicators, all providing tips, […]

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Your guide to the key EU-US data-sharing pact

  After days of negotiation, the US and European Union (EU) have reached an agreement, known as the “Privacy Shield,” to better protect and continue to allow the transfer of personal data between the US and EU countries. This new agreement also grants Europeans the ability to seek legal action if they feel their personal […]

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Knight News Challenge awards $3.2 million for 17 ideas that make data work for communities

  The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the 17 winners of the Knight News Challenge on Data on January 16, 2016. The challenge invited applicants to present ideas that use data to address and improve community challenges, while encouraging development in innovation and learning. Similarly to Markets For Good (MFG), the Knight Foundation […]

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Open Data Set to Reshape Charity and Activism in 2016

  Across the world, countries are expanding their use and distribution of data for others to access. Last year, the EU, China, and Taiwan announced various accomplishments and goals for the use of open data by the civic groups, businesses, and governments who need to analyze it. Five of the world’s experts on open data […]

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Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg: ‘likes’ can help stop Isis recruiters

  Two weeks ago, Silicon Valley’s leading executives came together to collaborate with America’s most senior security staff and law enforcement officials to help with the pursuit to destroy the Islamic extremism. Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, stated yesterday that social media might be the best platform to stop Isis recruitment.   Many […]

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The New GuideStar Nonprofit Profile

I’m excited to announce a major milestone in GuideStar’s history. GuideStar’s vision is to drive philanthropy by increasing nonprofit data collection, distribution, and innovation. Today, we take a giant leap toward further achieving that vision. I am happy to officially debut our completely redesigned GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles. We started this redesign process by asking you and […]

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How To Stem The Global Shortage Of Data Scientists

  The term “data scientists” was rarely used 20 years ago, even 10 years ago most employers didn’t grasp the value of this specific skill set. A data scientist uses a combination of computer science, statistics, operations research, engineering, business insights and strategy to interpret data and find key insights. Now, the term is widely […]

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6 Major Shifts in Corporate Philanthropy, New Report Finds

  Over the past two years, America’s Charities have seen an increasing shift in employee engagement and employee volunteerism. The Snapshot report finds that employee volunteerism has grown from a small, isolated task to one that has become a central component of company culture and employee engagement. Over the years, employers have made giving back […]

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Technology helps food banks handle holiday surge

  With the giving season in full swing, food banks across the US are experiencing an increase in donations of food for those less fortunate. In the past, this annual influx of goods and perishables was managed solely by volunteers. This year, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is hoping to work more efficiently […]

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Innovation and Philanthropy Combine for Big Change

With #GivingTuesday now in its fourth year, Kathy Calvin explains that the world of philanthropy is shifting and, with the help of innovation, big change is occurring. Growth in digital communication and technology allows for anyone to become involved in an issue or a cause they believe in. In Calvin’s words, “Philanthropy is being democratized.” […]

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