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BRIDGE to Somewhere: A Conversation with GlobalGiving, GuideStar, the Foundation Center, and TechSoup Global

The Basic Registry of Identified Global Entities (BRIDGE) is a new collaborative project that aims to revolutionize information sharing, in order to better understand the flows of philanthropic dollars and enhance transparency and effectiveness in the global social sector. Recently, Victoria Vrana, senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda…

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Note from the Curator: One-Year Recap

The Markets for Good web campaign was launched last October by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Jeff Raikes at the Social Capital Markets (SOCAP12) conference in San Francisco. A year on, we’d like to give you a recap of our progress and what we’ve learned so far. We’ll…

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Community Insights: Andrew Means

The Markets for Good Initiative began with our vision, where we imagined a social sector powered by information. Our aim is to be a resource, and help facilitate a community in which we share information to inspire others, with the ultimate goal of upgrading the information infrastructure for social change.…

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An Exciting Lens Through Which To View Nonprofits: Insurance (Yes, Insurance)

Say the words “exciting” and “insurance.” I think that’s the third time in history they have appeared in the same sentence. Our loss. Investors don’t want to lose money and, thus, take a full enterprise view in due diligence, enabling informed decision-making not just at the point of investment but…

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Knight Prototype Fund invests in 11 new projects that unlock the power of data

Hot on the heels of the Knight News Challenge , the Knight Foundation is continuing to prove their dedication to the world of data by announcing the 11 projects that will receive funding through the Knight Prototype Fund. In fact, nine of the projects were also winners of the Knight…

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Measuring Social Returns …and Outrunning Bears

This month’s theme will focus on Measuring Social Returns. To frame the discussion, we’ll take a critical look at both the actual measures of social return and how we measure; that is, we’ll consider the underlying tools, systems, and architectures for results measurement. Now, let’s heat the pool with a…

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New Theme! …Business Models for Open Data

Our Data?? Less and less guarded in ye olde smoke-filled room… (Left, ejh) In keeping with our focus on data infrastructure, we’re staying under the hood to consider the business models that define our work: how we sustain market presence and attract the funding to do that while working with…

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The Reporting Commitment

Markets For Good talks with Jeannine Corey , Director of Grants Information Management of The Foundation Center for an update on the Reporting Commitment, an initiative launched by a group of the largest U.S. foundations. We read many announcements of start-ups, projects, and initiatives; but, it’s good to check in…

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Transformational Data, From Children

Recently I had the opportunity to sit with Andrew Ackerman , Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM). The conversation landed squarely on the information infrastructure in the social sector, particularly as it concerns knowledge networks. How do you build and maintain one that works for your organization?…

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Making Sense of Data and Information in the Social Sector

Download Markets For Good eBook New compendium of blog posts from Markets For Good captures discussion and debate around how to strengthen the “information infrastructure” of the social sector: “Selected Readings: Making Sense of Data and Information in the Social Sector.” Going forward, you can access this publication, in downloadable…

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