Nonprofits can start unlocking trillions of dollars in potential donations from younger donors

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Nonprofits can start unlocking trillions of dollars in potential donations from younger donors

Millennials think about impact, act on the move, and communicate as digital natives. By 2020, an estimated $100 billion dollars annually will flow from young donors into the nonprofit sector. Nonprofits who speak to them in their native language, communicate with technology, and offer them a wide range of ways to engage will benefit from this massive giving potential.

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A low-cost device that simplifies auto-transfusion

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A low-cost device that simplifies auto-transfusion

In some developing countries, when patients hemorrhage blood during childbirth, doctors use a ladle and cheesecloth to perform auto-transfusion — gathering and recycling blood for the same patient during a medical procedure. This DIY method is necessary because the machinery and supplies typically used for transfusions are so costly.

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Results-focused Impact Bonds Can Improve Development Outcomes by Involving the Private Sector

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Results-focused Impact Bonds Can Improve Development Outcomes by Involving the Private Sector

Impact bonds aren’t bonds in the traditional sense, i.e. debt securities that pay a fixed interest rate until maturity. Instead, they should be considered more as equity-like instruments that offer repayment to investors on the basis of results achieved. They also carry higher levels of both risk and potential return than traditional bonds do.

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The complex and costly nature of impact measurement

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The complex and costly nature of impact measurement

A stated interest in impact measurement, combined with a pattern of weak measurement practice reflects a justifiable concern about both the costs and the benefits of rigorous impact assessment. The problem is that neither the tools of emerging market investment nor the measurement practices of traditional international development are appropriate to early-stage social enterprises.

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How to rescue people from deep poverty

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How to rescue people from deep poverty

Roughly 700m people are thought to live in extreme poverty, defined as getting by on less than $1.90 a day. Roughly 700m people are thought to live in extreme poverty, defined as getting by on less than $1.90 a day. Research showed that microfinance was not the cure-all that had been thought. But BRAC’s graduation programme proved highly effective.

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Techfugees – a tech community response to the European refugee crisis

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Techfugees - a tech community response to the European refugee crisis

We aim to address major issues such as deploying Wifi in a fast way to refugees; the best, most effective apps and sites that have been deployed so far (what has been effective, and what hasn’t worked); how tech can be used to integrate refugees into society as they transition to asylum seeker status, and eventually citizens of new countries; and the crucially import Legal aspects that surround the issues. A number of Techfugees-supported Hackathons have taken place in the last few weeks since the Techfugees movement was started, including in Oslo, Venice and Warsaw. Others are planned for Munich, Berlin and Sydney, among others in the works.

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