The Business of Giving podcast by Denver Frederick aims to spread the word on social good by featuring the largest and greatest nonprofit organizations in the US. Denver interviews CEOs of nonprofits talking about how their organizations help the world a better place.
The Mulago Foundation invests in charities and philanthropic opportunities that have the highest impact. They seek organizations that are addressing a priority problem, offer a scalable solution and have the capacity to deliver. And here to discuss their work, as well as share his perspectives on issues impacting the social sector, it’s a pleasure to have with us, Kevin Starr, the CEO of the Mulago Foundation.
Many of the world’s most significant social problems remain unsolved. One-quarter of all humans live without electricity; 750 million people lack access to clean drinking water; and preventable diseases like diarrhea take the lives of two million children each year.
Do these problems seem to be more significant than what website you’re going to click on to book your next hotel stay? Well, the organizations that are working on these problems above certainly do not have the level of expertise or support in marketing or strategy that big global brands do.
My next guest has been a practitioner, researcher, writer, teacher, and speaker on how organizations and people can achieve change together. For 17 years, he ran FSG, a nonprofit consulting firm and think tank. From 2018 to 2020, he served as executive-in-residence at national venture philanthropy, New Profit, co-leading the launch of a systems change practice. He is John Kania, the Founder and Executive Director of Collective Change Lab.
The Philanthropy Roundtable, founded in 1991, is America’s largest network of donors committed to protecting philanthropic freedom, upholding donor intent, and strengthening our free society through charitable giving. And here to discuss their work and some of the issues where they’re currently engaged is Elise Westhoff, the President and CEO of The Philanthropy Roundtable.
AI for Good brings together the best minds and technologies to solve the world’s most urgent challenges such as reaching the sustainable development goals by 2030. Well, what about AI4Giving? What possibilities does it provide to enhance and expand philanthropy? What do you need to know but also need to be mindful of? Those answers were provided in a recent paper funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and co-authored by my next two guests.
They are Allison Fine, a pioneer in the use of digital technology for social good, and Beth Kanter, a recognized thought leader in digital transformation and well-being in the nonprofit workplace. And they will be coming out with a new book next spring on the subject titled The Smart Nonprofit: The Human Centered Approach to Artificial Intelligence for Social Good.
Catalyst 2030 is a global movement of social entrepreneurs and social innovators from all sectors who share the common goal of creating innovative people-centric approaches to attain the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, in 2030.
One of the co-founders of this initiative is Jeroo Billimoria, who among other things, founded Child Helpline International and Child and Youth Finance International. And she is with us now.
The nonprofit sector tends to operate on tight budgets, so the cost of up-to-date technology can seem prohibitive. But effective use of technology can spawn innovation, improvements in efficacy, and better delivery on mission, more than justifying the cost and challenges of organizational change.
A company that partners with many nonprofits in this area is Amazon Web Services or AWS. And here to tell us what they do and the possibilities for your organization is David Levy, vice president at Amazon Web Services.
The events of the past year have shined a light on the way that philanthropy and impact investing is conducted. It comes as no surprise that decision-makers tend to be disproportionately white, male, and from backgrounds of privilege, and decisions tend to be made in a closed and opaque fashion. But there’s another story that’s unfolding – one where funders have chosen to cede decision-making power to people with lived experience of the problem at hand. And that story is told in an exceptional book titled Letting Go: How Philanthropists and Impact Investors Can Do More Good by Giving Up Control. And it’s a pleasure to have here with us its co-author, Meg Massey.
The first college to include visual and performing arts as an equal partner in the liberal arts curriculum was Bennington College in Vermont. Through its truly distinctive education, Bennington seeks to cultivate a mindset for change, a capacity to break new ground, and the conditions for progress. And here to discuss that with us, as well as the significant challenges facing the academy, is Laura Walker, the president of Bennington College.