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Take 5: "Beyond Traditional and Emotional Intelligence: The Secret Weapon of Great Innovators" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 29, 2014 11:03:54 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. SSIR: Feminism Meets Philanthrocapitalism Women’s empowerment issues took center stage at this year’s CGI and Social Good Summit, giving new momentum to causes helping women and girls: "Feminism—with a small but strident f—is having a cultural moment. From Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg to Beyoncé, it is becoming part of the mainstream. And this week, it marched onto center stage in Manhattan, New York, at two of the biggest annual social good gatherings of world leaders, corporate executives, cause-wired Millennial activists, and seasoned philanthropists: Bill Clinton’s elite, invitation-only Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and Mashable’s annual Social Good Summit for Gen Y’s grassroots activists."
  2. Huffington Post: The Most Overlooked Opportunity in American Business Today Paul Kendrick, Director of Coalition and Grassroots Engagement for Opportunity Nation, explains why the Grads of Life campaign is "such an incredible help to businesses large and small. By shifting perceptions of young people who don't have traditional professional trajectories, we can help prevent employers from missing out on a competitive advantage." New Profit is a proud supporter of The Grads of Life campaign. Check out our blog post about Grads of Life here!
  3. CNN: Why so many children aren't ready for school Rosemarie Truglio, senior vice president for Content and Research with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind "Sesame Street.", points to a study that shows that many of America's children aren't ready for kindergarten, and how we can make sure children have all the skills they need to succeed: "While it's important for parents to gain a deeper understanding of what their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are capable of learning, it is also critical they see what these responsive and nurturing interactions look like in order to maximize teachable moments throughout their daily routines, such as meal time, bath time and bed time. Technology can help with all this."
  4. Fast Company: Beyond Traditional and Emotional Intelligence: The Secret Weapon of Great Innovators "With so many different mediums of communication and so many people with whom we can connect, how does anyone manage to create an intelligent, mutually beneficial relationship? The best innovators have the answer, and their secret weapon is connectional intelligence. In my research with renowned business strategist Saj-nicole Joni, we discovered that there is a third wave after IQ and Emotional Intelligence--what we describe as connectional intelligence. Simply put, it is the capability to drive innovation and breakthrough results by harnessing the power of relationships and networks. Although it’s an innate human capacity, it requires intentional use to be unlocked."
  5. Wired: Why Free Online Classes Are Still the Future of Education "The MOOC was The Next Big Thing—and then it was written off for dead. But for Anant Agarwal, one of the founding fathers of this online reboot of university education, it’s only just getting started."
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Tags: Huffington Post, innovators, intelligence, sesame workshop, Social Good, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, children, Clinton Global Initiative, Grads of Life, Technology, Bill Clinton, CGI

Take 5: "A New Donor Code of Conduct" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 26, 2014 12:32:09 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. College Summit: Educator and College Access Expert Keith Frome Named College Summit CEO-Elect "Keith Frome, an educator and innovator, has joined College Summit as the organization’s CEO-elect. College Summit is one of the nation’s largest non-profits dedicated to college access, increasing the likelihood that low-income youth enroll in and graduate from college and other post-secondary institutions. It serves 36,000 low-income high school students in more than 40 school districts throughout the country." New Profit is a proud funder of College Summit.
  2. SSIR: A New Donor Code of Conduct "Given that the vast majority of projects would never get off the ground without some source of funding, donors are in an ideal position to stem the flow of those that are poorly thought-out or inadequately planned. So, what if all major philanthropic foundations signed a Donors Charter that encourages much greater scrutiny of any technology-based projects they might be considering funding?...The charter would be available online, offering considerably more guidance and transparency for anyone looking for money for their project. Critically, the charter would require that project owners answer a number of set questions before funders consider their grant application."
  3. Ashoka Changemakers Report: How Social Entrepreneurs are Creating Impact with Information and Communications Technology "The Intel Foundation and Ashoka have released a social innovation mapping report, How Social Entrepreneurs Are Changing Lives Through Information and Communication Technology (ICT): http://bit.ly/socenttech The report pinpoints the best practices of successful social entrepreneurs who use ICT to create impact that ripples out across a wide range of fields, including education, civic participation, economic development, and health."
  4. Teach For All: Teach For All Joins Global Commitment to Girls Education "Teach For All is proud to join more than 30 international organizations in a massive commitment to advancing girls’ education around the world. Wendy Kopp, CEO and Co-founder of Teach For All, joined Secretary Hillary Clinton and Prime Minister Julia Gillard to announce The Collaborative Harnessing Ambition & Resources for Girls Education (CHARGE) commitment today at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City." Teach For All is a past New Profit portfolio organization.
  5. Boston Public Radio: When It Comes To Reforming Public Schools, America's Greatest Asset Is Its "Citizen Power" Boston Public Radio interviews Eric Schwarz, author of The Opportunity Equation and co-founder of Citizen Schools, on education in the United States. He states that now more than ever, huge gaps are springing up between upper-income and lower-income students and attributes those gaps "in part to the huge disparity between the amount of money upper-income parents are able to spend -- on tutoring, test preparation, summer camps, and other educational opportunities -- compared to lower-income parents. That ratio used to be 3:1, Schwarz says. Now it's 9:1." Citizen Schools is a past New Profit portfolio organization.
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Tags: Ashoka, Citizen Schools, education, Hillary Clinton, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Clinton Global Initiative, College Summit, Teach For All, Technology, Julia Gillard, Boston Public Radio

Understood.org is Live!

Posted by Admin on Sep 25, 2014 2:55:26 PM

We have big news! We are proud to be part of an exciting new adventure for parents of children with learning and attention issues Understood.org has officially launched!

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Tags: announcements, childhood education, learning differences, nonprofits, Organizations, children, New Profit Staff, understood.org, attention issues

Take 5: "Protecting Student Privacy in Online Learning" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 25, 2014 12:32:13 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. New Profit: “Smart Growth” Playbook: Health Leads A blog post by Eliza Greenberg, New Profit’s Lead Partner of Portfolio Operations, that is part of a series on the concept of “Smart Growth” to drive greater impact on our biggest social challenges. Eliza focuses on Health Leads, a New Profit portfolio organization she has worked closely with and that is "punching above its weight and achieving outsized impact."
  2. New York Times: Protecting Student Privacy in Online Learning "The Opinion Pages" in the New York Times shares a range of arguments about schools increasingly using online learning technology, and whether the collection of data from schools is an invasion of students' privacy: "Advocates tout its use in tailoring lessons to each child’s pace and ability as a revolution in education. But privacy advocates have warned that the vast amounts of personal data students generate with the products can be misused. California, for instance, is set to pass the first law prohibiting companies from selling students’ personal information or using it for marketing purposes."
  3. Digital Journal: Annual Torchlight Prize Winners
    "Family Independence Initiative, a national nonprofit organization that reveals and accelerates the initiative that families take to improve their own lives, today announced four winners of its 2014 Torchlight Prize. Each self-organized group will receive a $10,000 reward for their work to strengthen families, build resilience, and increase self-determination among residents in their communities." To see the winners, click here. New Profit is a proud funder of Family Independence Initiative.
  4. New York Daily News: National service & America’s future Mora Segal, CEO of Achievement Network, celebrates AmeriCorps' 20th anniversary and shares her own experience: My own experience in AmeriCorps, settling refugees in Boston with Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services, deepened my commitment to making a difference for my community and for our country. Now as the CEO of a national nonprofit, I recruit AmeriCorps alumni as employees because they are likely to exhibit the kind of traits I look for. They are typically team-oriented, bold thinkers and obsessed with making a measurable difference.Clinton’s idea is brilliant federal policy. Instead of a top-down, government-driven program, AmeriCorps invests in high-impact nonprofits, requires investment from the private sector, forces grantees to compete for funds and gives governors the power to direct resources in their states. The program produces tangible outcomes. And it provides corps members an education award in return for their service."
  5. SSIR: The Power of Diverse Leadership Surina Khan, the CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California, argues that "one of the most powerful strategies funders can pursue is to invest in the leadership of those most affected by problems in their communities."
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Tags: California, Health, Health Leads, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, AmeriCorps, Family Independence Initiative, The New York Times, Smart Growth

Wall Street Journal highlights Pay for Success and Third Sector Capital Partners

Posted by Admin on Sep 25, 2014 10:49:13 AM


“What if there were a way to solve the country's most intractable social problems—homelessness, crime or inequities in education, for example—without putting taxpayer money at risk? There might be.”

A couple of days ago, the Wall Street Journal published an article that addresses Pay For Success, a new innovative financing tool for social impact. Pay for Success allow government to test initiatives that pay upon outcomes and measured results, and "may have the potential to help governments address some of our nation's most obstinate problems and score wins for everyone: the private sector, nonprofits, government at the local, state, and federal level, and most important, citizens across the country."

The article spotlights New Profit's good friends at Third Sector Capital Partners, as one of the two leading drivers of Pay for Success (the other being Social Finance U.S.). Third Sector launched the "Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Initiative" (MAPFS), which partnered with Roca Inc. - a Boston-based organization that has stunning success helping young men gain skills, placing them in jobs, and keeping them out of jail - as the social-service provider to deliver two years of services. If Roca delivers on its outcomes and the project is a success, those who have skin in the game will be repaid their investment. New Profit is proud to have collaborated with Third Sector Capital Partners in the development of MAPFS and to be a financing partner of this initiative. To view more about how New Profit is involved in the MAPFS, please click here.

New Profit has also been an avid advocate of the expansion of Pay for Success in the public arena; New Profit's policy arm, America Forward, is working to advance Pay for Success models at the federal level through various legislative initiatives. One of the most exciting updates of America Forward's work includes its influence in the development of the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). America Forward worked closely with congressmen across both sides of the political isle to include a Pay for Success provision in the WIOA, which was recently signed into federal law in July. To learn more about America Forward's work with Pay For Success, click here.

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Tags: education, Homeless, Organizations, Pay For Success, Social Innovation News, the wall street journal, America Forward Coalition, Criminal Justice Reform, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, New Profit Staff, Third Sector Capital, WIOA

Take 5: "A $15 Million Space Race For Education" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 24, 2014 12:44:00 PM


Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: Charter School, education, NPR, social innovation, Social Innovation News, Student Loans, students, TED Talk, TFA, The Huffington Post, YouthBuild USA, YouthBuild Philadelphia

New Profit Supports the "Grads of Life" Campaign!

Posted by Admin on Sep 23, 2014 4:28:25 PM

The "Grads of Life" campaign was launched earlier today at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative! The campaign seeks to address the opportunity divide in the United States by encouraging employers to think outside the box for potential employees. New Profit is proud to support this important effort.

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Tags: education, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation News, Clinton Global Initiative, Grads of Life, Year Up, college education

Take 5: "Reclaiming the American Dream: There's an Award for That..." and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 23, 2014 12:09:48 PM


Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: Forbes, KIPP, Peace First, social innovation, Social Innovation News, Education Week, Social Innovation Fund, The Huffington Post

Take 5: "Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Lessons for Early Learning" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 22, 2014 11:11:25 AM


Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: Huffington Post, kids, parents, philanthropy, robert wood johnson foundation, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Early Learning, The New York Times, transportation, The Silicon Valley Community Foundation, EMS Corps

America Forward Adds Lexi Barrett and Nicole Truhe to America Forward Policy Team

Posted by America Forward on Sep 22, 2014 6:15:03 AM

America Forward is pleased to announce that Lexi Barrett and Nicole Truhe have joined our team in Washington, D.C. 

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Tags: education, Nicole Truhe, Pay For Success, America Forward Coalition, Communications, Lexi Barrett, New Profit Staff, Youth Villages, policy issues, policy work, policy initiatives

Take 5: "Criticism toward Teach For America is misplaced" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 19, 2014 11:46:28 AM



Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: JP Morgan Chase Foundation, KIm Syman, Poverty, social change, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fast Company, LIFT, school district, students, teaching, Technology, TFA, Washington Post, teacher town, TFA criticism

Check Us Out in Fast Company Co.Exist!

Posted by Kim Syman on Sep 18, 2014 2:40:28 PM

This morning, Fast Company Co.Exist ran my op-ed "Don't Grow For Growth's Sake: Smart Growth For Social Enterprises"

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Tags: announcements, Organizations, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, creativity, Data, Fast Company, leaders, Technology

Take 5: "Social Media Users Are More Charitable Than You Might Think" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 18, 2014 11:45:15 AM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: education, Inside Philanthropy, low income students, opportunity, PBS, social impact, social innovation, Social Innovation News, EdCentral, teaching, venture philanthropy, apps, socila good, college enrollment

Take 5: "Poverty in U.S. Falls for First Time Since Before Recession" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 17, 2014 11:46:12 AM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: Homeless veterans, low income, Social Innovation News, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, The New York Times, The Silicon Valley Community Foundation, QuestBridge

Take 5: "Eating Habits Improving Across The Country, But Not For Everyone" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 16, 2014 1:05:39 PM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: Detroit, FoodCorps, Huffington Post, Organizations, Social Innovation News, Teach For America, Dorothy Stoneman, Family Independence Initiative, FII, Take 5, Teach For All, YouthBuild, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Greg Woodburn, Torchlight Prize

Take 5: "Google-Backed Nonprofit Startups Tackle World's Toughest Problems" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 15, 2014 5:54:10 PM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: education, Google, Poverty, San Francisco, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Early Learning, Fast Forward, NationSwell, School of the Future, The Way to Beat Poverty

Celebrating 20 Years of AmeriCorps: Spotlight on Brandon Cardet-Hernandez

Posted by Admin on Sep 12, 2014 11:38:56 AM



As AmeriCorps celebrates 20 years of service, we are spotlighting a national service alumni each day this week. These alumni have each received AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Awards for driving national and global social movements.

AmeriCorps alumni are the backbone of social enterprise in America, providing nearly 1 billion hours of service since the founding of AmeriCorps in 1994 at over 25,000 sites. To continue harnessing the power of national service volunteers, AmeriCorps Alums, the only national organization supporting alumni of all AmeriCorps programs, connects alumni to the ideas, resources, and people who support a lifetime of service.

Yesterday we spotlighted Sondra Samuels. To see the piece click here!

Today's spotlight will be dedicated to: Brandon Cardet-Hernandez, Principal at Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters and Co-Founder of Project Nathanael

On September 8, 2014, Brandon was named one of “AmeriCorps Alums 20th Anniversary Leadership Award Winners.”


Through AmeriCorps and the New York City Teaching Fellows program (service began in 2007), Brandon strengthened his passion for social justice by focusing his work on equity and access in education. Brandon has experience as a teacher, as the Director of Strategic Initiatives under Chancellor Dennis Walcott (NYC Department of Education), and now as a principal in the South Bronx at the Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters. Among other activities, he has led student organizations like the school Gay-Straight Alliance and Student Government and developed deep and rich relationships with students and families, leading to students’ impressive gains in and outside of the classroom. Brandon is committed to service in education because, he says, “when we strategically nurture young people, we are fighting against racial and economic injustice, leading us to develop the next generation of thoughtful, caring, ambitious and service-minded global citizens.” Brandon also co-founded Project Nathanael, a nonprofit that has developed and supported a tuition free, co-ed school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

New Profit is proud to have several of its portfolio organizations affiliated with AmeriCorps.

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Tags: Social Innovation News, AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Awards, Project Nathanael

Take 5: "Investing in Leadership to Accelerate Philanthropic Impact" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 12, 2014 6:36:51 AM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: leadership, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, America Forward Coalition, AmeriCorps, Melinda Gates, The Huffington Post, the Marketplace, gender inequalities, philanthropic impact

Celebrating 20 Years of AmeriCorps: Spotlight on Sondra Samuels!

Posted by Admin on Sep 11, 2014 1:03:34 PM



As AmeriCorps celebrates 20 years of service, we are spotlighting a national service alumni each day this week. These alumni have each received AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Awards for driving national and global social movements.

AmeriCorps alumni are the backbone of social enterprise in America, providing nearly 1 billion hours of service since the founding of AmeriCorps in 1994 at over 25,000 sites. To continue harnessing the power of national service volunteers, AmeriCorps Alums, the only national organization supporting alumni of all AmeriCorps programs, connects alumni to the ideas, resources, and people who support a lifetime of service.

Yesterday we spotlighted George Dong. To see the piece, click here!

Today's spotlight will be dedicated to: Sondra Samuels, President and CEO of Northside Achievement Zone, NAZ

On September 8, 2014, Sondra was named one of “AmeriCorps Alums 20th Anniversary Leadership Award Winners.”

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Tags: Social Innovation News, AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Awards

Take 5: "On the Anniversary of 9/11, Committing to National Service as an American Value" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 11, 2014 7:00:04 AM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: Citizen Schools, Jumpstart, KIPP, RISE Colorado, Social Innovation News, the Franklin Project, AmeriCorps, College Possible, NationSwell, schools, TFA, The Aspen Institute, The Huffington Post, Time, Voices for National Service, YouthBuild USA, 9/11, educations

The 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps

Posted by Admin on Sep 11, 2014 6:57:03 AM

This piece was authored by Shirley Sagawa and Deborah Smolover of America Forward.



When the first AmeriCorps members took their oath to “get things done for America,” neither national service nor the idea of social innovation was widely known or understood. Twenty years later, while not necessarily a household name, AmeriCorps is well known among college students looking for their first jobs, and has clearly demonstrated the power of service to provide the human capital needed to boost early reading, propel low-income youth to college, rebuild after disasters, and navigate the complex array of services intended to help families lift themselves out of poverty.

However, less well understood is the role that AmeriCorps has played in fostering social innovation – that is, the process of identifying new solutions to challenges, testing them, making adjustments and then taking them to scale. The challenge that social entrepreneurs – the intrepid drivers of the social innovation process – typically face is a combination of financial and human capital. So it is not surprising that these resourceful social change agents – including Geoffrey Canada of Harlem Children’s Zone, Kirsten Lodal of LIFT, Jill Vialet of Playworks, and Michael Lombardo of Reading Partners -- have identified the idealistic human capital that comes with AmeriCorps funding as a scaling strategy.

It’s equally compelling that so many individuals who have served in AmeriCorps have gone on to become social entrepreneurs in their own right – from Teach for America alums Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin who founded KIPP Academy, to Volunteer Maryland alum Rhonda Ulmer, a community college graduate who turned around her own children’s school by founding Parent University. This week, AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Award winners who were “Made in AmeriCorps” included people like Sondra Samuels, an alum from the first AmeriCorps class who now leads the Northside Achievement Zone to end multigenerational poverty in northern Minneapolis, and Brandon Cardet-Hernandez, an alum who is now a school principal in the Bronx and founder of Project Nathanael, a tuition-free school in Haiti.
Unfortunately, the full potential of AmeriCorps remains unrealized, due to underfunding at the federal level. When President Clinton, with the help of First Lady Hillary Clinton, founded AmeriCorps the goal was to make 100,000 positions available each year. Two decades later, that goal has yet to be reached.

It’s time to change that. We need to get to 100,000 positions and keep reaching beyond. Research by Roll Global and the Franklin Project shows that as many as one million young adults each year want to serve. We can one day meet that demand through these strategies:

Fully fund the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. It’s not too late for President Obama to work with Congress to find the resources necessary to scale national service.

Create agency corps at every level of government. Agencies of the federal government have a long track record of creating national service programs to address their missions. For example, FEMA estimates that its AmeriCorps program will save taxpayers $60 million a year. President Obama last year issued an executive order to stimulate more corps like this. States and local governments also can, and have, created corps of their own.

Stimulate innovation through a certification process. Designation as a national service program should not be dependent on federal funding. New programs should move through a certification process to give applicants the assurance that they meet quality standards. This seal of approval can stimulate private sector investment to enlarge the funding pie for national service.

America Forward is working on these goals. We hope that the President and Congress will get behind them too. Together we must reaffirm the oath to “get things done for America.”

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Tags: KIPP, Organizations, Playworks, Reading Partners, Social Innovation News, America Forward Coalition, AmeriCorps, Kirsten Lodal, LIFT, TFA, Northside Achievement Zone, Dave Levin, Harlem Children's Zone, Jill Vialet, Parent University, Project Nathanael

Celebrating 20 Years of AmeriCorps: Spotlight on George Dong!

Posted by Admin on Sep 10, 2014 10:07:53 AM



As AmeriCorps celebrates 20 years of service, we are spotlighting a national service alumni each day this week. These alumni have each received AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Awards for driving national and global social movements.

AmeriCorps alumni are the backbone of social enterprise in America, providing nearly 1 billion hours of service since the founding of AmeriCorps in 1994 at over 25,000 sites. To continue harnessing the power of national service volunteers, AmeriCorps Alums, the only national organization supporting alumni of all AmeriCorps programs, connects alumni to the ideas, resources, and people who support a lifetime of service.

Yesterday we spotlighted Alex Bryan. To see the piece click here!

Today's spotlight will be dedicated to: George Dong, Director of Operations at Teach For America Chicago, Founder of Education in Sight

On September 8, 2014, George was named one of “AmeriCorps Alums 20th Anniversary Leadership Award Winners.”


Through his experiences as a Teach For America corps member, George (service began in 2009) found his passion lies in the intersection of public service and education. “AmeriCorps was not a short-term commitment but a lifetime commitment to service,” George says. While serving in the inner city of Chicago for two years, he was awarded the Teacher of the Year award in recognition of his dedication to education and to each of his students' academic success. George is now the Director of Operations at Teach For America Chicago. George has also started Education in Sight, a nonprofit aiming to give all low-income communities access to quality eye-care services. Today, Education in Sight has served more than 20,000 students. George was awarded Teach For America's social innovation award and the Yale School of Management's education business plan competition.

For more information about the AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary click here

New Profit is proud to have several of its portfolio organizations affiliated with AmeriCorps.

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Tags: Organizations, AmeriCorps, celebrate, twenty years

Take 5: "It Takes a Mentor" by Thomas Friedman, and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 10, 2014 10:07:15 AM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: FoodCorps, Social Innovation News, de Blasio, Harvard Business School, schools, The New York Times, youth, YouthBuild, crains, Thomas Friedman, childhood nutrition, Seattle Times, the Globe and Mail

Take 5: "Being Exposed to Two Languages May Increase Cognitive Benefits in Babies" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 9, 2014 4:32:44 PM

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Tags: bill and melinda gates foundation, Poverty, Social Innovation News, College, College Summit, Technology, TFA, Science World Report, Triple Pundit

Celebrating 20 Years of AmeriCorps: Spotlight on Alex Bryan!

Posted by Admin on Sep 9, 2014 12:46:39 PM



As AmeriCorps celebrates 20 years of service, we will be spotlighting a national service alumni each day this week. These alumni have each received AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Awards for driving national and global social movements.

AmeriCorps alumni are the backbone of social enterprise in America, providing nearly 1 billion hours of service since the founding of AmeriCorps in 1994 at over 25,000 sites. To continue harnessing the power of national service volunteers, AmeriCorps Alums, the only national organization supporting alumni of all AmeriCorps programs, connects alumni to the ideas, resources, and people who support a lifetime of service.

Yesterday we spotlighted Mona Mowafi. To see the piece click here!

Today's spotlight will be dedicated to: Alex Bryan, Garden Project Program Manager, Greater Lansing Food Bank, Michigan

On September 8, 2014, Alex was named one of “AmeriCorps Alums 20th Anniversary Leadership Award Winners.”


Alex served in 2005 and 2010 with CA Conservation Corps and Greater Lansing Food Bank, respectively. His experience with the outdoors and the food bank in his two years of AmeriCorps service has led to him managing a community garden support program (100+ community gardens helping 7,000 people access food through gardening), and a farm business development program for lower-income residents and refugees who want to start small farm businesses. In addition, Alex serves as Board President of the National Young Farmers Coalition, which works to lower the barriers to entry into farming. He also co-owns a 4-acre urban farm in the city of Detroit called Food Field. “I learned that the desire to accomplish tasks you set for yourself far outweighs the difficulty in actually accomplishing them. With that and a strong team and good leadership, the most difficult of things can be done.”

For more information about the AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary click here

New Profit is proud to have several of its portfolio organizations affiliated with AmeriCorps.

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Tags: Organizations, AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Awards

New Profit Welcomes Interns Emani Holyfield and Sarah Duarte

Posted by Admin on Sep 9, 2014 10:15:49 AM

We're extremely pleased to welcome two new interns onto our team this week -- Welcome Emani Holyfield and Sarah Duarte!

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Tags: New Profit Staff, Emani Holyfield, Sarah Duarte

Take 5: "Mobile Schools Use Technology to Break Free of the Classroom" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 8, 2014 5:05:35 PM

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Tags: Innovation, New York City, Social Innovation News, The New Yorker, the wall street journal, AVANCE, food, schools, socioeconomic status, The New York Times, food quality

Celebrating 20 Years of AmeriCorps: Spotlight on Mona Mowafi!

Posted by Admin on Sep 8, 2014 2:38:55 PM



As AmeriCorps celebrates 20 years of service, we will be spotlighting a national service alumnus each day this week. These alumni have each received AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Awards for driving national and global social movements.

AmeriCorps alumni are the backbone of social enterprise in America, providing nearly 1 billion hours of service since the founding of AmeriCorps in 1994 at over 25,000 sites. To continue harnessing the power of national service volunteers, AmeriCorps Alums, the only national organization supporting alumni of all AmeriCorps programs, connects alumni to the ideas, resources, and people who support a lifetime of service.

Today's spotlight is dedicated to: Mona Mowafi, Co-Founder & President, RISE Egypt

On September 8, 2014, Mona was named one of "AmeriCorps Alums 20th Anniversary Leadership Award Winners."

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Tags: Social Innovation News, AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps National Leadership Awards, RISE Egypt

Book Excerpt: The Opportunity Equation by Eric Schwarz

Posted by Admin on Sep 5, 2014 2:18:05 PM

Eric Schwarz, Co-founder of Citizen Schools, realeased a new book this week, The Opportunity Equation: How Citizen Teachers Are Combating the Achievement Gap in America's Schools. It's a wonderful read about the power and potential that citizen volunteers hold in amplifying and reshaping education in America.

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Tags: Citizen Schools, Organizations, Social Innovation News, Thoughts and Approaches, The Opportunity Equation, Beacon Press, Eric Schwarz

Take 5: "Why Flunking Exams is Actually A Good Thing" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 5, 2014 10:09:07 AM

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Tags: education, Freelancers Union, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, LSF, STAR Enterprise, exams

Take 5: "One Simple Idea Could Repair Our Education System" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 4, 2014 10:57:17 AM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: Citizen Schools, education, FoodCorps, Freelancers Union, Social Innovation News, AmeriCorps, NationSwell, schools, teaching, The Huffington Post, Twitter

Take 5: "Universal Pre-K Takes Off" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 3, 2014 11:05:01 AM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Take 5: "Broken Promises on National Service" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 2, 2014 1:16:47 PM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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