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New Name for the Same Old Thing?

“Catalytic philanthropy sounds good” said a guest attending the Do More than Give event at The Newseum in Washington, D.C.,“but isn’t this just a new word for the same old thing?”

The questioner said by way of example that labels for youth have morphed from at-risk, to... Read more

Getting the 411 in Philanthropy 

Do you need to know anything to be a philanthropist? There is no Bar to pass, no certificate, and limited access to the experience and coaching of others. Yet, you are often affecting people’s lives, dealing with complex issues in education, poverty, equity, the environment and more. Therefore I... Read more

Companies should create shared value. So what?

The idea that companies should create shared value has been building a lot of momentum recently, which is very exciting. However, as anyone in business will tell you, there’s a big difference between having a great idea and implementing it successfully. At FSG, we’re doing a lot of thinking... Read more

Rethinking an African Proverb

I recently came across an African proverb: “If you want to go fast, you go alone. If you want to go far, you go together.” For the last six months, FSG has been working with stakeholders from around New York State and around the juvenile justice system in a collective impact effort aimed at... Read more

Heartbreak in HIV Prevention 

My emotions have yo-yo’d up and down in the last year with the results of two landmark HIV prevention clinical trials. This inconsistency makes me worried that funders will lose interest in the fight against HIV at a time when high levels of funding are still needed to fund costly, but necessary... Read more

Measuring Industries of Purpose

At FSG, I have spent years thinking about Creating Shared Value (CSV) with my colleagues. We’ve been on a mission and are reaching a most exciting tipping point: companies throughout the world want to understand... Read more

Dark Skies Ahead? 

A close family friend of mine is on the legislative staff of a member of the U.S. Congress. Having caught up recently on happenings in life (moves, job changes, etc.), I mentioned to her that for an HIV-related project I was in the process of trying to map the current funding landscape. Her... Read more