Archive for the ‘Nonprofit’ Category

5
Apr

Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
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The World Economic Forum, The World Bank and United Nations are hosting events this month which will discuss leveraging the currently improved economic conditions of Latin America; important changes in the strategic landscapes of both NGO’s and businesses; and identifying immediate and pragmatic solutions to some of Latin Americas most pressing problems.
World Economic Forum on Latin America, April 5-6
“Business, NGO’s and Development: Strategic Engagement to Meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)”, April 10-11
The 2006 Latin American Forum , April 19-20

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4
Apr

Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
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The 2006 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship took place on March 29-31st, 2006. Conferences with speakers such as Al Gore, Muhammad Yunus, Ian Goldin and many others as well as the highlights of the event can be seen in video.
“Sustainability will drive business over the next 50 years”. The most enlightened professionals have figured that out. Civil society will force government and business to act on these issues. David Blood.
This and many other quotes are available at the links below. I encourage you to see the conference on sustainability offered by Al Gore, Chairman of Generation Investment Management. He has been working for the past years on helping to establish the competitive business advantage of sustainability in an investment context. He has been described by bloggers such as Loic Le Meur as it “having an effect on you and your vision of the world.”
Click here to view the entire presentation of Al Gore and David Blood
Click here to view the entire interview of Robert Redford.
Click here to view the entire Award Ceremony.
To access Wednesday’s highlights click here.
To access Thursday’s highligths click here.

3
Apr

Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
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The Economist has recently issued a survey of wealth and philanthropy which builds up on the idea of how this is increasingly being a concern to business men and how all sectors are getting involved, including business schools and in a very relevant way. From amateurism, the industry is moving towards business mindset and tools ranging from “social investing, social entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy to strategic market-conscious and knowledge -based content” in order to leverage the donors’ money. Here are synthesized some of the main ideas of the report. For a full view you must be a subscribed member of The Economist (Issued on February 25th, 2006) and can download it here
…Is the sector at a tipping point? Well, in America the number of charitable foundations has risen from 22,000 in the 80’s to more than 65,000 today, this according to The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Moreover, charitable giving in the US rose by 5% in 2005 to a record high of $249 billion, which is more than 2% of their GDP. In Germany it has risen from 4,000 in 1997 to 13,000 now.
The business of giving certainly posts a great opportunity and responsibility for business schools, who can contribute and create value in a significant way.

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3
Apr

Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
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At least that is according to The Bridgespan Group’s recent study of the leadership requirements of nonprofits with revenues greater than $250,000 (excluding hospitals and institutions of higher education).
Tom Tierney, Chair and Co-founder of the Bridgespan Group, noted that “the amount of social impact a Nonprofit organization delivers is primarily dependent upon the capability and performance of the people in that organization … results are a ‘who thing’ … no principle is more fundamental.”
Their study (which includes an executive summary, a white paper, a financial model and a space for commentaries from other social players) states that if the sector where to experience a significant consolidation, this number might fall as low as 330,000. on the other hand, following other trends, on their study they calculate that the total could increase to more than one million.

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3
Apr

Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
The social sector is approaching a tipping point. Business Schools’ involvement in social issues range from corporate responsibility and social entrepreneurship, to social impact management, going through the bottom of the pyramid, socially responsible investing and other concepts which are being generated as we speak.
Being part of this change, Instituto de Empresa has undertaken a commitment to society, having worked for the past three decades in areas like ethics, social responsibility, sustainable development, protection of the environment, diversity management and others.
The Corporate Responsibility Community will serve as a platform to discuss these issues, the different perspectives and approaches which leading faculty, students, alumni and practitioners are taking, be it from a strategic or a pure philanthropic point of view. We look forward on building up on this conversation and bringing value to every participant of the community.
Let’s start the conversation!

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