Greater Good Blog

Ideas and insights for funders and investors who want to increase their social or environmental impact.

Building Communities—and Working for Change—in America’s Heartland

Building Communities—and Working for Change—in America’s Heartland

To help build a sustainable and equitable future within and beyond America’s rural and small-city communities, funders will have to look past geographic, racial, cultural, and ideological divides. As lifelong residents of the Midwest, we have seen firsthand the impact that 25 years of accelerating economic disinvestment and cultural isolation have had on rural families, […]

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Vehicles Designed to Accelerate Impact

Vehicles Designed to Accelerate Impact

Over the past two decades, the social sector has increasingly recognized that no single entity or approach can solve complex social challenges at scale. Meanwhile, funders and nonprofits have been grappling with some big questions: How can we move faster? How can we better collaborate with other funders? How can we more effectively work across […]

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Improving Early Childhood Education through Investments in Leadership Development

Improving Early Childhood Education through Investments in Leadership Development

Strong leaders are critical to achieving many of the ECE sector’s top priorities—providing quality education to young children, increasing equity, and strengthening organizations and systems—yet a lack of investment in leadership development means that few can access training. Over the last 20 years, a large body of research has been amassed indicating that quality early […]

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Helping to Solve America’s Affordable Housing Problem

Helping to Solve America’s Affordable Housing Problem

America is facing a serious affordable housing problem, a problem with wide-ranging implications for equality of opportunity and the long-term health of our communities. There isn’t enough affordable housing within sustainable communities—those that provide residents with quality opportunities for employment, health and wellness, and education—and there isn’t enough integrated access to such opportunities in communities […]

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Envisioning Effective Advocacy—at the State Level and Beyond

Envisioning Effective Advocacy—at the State Level and Beyond

Many of the donors with whom Arabella works realize that sustained advocacy efforts are crucial to the passage and implementation of public policies that support the people, places, and causes they care about. They know that by making smart investments in advocacy, they have the potential to accomplish (or, in some cases, prevent) policy changes […]

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Helping Funders Better Understand and Manage Risk

Helping Funders Better Understand and Manage Risk

(Illustration by Jean Tuttle for SSIR) Risk is essential to impact-focused philanthropy. We can’t hope to tackle the immense challenges that drive our missions without understanding the risks we face, balancing them against potential rewards, and (only then) making decisions and managing our efforts accordingly. Yet few funders approach risk in a systematic way. Few […]

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