News and information on the role that government, small business, the nonprofit sector and philanthropy play in creating healthy and vibrant communities.

Risk Projects Best Performed By Philanthropy
In her written contribution to Huffington Post, President of the Rockefeller Foundation Dr. Judith Rodin illustrates why risk is often associated with philanthropy. Dr. Rodin specifies that...more



Neighborhood College Students Honored for Civic Engagement
County Board members honored the class members of the Arlington Neighborhood College program for their commitment to the community after they have finished the eight-session course. County Board...more

Gates Foundation Grant Funds First-Ever Waterless, Solar-Powered Toilet
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has granted $777,000 to University of Colorado Boulder to develop a waterless toilet manned by solar power. The toilet is claimed to transform the lives of 2.5...more

Volunteer Makes a Difference through Basketball Coaching
Kevin Sawyer, who has a passion for basketball, volunteers his time and efforts in coaching and connecting with players who have problems at school and at home. Sawyer has been a volunteer coach...more

Spotlight on Alexandra Lebenthal: Woman of Philanthropy
President and CEO of Lebenthal & Co., Alexandra Lebenthal, dabbles in philanthropic causes. A business-savvy finance mogul, Lebenthal also engages her spare time to community involvement. Doing...more

Social Entrepreneurs in the Limelight
Social entrepreneurs will take the spotlight at the Nerve disruptive technology congress from June 25-27. The Business Weekly in Cambridge UK organized the event. The congress takes place at the...more

Pawtucket Foundation Releases Strategic Plans for Economic Development
The Pawtucket Foundation has released new strategies that will guide the organization's work to boost economic development over the next three fiscal years. Dan Sullivan, co-chairman of the...more

Higlands College Students Devise Dream Kitchen for People with Disabilities
Highlands College construction technology students have used their design skills to devise a luminous new dream kitchen built for the disabled at the Silver Bow Developmental Disabilities Council in...more

Volunteers Help Plow the Streets
After a Facebook posting that appeared on an NBC10 page about an unplowed street, a local volunteer in Providence grabbed his truck and plowed it himself. Thanks to the Serve Rhode Island, a...more





The 2014 Social Enterprise Awards, now on is 2nd year, has revealed its finalists, which include “businesses that turn household waste into wages, employ the disadvantaged through the baking of artisan breads, or transform the purchasing power of toilet paper into life-saving sanitation.”




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