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Revolution or evolution? Gene Tempel reflects on philanthropy’s future

He founded the world’s first school of philanthropy. He’s been watching trends in giving for the past quarter of a century. And this month, The NonProfit Times named him among the sector’s 50 most influential leaders. So what are the biggest shifts Gene Tempel sees in the world of philanthropy? For one, he notes a growing overlap between the activities … Read more…

Wanted: non-profit matchmakers

The past six months have seen corporate merger and acquisition activity reach its most feverish levels since 2007. Not so in the non-profit sector. Despite funding difficulties and the benefits of sharing knowledge and back-office expenses, the sector continues to grow, with US non-profits now outnumbering lawyers. So what’s holding back the marriages? The arguments for consolidation are certainly compelling. … Read more…

CEO perspective: Jack Larsen, UnitedHealthcare Medicare and retirement

For many companies, a corporate awakening comes with a crisis. At UnitedHealth Group, a stock options scandal prompted some senior management soul searching. “It was painful,” recalls Jack Larsen, chief executive of UnitedHealthcare Medicare and retirement. “But we can’t lose sight of the fact that we are a very social business, carrying out social policy.” The stock options scandal, which … Read more…

CEO perspective: Shibu Shibulal, Infosys

A recent Infosys sustainability report quotes Edward Wilson, US biologist and author, on the need to “raise people everywhere to a decent standard of living.” This need is particularly pressing in India, where the IT outsourcing giant is based. Because the country’s social problems are so acute, says Shibu Shibulal, Infosys chief executive, companies can make substantial contributions through their … Read more…

Let’s mix it up!

In 1996, I stood on a poplar-covered slope in Pakistan above a valley where the Karakoram, Pamir, Hindu Kush and Himalayas fight it out in a grand confusion of jagged peaks and deep ravines. Crops of alfalfa swayed gently in the breeze. “All this was barren land, until we had the irrigation channel,” Farhat Khan told me. Khan and his … Read more…