Philanthropy Needs More Moonshots

Audacious social change is incredibly challenging. Yet history shows that it can succeed. Unfortunately, success never results from a single grant or silver bullet; it takes collaboration, government engagement, and persistence over decades, among other things. To better understand why some efforts defy the odds and what lessons today’s philanthropists can learn from successful efforts of the past, we dived deep into 15 breakthrough initiatives. Our research revealed five elements that together constitute a framework for philanthropists pursuing large-scale, swing-for-the-fences change. 

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National Coffee Day for Professionals: Cappuccinos, Cortados, and Classic Cups of Joe

Concurrent with the trend of spending more on a cup of coffee is the Fair Trade coffee trend. Caffeine lovers are increasingly concerned with how their spent dollars affect people at all levels of the supply chain. Globalization of the coffee market put farmers in coffee-exporting countries at risk of unfair compensation. As a result, Fair Trade certifications, which aim to ensure ethical compensation of agricultural workers, have been on the rise.

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We’re sending our daughters into a workplace designed for our dads

Melinda Gates says America's workaholic culture is one of the main obstructions to diversity, causing women and minorities to lean out. This workaholic culture is particularly harmful to women Gates writes because women are still being told by society that home care and child care is up to them as well. The result is a work ethic that hurts everyone.

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La Colombe founder: If you can't pay employees a living wage, you don't deserve to be in business

According to the Todd Carmichael, successful businesses evolve. They continually ask themselves what adjustments can be made to reach specific goals. Rather than laying the burden of the business on the shoulder of predatory pay they make model adjustments and continue to put the employee at the center of the company. In exchange they earn employee loyalty and a happier company which creates a better customer experience better products better culture and brand.

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