Three years ago, my co-founder Kevin Barenblat asked me why there weren’t more Khan Academies and Wikipedias. He wanted to know why more nonprofits weren’t building software to create social change at scale.my answer was that the nonprofit startup universe didn’t look anything like the tech startup landscape.
CareerVillage.org is an online platform that allows students to ask questions and ask for career advice. The site recognizes the topic of every question, and it matches them with the right members of a pool of over 16,000 professionals, who volunteer to help kids by answering their questions as thoroughly as possible.
Impact investing is red-hot right now, especially in the education space. But while this approach has long fueled the development of new education technology tools, impact investing is being applied to other ed challenges, too...And globally, there's intense interest around impact investing as a way to scale low-cost private schools in developing countries. Read more
In a recent Brookings paper on social mobility, Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine illuminate an intangible, yet severe, consequence of income inequality: economic despair. In cities or states with wide disparity between the low- and middle-income brackets, high school students, particularly boys, appear more likely to drop out of school. Read more
More than 1 million users. Sixteen billion monthly page views. Ninety-nine percent user engagement. If these sound like stats from tech companies, you’re right. Except these tech companies are nonprofits. In Steve Case’s new book, The Third Wave, he argues that this next generation of the Internet will transform major industry sectors and become integrated into everything we do... Read more
CareerVillage, a nonprofit that aims to help low-income students better prepare for their future, is teaming up with Dell to produce TechWeek, an online networking campaign from May 16 to 20. Dell is giving CareerVillage $100,000 to aid in its mission, and the tech giant has also committed tens of thousands of its employees to provide advice and encouragement to students participating in TechWeek. Read more
...The strategic social investing strategy also includes identifying unique innovations aligned with the Foundation’s goals. As part of this work, the first Lumina Social Innovation Prize was awarded to CareerVillage, an online platform where students ask career questions that are answered by real people sharing their experiences. Read more
The Great Recession delivered a body blow to our country’s financial equilibrium, and only after years of painfully slow recovery have housing prices begun to stabilize and the unemployment rate steadily fallen. But while the economic crisis has abated, it remains a devastating morass for many, especially young adults, ethnic and racial minorities, and lower income families. Read more
Yet another meal delivery startup has debuted in San Francisco. But it's not valued at millions of dollars, and its founders won't ever get rich. Why? It's a non-profit that delivers donated food to people in need.Feeding Forward, as it's called, and eight other startups recently graduated from Fast Forward, an accelerator program in San Francisco that works exclusively with non-profit tech startups. Read more
For Matt Bellows, fitness is not an after-thought—it’s a key priority and passion. The founder and CEO of Yesware and self-proclaimed former ski bum even made sure to include a yoga studio in his company’s office, at which staff members can drop in on daily classes. But there’s one physical challenge Bellows has yet to attempt: Running a marathon. Read more
Boston-based startup accelerator program MassChallenge awarded $1.75 million to 16 startups at its annual startup awards ceremony Wednesday evening. Several other startups were awarded additional funds as part of the program's sidecar prizes. Read more
We’ve often heard parents and educators quip that today’s young people are digital natives — a generation of youth who can rent movies on iTunes and buy school supplies on Amazon before they’re out of preschool. These tech-savvy kids seem to live and breathe digitally. Read more