We are seeing an extraordinary trend around giving and triple bottom line investing, including an increase in social consciousness among corporations, private foundations, volunteerism and high profile philanthropic campaigns.
This convergence demands a thoughtful and purposeful conversation in the national media about how we can all best express our generosity.
The recent collapse of the financial markets has reduced the flow of proceeds to philanthropies, foundations and social ventures. Fewer donors and investors mean less funding for new products, programs and vital services.
Developing nations seem to be compounding those failures, partly because the developed world keeps exporting its mistakes.
This is also a moment of unprecedented ingenuity, public stewardship, and daring innovation. There is tremendous opportunity afoot, especially as innovators and investors explore new kinds of profitable and sustainable partnerships. We have a chance to export the best of the developed world’s ingenuity in a more mindful way.
GeneroCity is a crucible for that new paradigm.
– Ernest Becker
– Bill Gates