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Arts and Culture
Tides Announces Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Social Justice Poster Design Contest
Professional and amateur artists from all backgrounds are invited to submit designs celebrating Tides’ social change work and compete for a cash award of $500 and other honors….

Posted on June 29, 2011
Deadline: August 15, 2011

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Arts Program Invites Letters of Inquiry for Fund for National Projects
Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations and consortia working to implement national projects that promise to strengthen the professional dance, jazz, presenting, and theater fields….

Posted on June 27, 2011
Deadline: August 2, 2011 (Letters of Inquiry)

Endangered Language Fund Invites Proposals for Native Voices Endowment: A Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Legacy Project
Matching grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to individuals, schools, and language programs working to revitalize and perpetuate the aboriginal languages of Native tribes encountered on the Lewis & Clark Expedition….

Posted on June 26, 2011
Deadline: October 17, 2011

Children and Youth
Ashoka and Staples Launch Fifth Annual Global Competition for Youth Social Entrepreneurs
Youth working to address social issues in their communities through innovation and technology can win a trip to the Techonomy 2011 conference as well as a cash prize….

Posted on June 25, 2011
Deadline: September 19, 2011

Sodexo Foundation and Youth Service America Invite K-12 School Applications for Children’s Hunger Service-Learning Grants
Grants of $5,000 will be awarded to U.S. K-12 teachers and adults working with K-12 students on service-learning projects focused on childhood hunger….

Posted on June 30, 2011
Deadline: August 15, 2011

Institute of Museum and Library Services and MacArthur Foundation Announce Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums Project
Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to U.S. libraries and museums working to design new media learning labs serving middle- and high-school students; Webinars for prospective applicants will be held June 28 and July 12, 2011….

Posted on June 28, 2011
Deadline: August 15, 2011

American Forests Offers Cost-Share Funding for Tree-Planting Projects Around the World
Grants will be awarded to private- and public-sector organizations and agencies around the world working to plant trees and restore ecosystems in projects that would otherwise not be feasible due to lack of funding….

Posted on June 30, 2011
Deadline: July 1, 2011 and January 15, annually

Funding Available to Help Restore Seabird Populations on the Baja California Pacific Islands of Mexico
A total of approximately $4 million will be awarded to U.S.-based non-governmental organizations and individuals working on single or multi-year seabird restoration projects….

Posted on June 29, 2011
Deadline: August 8, 2011

Fund for Wild Nature Accepting Applications for North American Conservation Campaigns
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to small organizations working to save and restore native species and wild ecosystems, with particular emphasis on defending threatened wilderness and biological diversity….

Posted on June 24, 2011
Deadline: September 1, 2011

Patagonia Offers Funding for Grassroots Environmental Campaigns
Grants of up to $8,000 will be awarded to nonprofits conducting environmental work that is action-oriented, strategic, and demonstrates a commitment to long-term change….

Posted on June 24, 2011
Deadline: August 31, 2011

National Forest Foundation’s Matching Awards Program to Support Community Stewardship Projects
Matching grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to nonprofits, tribes, and universities conducting on-the-ground conservation and monitoring projects on or around national forests and grasslands….

Posted on June 24, 2011
Deadline: July 18, 2011

DentaQuest Foundation Seeks Proposals for Venture Fund for Oral Health
A total of up to $1 million will be awarded to up to four nonprofits and public entities working to expand oral health programs that have demonstrated positive outcomes….

Posted on June 30, 2011
Deadline: Rolling, through December 2011

American Dental Association Foundation Accepting Applications for Harris Fund for Children’s Dental Health Grant Program
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofits and government agencies working to provide education programs that can help parents and caregivers prevent early childhood caries, also known as baby bottle tooth decay….

Posted on June 29, 2011
Deadline: July 18, 2011

Philanthropy and Voluntarism
Root Cause Seeks Boston Area Nonprofits for Social Innovation Forum
Six innovative nonprofit organizations working to address social issues in the Boston area will receive approximately $120,000 in grants and professional services….

Posted on June 28, 2011
Deadline: August 3, 2011

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Invites Proposals for Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
Five-year awards of $500,000 will be made to early-career academic researchers in the physical/computational sciences whose work addresses biological questions….

Posted on June 30, 2011
Deadline: September 1, 2011 (Pre-proposals)

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The New Relationship Between Philanthropy and Business

Byline: Caroline Bermudez/By: Jason Saul

Corporations are increasingly moving away from social-responsibility programs that just give away money and more toward using philanthropy as a business strategy that produces both financial and societal returns. As a result, nonprofit organizations must find new ways to work with companies other than asking for donations, writes Jason Saul, chief executive of Mission Measurement, a consulting firm that helps companies measure and improve social impact.

The goal of corporations is not to do good, but to develop strategies that make possible unlikely business expansion by overcoming social barriers to entry.a Mr. Saul advises charities to embrace similar thinking; they a need to figure out how to sell their impact as a business proposition a as more businesses expect greater accountability for the money they give.

As an example of a new approach companies are taking, Mr. Saul cites the success of Unilever in recruiting and training poor Indian women to become local sales representatives of products specially made for low-income people. As a result, the company nets $100-million annually from the venture and is providing jobs to 45,000 people.

Unilever also co-founded Global Handwashing Day, along with UNICEF, the World Bank, and Procter & Gamble, which resulted in a decrease in the deaths of needy children from germs transmitted through diarrhea and pneumonia. The effort, which promoted use of the company as Lifebuoy soap, made the product one of Unilever as fastest-growing personal-care brands.

Mr. Saul writes that Unilever and many other companies now give less attention to cash grants and place more emphasis on an on cash resources that they have in far greater abundance their supply chains, distribution networks, and marketing prowess, and their business footprints to create business strategies that deliver significant social value.

Philanthropy, he writes, is moving beyond giving away money, and charities that do not keep up risk being left behind.