You knew it wouldn’t take long for the Gordon Gekkos of the world to figure out how to make some new big money out of healthcare reform. The Wall Street Journal’s “Deal Journal” (on deals and deal-makers) may have spotted one new avenue: the purchase of nonprofit hospitals by for-profit private equity investment firms. And that may spell a radical change for the concept of nonprofit hospitals.
Forbes magazine has released its list of the world's wealthiest individuals, and the answer is not who you might think—Bill Gates or, depending on how the stock market is doing, Warren Buffett. Though rest assured, those two take up the second and third slots.
On Monday, March 1, the Center hosted a group of 19 representatives from foundations, tech companies, and nonprofits at the Pew DC Conference Center to discuss issues raised by "Disrupting Philanthropy: Technology and the Future of the Social Sector," by Lucy Bernholz with Edward Skloot and Barry Varela.
Sitting on a ramshackle assortment of wooden benches under the shade of a mango tree, we listen to the story of the widow Mary Gargar. An elderly and weathered Liberian woman with a look of determination just short of defiance, Mrs. Gargar tells us of how she purchased land from a man falsely representing himself as its rightful owner. Now that the war is over, a reverend who the government confirms is the rightful owner has returned and wants to build. While she holds a deed for the land in her name, and depends on its crops for survival, he too needs the land for his livelihood.
This past Monday the Center hosted a meeting at the Pew DC Conference Center to discuss issues raised by Lucy Bernholz's paper "Disrupting Philanthropy: Technology and the Future of the Social Sector."
Among the participants was Geoff Livingston of the media consultancy Zoetica, who kindly live-blogged the event.
“Women are part of the development agenda for the first time—and we are making use of our time. Traditional culture has made us reticent. But no more. Our eyes are now open and there is no way they will close again.” These are the words of Liberia’s Vabah Gayflor, Minister of Gender and Development. Soft-spoken and patient, when her moment comes to speak, her voice drops to a whisper that commands the attention of all in the room. The 19 philanthropists with whom I am traveling in Liberia are focused; we have met a truly powerful person.