The eight entrepreneurs in in Upaya’s Cohort1 are growing small businesses from India’s informal sector, such as food delivery, jobs placement, shoe cleaning, and waste management. Each business has been successful operating in a local environment, and is preparing to scale across a wider geographic footprint and market size in India. ...Read More
Practicing gratitude benefits both the individual and the community. Taking time to extend gratitude has a remarkable impact on our emotional well being. In this blog entry, the 3CF board shares one thing each of us is thankful for.Read More
At 3CF, we are constantly refining how we as an organization can best communicate the very basis of who we are and how we work. The slides above are an online visual to address these fundamental questions. We are excited to publish this presentation on ...Read More
Isibella Wangari Gituru has been a clothes designer and seamstress in Nairobi, Kenya for the past 30 years. Within a year of graduating from university...Read More
The Global Social Benefit Institute at Santa Clara University's Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is significant because it convenes impact oriented entrepreneurs and investors in one room to help entrepreneurs overcome some of these challenges, thereby strengthening both the businesses and their collective impact.Read More
3CF partners with Village Enterprise in the Kitale area of western Kenya to help rural women living below the poverty line start small businesses that graduate them and their households out of extreme poverty. Neighborhood women with similar business interests join into groups of 3 entrepreneurs to establish each new business. ...Read More
John Locke, one of the enlightenment philosophers, posited in the 17th century that the fruits of an individual’s labor entitled that person to own and accumulate property, a God-given right. A person’s property, broadly interpreted to include everything from the material goods to personal aspirations, ...Read More
I have been blogging over the past few years about my involvement with our local community to improve our children’s dental health and hygiene. Today I am pleased to share that...Read More
3CF recently welcomed Danielle Decatur to the board. Danielle has spent 10 years in consulting, providing Change Management and Lean Six Sigma expertise across many industries while employed by Microsoft and IBM. She also worked in Environmental Sustainability for AREVA while obtaining her MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.Read More
Kolkata, West Bengal 11 FEBRUARY 2016 -- Upaya is proud to announce today that it has come together with 3rd Creek Foundation (3CF) to provide a follow-on investment into Maitri Livelihood Services Private Limited (Maitri), a caregivers training and placement company that recruits, trains, and secures employment for women from vulnerable backgrounds in the East and Northeast communities of India.Read More
Tuesday, December 1st was a big day for the teams at Hoste Hainse and 3rd Creek Foundation (3CF). We were out the door of our Kathmandu residences by 4:30am and on our way to two remote villages in the north of Sindupalchowk District.Read More
Board Member Sara Cannon visited Vietnam in September, 2015, with 3CF partner: Thriive, an organization that builds prosperity and pays it forward in vulnerable global communities. Thriive is a unique charity that supports small business development through providing loans to small businesses, who then pay “forward” the full value of the loan to marginalized groups in their communities through donations of business goods, services, or job training. In her recap from the experience, Sara reflects on the adjustment from service mindset, to business mindset, to a mindset that blends the two.Read More
We're highlighting two articles from the Stanford Social Innovation Review this week, one on recent findings that the nonprofit sector is struggling to invest in its own leadership - the other on new strategies for nonprofits to engage private sector to maximize impact.Read More
This fall, 3rd Creek Foundation (3CF) member Sara Cannon and I traveled to Vietnam to visit program sites of 3CF and our partner Thriive. On September 25, we visited Nam Thang Long (NTL) in the rural outskirts of Hanoi.Read More
Spur social innovation - Land rights to break cycle of poverty - SOCAP recapRead More
The Beauty of Ugly Food: You won't believe how much edible food we're wasting - Jill Richardson / AlterNet
This article shares fascinating examples of social enterprise in the US that are making big headway in solving a mega-challenge in the domestic food market: too much waste.
Families Funding Change: How Social Justice Giving Honors Our Roots and Strengthens Our Communities - Niki Jagpal & Ryan Schlegel, National Committee fir Responsive Philanthropy NCRP
NCRP helped to craft the Foundation Center’s definition of social justice philanthropy as “the granting of philanthropic contributions to nonprofit organizations based in the United States and other countries that work for structural change in order to increase the opportunity of those who are the least well off politically, economically and socially.”
Family Foundations aren't funding social justice as much as their peers in philanthropy. At 3CF we are proud to fund organizations and programs that are actively increasing the opportunity for those who are the least well off.
- Implicit Bias and Its Role in Philanthropy and Grantmaking - National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
"Even when people explicitly and consciously support fairness, nonconscious processes can undermine their intentions through implicit bias. As we learn more about this complex phenomenon, it is critical that philanthropy uses this knowledge to help move us toward greater inclusion and fairness – and that those in philanthropy realize their own susceptibility to implicit bias."
- Give Poor People Cash - The Atlantic
"If resources for indirect subsidies from housing through food were redirected toward cash payments to the poorest, more (and more sustainable) poverty reduction could be achieved at less cost."
- Toward a New Gospel of Wealth - Darren Walker, Ford Foundation
Darren Walker, President of Ford Foundation, reflects on philanthropy's relationship with capitalism and inequality.