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53 Philanthropic Social Innovations

From Micro-Volunteering to Sustainable Food Philosophy

— June 21, 2013 — Social Good
In many ways, this list of philanthropic social innovations perhaps disrupt what is commonly imagined when we think of the word "philanthropy."

Many people are actively trying to change the concept and rethink the way philanthropy is used. For instance, there is Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, a lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. "Every day, millions of ordinary people exhibit extraordinary generosity. Regardless of age, income, religion, and beliefs, we want to touch the lives of others," she writes on her website. "Yet, philanthropy is often reactive-we write checks when natural disasters strike, we give to our schools and places of worship, or we support friends running a marathon for a cure."

That is just one way of many ways that people are using the term in this top list of philanthropic social innovations.
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B Corp Commerce
B Corp Commerce
Dharma Merchant Services Makes Credit Cards Greener, More Philanthropic
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Future-Oriented MDG Responses
Future-Oriented MDG Responses
Business Action for Africa is a Network of Collaborations
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51
Localized Impact Investing
Localized Impact Investing
Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital Provides Surgeries to Eradicate Blindness
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50
Philanthropic Mutual Funds
Philanthropic Mutual Funds
Bright Funds Manages Giving Like You Manage Your Investments
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49
Exotic Eco-Friendly Java
Exotic Eco-Friendly Java
Cafe Etico is a Coffee Brand Supporting Human Rights in Latin America
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48
Monthly Goodwill Memberships
Monthly Goodwill Memberships
CharitySub Makes Supporting Urgent Causes Easy
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47
Social Investment Learning Communities
Social Investment Learning Communities
Global Philanthropy Forum was Founded by Jane Wales in 2001
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46
Green Phone Companies
Green Phone Companies
Credo Mobile Is Gentle on The Planet and Donates 1% of Fees to Causes
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45
Chromatic Children-Supporting Prints
Chromatic Children-Supporting Prints
Fresh Words Market Creates Simple Designs for Philanthrophy
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44
Academic Philanthropy Resources
Academic Philanthropy Resources
Giving 2.0 Project U is a Project by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
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43
Altruistic Aromatic Decor
Altruistic Aromatic Decor
Chilanthropy Candles are Both Relaxing and Philanthropic
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42
Altruistic Law Firms
Altruistic Law Firms
Rimon is a Certified B Corp and Donates 10% Of Its Profits to Charity
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41
Social Business TV Specials
Social Business TV Specials
The Dragons' Den Update Features Ethical Perfume Company The 7 Virtues
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40
Clever Philanthropic Attire
Clever Philanthropic Attire
These Gaggle of Tees Designs Support Important Non-Profit Initiatives
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39
Gender-Specific Business Tools
Gender-Specific Business Tools
Womenetics is a Media Platform Looking to Increase Women's Success
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38
Philanthropic Artistic Shoes
Philanthropic Artistic Shoes
The TOMS Haiti Project Commissioned Artists to Make Limited Edition S
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37
Philanthropic Real Estate
Philanthropic Real Estate
'Brokers for Charity' Donates 10% of Commissions Each Time a Deal Closes
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36
Cause-Based Social Networks
Cause-Based Social Networks
KooDooZ Acts as a Soapbox for Youth Entrepreneurs
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35
Mission-Based Investing
Mission-Based Investing
'Renewal2 Investment Fund' Helps Foster Triple Bottom Line Success
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34
Venture Philanthropy Co-ops
Venture Philanthropy Co-ops
Chetna Organic Seeks to Enable Ethical Supply Chains from India
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33
Market-Oriented Non-Profits
Market-Oriented Non-Profits
Acumen Fund Uses Entrepreneurial Strategies to Fight Global Poverty
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32
Social Innovation Philanthropies
Social Innovation Philanthropies
New Profit Inc. Supports Entrepreneurs for Large-Scale Change
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31
Sustainable Food Philosophies
Sustainable Food Philosophies
River Cottage is a Social and Environmental Business
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30
Women in Business Web Platform
Women in Business Web Platform
Young Female Entrepreneurs is a socially minded community
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29
Socially-Conscious Crowd Funding Sites
Socially-Conscious Crowd Funding Sites
Crowdrise Allows Users to Donate Funds For Those in Need
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28
Benevolent Babe Threads
Benevolent Babe Threads
For Every Onesie Bought 'Baby Teresa' Gives One to a Child in Need
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27
Social Entrepreneurship Filmmakers
Social Entrepreneurship Filmmakers
Actuality Media Create Philanthropic Videos About Changemakers
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26
Social Innovation Networking
Social Innovation Networking
The Skoll Foundation Fosters Entrepreneurs Worldwide
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25
Women-Run Jean Companies
Women-Run Jean Companies
Lotus Premium Denim is Partnered with Global Charities
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24
Philanthropic Print Platforms
Philanthropic Print Platforms
Help Ink Connects Socially Concerned Consumers with Feel-Good Art
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23
Tax-Deductible Travel
Tax-Deductible Travel
Roadmonkey is an Adventure Philanthropy Trip Company
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22
Charitable E-Bakeries
Charitable E-Bakeries
Baking for Good is an Online Treat Service That Delivers Change
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21
Impact Measurement for Creatives
Impact Measurement for Creatives
Design:Effect Offers Social Good Metrics for Crafty Entrepreneurs
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20
Philanthropically Inclined Accommodations
Philanthropically Inclined Accommodations
The Hotel de la Paix in Cambodia is Elegant and Giving
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19
Micro-Volunteering Platforms
Micro-Volunteering Platforms
Raise5 Enables the Charitable Giving of Your Time and Talents
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18
For-Profit Social Ventures
For-Profit Social Ventures
The TOMS Shoes Movement Creates Customer-Philanthropists
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17
Calming Philanthropic Pillows
Calming Philanthropic Pillows
Herbal Animals Are Made From Naturally Occurring Materials
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Philanthropic Online Platforms
Philanthropic Online Platforms
UNITE is Working to Enable Impactful Connections Throughout Africa
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15
Eco-Friendly Philanthropic Flip Flops
Eco-Friendly Philanthropic Flip Flops
Hari Mari Footwear Donates Money to Battle Cancer
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14
Social Impact Collaborations
Social Impact Collaborations
'Root Cause' Consulting Brings Leaders Together to Solve Issues
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13
Clothes That Buy Water
Clothes That Buy Water
Each Project Migration Shirt Gives 5 Years of H2O, Medical Aid
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12
Sparkly Cause Bracelets
Sparkly Cause Bracelets
Every Altruette Charm Design Goes Toward a Different Nonprofit
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11
Fast Food Philanthropy Toys
Fast Food Philanthropy Toys
Creations for Charity Big Mak Figurines Help Children in Need
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10
Adventures with Purpose
Adventures with Purpose
Sam Bruce Shares 10 Ethical Holiday Providers of Sustainable Tourism
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9
Pinot Noir with Purpose
Pinot Noir with Purpose
'ONEHOPE Wines' Donate Half Their Profits to Charity
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8
Eco Charity Condoms (UPDATE)
Eco Charity Condoms (UPDATE)
Sir Richard's Condoms Are a Philanthropic Pleasure
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7
Matt Johnson, Founder of Project: Living Well (INTERVIEW)
Matt Johnson, Founder of Project: Living Well (INTERVIEW)
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6
Humanitarian Fashion Lines
Humanitarian Fashion Lines
David Peck Takes Inspiration from and Gives Back to Ugandan Villagers
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5
Philanthropic Woven Accessories
Philanthropic Woven Accessories
Pura Vida Bracelets Supports Artistans in Costa Rica
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4
Charitable Watch Lines
Charitable Watch Lines
The Flex Watches Donate Proceeds to 10 Charities
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3
Chic Charitable Jewelry
Chic Charitable Jewelry
The Joan B. Hornig Foundation Donates To The Buyer's Charity Of Choice
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2
Philanthropic Eco Canteens
Philanthropic Eco Canteens
The Dopper Water Bottle Helps You, Others and the Earth
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Socially Responsible Bangles
Socially Responsible Bangles
Alkemie Jewelry is Made from 100% Reclaimed Materials
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