Philadelphia Story: An Ambitious Campaign to Spread Opportunity Into All Corners of the City

Here's a proven alternative to the gentrification of American cities. For decades the “Philadelphia Story” was about steady economic decline. That story is being rewritten today as many Americans rediscover the advantages of cities—inviting public spaces, rich cultural diversity and a creative environment that fertilizes start-ups and attracts talent. Young people, in particular, have moved here in droves, realizing they can enjoy the same kind [...]

When Kids Are Held Back, Gains Can Follow

NEW EVIDENCE ON LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF GRADE RETENTION IN THIRD GRADE FINDS SOME GOOD NEWS AMONG THE NUANCE Does repeating a grade help — or hurt — a student’s long-term academic progress? New research from Harvard Graduate School of Education professor Martin West tells a nuanced and evidence-based story about grade retention, finding that — contrary to critics’ fears — repeating third grade does not [...]

This Trendy Cafe Trains Refugees To Become Cooks

Named for poet Emma Lazarus, who wrote the sonnet mounted on the Statue of Liberty, the restaurant offers paid culinary training to refugees, asylees and survivors of human trafficking. The eatery tailors its learning program to meet the unique struggles these groups face when they come to America and aims to place its students in restaurant jobs within a month of completing the program. “We [...]

How to Build a Business Model on Altruism

When I was in the hospital several years ago battling cancer, I was given a beautiful candle that soothed me, imparting hopefulness and peace of mind. The mission of my company was birthed out of that experience, and I wanted to reflect that hope and healing back to my community — and the world — by giving 10 percent of my company’s revenue back to [...]

GE Healthcare’s Social Impact Content Sharing on Instagram

With over 700 million users, Instagram has quickly become the go-to platform for younger audiences. And, as the social media channel grows and builds out its marketing abilities, brands are beginning their foray into the world of Instagram advertising. Recently, one brand took an entirely new approach, harnessing the platform to drive home a long-form social impact message on the short-form channel. Inspired by her [...]

Seattle Makes History – Passes ‘Tax the Rich’ Income Tax

  Last week, Seattle passed a “tax the rich” income tax by a vote of 9-0. The ordinance plans to tax those with a total income in excess of $250k (single) and $500k (joint filers) at 2.25%. Based on 2014 IRS data, the city estimates it will be able to raise approximately $125 million a year, while total cost of administering the new tax would be $10 to 13 million [...]

There’s an epidemic of grade inflation and unearned As in American high schools

More high school students in the US are graduating than ever before, in part because of rising grade-point averages. But a new study suggests the trend isn't cause for celebration. Over the last two decades, high school GPAs have risen considerably while SAT scores have fallen. To the researchers behind the study, the conflicting trends indicate schools are engaging in "grade inflation," or the practice [...]

$5 billion in student loans may be dismissed because the lender lost the paperwork

Tens of thousands of people who took out private loans to pay for college but have not been able to keep up payments may get their debts wiped away because critical paperwork is missing. The troubled loans, which total at least $5 billion, are at the center of a protracted legal dispute between the student borrowers and a group of creditors who have aggressively pursued [...]

Corporate Responsibility Practitioner Roundup: Kohler

In the run up to the COMMIT!Forum, CR Magazine spoke with Robert Zimmerman, director of WaSH (water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) products for Kohler. Rob leads Kohler’s efforts to develop water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) products and services for underserved markets globally. CRMag: As a practitioner, how does telling the Corporate Responsibility (CR) story feel different from everyday sales & marketing? Robert Zimmerman: We look [...]