Top Social Enterprises to Watch in 2017

Top Social Enterprises to Watch in 2017

Chicago is a hub for many early-stage companies aimed at creating for-profit business solutions to social causes. At the IDP Foundation, we are proud investors in the Impact Engine Fund, which features some great innovative entrepreneurs. Here are a few spotlight companies that are doing some amazing work.

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Eradicating Poverty through Education

Eradicating Poverty through Education

As of January 1, 2016, the United Nations and its 193 Member States officially ushered in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global agenda to end poverty by the year 2030. Made up of 17 goals that focus on a variety of initiatives like gender equality, health, and education, these goals recognize that social and environmental issues are interconnected and affect everyone in our global community.

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Benefit Chicago Raises $77 Million and Announces First Round of Impact Investments

Benefit Chicago Raises $77 Million and Announces First Round of Impact Investments

Benefit Chicago recently announced that it has raised $77 million of the $100 million it seeks to mobilize for impact investments for nonprofits and social enterprises working throughout the Chicago region.

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The Business of Education in Africa (Report)

The Business of Education in Africa (Report)

Earlier this month, the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) took place in Durban, South Africa, which convened regional and global leaders from government, business, and civil society to identify and prioritize efforts to help Africa achieve inclusive growth.

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Education Stakeholder Workshop: Engaging the Private Sector in Delivering Basic Education in Ghana (Report)

Education Stakeholder Workshop: Engaging the Private Sector in Delivering Basic Education in Ghana (Report)

The IDP Foundation, Inc. and the World Bank co-hosted an Education Stakeholders Meeting on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 at the Alisa Hotel in Accra, Ghana. The half-day event brought together government officials, development partners, NGOs and other stakeholders in education to identify opportunities for effective collaboration and engagement.

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Gordon Brown Delivers Lecture at the UN: “Promises Made to Children are Sacred”

Gordon Brown Delivers Lecture at the UN: “Promises Made to Children are Sacred”

On Wednesday, April 19 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, The Irene D. Pritzker/IDP Foundation Distinguished Lecture on Social and Economic Development, co-hosted by Foreign Policy Association in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber, featured the Right Honorable Gordon Brown, former United Kingdom Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

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Esri User Conference: "Creating a Smarter World"

Esri User Conference:

Recently, IDP Foundation found themselves at 32.7066 degrees N, 117.1618 degrees W: the San Diego Convention Center. There, we attended the week-long Esri User Conference along with 15,000 other students and professionals from around the world.

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Irene Pritzker Featured on Forefront Radio Podcast

Irene Pritzker Featured on Forefront Radio Podcast

Recently, Irene Pritzker sat down to speak with Eric Weinheimer, President and CEO of Forefront, about impact investing.

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IDP Foundation Grantee "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise" Documentary Film Has Breakout Year

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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise has had a breakout year. As the first documentary to center on Dr. Angelou’s life and work, excitement around its release was only to be expected.

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Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center Announces 2016 IDP Foundation Research Innovation Challenge Grants Recipients

Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center Announces 2016 IDP Foundation Research Innovation Challenge Grants Recipients

Northwestern University’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center recently announced the 2016 recipients of the IDP Foundation Research Innovation Challenge Grants. In conjunction with the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, the five winners will receive the support needed to begin their projects.

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