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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Webinar + Moving the Discussion Forward on Low-Fee Private Schools in Ghana

Webinar + Moving the Discussion Forward on Low-Fee Private Schools in Ghana

Fresh off the release of their latest report on an increasingly diversifying education landscape, Results for Development and the IDP Foundation continue moving the discussion forward on low-fee private schools.

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A Review of the IDP Rising Schools Program at Sinapi Aba: Implementing a Sustainable Low-Income Schools Loan Product in Ghana

A Review of the IDP Rising Schools Program at Sinapi Aba: Implementing a Sustainable Low-Income Schools Loan Product in Ghana

IDP Foundation was approached by CapitalPlus Exchange (CapPlus), a local non-profit organization that works closely with financial institutions in emerging markets to serve small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and assist in growing their businesses more effectively.

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Esri’s Story Maps Capture the Impact of Empowering Girl’s and Women’s Rights

Esri’s Story Maps Capture the Impact of Empowering Girl’s and Women’s Rights

Last year, the United Nations convened to agree on the most important global development initiative to focus on until 2030, launching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 goals are accompanied by hundreds of targets and indicators; as such, with many organizations implementing the SDGs into their work, it is crucial that data collection process be thorough and accurate to track and measure impact, specifically around girls and women.

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Low-Fee Private Schools: Closing the Education Gap in Ghana

Low-Fee Private Schools: Closing the Education Gap in Ghana

Within the past decade, there has been a surge in low-fee private schools in some of the poorest countries across the globe. In 2010, there were an estimated one million private schools in the developing world; however, the fastest-growing group of these are small low-fee private schools, run by entrepreneurs in poor areas that cater to those living on less than $2 (USD) a day.

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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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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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