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Markets for Good Theme Contest

18 Nov, 2013

Theme ContestMarkets for Good is an effort to improve the system for generating, sharing, and acting upon data and information in the social sector. Our vision is of a social sector powered by information. Our practice is open conversation with you, our audience.

To date, we’ve covered many topics on our blog including: Beneficiary Insights, Open Data, Perspectives from Other Industries, Technology, Evaluation, Big Data, Fundraising, Nonprofit Decision-Making, Privacy, Business Models for Open Data, Collaboration, and next up, Measuring Social Return…

What themes have been left on the table? What insights still need to be discussed? What are you working on that you’d like to share with our community of readers?

We welcome you to enter our Markets for Good Theme Contest running through November so that you can help us choose our themes in January and February. We look forward to reading your ideas!

Theme Contest


“Speed Dataing” at SOCAP13

13 Sep, 2013

In 60 seconds, tell us: “Who are you, what do you do, and how does data matter in your work?”

Speed Dataing

Through the simple prompt above, we “Speed Dataed” attendees of the Social Capital Markets Conference 2013 (SOCAP13), one year after the launch of Markets for Good at SOCAP12.

Why should we talk about data at SOCAP? Markets for Good aims to improve the system for generating, sharing, and acting upon data and information in the social sector. Our vision is of a social sector powered by information, where interventions are more effective and innovative, where capital flows efficiently to the organizations that are having the greatest impact, and where there is a dynamic culture of continuous learning and development.

Social entrepreneurs, impact investors, community leaders, funders, and social-sector change-makers of all sorts need a better way to collect, share, and use data collaboratively.

Click here to watch the interviews of some of those we “Speed Dataed,” and come back again for more videos as we update our post on Storify!


Forum: “Investing In What Works: The Importance of Evidence-Based Policymaking”

11 Apr, 2013

The Hamilton ProjectCurator’s Note: News item provided by The Hamilton Project

“On April 17th, The Hamilton Project at Brookings and Results for America, an initiative of America Achieves, will co-host a forum and release two new papers on the crucial role of evidence and results in policymaking.  U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), and Alan Krueger, Chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, will join former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin for a roundtable discussion on the importance of harnessing evidence to improve the effectiveness of federally funded programs.”

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Grand Challenges | Explorations …#MFGChallenge

05 Mar, 2013

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in partnership with Liquidnet for Good, is looking for groundbreaking ideas to address a significant, but solvable, problem: increasing the interoperability of data for social good.

Each Winner to Receive $100,000 Grant 


Data sets are often isolated, fragmented and hard to use. Many organizations manage data with multiple systems, often due to various requirements from government agencies and private funders. The lack of interoperability between systems leads to wasted time and frustration. Even those who are motivated to use data end up spending more time and effort on gathering, combining, and analyzing data, and less time on applying it to ongoing learning, performance improvement, and smarter decision-making.

Interoperability is the key to making the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

What To Do

  • See the website for more detail on the challenge and application instructions.
  • Keep this hashtag handy to track Challenge events and progress: #MFGChallenge
  • Subscribe for updates from Markets for Good.


Applications will be accepted from March 4, 2013 through May 7, 2013 11:30 AM PST. Interested in developing a solution but don’t know where to find social sector data? Try:

Have a dataset to add to this list? Email us!


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News: “MicroEdge Partners with Foundation Center on Glasspockets Transparency Initiative”

15 Nov, 2012

Markets For Good seeks to connect, align, and accelerate the work already in progress toward better use and sharing of data in the social sector. In that spirit, we keep an eye out to highlight other initiatives, events, etc. that are advancing the cause. Here is one to note, related to the significant and visible movements toward more transparency in the social sector: a partnership between the Foundation Center and MicroEdge.

“In order to facilitate its clients’ involvement in the Glasspockets initiative, MicroEdge has included hGrant reporting capabilities in the recent release of GIFTS Online 3.3, the latest update to its cloud-based grantmaking system.” Read more…

If there is an initiative you think we should know about, contact us: we’re open to share more. Thank you!



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