A NYC-based, nonprofit venture capital firm (sic) named after a William Blake poem that invests in ideas for social change? Do sit down.
Echoing Green has been around for over 25 years, yet it seems more essential than ever. They get seed money ($31 million, so far, for over 500 projects) "in the hands of the right person at the right time" or "invest in an amazing person with an outstanding social change idea." Those ideas can be also be economic, political or environmental.
There are a few ways to get involved. You can make a donation, which helps Echoing Green find and mentor emerging visionaries. Private sector leaders may want to join their Social Investment Council. And if you have an idea that you think would work well with Echoing Green's mission, you can apply to become one of their fellows (when the application process for 2014 opens).
In the recent past, many financial institutions have created cash from their trash (or worse) so it's heartening to know about an enterprise that helps create value for communities and helps people do well by doing good.
The Long Term Care Community Coalition advocates to improve care for the elderly and disabled in nursing homes, assisted living and those who get care at home. The recession has hit the nonprofit hard and they are struggling to survive. They're holding an event at Federal Hall on October 16 to raise funds. And they welcome donations any time.