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Marc Gunther
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Digging a well in a poor country is easy. Making sure that the water keeps flowing for years is much tougher. My latest story for Nonprofit Chronicles looks at water charities and their impact. Which is most effective?
If you’ve donated money to a water charity, congratulations. You’ve stepped up to try to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems--the fact that roughly 750 million people do not have access...
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Big companies partner with green NGOS---but they won't take a stand on global warming. My new blogpost
America's biggest environmental groups all support the Obama administration's landmark plan to regulate coal plants. But they can't persuade their allies in corporate America to do so.
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Most charities don't measure their effectiveness. GiveWell does - obsessively. How two hedge fund alums are bringing new thinking to the world of nonprofits and foundations.
GiveWell began with a simple question: where should I donate? Elie Hassenfeld and Holden Karnofsky (bios) were  20-something friends who worked at a Westport, CT, hedge fund called Bridgewater Asso...
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In my latest post for Nonprofit Chronicles, I talk with Jacob Harold of Guidestar about the overhead myth, and about how Guidestar would like to become the Bloomberg information hub for the social sector.
In the summer of 2013, in a remarkable development that was little noted outside of the world of philanthropy, Guidestar, Charity Navigator and BBB Wise Giving Alliance, the US's three leading sour...
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My new blogposts asks NGOs like WWF, The Nature Conservancy and Environmental Defense Fund to recommend that the corporate partners support climate regulation in Washington. As things stand now, conservative lobbies like the US Chamber of Commerce can claim to speak for all of big business.
Can big green groups like WWF, The Nature Conservancy and Environmental Defense persuade their corporate partners to support the EPA's coal plant rules?
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My new blogpost takes a look back at Fortune Brainstorm Green, the annual conference on business and the environment that I chaired or co-chaired for the past seven years.
After eight years, Brainstorm Green, Fortune's annual conference on business and the environment, is no more.
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Nonprofit organizations typically spend two percent or less of their budget on measuring their performance, a new survey finds. If they want to become better at what they do, that's probably not enough. My latest for Nonprofit Chronicles.
Hotels routinely survey guests after their stay. Airlines, too. Amazon wants to know whether I liked the book/TV show/kitchen gadget. Nonprofits? Not so much. Businesses strive to measure--and impr...
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Incremental change is easy; transformation, not so much. In my new story for Nonprofit Chronicles, I write about KaBOOM!, a thriving nonprofit that builds playgrounds for poor kids and now wants to step up its game.
KaBOOM! has a good thing going. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has built more than 2,500 playgrounds in low-income neighborhoods across America, most financed by FORTUNE 500 companies. It has helped communiti...
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Technology is enabling NGOs and companies to track deforestation, wherever it happens. My new blogpost
Global Forest Watch, a platform run by the World Resources Institute and powered by Google, tracks changes in the world's forests.
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The outdoor industry is big. Its voice in Washington is not. My new blogpost.
The outdoor economy is big. Its voice in Washington is not.
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I really hope I can find someone write about the issue . I hope you write about it
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Hank Cardello, a former food industry exec, says re-engineering the foods most of us like to eat could help solve America's obesity crisis.
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My latest for the Guardian, about Fish Forever, an attempt to persuade fishers beyond the reach of global supply chaines to adopt sustainable practices. 
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writer and speaker
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  • Guardian Media Group
    Editor at large, 2013 - present
    Guardian Sustainable Business US
  • Fortune Magazine
    Contributing editor, 1996 - 2014
  • GreenBiz
    Senior writer, 2009 - 2013
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Bethesda, MD
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New York, NY - Hartford, CT
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Father, husband, writer, runner, baseball fan, traveler, Jew
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I'm a writer and speaker who focuses on business and sustainability, based in Bethesda, MD. My bio and website are here.
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I've run 22 marathons. Slowly.
Education
  • Yale University
    English, 1969 - 1973
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February 19