S&C at Social Venture Network’s Spring Conference

Where on earth can you sing New England sea shanties with a Grammy winner, shake hands with a Wikipedia-worthy civil rights leader, mingle with the founding mothers and fathers of social enterprise, flex your intellect for new ways to solve the world’s biggest problems….  oh, and party ‘til dawn?...

Shock. Squalor. Solutions

I’ve been working in some of the worst slums in the world on and off for a couple of decades, so when James Schaffer and I visited two trailer settlements in Southern California’s Coachella Valley last week, I did not expect to be horrified. It turns out my nonchalance...

On CNN

Schaffer & Combs client, Tiba Foundation, is the primary US funder of this amazing health care initiative in rural Kenya.  This CNN piece features the local man whose vision set the whole project in motion.      

Who’s Responsible for Fostering Impact?

Creativity and input can come from both grantor and grantee Instilling impact as a daily practice is part of what our small firm does for organizations.  Impact is the word of the decade for social change orgs.  We hear it incessantly, but we’re constantly taken aback at how many...

A New Hospital for Rural Africa

We are intensely proud of our client, Tiba Foundation.  After four years of work with a local Kenyan partner organization, the first module of a hospital campus opened on January 27th in one of the most distressed places in the region. The community health care system, of which the...