By: Jacob Bindman, Co-founder & Chief Program Officer at SF New Deal; Jenais Zarlin, Founding Member & Chief Operating Officer at SF New Deal

SF New Deal began with a vision of San Francisco as a world class city that provides an abundance of support, opportunity, dignity, respect, and appreciation for small businesses and neighbors in need. Although much of our work over the past year and a half has focused on providing immediate support to communities acutely impacted by the pandemic, we’re on a mission to build a thriving San Francisco in the months and years ahead.
SF New Deal launched in March 2020 as a rapid response to the COVID pandemic in San Francisco. We arrived and scaled with urgency, recognizing the impact that the first shelter order would have on small businesses and under-resourced residents.

Our first program used private funds to pay restaurants to make meals … Read more

This year has been good to shareholders of Lloyds Banking Group (LSE: LLOY). With the economy bouncing back strongly from 2020’s lows, it has seen its loan losses plummet and earnings rebound. Hence, the Lloyds share price has surged from its January low. But what might 2022 hold for the UK’s largest lender?

The fall and rise of the Lloyds share price

Before Covid-19 crashed global markets, the Lloyds share price was doing fine. On 16 December 2019, it hit its 2019 closing high of 67.25p, before ending the year at 62.5p. Then along came coronavirus to spoil the fun. During the London market meltdown of spring 2020, Lloyds closed at 27.73p on 3 April. But the worst was yet to come, with the shares bottoming out at 23.58p on 22 September 2020. At the time, I thought this was crazy, so I said so.

Lloyds stock duly … Read more

In the past two years, we’ve seen the pandemic turn our lives upside down, the calls for social justice grow more urgent, our political system nearly crumble, and employee attrition reach unprecedented levels. People are overwhelmed, feeling lost, and rethinking their life choices. All of this has led to business leaders’ realization that they needed to do something — fast. They started asking what they could do that would engage employees, improve their own diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies, and improve their employees’ mental health and wellbeing.

The collaborative report looks at how employee resource groups can improve employee engagement, DEI, and attrition.

Employee Resource Groups

At the intersection of all these goals are employee resource groups (ERGs). ERGs, also often called affinity groups or business communities, provide ways for employees to connect with one another, bring up difficult topics — led by people with personal experience — and … Read more

Shares in cinema operator Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE) fell by 20% in November, even as moviegoers flocked to see the latest James Bond film. With more potential blockbusters scheduled for release later this year, I reckon Cineworld could be on track to deliver a strong recovery over the coming months.

In this article I want to explain what I think happened in November — and whether I’d buy Cineworld stock for my portfolio.

007 boosts revenue

Us Brits love a good Bond film. Cineworld’s UK revenue in October was 27% above 2019 levels, as moviegoers rushed to see Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007.

The group’s cinemas in the US and elsewhere also delivered an improved performance. Cineworld’s total revenue in October reached 90% of 2019 levels. As a result, the business generated positive cash flow in October, for the first time since before the pandemic.

Takings were boosted by … Read more

Back in 2012, the founders of Giving Tuesday couldn’t have imagined just how impactful their initiative would be. Now, less than 10 years later, Giving Tuesday has grown into a global movement that has raised over $2 billion.

The annual day of giving has been especially critical over the last two years, with donations to nonprofits having increased during the pandemic. In 2020, individual giving in the U.S. remained high, particularly for end-of-year giving, which was higher than past years. Even through such a challenging time, a third of nonprofits report exceeding their fundraising goals in 2021 and 87% of respondents that invested in technology reported it as impactful.

With over 56,000 nonprofits in our community, we’ve seen how access to technology enabled organizations to adapt during the pandemic and reimagine their relationships with volunteers and donors. But while technology is an important tool to accelerate impact, nothing is … Read more