Stanford Social Innovation Review : Informing and inspiring leaders of social change


Case Study


An inside look at one organization


The Profit in Nonprofit

Why Kiva chose to be a 501(c)(3), what this tax status buys the organization, and how being a nonprofit poses challenges.

By Bethany Coates & Garth Saloner | 13 | Summer 2009

Curbing Mission Creep

Despite temptations to broaden its focus, the Rural Development Institute has remained single-mindedly devoted to its mission. As a result, the organization has helped 400 million poor farmers around the world take ownership of some 270 million acres of land – all on a modest budget.

By Kim Jonker & William F. Meehan III | Winter 2008

Rolls-Royce Radicals

Responsible Wealth, a Boston-based nonprofit, is convincing many affluent Americans to challenge the very rules that made them rich.

By Sandra Rothenberg & Maureen Scully | Winter 2007

Turning Conflict into Cooperation

The Rainforest Action Network launched a consumer boycott of several Mitsubishi companies, leading to significant changes in the way the firm and many of its partners do business.

By Peter Asmus, Hank Cauley, & Katharine Maroney | Fall 2006

Chilling With Greenpeace, From the Inside Out

Greenpeace catapulted Greenfreeze, an ozone- and climate-safe refrigerant, into widespread use and launched the first Green Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, in 2000.

By Cathy L. Hartman & Edwin R. Stafford | 1 | Summer 2006

An Enterprising Failure

Why a promising social franchise collapsed.

By Paul Tracey & Owen Jarvis | Spring 2006

Tackling Vision Care Disparities

How one nonprofit uses an NFL team’s celebrity to improve poor children’s eyesight - and life chances.

By Melinda Tuan & Fay Twersky | 1 | Winter 2005

Sharing Power

How Merck and the WHO have sustained a fragile balance of power in their battle against river blindness.

By Jonathan B. Levine | Fall 2005

Managing Growth

How a Boston educational-services nonprofit is realizing its own potential for growth so that its scholars can realize theirs.

By Kelly Campbell & Rita Louh | Summer 2005

The Price of Commercial Success

Minnesota Public Radio: social purpose capitalism.

By James A. Phills & Victoria Chang | Spring 2005