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




New and innovative ideas to help nonprofit leaders raise money


Q&A: Jeff Raikes

Jeff Raikes takes over the Gates Foundation at a turbulent time when philanthropic resources are down and social needs are up.

By Eric Nee | 4 | Winter 2010

Ten Nonprofit Funding Models

For-profit executives use business models—such as "low-cost provider" or "the razor and the razor blade"—as a shorthand way to describe the way companies are built and sustained. Nonprofit executives are not as explicit about their funding models and have not had an equivalent lexicon—until now.

By William Landes Foster, Peter Kim, & Barbara Christiansen | 41 | Spring 2009

Growing Pains

New research suggests that the fate of start-up nonprofits is highly dependent on their acquisition of stable funding sources, particularly public funds

By Chris McGarry | Spring 2003

The Power of Brands

Not only does a distinctive brand help a nonprofit raise its visibility among the public, it also develops deeper ties with donors, partners, and other stakeholders.

By Adrian Sargeant & John B. Ford | 3 | Winter 2007

Capacity by Any Other Name

Donors don’t know much about capacity building, except that they don’t like the term.

By Thomas E. Backer, Alan N. Miller, & Jane Ellen Bleeg | Spring 2006

Cute and Lucrative

Sidebar to "Crisis Mentality:" some species attract donors more than others.

By Keith Epstein | Spring 2006

Choosing Mission Over Money

Sidebar to "Crisis Mentality:" giving for the long term.

By Keith Epstein | Spring 2006

Giving Donors Control

A United Way affiliate has boosted fundraising by breaking the rules.

By Dan Gordon | 1 | Spring 2006

No Market for Marketing

Nonprofits do not use -- and often don't want -- for-profit marketing techniques.

By Maia Szalavitz | Winter 2005

Going, Going, Sold for Too Little!

Why nonprofit auctions are inefficient, and how they can raise more money.

By Aaron Dalton | Winter 2005