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


Individual Giving


Ideas to help individual donors and philanthropists be more effective


Destination Unknown

Donors’ money isn’t going where they think it is.

By Ellen Konar, Sheryl Sandberg, & Melissa Brown | 2 | Winter 2008

The U-Shaped Giving Profile Explained

Most Americans give roughly the same percentage of their incomes.

By Alana Conner | 1 | Fall 2007

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

A Tarnish on Green Goods

Why eco-friendly products may be bad for the environment.

By Alana Conner Snibbe | 1 | Winter 2007

A New Take on Tithing

Too often, individuals make decisions about how much money to donate to charitable causes on an ad hoc basis. As a result, many people give less money than they can actually afford.

By Claude Rosenberg & Tim Stone | 6 | Fall 2006

Hardwired to Help

Both humans and chimpanzees naturally lend a hand.

By Alana Conner Snibbe | Summer 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

Crisis Mentality

Why sudden emergencies attract more funds than do chronic conditions, and how nonprofits can change that.

By Keith Epstein | 1 | Spring 2006

Giving Donors Control

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

By Dan Gordon | 1 | Spring 2006