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


Measuring Social Impact


Innovative ways to measure the impact that an organization has on society


Research: Tiny Cues Trigger Altruism

A mere hint of affiliation is sufficient to increase helping.

By Alana Conner | Winter 2010

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 | 51 | Spring 2009

Offsetting Green Guilt

Voluntary carbon offsets allow people to invest in projects that allegedly counteract their greenhouse gas emissions. But can voluntary offsets help slow global warming? Or are offsets a way for consumers to buy their way out of bad feelings?

By Matthew J. Kotchen | 6 | Spring 2009

Evaluation Blues

How accountability requirements hurt small, innovative programs the most.

By Laura Silverstein & Erin J. Maher | 3 | Winter 2008

Creating High-Impact Nonprofits

Conventional wisdom says that scaling social innovation starts with strengthening internal management capabilities. This study of 12 high-impact nonprofits, however, shows that real social change happens when organizations go outside their own walls and find creative ways to enlist the help of others.

By Heather McLeod Grant & Leslie R. Crutchfield | 10 | Fall 2007

Government by Numbers

How CitiStat’s hard data and straight talk saved Baltimore.

By Noah Weiss | Winter 2007

Overhead Isn’t Everything

How donors should think about nonprofit efficiency.

By Alana Conner Snibbe | 1 | Fall 2006

Drowning in Data

Funders are calling for more program evaluation, but nonprofits are often collecting dubious data, at great cost to themselves and ultimately to the people they serve.

By Alana Conner Snibbe | 9 | Fall 2006

Research Rules

Why nonprofits should do their homework before communicating with the public.

By R. Christine Hershey & Andrew Posey | Winter 2005