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


Kevin Starr

Kevin_Starr Kevin Starr directs the Mulago Foundation and the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program.


The Seven Commandments of Funding | 10 | Apr. 10, 2015


Don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger.

So What’s It Take to Get Fired Around Here? | 21 | Feb. 23, 2015


Greg Mortenson and Three Cups of Getting Away With It.

Getting Beyond Hype: Four Questions to Predict Real Impact | 7 | Sep. 2, 2014


A simple way to think about investment and design.

Get Out of the Office | 13 | Jan. 30, 2014


You’ll never get what’s going on out there by sitting in here.

Stumbling into Philanthropy | 4 | Nov. 4, 2013


Turning a bunch of money into a lot of impact.

Dump the Prizes | 42 | Aug. 22, 2013


Contests, challenges, awards—they do more harm than good. Let’s get rid of them.

At Least Take Down the Signs | 4 | May. 31, 2013


Old-school development and its rusting reminders.

Be Nice. Fund Results. Minimize Hassle. Help Out. | 6 | Apr. 4, 2013


The word from the trenches on how funders can make life easier for everyone.

Premature Incorporation | 23 | Dec. 11, 2012


Don’t let it happen to you.

Real World Impact Measurement | 1 | Sep. 24, 2012


“Good enough” = simple enough to do, but rigorous enough to mean something.

The Eight-Word Mission Statement | 27 | Sep. 18, 2012


Don’t settle for more.

The Trouble With Impact Investing, P3 | 6 | Jul. 11, 2012


Real impact investing is not for the timid.

Another Look at “Carbon for Water” in Western Kenya | 2 | Mar. 12, 2012


There needs to be more scrutiny around the use of the LifeStraw water filter and more debate about the validity of its carbon for water deal.

The Trouble With Impact Investing: P1 | 24 | Jan. 24, 2012


There's only one bottom line. It ought to be impact.

Just Give ’Em the Money: The Power and Pleasure of Unrestricted Funding | 72 | Aug. 3, 2011


Unrestricted money makes an organization work smoothly, enables innovation, and provides fuel for growth.

Thirty Million Dollars, a Little Bit of Carbon, and a Lot of Hot Air | 35 | Jun. 16, 2011


Carbon for Water is engaged in a loopy funding scheme and offers a lousy public health solution.

New School Economics | 2 | May. 18, 2011


More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty by Dean Karlan & Jacob Appel

It’s Not About the Tea | 30 | Apr. 26, 2011


By and large, the Central Asia Institute's supporters went for a feel-good story, didn’t do their homework, and didn’t ask the right questions with the Three Cups of Tea dust up.

Impact Market Failure | 16 | Apr. 7, 2011


It comes down to this: We’re all operating in a dysfunctional market for impact.

Go Big or Go Home | Sep. 2, 2008


One foundation's approach to maximum impact.