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The latest stories on social innovation, published each weekday

 

Foundations

Five Ways to Ensure That Your Strategy Falls Short

Why do so many foundation and nonprofit strategies go amiss?

By Anne Sherman & Paul Connolly | Dec. 15, 2011
 
SSIR blogger Kelly Kleiman, who blogs as The Nonprofiteer, is principal of NFP Consulting, which provides strategic planning, Board development and fundraising advice to charities and philanthropies.

Arts

Arts Funding Promotes Neighborhood Vibrancy

The argument that the arts are an economic engine (true or false) is unpersuasive.

By Kelly Kleiman | 1 | Dec. 14, 2011
 

Social Entrepreneurship

Prime Time in Afghanistan

An interview with Tom Freston, chairman of the ONE Campaign.

By Tom Freston | Dec. 13, 2011
 

Innovating for a Better City

The need for local government innovation is now greater than ever.

By Michael Bloomberg | Dec. 12, 2011
 
Blake Mycoskie founded TOMS in 2006 after starting five previous businesses, including a national campus laundry service and an online driver’s education company. socially responsible business

A New Model for Philanthropy

Through a simple purchase, a consumer is making a direct impact on someone’s life around the globe.

By Blake Mycoskie | 2 | Dec. 9, 2011
 

Social Entrepreneurship

Social or Cultural Entrepreneurship: An Argument for a New Distinction

A look at the difference between cultural and social entrepreneurship.

 
SSIR blogger Aaron Dorfman is executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.

Philanthropy

Wanted: Philanthropy CEOs Who Can Shift Out of Neutral

Philanthropy frequently justifies its independence by invoking capacities it seldom displays.

By Aaron Dorfman | 11 | Dec. 6, 2011
 
SSIR blogger Stephanie Wolcott is social responsibility director for the Alcoa Foundation in New York City and serves as content contributor to KIN Global at the Kellogg School of Management.

Fundraising

Make It Personal

The rapid spread of social media has catapulted the possibilities and scale of relationship-building into the stratosphere.

By Stephanie Wolcott | 2 | Dec. 5, 2011
 

Global Issues

Mobile Money: A Game Changer for Financial Inclusion

Imagine if everyone who had a cell phone could also have access to financial services, and could save and send money safely, regardless of location.

 
SSIR blogger Stephanie Wolcott is social responsibility director for the Alcoa Foundation in New York City and serves as content contributor to KIN Global at the Kellogg School of Management.

Social Entrepreneurship

Creating Jobs, Harmonizing Nonprofits, and Diagnosing Disease

The agenda for the off-the-radar Social Innovation Summit read like an all-star team of social innovators.

By Stephanie Wolcott | 3 | Dec. 2, 2011