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




The latest stories on social innovation, published each weekday

SSIR blogger Reeta Roy is president and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation.


Opening Up Pathways to Secondary Education

We need to put secondary education on the global policy agenda. We also must create pathways to quality and relevant secondary education in Sub-Saharan Africa.

By Reeta Roy | Jan. 24, 2011
SSIR blogger Sean Stannard-Stockton is CEO of Tactical Philanthropy Advisors. Strategic Philanthropy


The Era of Abstract Philanthropy

It would be a great thing for an era of Abstract Philanthropy to open our eyes to understanding the very essence of the philanthropic act.

By Sean Stannard-Stockton | 4 | Jan. 21, 2011
SSIR blogger Kelly Kleiman, who blogs as The Nonprofiteer, is principal of NFP Consulting.


The Rich Get Richer, Once More

If institutions of higher learning want to maintain their tax-favored status, they should abolish legacy preferences.

By Kelly Kleiman | Jan. 20, 2011


Back to the Future: Will We See a New Generation of Nonprofit Organizations in 2011?

There are new leaders coming into the nonprofit sector with ideas that have the potential to change the way social change happens. It’s time to ask some new questions.

By Rosetta Thurman | 1 | Jan. 19, 2011
SSIR blogger John Brothers the Principal of Cuidiu Consulting, a Senior Fellow in executive leadership with the Support Center for Nonprofit Management, and an adjunct professor at New York University’s Wagner School for Public Service.

Nonprofit Management

Minnesota Nice: A Profile in Third Sector Grit

Minnesota is a beacon of nonprofit excellence.

By John Brothers | 2 | Jan. 13, 2011

Urban Development

From Housing Projects to Farmland

A community development corporation starts an urban farm on land that was once home to housing projects.

By Halle Tecco | 1 | Jan. 11, 2011

Reflections on Jumo & Need for Co-Creation

If I have an idea to change the world, I should be just as welcome and have equal access to the spaces where I can share the idea and find others to help me make it come to life.

By Amy Sample Ward | 3 | Jan. 7, 2011
SSIR blogger Anne Sherman is the Associate Director at TCC Group.

Nonprofit Management

Cohort Capacity Building: Is the Sector Ready?

Earlier this month I had the privilege of learning from four really smart and experienced people who participated in a panel discussion that TCC Group, a global management consulting firm.

By Anne Sherman | 3 | Jan. 6, 2011
SSIR_Lucy_Bernholzs_Stanford_University_Center_on_Philanthropy_and_Civil Society_Hybrid_Reality_Institute


Philanthropy’s Buzzwords of the Decade

The 10 phrases I have chosen to show the steady rise in market-based solutions for social problem solving, technology’s infiltration of all things fund raising, and a shift in attention from local to global.

By Lucy Bernholz | Jan. 5, 2011
SSIR_Lucy_Bernholzs_Stanford_University_Center_on_Philanthropy_and_Civil Society_Hybrid_Reality_Institute


Ten for Ten: Philanthropy from 2010-2020

Rather than focus in (anymore than the buzzwords list already does) on the top 10 of the year gone by, let’s think about the factors that will shape philanthropy for the decade ahead.

By Lucy Bernholz | 4 | Dec. 20, 2010