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SSIR blogger Sean Stannard-Stockton is CEO of Tactical Philanthropy Advisors. Strategic Philanthropy


The Three Core Approaches to Effective Philanthropy

I believe that there are three core approaches to philanthropy, each of which can be effective.

By Sean Stannard-Stockton | 2 | Mar. 29, 2011
SSIR blogger Liane Phillips is the author of Why Don’t They Just Get a Job: One Couple’s Mission to End Poverty in Their Community.


Attacking Poverty Through Jobs

I hope that as long as there is poverty in our country, there will be a Cincinnati Works’ model that can help families escape poverty.

By Liane Phillips | Mar. 28, 2011
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ACORN, NPR, Planned Parenthood, and the Sector’s Challenges in Protecting Itself

There should be greater concern over who is protecting nonprofits that find themselves in situations like that of NPR, which recently lost its federal funding.

By John Brothers | 1 | Mar. 24, 2011

Student Retention: There’s An App for That

In business schools around the country, there’s much ado about social entrepreneurship and a double bottom-line—social good and profits.

By Halle Tecco | 1 | Mar. 23, 2011


One Nonprofit Closure: The Missed Merger Opportunity

If you believe you are headed toward a merger, start the process sooner rather than later.

By Jean Butzen | Mar. 22, 2011
SSIR blogger David Simpson is the co-founder and president of GoldMail and is on the board of Aim High.


Funding for Education—the Perils of “Guidelines du Jour”

The work of charities in almost all circumstances requires focused effort over a substantial period of time.

By David Simpson | 1 | Mar. 21, 2011
SSIR blogger Kelly Kleiman, who blogs as The Nonprofiteer, is principal of NFP Consulting.

“L3C” Spells “Caveat Emptor”

The notion of L3Cs is that they’re a vehicle for doing well by doing good and therefore an improvement over the typical nonprofit structure.

By Kelly Kleiman | 8 | Mar. 18, 2011
SSIR blogger Rahim Kanani is founder and editor-in-chief of World Affairs Commentary.

SSIR Managing Editor Featured on Huffington Post

Excerpt of a discussion with Eric Nee, manager of Stanford Social Innovation Review.

By Rahim Kanani | 2 | Mar. 17, 2011
SSIR blogger Reeta Roy is president and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation.

Creativity in Action

To answer many of the social welfare and public health problems of today it takes creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

By Reeta Roy | 1 | Mar. 16, 2011

Slacktivism, the Gateway to Change?

Two points of Slacktivism: 1) organizations create and endorse the level to which people take action 2) “slacker activism” is a gateway to lasting change.

By Amy Sample Ward | 2 | Mar. 14, 2011