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The Key to Capacity Building Is Funding Long-Term Health Not Short-Term Workouts

Philanthropists: Rather than making periodic grants that focus on capacity building, embed capacity-building funding into each and every grant you make.

By John Brothers | 10 | Jun. 2, 2011

Global Issues

“Poor Economics” Needs a Theory

To understand poverty, we need a more complex epistemology that allows for the interdependencies which correlation often implies.

By Eric Meade | 11 | Jun. 1, 2011

Measuring Social Impact

The Urgent Need for a Leap of Reason

We will need nothing short of quantum, nonprofit sector-wide change to accomplish our important missions in this new era of brutal austerity.

By Mario Marino | 2 | May. 31, 2011
SSIR blogger Jenna Nicholas has worked for the Oxford Hub, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Stanford Centre for Philanthropy and Civil Society, and Global Health Corps.


Bringing Philanthropy to China

Insight into the cultural, philosophical, and historical factors that shape China’s emerging philanthropic efforts.

By Jenna Nicholas | 2 | May. 27, 2011


No art? No social change. No innovation economy.

America must invest in art and imaginative capacity.

By Eric Friedenwald-Fishman | 19 | May. 26, 2011
SSIR blogger Kelly Kleiman, who blogs as The Nonprofiteer, is principal of NFP Consulting.


Eliminating the Charitable Deduction: The End of the World as We Know It, and I Feel Fine

Wouldn’t we advance the goals of nonprofit hospitals and schools, and environmental and arts organizations if the government had more to spend on them?

By Kelly Kleiman | 4 | May. 25, 2011
SSIR blogger Sean Stannard-Stockton is CEO of Tactical Philanthropy Advisors. Strategic Philanthropy


Changing the Coefficients of Giving

One way to frame efforts to increase charitable giving is to think of it as “changing the coefficients of giving.”

By Sean Stannard-Stockton | 3 | May. 24, 2011
SSIR blogger Thomas Bastianel is one of the five Emerging Leaders International Fellows at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, The Graduate Center—The City University of New York.

Civil Society

Big Society or Collective Impact?

How are the UK and US addressing the third sector’s next challenges, and where they are failing?

By Thomas Bastianel | 5 | May. 23, 2011
SSIR blogger Gabi Zedlmayer is Vice President of HP’s Office of Global Social Innovation responsible for driving social innovation programs that are aligned with HP’s business strategy. social innovation


mPedigree: A Collective Impact Case Study

The collective impact of government organizations, nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, and businesses can produce a more effective social innovation model.

By Gabi Zedlmayer | 2 | May. 20, 2011


In Foreign Aid, Nonprofits Could Use Some Disruption

Nonprofits should seek for-profit allies who are interested and invested in their causes—even if they don’t walk into the first meeting with a signed check.

By Jessica Majno | 6 | May. 19, 2011