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SSIR blogger Andrew Bangser is the president of Foundation Source, the nation’s largest provider of support services for private foundations.


Bringing Philanthropy into the 21st Century

The growth of the Internet opens new avenues for collaboration between foundations and nonprofits, but it's a changing landscape.

By Andrew Bangser | 1 | Jul. 29, 2011
SSIR blogger Randall Kempner is executive director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of organizations that propel social entrepreneurship in emerging markets.

Economic Development

Social Entrepreneurship Takes Off in Brazil

Brazilian entrepreneurs are leveraging their deep intellectual, social, and natural resources to drive greater prosperity and create wealth.

By Randall Kempner | 2 | Jul. 28, 2011
SSIR blogger Salvatore LaSpada is the chief executive of Institute for Philanthropy, where he directs The Philanthropy Workshop. The Philanthropy Workshop is a strategic philanthropy training and networking program for ultra- and high-net worth individual


Looking Beyond the Surface: Ten Pieces of Practical Advice on Due Diligence

Ten due diligence practices for would-be funders who are in the process of sizing up a philanthropic opportunity.

By Salvatore LaSpada | 1 | Jul. 27, 2011

Civil Society

Taking Exception to Exceptionalism

We need to shift the narrative to include the link between exceptional solutions and the systems change and scale needed to deliver a just baseline.

By Eric Friedenwald-Fishman | 4 | Jul. 26, 2011
SSIR blogger Holden Karnofsky is co-founder of GiveWell, an independent charity evaluation group. GiveWell identifies and recommends top charities in causes such as international charity, microfinance, and disaster relief.


We Should Expect Good Giving To Be Hard

Great giving opportunities are few and far between; I believe in urging them to give to only the very best charities.

By Holden Karnofsky | Jul. 25, 2011


Surdna CEO on Philanthropic Isolation

An interview with Phillip Henderson about the challenges he faces as the president of the Surdna Foundation.

By Aaron Hurst | 6 | Jul. 22, 2011
SSIR blogger Abigail Noble is head of Africa and Latin America for the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and a Global Leadership Fellow with the World Economic Forum.

Social Entrepreneurship

Fulfilling the Promise: Social Investment

Insight into the process of forming productive relationships with social investors, and whether receiving an investment is the right growth approach for each social enterprise.

By Abigail Noble | 1 | Jul. 21, 2011
SSIR blogger Sean Stannard-Stockton is CEO of Tactical Philanthropy Advisors. Strategic Philanthropy


Rigor & Moral Clarity in Philanthropy

The effective philanthropy movement operates on an evidence-based understanding of how the world works.

By Sean Stannard-Stockton | Jul. 20, 2011

Nonprofit Management

Turning Nonprofit Executive On-Boarding on Its Head

If new executives develop themselves in alignment with the organization’s goals, they will mitigate stress and increase the likelihood of their success.

By Jeanne Bell & Marla Cornelius | Jul. 19, 2011
SSIR blogger Paul Park is the general counsel and secretary of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, overseeing all legal matters related to the Chavez Foundation’s affordable housing, nonprofit radio, after-school tutoring, and conference center programs.


Funders Aren’t Investors, They’re Purchasers

Is it accurate or even appropriate for funders to think of themselves as—and act like—investors?

By Paul Park | 12 | Jul. 18, 2011