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Open Philanthropy

We need to bring foundations—and their vast repositories of information on who is doing what in the social economy—out into the open.

By Lucy Bernholz | 2 | Jun. 9, 2011


Build Trust with Your Community

Building trust with your constituents is the closest you can find to a silver bullet for fundraising. But how do you build trust with constituents?

By Amy Sample-Ward | Jun. 8, 2011

Individual Giving

Talking to Elephants

Appeals to caring for the needy are likely to backfire unless advocates acknowledge and avoid inflaming passions that stem from other powerful moral values.

By Peter Manzo | 2 | Jun. 7, 2011

Socially Responsible Business

The Future of Fair Trade…Is There One?

If Fair Trade coffee quality doesn’t improve, the Direct Trade movement will quickly become a growing threat.


Global Issues

Are You Ready for the Big Shift?

So many people in the stage of life after midlife and before true old age have so much experience, time, and capacity to do something significant.

By Marc Freedman | Jun. 3, 2011
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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