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SSIR blogger Andy Mercy is an avid mountaineer, and founder and CEO of AngelPoints.

Socially Responsible Business

Empowering Employees to Lead the Way to Sustainability

It's time for every company to join the journey towards greater corporate responsibility.

By Andy Mercy | 2 | Apr. 5, 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.

Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll World Forum: Large Scale Social Change

The eighth year of the Skoll World Forum showed incredible dedication to accelerating entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing social issues.

By Jenna Nicholas | Apr. 4, 2011
SSIR blogger David Simpson is the co-founder and president of GoldMail and is on the board of Aim High.

Most Messages Fail. Send Ones That Work.

Many nonprofits send out scores of “updates” and other messages that are really just thinly disguised pitches for money.

By David A. Simpson | Apr. 1, 2011
SSIR blogger Diana Jue is working toward her Master of City Planning at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning as a member of the International Development Group. social entrepreneurship

Technology & Design

From the Lab to the Land: Disseminating Technologies for the Poor

Collaboration across sectors supports the scaling up of product dissemination and an organizations’ goals of improving the lives of low-income citizens.

By Diana Jue | Mar. 31, 2011
SSIR blogger Jess Sand is communications manager of Net Impact. Corporate citizenship

Socially Responsible Business

Beyond the CSR Department: Corporate Intrapreneurs Forge Another Path

It turns out that change initiatives are very often driven by intrapreneurs—individuals working in so-called “conventional” roles.

By Jess Sand | Mar. 30, 2011
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