The latest stories on social innovation, published each weekday

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


Becoming the Best Possible Philanthropist

Figuring out how to leverage your knowledge against the largest pool of capital possible is the path to being the best possible philanthropist or investor.

By Sean Stannard-Stockton | 2 | Apr. 28, 2011


How Does Celebrity Impact Fundraising?

Celebrities are out; trust is in. So just how do organizations earn the trust of Millennials?

By Amy Sample Ward | 1 | Apr. 27, 2011


It’s Not About the Tea

By and large, the Central Asia Institute's supporters went for a feel-good story, didn’t do their homework, and didn’t ask the right questions with the Three Cups of Tea dust up.

By Kevin Starr | 30 | Apr. 26, 2011
SSIR blogger Sonia Ospina, PhD, is faculty director of the Research Center for Leadership in Action at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.


A Loss in the Nonprofit Battle Against “Modest, Passionate and Utterly Disorganized”

The recent expose by 60 Minutes and other organizations, which challenge the practices and experiences chronicled in "Three Cups of Tea," is potentially damaging to the nonprofit sector.

By Sonia M. Ospina | 1 | Apr. 26, 2011
SSIR blogger Tamin Pechet is the CEO of Banyan Water and Chairman of Imagine H2O


Sparking Water Innovation

The water we drink is not as safe as we’d like, and treating water has major environmental and economic impacts. We can no longer take water resources for granted.

By Tamin Pechet | 1 | Apr. 25, 2011
SSIR blogger Thaler Pekar is the principal partner of Thaler Pekar & Partners. She facilitated the opening plenary of the most recent Smithsonian Institute Conference on Organizational Storytelling.

The Benefits of Building a Narrative Organization

The value of narrative in your organization extends well beyond telling stories in your annual report and newsletters.

By Thaler Pekar | 8 | Apr. 22, 2011

If Nostradamus Was a Philanthropist

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation created a forecast for the health future of America’s most vulnerable populations over the next two decades.

By James S. Marks | 5 | Apr. 21, 2011

Are We Serious About Financial Inclusion for All?

Steps that regulators and finiancial service providers can take to move toward the goal of financial inclusion.

By Ignacio Mas & John Staley | 4 | Apr. 20, 2011


Social Innovations Must Start with a “Worm’s-Eye View”

Social entrepreneurs are solving big problems from the bottom up, with low-risk actions taken to discover, develop, and test ideas.

By Peter Sims | 1 | Apr. 19, 2011
SSIR blogger Stephanie Wolcott is social responsibility director for the Alcoa Foundation in New York City and serves as content contributor to KIN Global at the Kellogg School of Management.

Nonprofit Management

Listen to the People

Always talk to the people you are trying to help. And make sure you listen.

By Stephanie Wolcott | 4 | Apr. 18, 2011