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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

Human Rights

Nonprofits Don’t Really Care About Diversity

Nonprofit staff isn’t very diverse. Nonprofit boards aren’t very diverse. Nonprofits need more diversity.

By Rosetta Thurman | 3 | May. 18, 2011


Community Foundation Speaks Out Against Government Funding Cuts to Nonprofits

One foundation leader is demonstrating what a community foundation can do to defend nonprofits in their area from state budget cuts.

By Perla Ni | 3 | May. 17, 2011
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New Rules for a New Social Economy

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United vs. The FEC is a harbinger of great change for the social sector.

By Lucy Bernholz | May. 16, 2011
SSIR blogger David Simpson is the co-founder and president of GoldMail and is on the board of Aim High.


Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Deserves Top-Level Focus and Resources

Peer-to-peer communication leverages the personal networks of members to disseminate messages.

By David Simpson | 1 | May. 12, 2011
SSIR blogger Rahim Kanani is founder and editor-in-chief of World Affairs Commentary.

Impact Investing

Between Innovation and Development

An interview with Aleem Walji, practice manager for innovation at the World Bank Institute.

By Rahim Kanani | 1 | May. 11, 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.


Invite Your Listener to Share the Story

Sharing a story will likely to trigger a story in the mind of your listener. Be intentional about the stories you choose to share.

By Thaler Pekar | 2 | May. 10, 2011
SSIR blogger Gary A. Berg, PhD is associate vice president for Academic Affairs, Extended University/International Programs at California State University Channel Islands, where the California Institute for Social Business (CISB) is based, and author of s


Adapting to the “Unreliable Patron”: Sustaining Access Missions with Entrepreneurial Universities

The meaning and function of college in our society has changed.

By Gary Berg | 2 | May. 9, 2011
SSIR blogger Cristi Hegranes is an award-winning journalist and international journalism trainer as well as the founder and Executive Director of Global Press Institute (GPI).

Global Issues

Global Media Needs Social Enterprise

Global leaders should begin to consider a stronger relationship with local social enterprises.

By Cristi Hegranes | May. 6, 2011


What to Do About the Problems Philanthropy Creates and Perpetuates

The ability to act responsibly arises from understanding how beneficial effects are created.

By Carol Sanford | 2 | May. 5, 2011