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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
SSIR blogger Susan Misra is the associate director of Program and Grants Management and Capacity Building at TCC Group. Corporate citizenship

Nonprofit Management

Training for Nonprofits That Sticks? Yes, It’s Possible!

The reason many fail to achieve organizational change is that they focus on preparing leaders to change, rather than actual implementation.

By Susan Misra | 3 | Jul. 14, 2011
SSIR blogger Kelly Kleiman, who blogs as The Nonprofiteer, is principal of NFP Consulting.


Charity Begins at Home—and That Means Taxes

The nonprofit sector has become infected with the shortsighted, quarter-to-quarter thinking that addles Wall Street.

By Kelly Kleiman | 1 | Jul. 13, 2011


Not All Tax Deductions Are Equal: Preserve Charitable Contributions

It is vital that lawmakers continue to use tax policy to encourage charitable giving, especially during times of economic recovery.

By William Daroff | 5 | Jul. 12, 2011