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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
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Making the “Social [Fill in the Blank]” Movements Available to All

There is a great need to connect small- and mid-sized nonprofits to the innovative work and ideas associated with new movements like "social entrepreneurship."

By John Brothers | 7 | May. 4, 2011
SSIR blogger Kelly Kleiman, who blogs as The Nonprofiteer, is principal of NFP Consulting, which provides strategic planning, Board development and fundraising advice to charities and philanthropies.

Nonprofit Management

Everything Old Is New Again, and Nonprofits Should Stay That Way

What nonprofits need isn’t more advice, it’s more money.

By Kelly Kleiman | 41 | May. 3, 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


Innovations That Address the Last-Mile Distribution Challenge

Social enterprises have taken up the challenge of developing markets for newly designed cook stoves in India.

By Diana Jue | May. 2, 2011


Lessons from Grameen and Microfinance—Are You Building an Institution of Change?

Not every organization should become an institution. But long-term change really is dependent on institutions.

By Timothy Ogden | 3 | Apr. 29, 2011
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