Stanford Social Innovation Review : Informing and inspiring leaders of social change





Renewable Energy Brings Opportunity for All

More than a billion people worldwide still lack electricity and the opportunity it can bring. But access is now more possible than ever.


Social Entrepreneurship

Doing Less, Better

The real competitive advantage of social enterprise, compared to traditional charities isn’t revenue generation—it’s the ability to focus on fewer things.

By Dave Algoso | Jul. 31, 2015


Architecting for Data

Four ways nonprofits can cut through the data hype and start using data on purpose.

By Rahul Bhargava | 2 | Jul. 30, 2015


Why We Love to Hate Nonprofits

Three common and harmful prejudices against charitable organizations, and how nonprofits can subvert them.

By Allison Gauss | 9 | Jul. 29, 2015


Building Movements, Not Organizations

Creating a healthy, humane world will require more than new organizational designs. It will take rethinking the nature of organizations entirely.

By Hildy Gottlieb | 6 | Jul. 28, 2015


Skill-Building Through Business Education

Models that tie pedagogy to business have the potential to provide revenue to help fund education and practical business exposure for students.

By Paul Clyde | Jul. 27, 2015

Corporate Philanthropy

Improving Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships

Three ways corporations can more effectively partner with nonprofits.



Understanding Risk Tolerance in Grantmaking

By applying behavioral economics theory to philanthropy, we can better manage grantmaker tendencies toward loss and risk aversion, and the effects of other decision-making patterns.

By John R. Ettinger & John T. Ettinger | 1 | Jul. 22, 2015


Why the Social Sector Needs the Scientific Method

A flawed study on deworming children—and new studies that expose its errors—reveal why activists and philanthropists alike need safeguards.

By Caroline Fiennes | 4 | Jul. 22, 2015

Five Programmatic Lessons in Scaling Impact

A look at how a number of Social Innovation Fund subgrantees are successfully developing program strategies for greater growth and impact.

By Katie Mounts | Jul. 21, 2015