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


Research Notes


Summaries and analysis of new social innovation research



The State of America’s Well-being

A valuable measurement tool sheds light on investments that will save taxpayers money and reduce US debt, while ensuring American competitiveness in a global economy.


Measuring Social Impact

Impact Over Organizational Interest

A look at new research from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.

By Kathleen P. Enright | 2 | Feb. 26, 2013


Democracy and Philanthropy

How private giving can contribute to the needs of American democracy.


Individual Giving

Next Gen Donors and Their Plan for Greater Impact

A first-of-its-kind national study shows that Gen X and Millennial major donors aim to revamp philanthropic strategy and take risks on new tools.

By Michael Moody & Sharna Goldseker | 1 | Feb. 12, 2013

Socially Responsible Business

Three Steps to Making CSR Count

A study finds that some companies’ corporate social responsibility efforts can do more harm than good.

By Jody Kirchner | Feb. 1, 2013

Nonprofit Management

Skills-Based Volunteering: The New Executive Training Ground

Young people are gaining cultural skills and insight through volunteering that will influence their decisions for decades to come.


Measuring Social Impact

Social Sector Measurement: Down but Not Out

Recently released studies confirm that few nonprofits possess the capacity to measure for continuous improvement, but new initiatives launched in 2012 provide hope.

By Matthew Forti | 2 | Dec. 21, 2012

Individual Giving

Giving Black

A study from Liberty Hill Foundation provides insights into building philanthropy in African American communities.

By Ange-Marie Hancock | Dec. 18, 2012


The Humanitarian Technologist’s Dilemma

We must push for inclusion of technology in grant proposals.

By William Brindley | 2 | Dec. 14, 2012


Foundations Must Get Serious About Multi-Year Grantmaking

New research on multi-year grants underlines the need for more philanthropic support.

By Niki Jagpal & Kevin Laskowski | Nov. 5, 2012