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




Investigating organizations and the people who run them


Human Rights

Can Charity Make Big Brother Benevolent?

What would Hari Seldon think of big data?

By Peter Manzo | 4 | Jun. 12, 2013

Board Governance

A Better IRS Code

One simple change to the IRS code would ensure that nonprofits assemble diverse boards that truly represent the organizations’ owners: the community.

By Aaron Hurst | 9 | Jun. 7, 2013


At Least Take Down the Signs

Old-school development and its rusting reminders.

By Kevin Starr | 4 | May. 31, 2013

Technology & Design

The Commodification of Architecture

Catastrophes of the built environment, like the Bangladeshi factory collapse, expose the true cost in public suffering when we fail to build resiliently.

By Michael Murphy & Alan Ricks | May. 21, 2013

Socially Responsible Business

Mandatory CSR in India: A Bad Proposal

Looked at from the perspective of the political right, and the left, and the center, the proposed law making CSR mandatory is a really bad idea.

By Aneel Karnani | 17 | May. 20, 2013


Regulation for Business Success

World-class regulation helps the development of world-class industry. We need more of it.

By Joseph Zammit-Lucia | 2 | Apr. 26, 2013

Impact Investing

Making the Case for Intervention

The Social Impact Bond model puts evidence and outcomes measurement at the heart of contracting.

By Alisa Helbitz & Emily Bolton | 1 | Apr. 25, 2013

Individual Giving

Ten Years On: Are Donors Different? Were They Ever?

Despite years of claiming the contrary, donors still don’t really care about nonprofit performance or impact.

By Timothy Ogden | 11 | Apr. 1, 2013

Nonprofit Management

Persistent Poverty in a Smug Meritocracy

A response to Dan Pallotta’s TED Talk on nonprofit executives’ pay.

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.


L3Cs: A Cure in Search of a Disease

Most social problems now addressed by charities cannot be appropriately addressed by for-profit entities, whether or not those entities pledge to restrict or recycle their profits.

By Kelly Kleiman | 3 | Mar. 5, 2013