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Fall 2011

Volume 9, Number 4

In the fall 2011 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review we bring you an in-depth report—“Too Good to Fail”—on what had been one of America’s oldest and most important social enterprises, ShoreBank Corp., and the events that led to its recent collapse. Long before anyone coined terms like shared value, blended value, or double bottom line, the people at ShoreBank were busy building a for-profit company that doggedly pursued a social mission.

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Features

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Fundraising

Finding Your Funding Model

Four guidelines provide a road map for leaders to identify and develop the right funding model for their organization.

By Peter Kim, Gail Perreault, & William Foster | 10
 

Civil Society

Circles of Change

Lending circles, self-help groups, and study circles are among the oldest and most effective tools for creating personal and social change.

By Tracy A. Thompson | 5
 
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Education

The Missing Link in School Reform

American educators, policymakers, and philanthropists are overselling the role of the highly skilled individual teacher and undervaluing the benefits that come from teacher collaborations.

By Carrie R. Leana | 21
 
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Socially Responsible Business

Sourcing Locally for Impact

By mapping a company’s relationship to the economy in which it operates, businesses can do much to advance their strategic objectives and advance local economic growth.

By Ethan B. Kapstein & René Kim
 

What's Next

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Environment

Trawling for Trash

An EU Fisheries Commission Project pays fisherman to remove plastic debris from the Mediterranean Sea.

 
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Economic Development

It Takes a General Contractor

Nuru International identifies proven poverty-reduction programs and aims to take them to scale.

By Suzie Boss | 1
 

Education

Student Retention App

A new Facebook app helps incoming freshmen connect—but within the closed community of their college.

By Suzie Boss
 

Intermediaries

Sharing Evaluations

Organizations that report on charities are increasingly collaborative.

By Suzie Boss
 

Field Report

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Education

Rapid Response for Education

The National Math and Science Initiative aims to avert the crisis in secondary school education by replicating proven programs.

By Suzie Boss | 1
 
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Foundations

When the Big Bet Fails

The Northwest Area Foundation learns—and shares—hard lessons from a 10-year initiative.

By Suzie Boss
 
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Urban Development

Networking for Sustainable Transport

EMBARQ, a network of sustainable transportation experts, has grown quickly,
thanks to impressive fundraising and the design of a model program.

By Brandon Keim
 

Case Study

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Socially Responsible Business

Too Good to Fail

In August 2010 the US government closed ShoreBank, one of the country’s leading social enterprises. Why did ShoreBank fail?

By James E. Post & Fiona S. Wilson | 9
 

Viewpoint

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Urban Development

Revitalizing Struggling American Cities

Living Cities is working with five US municipalities to develop an ecosystem for solving urban problems.

By Ben Hecht | 6
 
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Water

Water Thinking

The Peer Water Exchange manages diverse solutions and resources to fight the global water crisis.

By Rajesh Shah | 13
 
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Foundations

Focusing on Advocacy

The time is now for foundations, large and small, to engage in public policy.

By Sushma Raman | 1
 
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Health

Partnering for a Cure

The Myelin Repair Foundation is creating a process for the rapid development of new treatments and cures.

By Scott Johnson | 1
 

Research

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Nonprofit Management

Improving Teamwork

Collectivist, group-oriented teams do better work.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 

Nonprofit Management

How Leaders Encourage Innovation

Transformational leaders capitalize on the creativity that employees have.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 

Nonprofits

Nonprofits Aren’t More Commercial

A new study finds that nonprofits are not becoming more commercialized.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 
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Social Entrepreneurship

Cadaver Commerce

The moral legitimacy of a new market can come as much from how you sell something as from exactly what you’re selling.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 
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Water

Spring Water Protection Improves Health

Living near safe drinking water is not the same as drinking safe water.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 

Health

Undisclosed Pharma Contributions

Most health advocacy organizations do not report industry funding.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 

Books

GLOBAL ACTION
NETWORKS:
Creating Our Future
Together
Steve Waddell

Nonprofits

Transformational Networks

Global Action Networks: Creating Our Future Together by Steve Waddell

Reviewed By Patrick McNamara | 1
 
POOR ECONOMICS:
A Radical Rethinking
of the Way to Fight
Global Poverty
Abhijit Banerjee &
Esther Duflo

Economic Development

Radically Small Thinking

Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo

Reviewed By Timothy Ogden
 
KaBOOM! How One
Man Built a Movement
to Save Play
Darell Hammond

Nonprofit Management

Scaling Play

KaBOOM! How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play by Darell Hammond

Reviewed By Paul Connolly
 
THE END OF
FUNDRAISING:
Raise More Money by
Selling Your Impact
Jason Saul

Fundraising

Supplicants No More

The End of Fundraising: Raise More Money by Selling Your Impact by Jason Saul

Reviewed By David Simpson | 1
 

Q&A

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Corporate Philanthropy

Chris West

Chris West leverages the assets of the Shell Foundation and its corporate parent to improve the lives of low-income people in the developing world.

By Johanna Mair | 1
 

SPONSORED SUPPLEMENT

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Health

Framing the Issue

The CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation and the managing director of Versant Ventures provide an introduction to innovations for better health care at lower cost.

 
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Impact Investing

Investing for the Safety Net

Technologies that reduce costs and improve care for the underserved are often the most difficult to scale up. But a handful of strategies could turn things around.

 

Health

Perspectives from the Field

Two venture capitalists and an entrepreneur discuss the challenges and opportunities that innovators confront as they seek to improve health care.

 
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Health

Reinventing Health Care Services

A doctor describes his groundbreaking, transdisciplinary effort to design more cost-effective care models for conditions that drive a large proportion of US health spending.

 
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Health

Opportunities in Mobile Health

The United States and other industrialized countries can learn from experiments in the developing world that use the humble cell phone as a platform for innovation.

 
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Health

Government 2.0

Thanks to Todd Park, a federal agency has discovered that health care organizations can think more like nimble startups than like lumbering giants.

 
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Health

Foundations as Investors

Social investors are experimenting with a profusion of creative funding mechanisms to help innovators sustain health-improving approaches and to achieve greater impact.