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Articles on social change from the latest edition of SSIR


Spring 2005

Volume 3, Number 1

Liberal American foundations have traditionally shied away from pursing political agendas. Conservative foundations, however, have been much more successful in influencing public policy. To help better understand why some foundations put money but not policy behind progressive ideals, the spring 2005 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review features the cover story “War of Ideas.”

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Board Governance

Failing to Govern?

The disconnect between theory and reality in nonprofit boards, and how to fix it.

By Michael Klausner & Jonathan Small

Nonprofit Management

Putting People First

How nonprofits that value their employees reap the benefits in service quality, morale, and funding.

By Jeffrey Pfeffer

Civil Society

War of Ideas

Why mainstream and liberal foundations and the think tanks they support are losing in the war of ideas in American politics.

By Andrew Rich | 1

Nonprofit Management

The Reality Underneath the Buzz of Partnerships

The potentials and pitfalls of partnering.

By Francie Ostrower | 1

Field Report


High-End Healthcare

Though they have their opponents, boutique-style services can subsidize care for the poor.

By Len Costa


Attracting Attention

The Taproot Foundation provides organized volunteers who deliver marketing expertise.

By Andrea Orr

Nonprofit Management

Managing Medusa

A Hong Kong manufacturer brings business practices to social services in Asia.

By Pamela Yatsko

Urban Development

Polishing Up the Diamond

How did the Jacobs Foundation help revitalize a neighborhood? By listening to its residents.

By Anne Stuhldreher | 9

Case Study

Nonprofit Management

The Price of Commercial Success

Minnesota Public Radio: social purpose capitalism.

By James A. Phills & Victoria Chang | 1


Nonprofit Management

Knowing When to Let Go

Charles Lewis on how a founder says goodbye to donors and staff.

By Sheila Kaplan

Nonprofit Management

I Want You to Meet Joe

How a riveting story can get your message across.

By Alessandra Bianchi


Measuring Social Impact

When You Build It and They Still Don’t Come

The World Bank reevaluates previous methods.

By Andrea Orr

Corporate Philanthropy

Hidden Agenda

Corporations give away billions each year, but what’s the real reason why?

By Gerald Burstyn

Nonprofit Management

Key Perk of Nonprofit Work Faces Extinction

Study finds nonprofits are losing their ability to offer health insurance.

By Andrea Orr

Measuring Social Impact

Random Thoughts

Poverty Action Lab examines why some charitable programs work better than others.

By Andrea Orr

Human Rights

Subtle Bias

Why racism persists in a politically correct world.

By Andrea Orr

Nonprofit Management

How to Waste Time and Lose Sight of Priorities

Are your meetings all they can be?

By Ivor Holloway

Board Governance

Prospecting for Opportunities

Nonprofits with broad missions need less centralized boards.

By Gerald Burstyn


Human Rights

15 Minutes with Aaron David Miller

Interview with Aaron David Miller, president of Seeds of Peace.

By SSIR editors