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Articles on social change from the latest edition of SSIR


Spring 2006

Volume 4, Number 1

It’s a truth, albeit a harsh one, that corporate social responsibility programs are often as much or more about public relations as they are about solving the world’s problems. In the spring 2006 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review, we hear from several authors with suggestions for “Changing the Game” to make CSR efforts really count, with a particular focus on creating business and nonprofit partnerships that play to the strengths of all the players.

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At Cross Purposes

Sidebar to "Crisis Mentality:" the Red Cross comes under fire.

By Catherine Spence


Cute and Lucrative

Sidebar to "Crisis Mentality:" some species attract donors more than others.

By Keith Epstein

Economic Development

Choosing Mission Over Money

Sidebar to "Crisis Mentality:" giving for the long term.

By Keith Epstein


Bigger May Not Be Better

Sidebar to "The Hidden Cost of Paradise:" does an organization's size correlate with its effectiveness?

By Mark Dowie


A New Role for Nonprofits

Sidebar to "Changing the Game:" tips for nonprofits when creating a partnership with a company.

By Mark Kramer & John Kania | 2

It All Started Here

Sidebar to "The Hidden Cost of Paradise:" The Miwoks were exterminated from Yosemite Valley.

By Eric Nee

Nonprofit Management

Wise Guys

Sidebar to "Act on Facts, Not Faith:" encouraging workers to complain leads to more effective organizations.

By Jeffrey Pfeffer & Robert I. Sutton

Socially Responsible Business

Creating Game-Changing CSR

Sidebar to "Changing the Game:" tips for developing a CSR program.

By Mark Kramer & John Kania | 1


Appraising Business Ideas

Sidebar to "Act on Facts, Not Faith:" rules to keep in mind when evaluating or developing business ideas.

By Jeffrey Pfeffer & Robert I. Sutton

Human Rights

The Hidden Cost of Paradise

Indigenous people are being displaced to create wilderness areas, to the detriment of all.

By Mark Dowie | 1

Socially Responsible Business

Changing the Game

Leading corporations switch from defense to offense in solving global problems.

By Mark Kramer & John Kania | 2

Individual Giving

Crisis Mentality

Why sudden emergencies attract more funds than do chronic conditions, and how nonprofits can change that.

By Keith Epstein | 1

Nonprofit Management

Act on Facts, Not Faith

How management can follow medicine's lead and rely on evidence, not on half-truths.

By Jeffrey Pfeffer & Robert I. Sutton | 1

Field Report

Individual Giving

Giving Donors Control

A United Way affiliate has boosted fundraising by breaking the rules.

By Dan Gordon | 1


Organic Growth

How an all-natural Mexican farming cooperative is improving its community while making a bundle.

By Ricardo Sandoval

Impact Investing

Investing in Change

Calvert Community Investment Notes take social investing mainstream.

By Vinay Jain | 2

Socially Responsible Business

Shipping Companies to the Rescue

Business steps in to help overtaxed airports in the wake of natural disasters.

By Marguerite Rigoglioso

Case Study

Nonprofit Management

An Enterprising Failure

Why a promising social franchise collapsed.

By Paul Tracey & Owen Jarvis


Nonprofit Management

Passing the Torch

Baby boomer nonprofit leaders face the future, and it's not us.

By Pamela David

Economic Development

Closing the Culture Gap

Aiding Africans first requires understanding their cultures.

By G. Pascal Zachary



Capacity by Any Other Name

Donors don’t know much about capacity building, except that they don’t like the term.

By Thomas E. Backer, Alan N. Miller, & Jane Ellen Bleeg

Nonprofit Management

To the Top

How to hire the best leaders for your organization.

By Marguerite Rigoglioso


Listening to Tsunami Survivors

Treating aid recipients like valued customers gives insights into disaster relief.

By Leslie Berger

Corporate Philanthropy

Rethinking Corporate Philanthropy

Exploiting core competencies is only half the story.

By Alessandra Bianchi


As Luck Would Have It

Why the U.S. and Europe have such different social spending policies.

By Jeanene Harlick

Nonprofit Management

In the Mood for Creativity

Happiness, not melancholy, helps sparks innovation.

By Alessandra Bianchi

Nonprofit Management

Missed Signals

Why e-mail messages are so often misunderstood.

By Alessandra Bianchi

Individual Giving

Care Begets Caring

People who feel secure are more apt to be altruistic.

By Shirley Wang



Review: A Gift of Freedom

How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

Reviewed By Bruce Sievers

Socially Responsible Business

Review: The Market for Virtue

The Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Reviewed By David Vogel

Nonprofit Management

Review: The Big Moo

Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable.

Reviewed By Alan R. Andreasen



15 Minutes with Melissa Berman

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors: advising old foundations & new donors.

By SSIR editors