Volume 9, Number 2
One of the questions that social entrepreneurs confront early is whether to incorporate as a for-profit, a nonprofit, or something in between. In the spring 2011 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review we feature two articles that tackle that subject. The first, “For Love or Lucre,” provides a series of questions that helps social entrepreneurs think through this issue. The second; “A New Type of Hybrid,” explains the ins-and-outs of organizations that combine for-profit and nonprofit legal structures.
Unless clean tech follows well-established rules of innovation and commercialization, the industry’s promise to provide sustainable sources of energy will fail.
Two insiders explore why foundations micromanage how social problems are solved and explore what grant makers can do to foster high impact strategies.
A veteran social entrepreneur provides a guide to those who are thinking through the thorny question of whether to create a nonprofit, a for-profit, or something in between.
Social entrepreneurs have taken the hybrid model to a new level, crafting it into a single structure that can operate as both a for-profit and a nonprofit.
At Panera Cares cafés, there’s a donation box where customers pay on the honor system.
Impact Investors at Toniic aim to create an ecosystem for investing in social entrepreneurs that mirrors the Silicon Valley way of doing deals.
Code for America enlists young tech talents in a year of service at city halls across the country.
New micro-deposit ATMs are being deployed to reach India's unbanked.
Field Report (formerly What Works)
One-stop centers offer a safer future for victims of domestic violence.
Habitat International has grown its bottom line using a largely disabled workforce.
Sustainable Harvest grows a new supply chain.
Several social enterprises are attempting to provide eyeglasses to the 500 million to 1 billion poor people who need them. Why haven’t any of the organizations succeeded on a large scale?
Viewpoint (formerly First Person)
A European perspective on American civil society. A quick glance at the latest
thinking about not-for-profit management and philanthropy
reveals some profound differences between the ways American and
European practitioners look at today’s major societal challenges.
Nonprofits must have influential board members who connect them to the communities they serve.
Sambazon’s commitment to social entrepreneurship creates a fair market for farmers in the Amazon
Ending poverty is beyond the reach of any single sector or actor
A recent study showed that online game communities provide access to social capital.
The more money a person has, the less generous, helpful, compassionate, and charitable he is toward other people.
In Britain, the social safety net allows people who fall into poverty to pull themselves out. Americans who become poor are more likely to stay that way.
Politically radical social workers didn’t expect to be working in a bank any more than white-collar bankers expected to be holding meetings in a crowded public market.
Private foundations that finance education in developing countries need to be more transparent in their mission and impact.
People tend to perceive organizations as being either warm or competent, not both—and they are much more likely to do business with the competent one.
Books (formerly Reviews)
Driving Social Change: How to Solve the World’s Toughest Problems by Paul C. Light
Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World by Tina Rosenberg
American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us by Robert D. Putnam & David E. Campbell
Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results by Tom Tierney & Joel L. Fleishman
20Under40: Re-Inventing the Arts and Arts Education for the 21st Century Edited by Edward P. Clapp
Richard Jefferson believes that biotechnology can be used to benefit the poor and disenfranchised, but only if the R&D process is democratized.
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