Volume 12, Number 2
The spring 2014 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review includes two articles that highlight the tension between innovation and continuous improvement. In the cover story, “The Re-Emerging Art of Funding Innovation,”’ the authors argue that foundations need to take more risks in their grantmaking. In “Fundamentals, Not Fads,” the authors point out that many nonprofits fail because leaders don’t focus enough attention on fundamental management tasks.
A growing number of foundations are reintroducing risk-taking into their processes and portfolios as one way to create breakthrough change.
In bringing health care to the developing world, innovators can benefit from lessons others learned the hard way. Includes magazine extras.
The evaluation of nonprofit outcomes shouldn't focus exclusively on programmatic activity. Here's a look at what it means to take frontline work seriously.
In Mozambique, an effort to train women as ambulance drivers enhances public safety and fosters opportunity.
Village Power Finance gives members of nonprofit associations a novel way to pay for solar conversion projects.
An online platform helps city governments to discover, organize, and market publicly owned property.
Local bike-lending arrangements offer an alternative to bigger, more complex bike-sharing systems.
Field Report (formerly What Works)
Timap for Justice trains ordinary citizens to provide legal assistance in a country—Sierra Leone—where legal professionals are scarce.
Through an initiative called Earthwards, Johnson & Johnson aims to create a greener company—one product at a time.
In San Francisco, planners are using variable pricing to reduce the congestion, pollution, and aggravation that come with big-city traffic.
A few years ago, the Salesforce.com Foundation revamped its revenue model. Today, it's not just a grantmaker. It's a rapidly expanding software vendor.
Viewpoint (formerly First Person)
The experience of prize-winning social sector leaders highlights the enduring lessons of nonprofit management. Part one of a six-part series.
In places like rural Guatemala, the quest to sustain a vital social enterprise often depends on finding the right private-sector partner.
Evaluating efforts to promote shifts in policy requires methods that are at once rigorous and flexible.
An initiative undertaken by the World Bank reveals a troubling gap in the financing of social enterprises.
Gender pay equity is higher in countries where women's involvement in advocacy and organizing efforts is more robust.
People who perform volunteer work, far from being distracted by it, tend to perform better at their jobs.
After a disaster, donors to relief funds pay more attention to the death toll than to the needs of survivors.
Team dynamics strongly affect the level of commitment shown by volunteer leaders of nonprofit associations.
Books (formerly Reviews)
Lawless violence in the developing world is a plague that undermines efforts to end extreme poverty.
Meeting the world's growing demand for water will require advances in technology that build on 3,000 years of progress.
An emerging "data-driven" science of human behavior promises to help us understand and solve social problems.
The art of expanding an organization is less about aiming high than about "grinding it out."
There has been a renewed interest in traditional Indian spiritual practices by Native and other Americans alike.
The president and CEO of GEO describes what the organization learned over the course of its Scaling What Works initiative.
The cofounder of and a consultant at The Bridgespan Group elaborate on important strategies for scaling up social impact.
The VP of program at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation explains how her organization supports local nonprofits.
The president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation writes about the importance of working with public systems.
The director of the Social Innovation Fund explains how the fund balances innovation and support for proven programs.
The president and CEO of REDF elaborates on her organization's experience serving as a Social Innovation Fund intermediary.
The president of Communities In Schools writes about the role funders played in helping his organization scale up.
The president and CEO of The California Endowment discusses the importance of engaging in advocacy and community organizing.
The president and CEO of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation elaborates on the vital role growth capital aggregation plays.
The author of Cracking the Network Code discusses the important role of networks in scaling up solutions.
The VP of programs at GEO writes about the opportunities for grantmakers in supporting social movements.
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