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Articles on social change from the latest edition of SSIR


Summer 2004

Volume 2, Number 1

All too often those involved in creating social innovations, such as carbon trading, and those involved in forging social movements, such as the environmental movement, view one another with distrust or even indifference. The fact is, they both need one another in order to succeed, argues Mayer Zald, author of “Making Change” in the summer 2004 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review. This lesson must also be learned by foundations, which often shy away from funding grassroots social movements.

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Human Rights

The Working Poor

The working poor are neither helpless nor omnipotent.

By David K. Shipler

Civil Society

Making Change

Why does the social sector need social movements?

By Mayer N. Zald


Money Talk

Top foundation leaders reveal how they set payout rates, executive salaries, and trustee compensation.

By John Healy, Paul Brest, Robert Joss, & Michael Klausner

Measuring Social Impact

Why Measure?

Nonprofits use metrics to show that they are efficient. But what if donors don’t care?

By Katie Cunningham & Marc Ricks

Field Report

Human Rights

Scaling the Walls

How a nonprofit spurred the Indian government to help seniors.

By Sejal Shah


Need to Know

Guerrilla marketing surveys power Urban Peak.

By Josh Rolnick

Socially Responsible Business

Cause Marketing: Attention Campers

How Girls Inc. put the power of Lancome to work in support of mission.

By Matthew Schuerman

Case Study


Under Pressure

Where the charitable response to 9/11 went wrong.

By David Hoyt



The Dance of Deceit

A power imbalance undermines the social sector.

By Melinda Tuan



Remembering the Little Guy

IRS data may be less faulty than feared.

By Andrew Nelson

Nonprofit Management

A Fair Wage

Nonprofit workers earn the same as their for-profit counterparts.

By J. Magee


Models of Participation

Do charter schools hold the key to responsive government?

By Andrew Nelson

Nonprofit Management

The Profitable Nonprofits

Almost half of revenue-seeking organizations are in the black.

By Miguel Unzueta

Nonprofit Management

Playing Loose with God’s Money

Study shows religious organizations lack financial controls.

By Rosanne M. Siino

Corporate Philanthropy

The Outsiders

Why some companies donate to charity.

By Jan Chong


Color Blind

Do students learn better from teachers of their own ethnicity?

By Abe Nachbaur

Measuring Social Impact

Seal of Approval

Accreditation prompts higher charitable giving.

By Melissa Fullwood | 1


Social Entrepreneurship

Review: How to Change the World

Key social innovators have succeeded against all odds –– and with little financial muscle.

Reviewed By Mark R. Kramer


Measuring Social Impact

15 Minutes with Robert Egger

Interview with Robert Egger, founder, D.C. Central Kitchen.

By SSIR editor