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Summer 2006

Volume 4, Number 2

The future of philanthropy depends on strong leadership, but the sector is facing a leadership deficit of 640,000 in the next decade. Stanford Social Innovation Review’s summer 2006 issue offers up a set of articles focused on the future of nonprofit leadership. Increasingly, nonprofit leaders will come from a wide range of groups, including business, the military, and retirees. But there are unique difficulties and benefits to meeting the leadership deficit with those who come from a for-profit background, who may underestimate the unique challenges of nonprofit leadership.

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What Business Execs Don’t Know—but Should—About Nonprofits

Business leaders play vital roles in the nonprofit sector – as board members, donors, partners, and even executives. Yet all too often they underestimate the unique challenges of managing nonprofit organizations. In this article, 11 executives who have played leadership roles in both for-profits and nonprofits reveal the critical differences between the two, and suggest ways that business and nonprofit leaders can use this information to create a more effective social sector.

By Les Silverman & Lynn Taliento | 20

The Leadership Deficit

Creative ways to meet the growing demand for talent by finding and recruiting new leaders from a wide range of groups, including business, the military, and the growing pool of retirees.


Nonprofit Management

Pundits Weigh In

Social sector leaders opinions on the article, "The Leadership Deficit."

By various authors

Social Entrepreneurship

Creating Social Change: 10 Innovative Technologies

Social entrepreneurs are inventing new technologies to solve the world’s problems. But it takes more than a fancy new gadget to make life better.

By John Voelcker | 3


Crossing Over

Sidebar to the article, "What Business Execs Don’t Know -- but Should -- About Nonprofits."

By various authors

Field Report

Economic Development

Carving out a Niche

A Czech social enterprise uses woodworking to help drug addicts.

By Will Tizard


With Vigor and VIM

How retired healthcare professionals are taking care of the uninsured.

By Leslie Berger | 5

Economic Development

Balkan Boom to Bust

Vanishing NGOs in Bosnia leave lessons in their wake.

By Beth Kampschror

Case Study


Chilling With Greenpeace, From the Inside Out

Greenpeace catapulted Greenfreeze, an ozone- and climate-safe refrigerant, into widespread use and launched the first Green Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, in 2000.

By Cathy L. Hartman & Edwin R. Stafford | 1


Nonprofit Management

Social Enterprise 2.0

Moving toward a sustainable social enterprise model.

By Jim Schorr | 1

Nonprofit Management

The Web Is Your Lever

How extreme Internet outsourcing can free nonprofits to move the world.

By Bruce Judson


Tainted Love

Tough love programs hurt addicts and adolescents.

By Maia Szalavitz


Social Entrepreneurship

The Enterprising Type

How the personalities of entrepreneurs and managers differ.

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Civil Society

Bowling Alone?

Civil society may not be in such bad shape.

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Nonprofit Management

What Profits Do for Nonprofits

A rare study shows how earned income helps nonprofits –- and how it doesn’t.

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Individual Giving

Hardwired to Help

Both humans and chimpanzees naturally lend a hand.

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Nonprofit Management

Embedding Employees

Relationships keep workers from walking out.

By Jennifer Daw Holloway

Nonprofit Management

All That Jazz

Managing innovation is more like leading a jazz band than conducting an orchestra.

By Alana Conner Snibbe


A Mixed Bag

Variation is the rule when it comes to foundation expenses and compensation.

By Alana Conner Snibbe


The New Asset-Based
Approach to Solving
Social and Economic
Edited by the Democracy
Collaborative at the
University of Maryland

Economic Development

Review: Building Wealth

Building Wealth: The New Asset-Based Approach to Solving Social and Economic Problems

Reviewed By Marc J. Lane

Nonprofit Management

Review: Good to Great and the Social Sectors

Lessons for becoming the best can translate from companies to social organizations.

Reviewed By Robert Gertner


Nonprofit Management

15 minutes with Jonathan Reckford

Habitat for Humanity’s new CEO picks up the hammer.

By SSIR Editors | 1