Stanford Social Innovation Review : Informing and inspiring leaders of social change




Articles on social change from the latest edition of SSIR


Winter 2004

Volume 2, Number 3

For foundations, the decision not to fund can be just as important as the decision to fund. When a small group of foundations collectively decided not to put any more money into the Pittsburgh school system they saw as too flawed to effectively aid, they catalyzed the formation of a cross-sector commission on public education. The winter 2004 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review features the article “Leading Boldly,” which reveals the powerful effects foundation leadership willing to take risks can have.

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Social Entrepreneurship

The Pitfalls of Profits

Why nonprofits should get out of commercial ventures. At the same time, the tax code needs to be changed to help nonprofits get more charitable donations.

By Burton A. Weisbrod

Nonprofit Management

Are You Giving Away the Store?

Strategies for savvy negotiation.

By Margaret A. Neale

Nonprofit Management

Leading Boldly

Foundations can move past traditional approaches to create social change through imaginative – and even controversial – leadership.

By Ronald A. Heifetz, John V. Kania, & Mark R. Kramer | 1

Field Report

Social Entrepreneurship

Creative Space

How MacArthur’s no-strings-attached “genius” grants uncover exceptional people.

By Andrea Orr

Economic Development

Pumping Prosperity

ApproTEC’s pumps are designed and marketed with an understanding of the culture and psychology of African farmers.

By Ron Russel


Managing Risk

Nonprofits Insurance Alliance of California is thriving, despite taking on clients that no one else would.

By Kathryn Olney


Competitive Advantage: A Dance of Relevance

Ballet Memphis leverages its understanding of local culture – Elivs, gospel, rockability, and African-American stories – to compete against touring Broadway blockbusters.

By Jocelyn Dong

Case Study

Socially Responsible Business

Golden Opportunity

When a Canadian multinational laid off hundreds of gold miners in South Africa, it went many extra miles to help them get back on their feet.

By Wayne Dunn


Nonprofit Management

The Real Salary Scandal

It’s isn’t that some nonprofit CEOs make big bucks. It’s that most nonprofit employees are paid too little.

By Peter Manzo | 4



Neglecting the Neediest

Foundations favor urban poor over rural residents.

By Andrea Orr


Risky Business

Nonprofits court trouble with hedge funds.

By Elayne Demby

Nonprofit Management

Hidden at Home

What do you get when you ask nonprofit executives and the public the same question about pressing social issues? Different answers.

By Matthew Scheuerman

Cashing In

Why nonprofits should raise the bar in corporate partnerships.

By Rosanne Siino


Foundations’ Double Standard

How funders flout their own rules.

By Sheila Kaplan


Services for Votes

Study shows machine politics' role in welfare.

By Andrea Orr

Nonprofit Management

Volunteers: Making a Match

How personalities count when pairing protégés with Big Brothers and Sisters.

By Casandra Lewis & Andrew Nelson



Review: Just Money

Karoff reveals how wise donors operate.

Reviewed By Peter Frumkin


Review: The Charity of Nations

Humanitarianism has failed, say the authors.

Reviewed By David Suarez



15 Minutes with Seth Berkley

Interview with Seth Berkley, president and CEO of International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.

By SSIR editors