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Winter 2012

Volume 10, Number 1

The winter 2012 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review features a varied collection of articles on the burgeoning field of impact investing. For a fascinating international perspective on the subject, be sure to read “Roundtable on Impact Investing,” featuring Jacqueline Novogratz from Acumen Fund, Alvaro Rodriguez Arregui from the Mexican microfinance bank Compartmentos Banco, Asad Mahmood from Deutsche Bank, and Iftekhar Enayetullah from the Bangladesh social business Waste Concern.

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Features

Socially Responsible Business

Connecting Heart to Head

Leaders of Alcoa and PUMA, two forward-looking multibillion-dollar global companies, describe a framework for sustainable growth.

By Ram Nidumolu, Kevin Kramer, & Jochen Zeitz
 

Intermediaries

The Rise of Social Capital Market Intermediaries

Donors and grantmakers are allocating money more efficiently, thanks to the emergence of information and funding intermediaries.

By Bill Meehan & Kim Jonker
 

Philanthropy

Giving 2.0: Getting Together to Give

Giving circles are powerful ways to transform the world while also transforming participants’ giving.

By Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen | 1
 

Nonprofit Management

Five Ways to Navigate the Fiscal Crisis

How human services nonprofits can stay afloat and advance their missions during a time of government cutbacks.

By Daniel Stid & Willa Seldon | 2
 

What's Next

Food

A Win-Win for Haiti

Partners in Health and Abbott Laboratories are building a new plant in Corporant, Haiti to produce a therapeutic food called Nourimanba.

By Suzie Boss | 1
 

Socially Responsible Business

Specialists’ Niche

A Danish company finds jobs for people with autism.

 

Social Entrepreneurship

On-Ramp for Entrepreneurs

Venture for America launches two-year apprenticeships for aspiring entrepreneurs.

 

Nonprofit Management

Engineering Higher Efficiency

Toyota brings its vaunted process improvement method to nonprofits.

 

Field Report (formerly What Works)

Health

A Healthier City

San Francisco’s five-year-old universal health care program sees positive results.

By Meredith May
 

Technology & Design

Open Source for Humanitarian Action

Ushahidi develops free software that allows volunteers to map humanitarian crises from their mobile phones.

By Brandon Keim
 

Government

Governing Innovation

New York’s Center for Economic Opportunity tests new antipoverty programs from the mayor’s office.

By Corey Binns | 1
 

Case Study

Nonprofit Management

Change Comes at a Cost

In 2008, a group of Chicago’s social service agencies formed the Back Office Cooperative, which has produced impressive financial savings. Yet greater efficiency has had a cultural cost.

By Donald Haider & Franz Wohlgezogen | 1
 

Viewpoint (formerly First Person)

Measuring Social Impact

Social Impact Markets

Why a market for social innovations is needed now more than ever.

By Andrew Wolk | 1
 

Impact Investing

Impact Investing: What Exactly Is New?

A veteran of the microfinance industry looks at impact investing through the lenses of history, language, and psychology.

By Roger Frank | 3
 

Social Entrepreneurship

Journey into Brazil’s Social Sector

The founder of the first social fund in Brazil tells his story.

By Leonardo Letelier | 8
 

Education

Redefining Education in the Developing World

A new approach that builds relevant marketplace, entrepreneurship, and health care skills is needed.

By Mark J. Epstein & Kristi Yuthas | 13
 

Research

Socially Responsible Business

Making Businesses More Responsible

Corporate sustainability reporting is increasingly mandated by government and the public.

 

Human Rights

Diversity Opportunities

New research finds that some companies are increasingly pro-diversity and others lag well behind.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 

Civil Society

The Evolution of Membership

Membership in organizations is growing, but not what it used to be.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 

Civil Society

Public Services 2.0

Technology can empower citizens to co-create some government services.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 

Intermediaries

Giving Blind

Watch dog organizations don't reach most donors.

By Jessica Ruvinsky
 

Health

Global Diseases, Local Needs

The diseases that get funded tend to be the ones for which funders can take credit.

By Jessica Ruvinsky | 3
 

Books (formerly Reviews)

Philanthropy_in_America_book

Philanthropy

Public Good Politics

Philanthropy in America: A History by Olivier Zunz

Reviewed By Lucy Bernholz
 
CLASS WARFARE:
Inside the Fight to
Fix America’s Schools
Steven Brill

Education

Hall of Mirrors

Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools by Steven Brill

Reviewed By Jonathan Schorr
 
IMPACT INVESTING:
Transforming How
We Make Money
While Making a
Difference
Antony Bugg-Levine & Jed
Emerson

Impact Investing

Shifting the Market

Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference by Antony Bugg-Levine & Jed Emerson

Reviewed By David Chen | 1
 
GIVING 2.0:
Transform Your
Giving and Your World
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

Philanthropy

Go-Getters and Givers

Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

Reviewed By Sally Osberg
 

Q&A

Impact Investing

Roundtable on Impact Investing

A group of social innovation leaders from around the world discuss impact investing and how to make it more effective.

By Johanna Mair & Katherine Milligan | 8
 

Last Look

Environment

The Race Against CO2

The Chinese government's new five-year plan calls for increasing the energy efficiency of new buildings.