SSIR@PND

Through an agreement with the Stanford Social Innovation Review, PND is pleased to be able to offer a series of articles and profiles related to the "business" of improving society.

Defend, Develop, Decolonize

Defend, Develop, Decolonize

Mary Emily O'Hara  |  March 30, 2020

Less than 0.3 percent of philanthropic dollars go to Indigenous communities, writes O'Hara, but one organization is beginning to shift the balance....

How Philanthropy Can Create Public Systems Change

How Philanthropy Can Create Public Systems Change

Debbie Mukamal, Rebecca Silbert  |  February 27, 2020

Philanthropic investment in the public system through the social sector can enable statewide systems change. Silbert and Mukumal share the story of one initiative that transformed access to public higher education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Californians....

Foundations Should Invest in Building the Field of Sustainable Development

Foundations Should Invest in Building the Field of Sustainable Development

Sarah E. Mendelson  |  January 28, 2020

By supporting collaborations among young scholars, practitioners, and universities, writes Mendelson, U.S. ambassador to the UN's Economic and Social Council in the Obama administration, foundations can help facilitate SDG literacy in the United States and around the world....

How Philanthropy Can Get Smarter About Risk Management

How Philanthropy Can Get Smarter About Risk Management

Mark Wolfson, Paul Brest  |  December 31, 2019

Foundations looking to make headway against some of the urgent challenges of the day should start, write Brest and Wolfson, by thinking differently about risk and reward....

Renewing Philanthropy’s Commitment to Local Journalism

Renewing Philanthropy’s Commitment to Local Journalism

Julie Sandorf  |  November 26, 2019

The decline in local journalism is undermining our contributes and contributing to a national civic crisis, writes Sandorf, but philanthropy, in partnership with others, is taking steps to stem the tide....

Participant Media Creates Entertainment for Social Change

Participant Media Creates Entertainment for Social Change

Tracy E. Gilchrist  |  October 28, 2019

The media landscape has changed dramatically in the years since Jeff Skoll founded Participant Media, writes Gilchrist, but like other Silicon Valley success stories, the company has demonstrated a consistent ability to adapt.... 

Eight Myths of U.S. Philanthropy

Eight Myths of U.S. Philanthropy

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy  |  September 30, 2019

By examining the eight common myths of philanthropy — including who gives, how they give, and to what end — we can better comprehend the breadth and diversity of giving....

When White Philanthropy Funded Black Power

When White Philanthropy Funded Black Power

Marilyn Harris  |  August 30, 2019

Harris, a journalist, shares details of a working paper authored by Claire Dunning, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy, that examines a high-minded but "short-lived and largely forgotten" experiment aimed at improving race relations and the living standards of African Americans in 1970s Boston....

Creating New Pathways to Capital

Creating New Pathways to Capital

Alvin Warren, Robin Brulé  |  July 30, 2019

Lack of access to capital not only prevents business growth but also perpetuates cycles of intergenerational poverty and racial inequity that affect families and communities at all levels. Brulé and Warren report on one model that is helping to change that equation in New Mexico....

China’s New Model of Blockchain-Driven Philanthropy

China’s New Model of Blockchain-Driven Philanthropy

Kevin C. Desouza, Xiaofeng Wang  |  June 27, 2019

According to Wang and Desouza, social entrepreneurs in the world's most populous country are using blockchain technology to create a more decentralized and autonomous philanthropic sector....

How to Push DEI Conversations Out of the Comfort Zone

How to Push DEI Conversations Out of the Comfort Zone

Chera Reid, Jara Dean-Coffey  |  May 30, 2019

As we work to advance racial equity in philanthropy, write Reid and Dean-Coffey, four practices can help us find our "learning edge" — the boundary of our comfort zone and competencies where change is truly transformative and freeing....

Forest Restoration for Fuel

Forest Restoration for Fuel

James Gaines  |  April 29, 2019

Is commercial-scale torrefaction — the process of turning wood scraps from forest-thinning operations into a coal substitute — a partial solution to climate change? Gaines, a freelance science journalist living in Seattle, reports....

Communities Need Neighborhood Trusts

Communities Need Neighborhood Trusts

Joseph Margulies  |  March 29, 2019

Low-income communities need ownership over the resources that flow into them and defenses to protect them from feckless funders and footloose capital, argues Margulies. In an age when the failure of unregulated capitalism is becoming more evident every day, options like the neighborhood trust cannot be implemented quickly enough....

The Cost of Financial Precarity

The Cost of Financial Precarity

Carrie Leana  |  February 26, 2019

With wages stagnating, benefits shrinking, and personal debt increasing, financial precarity has become widespread in the United States, writes Leana, but the philanthropic community has been and can continue to be a catalyst for solutions to the problem.... 

The Power of Letting Go

The Power of Letting Go

Dan Honig  |  December 27, 2018

Honig looks at new research that explores when top-down control works best in international development work and when organizations should let employees in the field navigate challenges using their own judgment....

Time for a Three-Legged Measurement Stool

Time for a Three-Legged Measurement Stool

Fay Twersky  |  November 27, 2018

Across the social sector, writes Twersky, there is a growing recognition of the importance of being human centered — of putting the people we seek to benefit at the center of our problem-solving efforts....

When Rapid Equals Urgent

When Rapid Equals Urgent

Michael Seo  |  October 24, 2018

Movements such as #MeToo and Time's Up reinforce why a rapid-response fund might focus on women human rights defenders. Seo, the founder of ReaMedica and ReaMedica Health Care Kenya, reports on one such fund....