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.

A Checkup on PRIs

A Checkup on PRIs

Margaret Laws  |  February 22, 2016

Margaret Laws, director of the Health Innovation Fund at the California HealthCare Foundation from 2010 to 2015, looks at how program-related investments are being used to fund "disruptive innovation" in healthcare delivery....

Making Big Bets for Social Change

Making Big Bets for Social Change

Alison Powell, Chris Addy, Don Fisher, Gail Perrault, William Foster  |  January 28, 2016

Bridgespan Group's William Foster, Gail Perrault, Alison Powell, and Chris Addy explore why many individual high-net-worth donors are unwilling to "bet big" on social change....

Tech and Innovation to Re-Engage Civic Life

Tech and Innovation to Re-Engage Civic Life

Hollie Russon Gilman  |  December 30, 2015

Open government expert Hollie Russon Gilman argues that inclusive governance will require civil society, government, and industry to work together to empower citizens....

The Power of Lean Data

The Power of Lean Data

Alnoor Ebrahim, Sasha Dichter, Tom Adams  |  November 30, 2015

In the latest article in our SSIR@PND series, Sasha Dichter, Tom Adams, and Alnoor Ebrahim describe international projects that demonstrate how the social sector can gather high-quality impact data quickly and inexpensively….

Migrating a Partnership Ethos

Migrating a Partnership Ethos

Dean Zatkowsky  |  October 26, 2015

The Orfalea Foundation's communications manager explains how the culture of cooperation at Kinko’s informed Paul and Natalie Orfalea’s philanthropy….

Building Disaster-Ready Philanthropy

Building Disaster-Ready Philanthropy

Robert G. Ottenhoff  |  September 30, 2015

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy's Bob Ottenhoff and Regine Webster argue that the unique practice of disaster philanthropy can become more effective, even in a world likely to face more frequent and greater disasters....

Architecting for Data

Architecting for Data

Rahul Bhargava  |  August 24, 2015

In our latest SSIR@PND article, Rahul Bhargava, research scientist at the MIT Center for Civic Media, shares four strategies that nonprofits can use to support the effective, secure, and intentional use of data….

Zone of Impact

Zone of Impact

Sacha Litman  |  July 30, 2015

Sacha Litman, founder and managing director of Measuring Success, explores how nonprofits can incorporate big data into their collective impact initiatives....

The Promise of Lean Experimentation

The Promise of Lean Experimentation

Peter Murray, Steve Ma  |  June 25, 2015

Peter Murray and Steve Ma of Accelerate Change, a nonprofit incubator that uses lean experimentation, examine the potential of the popular management model to launch, test, and implement new programs and services more efficiently and effectively....

Who’s Afraid of DAFs?

Who’s Afraid of DAFs?

Jack Shakely  |  May 21, 2015

California Community Foundation president emeritus Jack Shakely explains why people in the philanthropic community need to move beyond their fear of donor-advised funds….

Adventures in Adaptation

Adventures in Adaptation

Alison Powell, Anne B. Stanton  |  April 22, 2015

In the latest article in our SSIR@PND series, Anne B. Stanton and Alison Powell examine the James Irvine Foundation's Linked Learning initiative for insights into how adaptive philanthropy works in practice....

Disruption for Good

Disruption for Good

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen  |  March 19, 2015

In the latest article in our SSIR series, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen shares her framework for assessing how technology — plus a few tweaks in mindset — can help philanthropy become more accountable, collaborative, and effective....

Known Quantity

Known Quantity

Achilles Kallergis, Alexandre Lambelet  |  February 12, 2015

In the latest article in our SSIR series, Achilles Kallergis and Alexandre Lambelet argue for a more scientific, cumulative approach to philanthropy....

The Dawn of System Leadership

The Dawn of System Leadership

Hal Hamilton, John Kania, Peter Senge  |  December 29, 2014

In the latest article in our SSIR series, Peter Senge, Hal Hamilton, and John Kania claim that the deep changes necessary to accelerate progress on society's most intractable problems require a unique type of leader — one who catalyzes collective leadership.…

The Rise of Gender Capitalism

The Rise of Gender Capitalism

Jackie VanderBrug, Sarah Kaplan  |  November 19, 2014

In the latest article in our SSIR series, Sarah Kaplan, associate professor of strategic management at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, and Jackie VanderBrug, a senior vice president and investment strategist at U.S. Trust, explain an emerging movement to improve outcomes for everyone by linking feminist and financial goals….

Equal Effort

Equal Effort

Sylvia Yee  |  October 15, 2014

In the latest article in our SSIR series, Sylvia Yee, vice president of programs at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, explains how marriage equality grew from a contentious fringe issue in 2004 to a mainstream cause that a majority of Americans now support and urges leaders of other social change movements to learn from its lessons....

A Good Ending

A Good Ending

Christopher G. Oechsli, David La Piana  |  September 16, 2014

In the latest article in our SSIR series, Christopher Oechsli, president and CEO of Atlantic Philanthropies, and David La Piana, who is serving as an advisor to Atlantic, share some of the best practices they have devised for winding down a large, high-profile foundation....

Philanthropy in a Time of Polarization

Philanthropy in a Time of Polarization

Heather Hurlburt, Mark Schmitt, Steven Teles  |  August 20, 2014

In the latest article in our SSIR series, Steven Teles, a professor of political science at John Hopkins, Heather Hurlburt, a senior fellow at Human Rights First, and the New America Foundation's Mark Schmitt examine the deep structural changes in American politics and society since the passage of the Affordable Care Act five years ago and their implications for a philanthropic sector used to operating "above the fray"....