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 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"....

Big Data for Social Innovation

Big Data for Social Innovation

Kendra L. Smith, Kevin C. Desouza  |  July 16, 2014

In the latest article in our SSIR series, Arizona State University's Kevin Desouza and Kendra Smith describe four steps that need to be taken to improve the use of big data for social innovation....

Global Family Affair

Global Family Affair

Anne-Claire Pache, Arthur Gautier  |  June 11, 2014

In the latest article in our SSIR series, Anne-Claire Pache and Artjur Gautier of the ESSEC Business School in Paris explain how a wave of global economic growth has shaped the practice of family philanthropy in France....

The Artful Juggler

The Artful Juggler

Fay Twersky  |  May 14, 2014

In the latest article in our SSIR series, Fay Twersky, director of the Effective Philanthropy Group at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and former director of impact planning and improvement at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, tries to pinpoint the qualities that make a great foundation CEO....

Why Nonprofit Mergers Continue to Lag

Why Nonprofit Mergers Continue to Lag

Christina Botero, Katie Smith Milway, Maria Orozco  |  April 11, 2014

In the latest article in our SSIR series, the Bridgespan Group's Katie Smith Milway, Maria Orozco, and Cristina Botero explain why, despite growing interest and available funding, the social sector fails to take advantage of organizational mergers....

Nonprofit Lessons From a Government Tech Debacle

Nonprofit Lessons From a Government Tech Debacle

Joe Magee  |  March 11, 2014

Joe Magee, vice president of marketing for nonprofit software provider RallyBound, uses the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act to explain what the typical underresourced nonprofit can do to get the most out of technology....

The Road to Scale Runs Through Public Systems

The Road to Scale Runs Through Public Systems

Patrick T. McCarthy  |  February 27, 2014

In the latest article of our SSIR@PND series, the president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation writes about the importance of working with the public sector to scale social initiatives....

Social Innovation From the Inside Out

Social Innovation From the Inside Out

Tana Paddock, Warren Nilsson  |  January 29, 2014

In the latest article of our SSIR@PND series, Warren Nilsson and Tana Paddock describe how organizations can use the practice of "inscaping" to develop their capacity for sustained social innovation, and why the key to changing the world may have less to do with understanding far-flung stakeholders than with connecting to the person who sits at the desk right next to you....

Beyond Diplomacy

Beyond Diplomacy

Derek Brown  |  December 30, 2013

In the latest article in our SSIR series, Peace Appeal Foundation executive director Derek Brown suggests that the true power of civil society organizations in conflict-prone nations lies in their ability to support the indigenization of the peacemaking process....

Filling Out the Middle

Filling Out the Middle

Brandon Keim  |  November 11, 2013

In the latest article in our SSIR series, freelance journalist Brandon Keim explains how the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)and others are helping the "missing middle" -- small and growing businesses in developing countries -- define and enhance their role in emerging markets....

When Good Is Not Good Enough

Amy Celep, Bill Shore, Darell Hammond  |  October 30, 2013

In the latest article in our SSIR series, the leaders of Share Our Strength and KaBOOM! offer direct-service nonprofits a page from their book as they describe the evolution of their organizations from initial idealism to focused changemakers, and identify four common and critical barriers organizations face to achieving transformational change....

When Can Impact Investing Create Real Impact?

Kelly Born, Paul Brest  |  September 14, 2013

In the latest article in our SSIR series, former Hewlett Foundation president Paul Brest and Hewlett Fellow Kelly Born consider takeaways from a field scan conducted for the Copenagen Climate Change Conference and urge other funders preparing to launch a new initiative to devote resources to understanding context and develop a framework for funding first....

Diversity and Generosity

Corinna Wu  |  July 31, 2013

In the latest article in our SSIR series, science journalist Corinna Wu shares highlights from University of Minnesota research that ties social role and change theory to patterns of giving in the workplace....

Stop Funding Duplicative Projects

Christine Sherry  |  June 24, 2013

In the latest article in our SSIR series, philanthropic advisor Christine Sherry illustrates how field scans can be used by individual funders to avoid duplicating the efforts of others...

Toward an Open-Solution Society

J. Gregory Dees  |  May 16, 2013

In the latest article in our SSIR series, the founding faculty director of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business explains how scrutiny and strategic scaling are essential to social entrepreneurship success....

Out of London and New York

Manju Mary George  |  April 23, 2013

In the latest article in our SSIR series, the co-founder of consulting and investment banking firm Intellecorp urges the champions of impact investing to "go local" and cultivate social entrepreneurs in the remote regions of the globe where they are most needed and can make the biggest difference....

The Nonprofits of 2025

Helmut Anheier  |  March 7, 2013

In the latest article in our SSIR series, the dean of Hertie School of Governance in Berlin considers four possible scenarios for how the vital role the nonprofit sector plays in society will evolve, along with changes in the business and government sectors....