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.

Is the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative the Future of Philanthropy?

Is the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative the Future of Philanthropy?

Dana Brakman Reiser  |  June 25, 2018

Although they didn't originate the concept, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, gave the philanthropy LLC its "big reveal" when they launched the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative in December 2015. Brakman Reiser, a professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, explains why the vehicle is attractive to high-net-worth donors and, barring another round of tax reform, why it's here to stay....

When Philanthropy Meets Advocacy

When Philanthropy Meets Advocacy

Patrick Guerriero, Susan Wolf Ditkoff  |  May 29, 2018

Increasing numbers of Americans want charitable organizations to step into the policy arena and lead the causes they care about. But if philanthropists are going to help make that happen, argue Patrick Guerriero and Susan Wolf Ditkoff, they will need to work through five fundamental questions....

Taps and Toilets for All

Taps and Toilets for All

Gary White, Matt Damon  |  April 24, 2018

For tens of millions of people, getting fresh water is a daily struggle that dominates their lives. But according to Water.org co-founders Gary White and Matt Damon, we have the tools to bring the water and sanitation crisis to an end....

Four Strategies for Large Systems Change

Four Strategies for Large Systems Change

Steve Waddell  |  March 27, 2018

How can diverse change efforts that aim for a similar outcome be thought of comprehensively? What are the relationships between them? And how do they interact most powerfully to speed change? Veteran community organizer Steve Waddell breaks it down for us....

Social Enterprise Is Not Social Change

Social Enterprise Is Not Social Change

Jason Spicer, Marshall Ganz, Tamara Kay  |  February 23, 2018

The solution to systemic social problems, argue Ganz, Kay, and Spicer, is collective political action by organized constituencies using the power of democratic government to overcome resistance to structural social change — not more social entrepreneurship....

The Art of the Development Deal

The Art of the Development Deal

Richard J. Crespin  |  January 25, 2018

The CEO of CollaborateUp argues that the Trump administration can make foreign assistance more politically sustainable by driving better deals for the American people while improving lives in the developing world....

How Field Catalysts Galvanize Social Change

How Field Catalysts Galvanize Social Change

Bill Breen, Matt Plummer, Taz Hussein  |  December 28, 2017

As funders and nonprofits increasingly recognize that no single organization or strategy can solve a complex social challenge at scale, they are joining forces with a type of intermediary organization built to serve as a hub for advocacy and action and roll all stakeholders toward a defined goal....

Unconventional Wisdom

Unconventional Wisdom

Sarah Murray  |  November 27, 2017

In the latest installment of our SSIR@PND series, Sarah Murray explains how the Rockefeller Foundation's "scan and search" approach casts a wide net to identify the issues it is best suited to tackle....

The Motivations Behind Giving

The Motivations Behind Giving

Adrienne Day  |  October 25, 2017

The way that individual donors think about themselves shapes their charitable giving preferences; your job is to figure out who they are and what they care about....

Capital for Creativity

Capital for Creativity

Laura Callanan  |  September 28, 2017

While investments in the creative economy have the potential to stabilize threatened communities and generate quality jobs, argues Laura Callanan, the impact investment community has been confoundingly slow to recognize the opportunity....

Marginalized Returns

Marginalized Returns

Chris West, Mara Bolis  |  August 28, 2017

Impact investing originally was created to improve the lives of others, but nowadays achieving predefined financial returns has become the primary goal; that needs to change, write Mara Bolis and Chris West.... 

Caught in a Fake Debate

Caught in a Fake Debate

Annie Duflo, Heidi McAnnally-Linz  |  July 25, 2017

Innovations for Poverty Action's Duflo and McAnnally-Linz argue that impact evaluations should always help decision making, whether immediately or in the longer term, and should also add to an existing body of evidence....

Dance Revolution

Dance Revolution

Kathy O. Brozek  |  June 26, 2017

In the latest installment of our SSIR@PND series, management consultant Kathy O. Brozek explains how The Wooden Floor is licensing its successful arts education model to break the cycle of poverty....

Against "Big Bets"

Against "Big Bets"

Larry Kramer  |  May 24, 2017

Strategic philanthropy entails risk no less than big bets, and we should acknowledge its importance and effectiveness — and encourage more of it, says Hewlett Foundation president Larry Kramer....

Marine Conservation 2.0

Marine Conservation 2.0

Steve Rocliffe  |  April 25, 2017

By prioritizing the needs of coastal communities, we have a better chance of mobilizing the hundreds of millions of people who work in and around fishing worldwide to support ocean conservation rather than oppose it, writes Blue Ventures' Steve Rocliffe....

In Defense of Pet Causes

In Defense of Pet Causes

Ian David Moss  |  March 27, 2017

Effective altruists have a revolutionary idea, writes Createquity's Ian David Moss, but their rhetoric and inflexibility are limiting its potential...

Stop Raising Awareness Already

Stop Raising Awareness Already

Ann Christiano, Annie Neimand  |  February 24, 2017

For those working on a cause they care about, the first instinct is often to make sure that as many people as possible are aware of the problem, write Ann Christiano and Annie Neimand. But is that the best approach?...

Seeking and Solving

Seeking and Solving

Alph Bingham, Kiko Suarez  |  January 24, 2017

Kiko Suarez, vice president of communications at the Lumina Foundation, and Alph Bingham, a co-founder of InnoCentive, explain how the low cost of crowdsourcing and the high value of crowdsourced solutions can translate into a high return on investment for foundations....