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.

Voluntarism and unselfish leadership

Voluntarism and unselfish leadership

Daniela Blei April 29, 2021

A new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder found that leadership actions are more important than the individual qualities of leaders; Blei spoke with the study's authors.... 

Citizen-donors of the world

Citizen-donors of the world

Chana R. Schoenberger March 28, 2021

A new paper looks at whether some people who are "residentially mobile" may be more inclined to donate to geographically distant beneficiaries as a result of having different identities and/or experiences....

Building Indigenous power in philanthropy

Building Indigenous power in philanthropy

Gaby Strong February 28, 2021

It is time, writes Strong, for philanthropy to do its part to build the collective power of Indigenous peoples, communities, and nations and help foster a world that is built on a foundation of justice and equity for all people and the planet....

News through a gender lens

News through a gender lens

Hilary Weaver January 26, 2021

With the global pandemic dominating the news cycle, The 19th — which is named for the amendment that gave female citizens of the U.S. the right to vote — has pivoted to tell stories about how COVID-19 is impacting women....

Inclusive Philanthropy

Inclusive Philanthropy

Faculty of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy October 30, 2020

The most significant role philanthropy plays in democracy, argue members of the faculty of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, is to ensure that a spirit of generosity both maintains the integrity of democratic procedures and expands the realm of civil society....

Are Donor-Advised Funds Good for Nonprofits?

Are Donor-Advised Funds Good for Nonprofits?

Paul Brest, Joseph Bankman, Daniel Hemel September 28, 2020

Critics claim that DAFs unduly postpone funds needed by charities, but a policy lab at Stanford Law School suggests the giving vehicle offers benefits that may outweigh its costs....

Social Entrepreneurship Needs a New Funding Model

Social Entrepreneurship Needs a New Funding Model

Ben Powell August 31, 2020

The frustration long felt by those who advocate for more effective strategies focused on driving investment to entrepreneurs is boiling over into existential dread, writes Powell. Could a new funding model named Delta deliver the kind of productive relationships among entrepreneurs, impact investors, and funders that the sector desperately needs?...

The People’s Platform

The People’s Platform

Trish Bendix July 28, 2020

WT.Social, a news-focused social network launched by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, aims to solve America's fake news problem....

The United States Needs Its Own WASH Sector

The United States Needs Its Own WASH Sector

George McGraw June 29, 2020

Water, sanitation, and hygiene projects are not just for low-income countries overseas, writes DigDeep founder McGraw; they are also desperately needed at home....

Nonprofit Advocacy and Democracy

Nonprofit Advocacy and Democracy

Daniela Blei May 31, 2020

Scholars of social movements have long documented the ways in which nonprofit advocacy strengthens civic engagement, creates political cohesion, and focuses attention on underrepresented communities. But what if their working assumptions are no longer valid? asks Biel....

Co-Designing Better Futures With Citizens

Co-Designing Better Futures With Citizens

Philippe Coullomb April 29, 2020

By opening space for public discussion where people can feel they are heard and respected, writes Coullomb, democratic societies can achieve better results while restoring trust in institutions and a sense of belonging within communities that are in danger of failing....

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

Paul Brest, Mark Wolfson 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....