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.

Coding for a Better World

Suzie Boss  |  May 23, 2012

In the latest article in our SSIR series, Suzie Boss profiles SocialCoding4Good, a Benetech initiative to provide pro bono opportunities for software developers, technical writers, and other IT professionals....

The Role of Brand in the Nonprofit Sector

Christopher Stone, Nathalie Kylander  |  April 30, 2012

In the latest article in our SSIR series, the researchers of a recent study on nonprofit branding share details of how the sector is pushing beyond the boundaries of brand as fundraising tool into a broader and more strategic approach designed to create greater social impact and tighter organizational cohesion....

Why More Nonprofits Are Getting Bigger

Jeffrey Bradach, Peter Kim  |  March 30, 2012

In the latest article in our SSIR series, a recent study finds that the number of US nonprofits with annual revenues of more than $50 million has increased dramatically....

A Decade of Outcome-Oriented Philanthropy

Paul Brest  |  February 29, 2012

In the latest article in our SSIR series, Paul Brest, outgoing president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, reflects on the growing importance of strategic philanthropy over the last decade and its prospects for the future....

Five Ways to Navigate the Fiscal Crisis

Daniel Stid, Willa Seldon  |  January 24, 2012

In the latest article in our SSIR series, Bridgespan Group's Willa Seldon and Daniel Stid provide tips for human services organizations facing reductions in government payments....

Social Impact Markets

Andrew Wolk  |  December 8, 2011

In the latest article in our SSIR series, Root Cause founder Andrew Wolk suggests we need to become more deliberate in how we develop social impact markets and offers some lessons learned....

Foundations as Investors

John Goldstein, Margaret Laws  |  August 30, 2011

Social investors are experimenting with a profusion of creative funding mechanisms to help innovators sustain health-improving approaches and to achieve greater impact....

Being the Only B

Terena Bell  |  June 17, 2011

The owner of the only certified B Corporation in Kentucky assesses the pros and cons of the certification....

It Takes Three to Tango

Johan Van de Gronden  |  May 13, 2011

Johan Van de Gronden, CEO of the Dutch chapter of the World Wildlife Fund, examines American civil society through a European lens and suggests a different relationship between business, government, and the nonprofit sector in the United States....

What's Next: Retailing with Heart

Suzie Boss  |  April 15, 2011

Since opening its first "restaurant of shared responsibility" last May in a St. Louis suburb, the Panera chain is poised to take its upscale version of a soup kitchen nationwide. A second Panera Cares caf? opened in November outside Detroit, and a third was slated to open in Portland, Oregon, in January. Neighborhoods have been selected to include a mixed clientele, with well-heeled professionals dining side by side with homeless families. The concept is groundbreaking in the food service sector....

For Love or Lucre

Jim Fruchterman  |  March 3, 2011

Social entrepreneurs who want to start a new venture quickly confront an important question: What type of legal structure should I create? Should I start a traditional nonprofit, a for-profit, or something in between? This is not a simple question to answer, and it is in some ways becoming more difficult with the proliferation of new legal structures like the B corporation that are intended to allow entrepreneurs to meet financial, social, and environmental bottom lines. Fruchterman, the founder of Benetech, writes about the upsides and downsides of various forms of philanthropic for-profit and nonprofit ventures in order to help other social entrepreneurs navigate these waters....

Collective Impact

John Kania, Mark Kramer  |  January 5, 2011

Collaboration is nothing new. The social sector is filled with examples of partnerships, networks, and other types of joint efforts. But collective impact initiatives are distinctly different. Unlike most collaborations, collective impact initiatives involve a centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and mutually reinforcing activities among all participants....

Monk, Architect, Diplomat

Mark Albion  |  November 17, 2010

In 2005, the Social Venture Network asked social entrepreneur Mark Albion to research why its members had difficulty scaling their social enterprises. Instead of scaling, why did they almost always sell their companies to larger enterprises? Was a lack of finances the primary culprit? No, as it turns out. To successfully scale an enterprise, entrepreneurs need to think and lead differently from their peers. They have to understand that social entrepreneurship is not just a form of entrepreneurship but rather an instrument for social change....

Freeing the Social Entrepreneur

Chantal Below, Kimberly Tripp  |  October 6, 2010

Social entrepreneurs are often reluctant to relinquish control and create strong leadership teams. Unless they make this important transition, the organizations entrepreneurs worked hard to create are unlikely to scale or have the desired impact....

Do No Evil

Suzie Boss  |  August 26, 2010

Google.org was launched in 2004 with bold ambitions and almost $1 billion in seed funding. But the corporate culture built by Google engineers proved challenging for the development experts brought in to run "DotOrg." Six years later, the philanthropy's leadership has been replaced and its ambitions have shrunk....