Case Study

An inside look at one organization

Labor of Love

By Sharon Lerner

Ai-jen Poo, cofounder and director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and 2014 McArthur genius grant recipient, is building a movement to improve the lives of 2.5 million US home care workers.


Sexually Transmitted Altruism

By Greg Beato 2

DKT International, founded by one of the largest erotica distributors in the United States, provides contraceptives to approximately 50 million people a year in the developing world.

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Change Comes at a Cost

By Donald Haider & Franz Wohlgezogen 1

In 2008, a group of Chicago’s social service agencies formed the Back Office Cooperative, which has produced impressive financial savings. Yet greater efficiency has had a cultural cost.

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Too Good to Fail

By James E. Post & Fiona S. Wilson 9

In August 2010 the US government closed ShoreBank, one of the country’s leading social enterprises. Why did ShoreBank fail?

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The Problem with Fair Trade Coffee

By Colleen Haight 24

Fair Trade-certified coffee is growing in sales, but strict certification requirements are resulting in uneven economic advantages for coffee growers and lower quality coffee for consumers.