Issue

Spring 2009

Volume 7, Number 2

Climate change is now widely recognized as one of the world’s most pressing problems. As governments at all levels struggle to address the issue, individuals have begun taking matters into their own hands by purchasing carbon offsets from companies that invest in renewable energy, plant trees, or reduce emissions. The spring 2009 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review explores how individuals are atoning for their use of cars, air travel, and even funerals in “Offsetting Green Guilt.”

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Features

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Shades of Green

By Andrew J. Hoffman 3

Social networking tools reveal that there is an intricate web of relationships between business and environmentalists, which if developed could benefit the environmental movement.

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Philanthropy & Funding

Ten Nonprofit Funding Models

By William Landes Foster, Peter Kim, & Barbara Christiansen 54

For-profit executives use business models—such as "low-cost provider"—as a shorthand way to describe the way companies are built and sustained. Nonprofit executives have not had an equivalent lexicon—until now.

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Offsetting Green Guilt

By Matthew J. Kotchen 6

Voluntary carbon offsets allow people to invest in projects that allegedly counteract their greenhouse gas emissions. But can voluntary offsets help slow global warming? Or are offsets a way for consumers to buy their way out of bad feelings?

Creating Social Value

By Philip Auerswald 1

The idea that social entrepreneurs create something called social value—good works that go above and beyond what traditional entrepreneurs and businesses deliver—is a dearly held tenet of the social change movement. But what exactly is social value, and how do social entrepreneurs go about creating it?

What's Next

Turn on the TV, Class

By Jennifer Roberts

Poor children can watch rich children's better school classes on TV.

Polling Power

By Jennifer Roberts

A new Web site shows voters who like-minded peers, organizations, and opinion leaders support.

Texting It In

By Jennifer Roberts

A free, open-source software package lets health care workers in developing countries better fight disease.

The New Frontier

By Jennifer Roberts

LeapFrog Investments will bring better insurance to more of the world's poor.

Field Report

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Millennials MoveOn

By Lee Bruno

To propel young folks to the polls, a political organization mixed Web 2.0 tools with social science savvy.

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Tongue-Tied at the Top

By Pete Smith 6

While boards sat in silence, executives milked American University and the Smithsonian.

Root Solutions

By Suzie Boss

Nonprofit lender Root Capital connects rural farmers and artisans with the corporations that crave their products.

Case Study

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Clear Blood

By Moe Abecassis, David Benjamin, & Lorna Tessier 2

By 1998, thousands of people had contracted HIV and hepatitis C from Canada’s tainted blood supply. To restore the supply and the public’s trust, the federal, provincial, and territorial governments of Canada created a new organization, Canadian Blood Services. Despite the public health tragedy that it inherited, Canadian Blood Services rebuilt Canadians’ faith in the nation’s blood supply by infusing transparency into its structure, culture, and operations.

Viewpoint

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Fundraising in Tough Times

By Mal Warwick 7

Our economy is in bad shape and will only get worse. So what can fundraisers do to minimize the impact of this difficult period on our organizations, and at the same time maximize income?

Effective Funding

By Steven Lawry

How foundations can best support social innovators.

Research

Not Racing to Help

By Alana Conner

Racism may have played a role in the government's delayed response to Katrina.

No Profit for Her

By Alana Conner

Research shows that men may be more effective than woman at utilizing microfinance investments.

Partners Must Start Smart

By Alana Conner

Starting on the right terms fosters the trust necessary for partners to work together over the long haul.

Books

UNCHARITABLE:
How Restraints on
Nonprofits Undermine
Their Potential
Dan Pallotta

The Double Standard

Reviewed By Renée Irvin 1

Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential by Dan Pallotta

THE BLUE SWEATER:
Bridging the Gap
Between Rich and Poor
in an Interconnected
World
Jacqueline Novogratz

It’s the Destination

Reviewed By Pamela Hartigan 5

The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz

MONEY WELL SPENT:
A Strategic Plan for
Smart Philanthropy
Paul Brest and Hal Harvey

The Art of Grantmaking

Reviewed By Susan Berresford

Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy by Paul Brest and Hal Harvey

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