Summer 2005

Volume 3, Number 2

Multinational corporations investing in emerging markets—as they must do to meet the growth demands of shareholders—must find ways to make the bottom line serve the base of the pyramid. In other words, they must start “Developing Native Capability” and understanding people and economic systems that look very different from Western business practices. In the summer 2005 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review, “Block by Block” explains how one multinational did just that in Mexico and broke into the do-it-yourself housing industry.

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Philanthropy, Inc.

By Keith Epstein

How today’s corporate donors want their gifts to help the bottom line.

Block by Block

By Ricardo Sandoval 1

How one of the world’s largest companies builds loyalty among Mexico’s poor.

The Ratings Game

By Stephanie Lowell, Brian Trelstad, & Bill Meehan 1

Evaluating the three groups that rate the charities.

Field Report

Frozen Assets

By Andrea Orr

How the North Texas Food Bank’s Community Kitchen supplies healthy frozen dinners to the Dallas region’s hungry.

Educators With Borders

By Alessandra Bianchi

Sometimes nonprofit workers have to learn to “just say no”.

In Your Face

By Maia Szalavitz

The social enterprise that beat city hall.

Case Study

Managing Growth

By Kelly Campbell & Rita Louh

How a Boston educational-services nonprofit is realizing its own potential for growth so that its scholars can realize theirs.


You Can’t Do That!

By Laura Lauder

A venture philanthropist's experience with reforming education.

What We Really Need

By Jan Masaoka & Jeanne Bell Peters

Eight reforms to make nonprofits more accountable and effective.


Mind the Gap

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Some social and educational programs inadvertently widen the gap between the haves and the have-nots.

What Women Don’t Want

By Alana Conner Snibbe

How male managers’ patronizing behavior undercuts female subordinates’ performance.

When Efficiency Saves Lives

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Well-run organizations, not bleeding hearts, are the key to increasing organ donations.


Review: Strong Medicine

Review By Michael K. Gusmano

The strategic use of vaccines may be the key to spreading infectious diseases in the developing world.


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