Summer 2006

Volume 4, Number 2

The future of philanthropy depends on strong leadership, but the sector is facing a leadership deficit of 640,000 in the next decade. Stanford Social Innovation Review’s summer 2006 issue offers up a set of articles focused on the future of nonprofit leadership. Increasingly, nonprofit leaders will come from a wide range of groups, including business, the military, and retirees. But there are unique difficulties and benefits to meeting the leadership deficit with those who come from a for-profit background, who may underestimate the unique challenges of nonprofit leadership.

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What Business Execs Don’t Know—but Should—About Nonprofits

By Les Silverman & Lynn Taliento 20

Business leaders play vital roles in the nonprofit sector – as board members, donors, partners, and even executives. Yet all too often they underestimate the unique challenges of managing nonprofit organizations. In this article, 11 executives who have played leadership roles in both for-profits and nonprofits reveal the critical differences between the two, and suggest ways that business and nonprofit leaders can use this information to create a more effective social sector.

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The Leadership Deficit

By Thomas J. Tierney 2

Creative ways to meet the growing demand for talent by finding and recruiting new leaders from a wide range of groups, including business, the military, and the growing pool of retirees.

Pundits Weigh In

By various authors

Social sector leaders opinions on the article, "The Leadership Deficit."

Crossing Over

By various authors

Sidebar to the article, "What Business Execs Don’t Know -- but Should -- About Nonprofits."

Field Report

Carving out a Niche

By Will Tizard

A Czech social enterprise uses woodworking to help drug addicts.

With Vigor and VIM

By Leslie Berger 5

How retired healthcare professionals are taking care of the uninsured.

Case Study

Chilling With Greenpeace, From the Inside Out

By Cathy L. Hartman & Edwin R. Stafford 1

Greenpeace catapulted Greenfreeze, an ozone- and climate-safe refrigerant, into widespread use and launched the first Green Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, in 2000.


The Web Is Your Lever

By Bruce Judson

How extreme Internet outsourcing can free nonprofits to move the world.

Tainted Love

By Maia Szalavitz

Tough love programs hurt addicts and adolescents.


The Enterprising Type

By Alana Conner Snibbe

How the personalities of entrepreneurs and managers differ.

Bowling Alone?

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Civil society may not be in such bad shape.

Hardwired to Help

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Both humans and chimpanzees naturally lend a hand.

All That Jazz

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Managing innovation is more like leading a jazz band than conducting an orchestra.

A Mixed Bag

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Variation is the rule when it comes to foundation expenses and compensation.



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