Fall 2005

Volume 3, Number 3

Stanford Social Innovation Review investigates “The Myth of CSR” in the fall 2005 issue.  Corporate social responsibility programs are intended to let a company do good while doing well, but what happens when markets falter? Profit, says author Deborah Donate, always trumps principles. And even without market pressure, what is good for a corporation isn’t always good for society.

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Imagining a Democracy

By Mark Macnamara

In Morocco, there are 33,000 NGOs, many of which are engaged in a massive struggle to bring a civil society to life.


The Myth of CSR

By Deborah Doane 3

The problem with assuming that companies can do well while also doing good is that markets don't really work that way


The Workings of Class

By Adrie Kusserow

Though rarely discussed in America, the subtle differences between social classes lead to major misunderstandings in the classroom, the workplace, and in many nonprofit settings.

Field Report



By Holly Holland

Project GRAD builds community support for educational reform in the inner city.

Social Innovations

Small Is Beautiful

By Ricardo Sandoval

Banks in Mexico say that microloans are helping the poor while boosting their profits.


Simply Successful

By Deirdre Fulton

A Boston nonprofit's simple mission attracts sustained support and helps working-poor families.


Local Heroes

By Dan Gordon

How Mexican immigrants have forged complex government partnerships to improve living conditions back home.

Case Study


Sharing Power

By Jonathan B. Levine

How Merck and the WHO have sustained a fragile balance of power in their battle against river blindness.



The Funder Next Door

By Michael Seltzer

When grantmakers move into the communities they serve.


Moving Beyond Reproach

By Peter Manzo

Accountability proposals should focus more on ways to help nonprofits deal with actual ethical crises.


Social Innovations

My, What a Personality!

By Alana Conner Snibbe

How nonprofits can distinguish themselves from for-profits by using their unique brand attributes.

Social Innovations

Beware the Lone Genius

By Jessica Ruvinsky

Innovation depends on social networks, not solo brains.


Brother Spared a Dime

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Homeless protests in the '80s were born not just of grievances, but also of greenbacks.


The Big Hurt

By Jessica Ruvinsky

Sticks and stones can break my bones; rejection hurts everything else.


Social Innovations

Review: Bootstrap Dreams

Review By Nancy C. Jurik

The emergence of microenterprise development programs, internationally and in the United States.


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