Fall 2006

Volume 4, Number 3

The fall 2006 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review has much to offer those interested in donor behavior and the culture of giving. “A New Take on Tithing” reveals that if affluent Americans contributed at levels that match their income, charitable giving would increase by $100 billion a year. “Your Inner Philanthropist” explores the downsides of giving with your heart, and “It Takes a Stick” draws a strong correlation between a society’s generosity and how punitive it is.

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Social Innovations

Reshaping Social Entrepreneurship

By Paul C. Light 3

By focusing so much attention on the social entrepreneur we fail to recognize the thousands of others who are crafting solutions to pressing problems.

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Social Innovations

Drowning in Data

By Alana Conner Snibbe 9

Funders are calling for more program evaluation, but nonprofits are often collecting dubious data, at great cost to themselves and ultimately to the people they serve.

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The Other CSR

By Timothy M. Devinney, Patrice Auger, Giana Eckhardt, & Thomas Birtchnell 1

Consumers say they want to buy green products but they don't always follow through. There are, however, strategies corporations can take to increase sales of sustainable goods.

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Social Innovations

A New Take on Tithing

By Claude Rosenberg & Tim Stone 6

Too often, individuals make decisions about how much money to donate to charitable causes on an ad hoc basis. As a result, many people give less money than they can actually afford.

Field Report

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Color Your World

By Paul Kilduff

The San Francisco Recycling Center gussies up the globe with recycled paint.


From Marble to Formica

By Laura Beaudin

How the Union Bank of California attracts lower-income people to traditional banking.


The Oldest Profession

By John Laurenson

How a German nonprofit is repurposing sex workers’ skills.

Case Study

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Turning Conflict into Cooperation

By Peter Asmus, Hank Cauley, & Katharine Maroney

The Rainforest Action Network launched a consumer boycott of several Mitsubishi companies, leading to significant changes in the way the firm and many of its partners do business.


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Social Innovations

Your Inner Philanthropist

By Susan A. Ostrander 1

What gets lost when donors follow their own hearts instead of recipients’ needs.


Buying In or Selling Out?

By Dara O'Rourke

Socially responsible brands that merge with multinationals may be abandoning their principles


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Global Issues

Divine Intervention

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Why the most religious societies have the most volunteers.


The Perils of Getting Big

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Larger social service organizations may result in less innovation.


It Takes a Stick

By Alana Conner Snibbe

The most generous societies in the world are also the most punishing.


For Love or Money

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Innovative plays are good for all theaters, but lucrative for only a few.


Social Innovations

Review: The White Man’s Burden

Review By Deborah Burand

Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good


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15 Minutes with Alan Bersin

By James A. Phills Jr.

California’s secretary of education tackles the nation’s largest school system.

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