Fall 2007

Volume 5, Number 4

Collaboration is the key to impact, according to the fall 2007 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review. In “Creating High-Impact Nonprofits,” an analysis of 12 high-impact nonprofit organizations reveals that those who form alliances, partnerships, and networks can mobilize every sector of society—government, business, nonprofits, and the public—to be a force for good. Other features examine the inter-related effects of idealistic and pragmatic activism, and the need for foundations to make strategic mission investments to be most effective.


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The Power of Strategic Mission Investing

By Mark R. Kramer & Sarah E. Cooch 1

A growing number of foundations are offering low-interest loans, buying into green business ventures, and investing in other asset classes to advance their missions. To bring about real change, foundations need to make strategic mission investments that complement their grantmaking and leverage market forces.

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Impact Investing

Private Equity, Public Good

By Beth Sirull 2

Many businesses serving lower income communities languish because they can’t raise enough money to fund their growth. To meet their needs, a new breed of private equity investment—development investment capital—has emerged. Although this style of investing is still in its infancy, it’s already showing promise.

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Socially Responsible Business

Harnessing Purity and Pragmatism

By Alana Conner & Keith Epstein 1

As the wall between the nonprofit and corporate worlds crumbles, many social change organizations are asking themselves: Do we stick to our activist guns, or do we cross the divide and work with business? Research suggests that social movements need both kinds of organizations to make the changes they seek.

Field Report


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Portfolio Philanthropy

By Randall Ottinger

To ensure that baby boomers’ wealth does not fall short of its philanthropic potential, Randall Ottinger suggests applying portfolio theory to make wiser social investments.



THIRST: Fighting the Corporate
Theft of Our Water
Alan Snitow & Deborah Kaufman
with Michael Fox

Review: Thirst

Review By John D. Donahue

Should water be turned into a commodity that only “haves” can pay for?


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