Spring 2005

Volume 3, Number 1

Liberal American foundations have traditionally shied away from pursing political agendas. Conservative foundations, however, have been much more successful in influencing public policy. To help better understand why some foundations put money but not policy behind progressive ideals, the spring 2005 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review features the cover story “War of Ideas.”

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Failing to Govern?

By Michael Klausner & Jonathan Small

The disconnect between theory and reality in nonprofit boards, and how to fix it.


Putting People First

By Jeffrey Pfeffer

How nonprofits that value their employees reap the benefits in service quality, morale, and funding.

Social Innovations

War of Ideas

By Andrew Rich 1

Why mainstream and liberal foundations and the think tanks they support are losing in the war of ideas in American politics.

Field Report


High-End Healthcare

By Len Costa

Though they have their opponents, boutique-style services can subsidize care for the poor.

Social Innovations

Attracting Attention

By Andrea Orr

The Taproot Foundation provides organized volunteers who deliver marketing expertise.


Managing Medusa

By Pamela Yatsko

A Hong Kong manufacturer brings business practices to social services in Asia.


Polishing Up the Diamond

By Anne Stuhldreher 9

How did the Jacobs Foundation help revitalize a neighborhood? By listening to its residents.

Case Study



Knowing When to Let Go

By Sheila Kaplan

Charles Lewis on how a founder says goodbye to donors and staff.



Hidden Agenda

By Gerald Burstyn

Corporations give away billions each year, but what’s the real reason why?

Social Innovations

Random Thoughts

By Andrea Orr

Poverty Action Lab examines why some charitable programs work better than others.


Subtle Bias

By Andrea Orr

Why racism persists in a politically correct world.


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