Spring 2006

Volume 4, Number 1

It’s a truth, albeit a harsh one, that corporate social responsibility programs are often as much or more about public relations as they are about solving the world’s problems. In the spring 2006 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review, we hear from several authors with suggestions for “Changing the Game” to make CSR efforts really count, with a particular focus on creating business and nonprofit partnerships that play to the strengths of all the players.

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At Cross Purposes

By Catherine Spence

Sidebar to "Crisis Mentality:" the Red Cross comes under fire.

Social Innovations

Cute and Lucrative

By Keith Epstein

Sidebar to "Crisis Mentality:" some species attract donors more than others.


Bigger May Not Be Better

By Mark Dowie

Sidebar to "The Hidden Cost of Paradise:" does an organization's size correlate with its effectiveness?


A New Role for Nonprofits

By Mark Kramer & John Kania 2

Sidebar to "Changing the Game:" tips for nonprofits when creating a partnership with a company.


It All Started Here

By Eric Nee

Sidebar to "The Hidden Cost of Paradise:" The Miwoks were exterminated from Yosemite Valley.


Wise Guys

By Jeffrey Pfeffer & Robert I. Sutton

Sidebar to "Act on Facts, Not Faith:" encouraging workers to complain leads to more effective organizations.


Appraising Business Ideas

By Jeffrey Pfeffer & Robert I. Sutton

Sidebar to "Act on Facts, Not Faith:" rules to keep in mind when evaluating or developing business ideas.


The Hidden Cost of Paradise

By Mark Dowie 1

Indigenous people are being displaced to create wilderness areas, to the detriment of all.


Changing the Game

By Mark Kramer & John Kania 2

Leading corporations switch from defense to offense in solving global problems.


Crisis Mentality

By Keith Epstein 1

Why sudden emergencies attract more funds than do chronic conditions, and how nonprofits can change that.


Act on Facts, Not Faith

By Jeffrey Pfeffer & Robert I. Sutton 1

How management can follow medicine's lead and rely on evidence, not on half-truths.

Field Report


Organic Growth

By Ricardo Sandoval

How an all-natural Mexican farming cooperative is improving its community while making a bundle.

Social Innovations

Giving Donors Control

By Dan Gordon 1

A United Way affiliate has boosted fundraising by breaking the rules.

Social Innovations

Investing in Change

By Vinay Jain 2

Calvert Community Investment Notes take social investing mainstream.

Case Study

Social Innovations

An Enterprising Failure

By Paul Tracey & Owen Jarvis

Why a promising social franchise collapsed.



Closing the Culture Gap

By G. Pascal Zachary

Aiding Africans first requires understanding their cultures.


Passing the Torch

By Pamela David

Baby boomer nonprofit leaders face the future, and it's not us.



Capacity by Any Other Name

By Thomas E. Backer, Alan N. Miller, & Jane Ellen Bleeg

Donors don’t know much about capacity building, except that they don’t like the term.


To the Top

By Marguerite Rigoglioso

How to hire the best leaders for your organization.


As Luck Would Have It

By Jeanene Harlick

Why the U.S. and Europe have such different social spending policies.


Missed Signals

By Alessandra Bianchi

Why e-mail messages are so often misunderstood.


Care Begets Caring

By Shirley Wang

People who feel secure are more apt to be altruistic.



Review: The Big Moo

Review By Alan R. Andreasen

Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable.


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