Summer 2005

Volume 3, Number 2

Multinational corporations investing in emerging markets—as they must do to meet the growth demands of shareholders—must find ways to make the bottom line serve the base of the pyramid. In other words, they must start “Developing Native Capability” and understanding people and economic systems that look very different from Western business practices. In the summer 2005 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review, “Block by Block” explains how one multinational did just that in Mexico and broke into the do-it-yourself housing industry.

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Social Innovations

Philanthropy, Inc.

By Keith Epstein

How today’s corporate donors want their gifts to help the bottom line.

Social Innovations

Block by Block

By Ricardo Sandoval 1

How one of the world’s largest companies builds loyalty among Mexico’s poor.

Social Innovations

Developing Native Capability

By Stuart L. Hart & Ted London

What multinational corporations can learn from the base of the pyramid.

Social Innovations

The Ratings Game

By Stephanie Lowell, Brian Trelstad, & Bill Meehan 2

Evaluating the three groups that rate the charities.

Field Report


Frozen Assets

By Andrea Orr

How the North Texas Food Bank’s Community Kitchen supplies healthy frozen dinners to the Dallas region’s hungry.


Educators With Borders

By Alessandra Bianchi

Sometimes nonprofit workers have to learn to “just say no”.


In Your Face

By Maia Szalavitz

The social enterprise that beat city hall.

Case Study


Managing Growth

By Kelly Campbell & Rita Louh

How a Boston educational-services nonprofit is realizing its own potential for growth so that its scholars can realize theirs.


Social Innovations

You Can’t Do That!

By Laura Lauder

A venture philanthropist's experience with reforming education.


What We Really Need

By Jan Masaoka & Jeanne Bell Peters

Eight reforms to make nonprofits more accountable and effective.


Global Issues

Mind the Gap

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Some social and educational programs inadvertently widen the gap between the haves and the have-nots.


Building a Better Board

By Jessica Ruvinsky 1

How nonprofit board size and independence relate to board performance.


What Women Don’t Want

By Alana Conner Snibbe

How male managers’ patronizing behavior undercuts female subordinates’ performance.

Global Issues

When Efficiency Saves Lives

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Well-run organizations, not bleeding hearts, are the key to increasing organ donations.


Along the Generational Divide

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Younger donors of color differ from their elders when making philanthropic choices.


Social Innovations

Review: Strong Medicine

Review By Michael K. Gusmano

The strategic use of vaccines may be the key to spreading infectious diseases in the developing world.


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