Winter 2005

Volume 3, Number 4

The road to philanthropy is paved with good intentions to aid the poor and disadvantaged. In “A Failure of Philanthropy,” Rob Reich questions whether the laws governing tax-deductible donations truly serve the needy or actually reward the wealthy.  Even more worrisome is his next concern from the winter 2005 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review: “Would Americans Make Charitable Donations Without Tax Incentives?

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Coaching Character

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Sidebar to "Rethinking Self-Esteem:" tough love can be the best lesson.


Burnout in a Crisis

By Marguerite Rigoglioso

Sidebar to "Reversing Burnout:" when working a crisis, put your own oxygen mask on first.


The Soup of Self-Help

By Aaron Dalton

Sidebar to "Rethinking Self-Esteem:" self-esteem should be coupled with self-control.

Social Innovations

A Failure of Philanthropy

By Rob Reich 2

From the archives: American charity shortchanges the poor, and public policy is partly to blame.


Rethinking Self-Esteem

By Roy Baumeister

Why nonprofits should stop pushing self-esteem and start endorsing self-control.


Reversing Burnout

By Christina Maslach & Michael P. Leiter 1

How to rekindle your passion for your work.

Field Report


Trash to Treasure

By Roy Wood

Converting corporate waste into classroom tools.

Social Innovations

All Fired Up

By Cliff Terry

How an insurance company helps its workers support their local fire departments.

Social Innovations

The Other 95 Percent

By Alessandra Bianchi

How a community foundation uses proxy voting to advance its mission.


Child’s Play

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

A video game teaches children about famines and how to stop them.

Case Study

Social Innovations

Tackling Vision Care Disparities

By Melinda Tuan & Fay Twersky 1

How one nonprofit uses an NFL team’s celebrity to improve poor children’s eyesight - and life chances.



Research on a Shoestring Budget

By R. Christine Hershey & Andrew Posey

Sidebar to "Research Rules:" some tips for picking your public's brain –– cheaply.

Social Innovations

Research Rules

By R. Christine Hershey & Andrew Posey

Why nonprofits should do their homework before communicating with the public.


The Gift of Community

By Wes Browning

A formerly homeless man tells what he most wanted for Christmas when he was on the streets.

Social Innovations

Donor, Heal Thyself

By Paul C. Light

Donor fatigue is ultimately rooted in givers' own reluctance to invest in the future.



Elusive Blue Ribbons

By Ellen Benjamin, DePaul University

Why winning foundations' special awards is difficult, and how it can be made easier.


Happy-Face Blues

By Marguerite Rigoglioso

How supervisors exhaust their workers by constraining their emotions.

Social Innovations

No Market for Marketing

By Maia Szalavitz 1

Nonprofits do not use -- and often don't want -- for-profit marketing techniques.


Silence=Bad Strategy

By Jennifer Holloway

How failing to speak up leads nonprofit boards to persist with mislaid plans.


One for Deregulation

By Maia Szalavitz

Why states' nonprofit regulation rules may not be just unnecessary, but also unwise.


Untapped Donors

By Leslie Berger 1

Volunteers and young people are among several overlooked source of funds.


So Uncivilized

By Shirley Wang

Rudeness, sarcasm, and disrespect undermine employee productivity.


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