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Published: 2018-04-16T19:00:00+00:00


Making Indian Philanthropy Matter (Blog)


To translate India’s robust growth in giving into impact, the sector must find ways to address the roots of inequality, nonprofit dependency on business, and an underdeveloped philanthropic system.

Reframing Sexual Violence: From #MeToo to Time’s Up (Blog)


In the shift from #MeToo to Time’s Up, movement leaders are strategically framing sexual violence as a social and cultural problem, rather than an individual problem. Doing so helps people think about the broad range of actions we can take to systemically prevent sexual violence.

Framing for Social Change (Blog)


How we frame social issues profoundly influences our understanding of them, and how we think and talk about solutions.

Early, Patient, Nimble Philanthropy Can Make or Break Public-Private Partnerships (Blog)


A look at how private long-term investment can help spur public engagement—and lead to policy change and impact—in environmental conservation and beyond.

Low Performance and High Satisfaction: The Information Paradox of Bad Schools (Blog)


Parents in emerging economies seem happy with schools that don’t teach their kids very much. The lack of demand for good quality education could be one of the biggest barriers to solving the education crisis.

Social Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy, and Innovation in China and the United States (Blog)


Chinese and American philanthropists have more in common than one might think.

Leveraging the Power of Bots for Civil Society (Blog)


Autonomous technologies can support social services programs, but delivery must always be centered around people.

The Emerging World of Online Health Communities (Blog)


Platforms that provide a way for patients, caregivers, and health care staff to share stories and develop solutions across the health system are disrupting traditional hierarchies in medicine.

(Re)thinking Funder Networks and Collaboratives (Blog)


The 2016 US presidential election is reminding philanthropy of its value.

Enough Innovation Already! (Blog)


Innovation without replication is a waste of time.

How Nonprofit Boards Can Start the Merger Conversation (Blog)


There are six moments in every organization’s business cycle that are ripe for discussion around how mergers and alliances can advance mission and impact.

Rethinking Women’s Work in India (Blog)


Through innovative strategies for bringing women into the workforce, social enterprise is poised to transform the meaning of “women’s work.”

Promoting Transparency and Fair Share in the Face of Growing Inequality (Blog)


To curb rising inequality, global leaders must work together to stop the flow of illicit wealth and mitigate tax avoidance.

Reconsidering Gender Diversity in Economic Development (Blog)


Building truly inclusive economies requires that leaders broaden their understanding of gender and the many different ways gender identity can affect inclusion.

Earning the Right to Scale (Blog)


Throughout the nonprofit sector, scaling is viewed as a cardinal imperative. But a surprising number of organizations are not (or not yet) equipped to expand their impact. Is your organization truly ready to scale? Here is a tool to help you find out.

The Potential and Practice of Data Collaboratives for Migration (Blog)


How private data sources, when leveraged responsibly and collaboratively, can provide insights for addressing the challenges and opportunities of migration.

6 SSIR Articles on Business Sustainability (Blog)


A reading list of our articles examining how businesses should define and achieve sustainability.

From Direct Action to Advisory Services: A Pathway to Scale for Social Entrepreneurs (Blog)


By taking on an advising role, an organization can scale a core innovation with less demand on its resources than would be required through direct action alone.

In Defense of “Doing Too Much” (Blog)


More investors need to bet on early-stage social ventures that cover all the bases, and more entrepreneurs need to build them.

A Crack Opens in the False Narrative on Gun Violence (Blog)


The youth movement against gun violence in America opens doors to a more constructive narrative that advances both gun violence prevention and the promotion of mental health.

International Development Doesn’t Care About Patient Privacy (Blog)


Global health has brushed aside human dignity—it’s time to place patients at the core.

Civic Participation Begins in Schools (Blog)


Fostering a robust democracy in America requires that we create a truly democratic school culture.

Philanthropy in Pakistan (Blog)


Why civil society organizations get bypassed in favor of donations to individuals.

Can Corporations Inspire Social Good? (Blog)


Understanding the strategies needed to catalyze cultural change, as well as the advantages and limits of benefit corporations, are critical in guiding enterprises to inspire social good.

Cutting Through the Complexity: A Roadmap for Effective Collaboration (Blog)


Collaborations and networks rarely achieve their ambitious goals. Here’s what it takes to make them actually work.

How to Support Women Social Entrepreneurs in India (Blog)


Realizing the transformative potential of women’s leadership in India’s social enterprise sector will require persistent efforts to refine and mainstream gender-lens investing.

How Nonprofits Can Tap Into the Impact Investment Market (Blog)


Rethinking traditional impact investment products offers a path forward for nonprofit organizations seeking greater access to capital.

Collective Impact for Health and Wellbeing (Blog)


A case study on igniting a social movement and engaging an entire community in creating a culture that supports health and wellbeing.

Human-Centered, Systems-Minded Design (Blog)


Both human-centered and systems-thinking methods fit within an effective design approach, and can work in conjunction to address social challenges.

A Case for Giving Locally (Blog)


A dollar might stretch further overseas, but it can still go far to increase welfare and tackle injustice closer to home.

Building Democratic Infrastructure (Blog)


Models and policy recommendations for boosting civic engagement and fortifying American democracy.

Six SSIR Articles for International Women’s Day (Blog)


A reading list of some of our favorite articles on women, girls, and gender equality.

Will Blockchain Disrupt Government Corruption? (Blog)


Blockchain technology will not solve all government problems, but it can help curb corruption and instill trust in government.

Creating a Data Culture (Blog)


How nonprofit organizations can do a better job with their data.

The Collaborative Mind-set for Scaling Social Change (Blog)


Two approaches for nonprofits that want to work effectively with the government in India.

When Care Work and Paid Work Collide (Blog)


While people in the Western world often assume that extended families in developing countries are oppressive to women who marry into them, family support can actually enable women to take on paying jobs outside the home.

Will the Next Evaluation Breakthrough Come from Online Shopping? (Blog)


A new approach to measurement has the potential to surface quicker, cheaper, better data about notoriously hard-to-measure social change.

New Year, New Brand? (Blog)


Three questions that can help nonprofits determine whether it's time to refresh their brand.

Using Human-Centered Design to Advance Civic Engagement in Nonprofits (Blog)


Civic engagement efforts in the United States are becoming a renewed priority for nonprofits, but they can seem like a strain. Human-centered design can help.

Using Story to Change Systems (Blog)


We need to develop new processes of collective storytelling across sectors to navigate turbulent times and foster systems change.