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Philanthropy in America: An Historical and Strategic Overview

Authors: Arrillaga-Andreessen, Laura; Hoyt, David
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2004

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This paper traces the development of philanthropy from early colonial days through the formation of the first great philanthropic foundations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Introduction to Social Return on Investment

Authors: Arrillaga-Andreessen, Laura; Hoyt, David
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2004

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Investors in for-profit companies have clear measures of company performance in meeting their economic objectives. However, the effectiveness of investments in not-for-profit organizations is more difficult to measure...

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Global Fund for Women

Authors: Arrillaga-Andreessen, Laura; Chang, Victoria
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2007

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The Global Fund for Women was a funding intermediary that made grants to seed, support and strengthen women’s rights groups outside the United States. Kavita Ramdas joined the Global Fund in 1996 as its second president and CEO, succeeding co-founder Anne Firth Murray. In her new role, Ramdas instituted a number of strategic, organizational, cultural and process changes, while seeking to preserve the mission and values of the organization. Looking ahead, Ramdas’ priorities included examining how to guide the fund’s growth without losing the organization’s unique connections with donors, grantees and staff.

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September 11th Fund

Authors: Arrillaga-Andreessen, Laura; Hoyt, David
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2007

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Immediately after the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks, the New York Community Trust and the United Way of New York City collaborated to create the September 11th Fund. The Fund’s mission was meeting the immediate and long-term needs of the people and communities affected by the tragedy. Despite the Fund’s proactive strategy to manage public understanding of its work and impact, public confidence in charitable organizations fell in the year following the attack. This cultural change highlighted the need for foundations to better utilize communication strategies, demonstrate their accountability and strengthen public trust in philanthropy.

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Community Foundation Silicon Valley

Authors: Arrillaga-Andreessen, Laura; Hoyt, David
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2006

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Community Foundation Silicon Valley (“CFSV”) was founded in 1954 as the “Community Trust of Santa Clara County” with a broad mission—to help improve the community. To pursue its broad mandate of community improvement, CFSV had to continually balance serving donors, assisting nonprofits, analyzing community needs and building foundation assets. When the Internet bubble burst in 2000, CFSV found itself in a position where donors had less money to give but the community had greater needs to be met. President Peter Hero took the recession as an opportunity to reassess CFSV’s strategy...

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Cisco Corporation Philanthropy

Authors: Arrillaga-Andreessen, Laura; Hoyt, David
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2006

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In 1984, Stanford University husband-and-wife team Leonard Bosack and Sandra Lerner founded Cisco Systems. As CEO, John Morgrage institutionalized a philanthropic culture and believed that a corporation could achieve profitability for shareholders while simultaneously supporting the people and the communities that ensured its success. Beginning with small-scale activities focused on community relations, Cisco’s philanthropic involvement grew into a substantial program that leveraged employees’ technical and intellectual capabilities in tandem with the company’s philanthropic investments...

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Interplast

Authors: Arrillaga-Andreessen, Laura; Chang, Victoria
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2002

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Founded in 1969, Interplast was a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit organization that provided free reconstructive surgery for needy children and adults in developing nations. By the mid-1990s, Interplast’s founder Dr. Donald Laub, knew that it was time to reassess Interplast’s strategy and operations and take the organization to the next level. He started this process by recruiting professional leaders. After assessing both the changing market and Interplast’s internal capacity, the new leadership decided to shift Interplast’s primary strategy from direct patient care through surgical trips to educating and equipping local surgeons to perform the operations themselves.

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Sand Hill Foundation

Authors: Arrillaga-Andreessen, Laura; Chang, Victoria
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2007

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After investing more than $200,000 in the initiative, Susan Ford decided to measure the effectiveness of the Teen Success Program. Her intention was to validate the program’s results and identify its strengths and improvement opportunities to help it grow. Yet, even though Ford had developed a positive relationship with Linda Williams, the head of PPMM, she worried that Williams might feel threatened by her proposal for an assessment of the program’s impact...

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PATH and the Safe Water Project (A, B, C, D)

Seeking Market-Based Solutions to Global Health Challenges; Empowering the Poor through User-Centered Design; Improving Access to Safe Water Through Innovative Sales and Distribution Models; Making Safe Water Products More Affordable

Authors: Zenios, Stefanos A.; Denend, Lyn; Elliott, Tim
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2013

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This case provides an overview of the nonprofit organization PATH and its Safe Water Project-a five-year effort launched in late 2006 with $17 million in funding from the global development unit of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Over the course of the grant, PATH conducted approximately 10 pilots in four countries. In the process, the Safe Water Project team accumulated substantial insights related to user-centered design, access, and affordability...

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The Real Problem Solvers: Social Entrepreneurs in America

Author: Shapiro, Ruth A.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Stanford Business Books
Publication Year: 2012

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Today, "social entrepreneurship" describes a host of new initiatives, and often refers to approaches that are breaking from traditional philanthropic and charitable organizational behavior. But, what types of change have these social entrepreneurial efforts brought to the world of civil society and philanthropy? What works in today's environment? And, what barriers are these new efforts breaking down as they endeavor to make the world a better place?

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