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Center for Social Innovation



The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in 200 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.

Center for Ethics in Society

The Bowen H. "Buzz" McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society is committed to bring ethical reflection to bear on important social problems through research, teaching, and engagement. To this end, the center is developing a small number of initiatives that relate to important public problems, draw on the established strengths of the Stanford faculty, are interdisciplinary in nature, and have important ethical dimensions.

Civic Ventures

Civic Ventures is leading the call to engage millions of baby boomers as a vital workforce for change. Through an inventive program portfolio, original research, strategic alliances, and the power of people’s own life stories, Civic Ventures demonstrates the value of experience in solving serious social problems—from education to the environment and health care to homelessness. Founded in 1998 by social entrepreneur and author Marc Freedman, Civic Ventures works to define the second half of adult life as a time of individual and social renewal.

Craigslist Foundation

Craigslist Foundation brings together nonprofit leaders, business, government, and philanthropy to take greater responsibility for where they live, play and work. We improve communities by connecting people to resources, ideas and innovations through our annual conference, Boot Camp, taking place June 2, 2011.

Craigslist Foundation

Craigslist Foundation brings together nonprofit leaders, business, government, and philanthropy to take greater responsibility for where they live, play and work. We improve communities by connecting people to resources, ideas and innovations through our annual conference, Boot Camp, taking place June 2, 2011.

Echoing Green

To accelerate social change, Echoing Green invests in and supports outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to launch new organizations that deliver bold, high-impact solutions. Through a two-year fellowship program, we help our network of visionaries develop new solutions to society’s most difficult problems. These social entrepreneurs and their organizations work to solve deeply-rooted social, environmental, economic, and political inequities to ensure equal access and to help all individuals reach their potential. To date, Echoing Green has invested nearly $30 million in seed funding to almost 500 social entrepreneurs and their innovative organizations.

Entrepreneurs Foundation

Entrepreneurs Foundation (EF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging companies of all sizes in corporate citizenship and philanthropic efforts so that new and leveraged resources are generated for community benefit. Since inception, Entrepreneurs Foundation's 880+ participating companies have created corporate philanthropic foundations and corporate citizenship programs that are making a positive impact in the social sector.

Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is a leading national nonprofit organization representing more than 700,000 members. Since 1967, it has linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems. EDF Climate Corps Fellows (qualified MBA students) help companies develop energy efficiency technologies, energy pricing, and financial models for 10-12 weeks during the summer. The Future of Green Series consists of expert interviews and open dialogues on business and environmental collaboration.

ESADE Barcelona

ESADE's mission is to advance education and research in the areas of business management and law by contributing to the scientific, social, and humanistic preparation of highly skilled individuals—individuals who are fully conscious of their responsibility to the development of a society that promotes individual dignity based on humanistic and Christian traditions in the context of intercultural dialogue.

FSG Social Impact Advisors

FSG Social Impact Advisors is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating social progress by advancing the practice of philanthropy and corporate social responsibility in three ways: offering consulting services, developing breakthrough ideas, and undertaking action initiatives that accelerate the pace of social progress.

Green Pro Bono

Green Pro Bono is a non-profit organization that connects green social entrepreneurs in need of legal help with attorneys who want to offer their legal expertise on a pro bono basis to help reduce climate change and promote environmental sustainability. In addition to serving non-profits, Green Pro Bono works with select early stage for profit social enterprises.

Hanson Bridgett LLP

Founded in 1958, Hanson Bridgett is a leading provider of legal services to organizations engaged in sustainable business and has more than 150 attorneys located in San Francisco, the North Bay, Sacramento and the Silicon Valley. Clients range from large corporations such as Pacific Gas & Electric to cutting edge start-ups and socially responsible investors.


PopTech is an open innovation laboratory and network of thought leaders who are dedicated to finding, incubating and accelerating ideas, people and projects that change the world. PopTech is known for its breakthrough innovation programs, leadership training for social innovators and scientists, visionary annual conferences and deep media and storytelling capabilities.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is an independent, nonprofit service that develops and manages thoughtful, effective giving programs for individuals, families, foundations, and trusts. Headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the organization was originally developed as the private philanthropy service of the Rockefeller family and traces its antecedents to John D. Rockefeller Sr., who in 1891 began to professionally manage philanthropy “as if it were a business.” With a staff of 48, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors advises on more than $200 million in annual giving in more than 60 countries.

Stanford Engineering

Stanford Engineering pushes the frontiers of modern science and engineering through teaching and research. The School’s mission is to seek solutions to important global problems and to educate leaders who will turn great ideas into real changes that will make the world a better place.

Stanford University School of Education

Aiming toward the ideal of enabling all people to achieve maximum benefit from their educational experiences, the Stanford University School of Education seeks to continue as a world leader in groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary inquiries that shape educational practices, their conceptual underpinnings, and the professions that serve the enterprise.

Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum

The Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum is a leading research institute, in partnership with industry and the School of Engineering and Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, that advances the theory and practice of excellence in global supply chain management.

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society’s mission is to engage students, faculty, and practitioners in examining ways in which philanthropic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and other key elements of civil society work to define and address public interests, both in the United States and abroad.

The Conversations Network

The Conversations Network is a listener-supported, nonprofit podcast network brought to you by a global team of passionate audio/video producers and editors. The Conversations Network produces Social Innovation Conversations, featuring audio recordings created by the center and its podcast partners:

The Haas Center for Public Service

The Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University connects academic study with community and public service to strengthen communities and develop effective public leaders. The center aspires to develop aware, engaged, and thoughtful citizens who contribute to the realization of a more just and humane world.

The Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality

The Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality has five objectives: to monitor trends in poverty and inequality, to support scientific analysis of poverty and inequality, to develop science-based policy on poverty and inequality, to disseminate data and research on poverty and inequality, and to train the next generation of scholars, policy analysts, and politicians.

The Unreasonable Institute

The Unreasonable Institute selects 25 entrepreneurs each year who can take on the world's biggest problems and arms them with mentorship, opportunities to get capital, and a world-class network to make it happen. During that time, the entrepreneurs form close relationships with sector thought leaders and portfolio managers, obtain legal advice, design consulting, and fundraising training; and pitch to potential funders - all while living under the same roof in Boulder, Colorado.

Volunteer Nation

Volunteer Nation is a new media series fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society that explores dynamic social innovators, the organizations they create, and the volunteers that serve. Visit for episodes, news, and how you can get involved.

Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Institute

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Institute for the Environment harnesses the expertise and imagination of Stanford University scholars to develop practical solutions to the environmental challenges facing the planet—from climate change to sustainable agriculture to conservation.

Service Learning Trip Correspondents

The center is fortunate to work with the following organizations that contribute innovative perspectives on social and environmental issues to the Stanford service learning experience:

Acumen Fund Inc., African Leadership Academy, ANACAFE, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Aravind Eye Hospital (LAICO), As Green as It Gets, Better Factories Cambodia, BYD, CalFed Bay Delta Program, Community Water Center, Comprehensive Rural Health Project, D.light Design, Documentation Center of Cambodia, Grassroot Soccer, Inc, Hagar International, LEAP Schools, National Development and Reform Commission - China, National Rural Health Mission - India, Orange County Groundwater Replenishment System, Population and Community Development Association (PDA), Pura Vida Coffee, Rainforest Alliance, Santa Anita Coffee Cooperative, Starbucks Corporation, TechnoServe, and USAID.