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Social Enterprise Enables Hazelnut Farming in Bhutan

Speaker(s): 
Daniel Spitzer, founder & CEO, Mountain Hazelnuts
Published: April 11, 2014
[photo - Daniel Spitzer]
Download  41 minutes,
More from this series: Responsibly Supply Chains Conference

Credits:

Steven Ng
Stefan Castelán

Leveraging Social Innovation

Speaker(s): 
Lakshmi Karan, Global Strategy Director, Riders for Health
Nina Smith, Executive Director, GoodWeave USA
Steven Rockhold, Global Program Manager for Product Reuse & Recycling, Hewlett-Packard
Dara O'Rourke, Co-Founder, GoodGuide
Published: April 04, 2014
[photo - Dara O'Rourke]
[photo - Steven Rockhold]
[photo - Nina Smith]
[photo - Lakshmi Karan]
Download  1 hour 11 minutes,
More from this series: Responsibly Supply Chains Conference

Credits:

Paul Figgiani
Stefan Castelán

Towera Jalakasi: Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Africa

Speaker(s): 
Towera Jalakasi, Malawian entrepreneur
Ned Breslin, CEO, Water For People
Published: March 07, 2014
[photo - Towera Jalakasi]
Download  27 minutes,
More from this series: The Social Disruptors

Credits:

Paul Figgiani
Stefan Castelán

Tackling Energy Poverty With Pay-As-You-Go Solar

Speaker(s): 
Lesley Marincola, CEO, Angaza Design
Published: February 21, 2014
[photo - Lesley Marincola]
Download  20 minutes,
More from this series: The Tech Awards

Credits:

Paul Figgiani
Stefan Castelán

Using Science and Social Enterprise to Improve Rice Crop Yield in India and Bangladesh

Speaker(s): 
Pamela Ronald, Professor of Plant Patholoy and the Genome Center, University of California - Davis
Published: February 14, 2014
[photo - Pamela Ronald]
Download  28 minutes,
More from this series: The Tech Awards

Credits:

Steven Ng
Stefan Castelán

Cameron Conaway: Knowing When to "Tap Out" of the Fight

Speaker(s): 
Ned Breslin, CEO, Water For People
Cameron Conaway, Executive Editor, GoodMenProject.com
Published: February 07, 2014
[photo - Cameron Conaway]
Download  20 minutes,
More from this series: The Social Disruptors

Credits:

Paul Figgiani
Stefan Castelán

Hau Lee: Value Chain Innovation in Developing Economies

Speaker(s): 
Hau Lee, Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Published: February 04, 2014

Quality and Innovation as the Basis for Sustainability

Speaker(s): 
John Kehoe, VP of Sourcing and Development, TCHO
Published: January 31, 2014
[photo - John Kehoe]
Download  10 minutes,
More from this series: Responsible Supply Chains Conference

Credits:

Steven Ng
Stefan Castelán

SV2: Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund

Academic Case Study by:
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang
Published: 2013
[photo - Laura Arrillaga]

In 1998, Laura Arrillaga launched the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (“SV2”) with two objectives: 1) providing Silicon Valley donors with philanthropic experience and education that would empower their personal giving; and 2) awarding local nonprofits with multi-year, capacity-building grants that would help them to strengthen their organizations and meet the higher level of accountability associated with contemporary philanthropic investments. SV2 followed a venture philanthropy partnership model in which investors pooled their money to give large, multi-year grants to nonprofits and also served in consulting and advisory roles to help grantees meet their capacity-building goals. 

Arrillaga created SV2 in partnership with Community Foundation Silicon Valley (“CFSV”), a nationally recognized public foundation that had experience working with individual donors and had established credibility within the philanthropic field. Arrillaga formed SV2 as a donor-advised fund to ensure that CFSV staff would help guide SV2 partners leverage their expertise and funding to select high-performing community organizations, thus generating the greatest social impact. 

By 2005, Arrillaga and CFSV had built a volunteer-driven organization composed of 160 partners ranging in age from their twenties to their sixties. SV2 had donated $2 million to support 13 local grantees. Moreover, SV2 had implemented two professionally facilitated strategic planning processes in its short history. In the future, Arrillaga and her team hoped to continuously evolve the organization, in particular, to improve SV2’s partner consulting program to better leverage partner expertise to benefit grantees. They also wondered how to more fully engage partners in SV2’s grantmaking and educational activities while increasing SV2’s accountability to grantees, partners and the broader philanthropic community.

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Case No: SI80

PATH and the Safe Water Project: Seeking Market-Based Solutions to Global Health

Academic Case Study by:
Stefanos Zenios, Lyn Denend, Tim Elliot
Published: 2013
[photo - Stefanos Zenios]

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. The purpose of the grant was to evaluate to what extent market-based approaches could help accelerate the widespread adoption and sustained use of household water treatment and safe storage products by low-income populations. 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 (see OIT-107, OIT-108, and OIT-109 for specific lessons in each of these three areas). PATH also amassed a number of important general lessons about planning and executing pilot projects, which are expanded upon in the case.

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Case No: OIT106

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