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Stanford Report, October 30, 2002

GSB center addresses nonprofit sector

Established in 1999, the Center for Social Innovation (CSI) at the Graduate School of Business adapts business knowledge and experience to support the nonprofit sector.

James Phills Jr., acting associate professor of organizational behavior, and Dale Miller, professor of organizational behavior, jointly direct the center, which recently expanded to address issues in the social sector.

In addition to collaborating with the School of Education to launch the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute (SELI), the center houses a range of projects that support nonprofits.

New activities include the Stanford Project on Emerging Nonprofits (SPEN), which will examine the effects of different financing models on 200 nonprofits established between 1995 and 2001. The center also will develop a yearlong Research Fellows Program to bring together leading researchers to focus on a specific topic selected annually. Furthermore, in 2003 CSI will launch the Stanford Social Innovation Review, which will present the best in research and practice-based knowledge to support people managing institutions in the nonprofit sector.

Other programs at CSI include:

(sum) Public Management Program. Established 31 years ago, PMP supports the teaching of more than 30 social innovation courses annually.

(sum) Environmental Sustainability Initiative. ESI focuses on market and non-market solutions to issues related to environmental management and policy.

(sum) Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders. EPNL is designed to develop and nurture the leadership capability of the nonprofit sector.

(sum) High Impact Philanthropy Program. HIP equips donors with knowledge to think strategically about their philanthropy.

(sum) Alumni Consulting Team. ACT has provided pro bono management consulting services from Business School alumni to nonprofit and government agencies since 1987. SR