Research Forum

  • May 2014
  • Forum Report

Business for Social Impact Forum

The Forum examined how businesses can have a social impact through innovative business models and impact investing, and debated the definition of success in the area of social impact.

Featured Research

  • November 1 2015
  • Standford Social Innovation Review

The Payoff of Pay-for-Success

  • Jun 2013
  • Harvard Business Publishing

Venture Philanthropy: Its Evolution & Its Future

by Allen S. Grossman, Sarah Appleby & Caitlin Reimers
Subjects covered include: nonprofit organizations and philanthropies.
  • Jan 2013
  • Harvard Business Review Blog

Social Impact Investing Will Be the New Venture Capital

by Sir Ronald Cohen & William A. Sahlman
  • May 2012
  • Harvard Business School Technical Note 312-091

Frameworks for Dialogue & Research about Social Impact Investing

Subjects covered include: balanced scorecard, development stage enterprises, entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurial management, entrepreneurs, financial instruments, and performance measurement.
  • Feb 2012
  • Harvard Business School Background Note 512-045

The Promise of Impact Investing

by V. Kasturi Rangan, Sarah Appleby & Laura Moon
(Revised July 2012.) Subjects covered include: social enterprise.
  • Oct 2010
  • Harvard Business Review 88, No. 10

The Emerging Capital Market for Nonprofits

  • Dec 2003
  • Harvard Business Review 81, No. 12

Profit Globally, Give Globally

  • Dec 2002
  • Harvard Business Review

The Competitive Advantage of Corporate Philanthropy

by Michael E. Porter & Mark R. Kramer
  • Mar 2001
  • Chronicle of Philanthropy

The E-Philanthropy Revolution Is Here to Stay

  • Nov—Dec 1999
  • Harvard Business Review 77, No. 6

Philanthropy's New Agenda: Creating Value

by Michael E. Porter & Mark R. Kramer
  • Apr 1996
  • Harvard Business Publishing

Social Enterprise Spectrum: Philanthropy to Commerce

by J. Gregory Dees
Subjects covered include: social responsibility and social services.

Classic Cases

  • 2013
  • Case

Omidyar Network: Pioneering Impact Investment

by Michael Chu & Lauren Barley
Subjects covered include: social enterprise.
  • 2013
  • Case

Bridges Ventures

by V. Kasturi Rangan & Sarah Appleby
Subjects covered include: social enterprise, marketing, and financial management.
  • 2011
  • Case

Social Finance, Inc.

by Shawn Cole, Rawia Abdel Samad, Matt Berner & Raluca Dragusanu
Subjects covered include: entrepreneurial finance, financial instruments, investment management, investments, nonprofit accounting, performance measurement, philanthropies, and social services.
  • 2010
  • Case

Equitas Microfinance: The Fastest-Growing MFI on the Planet

Subjects covered include: growth strategy, leadership, microfinance, social enterprise, and social responsibility.
  • 2010
  • Case

The Robin Hood Foundation

by Alnoor Ebrahim & Catherine Ross
Subjects covered include: nonprofit organizations.
  • 2009
  • Case

Acumen Fund: Measurement in Impact Investing (A)

Subjects covered include: philanthropies.
  • 2009
  • Case

Mibanco: Meeting the Mainstreaming of Microfinance

by Michael Chu & Gustavo A. Herrero
Subjects covered include: competitive environment, developing countries, emerging markets, international banking, and microfinance.
  • 2009
  • Case

Root Capital

by V. Kasturi Rangan & Katharine Lee
Subjects covered include: fund raising and growth strategy.
  • 2009
  • Case

United Way

by Allen S. Grossman & Catherine Ross
Subjects covered include: social enterprise and social issues.
  • 2008
  • Case

Absolute Return for Kids

by Herman B. Leonard, Marc J. Epstein & Melissa Tritter
Subjects covered include: nonprofit organizations, philanthropies, and strategy.
  • 2007
  • Case

Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund: Striving to Reshape the Social Enterprise Capital Markets

by Michael Chu & Jean Steege Hazell
Subjects covered include: microfinance, philanthropies, and trusts.
  • 2002
  • Case

EMCF: A New Approach at an Old Foundation

by Allen S. Grossman & Daniel F. Curran
Subjects covered include: leadership, organizational change, and philanthropies.
  • 2000
  • Case

New Profit, Inc

by James L. Heskett, J. Gregory Dees & Jaan Elias
Subjects covered include: balanced scorecard, performance measurement, and philanthropies.