The Globalization of Giving
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
When Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) was first conceived in Silicon Valley a decade ago, newly wealthy, problem-focused entrepreneurs had seized the opportunity to use their knowledge, networks, and finances to advance the social good globally.
They were both the architects and the beneficiaries of the information age and the technology-driven globalization it enabled. They wanted to see its dangers mitigated and its benefits more equitably shared. They formed learning communities like the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF), built consultancies like FSG and Bridgespan Group, explored novel market-based methods like “impact investing,” employed the tools of information and cellular technologies, and soon coalesced around standards for evaluating impact.