Rob Katz

NextBillion’s Grace Augustine to Join Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog

I received an e-mail today from the Stanford Social Innovation Review, one of my favorite journals in the ’third sector’ space. The e-mail was to inform subscribers that SSIR has added 5 new writers to its influential Opinion Blog – including’s very own Grace Augustine!

Congratulations, Grace. You will be in good company at SSIR’s Opinion Blog, including Benetech founder and MacArthur Genius Jim Fruchterman, Philanthropy 2173’s Lucy Bernholz and SSIR founder Perla Ni.

Here’s the full e-mail I received today (since SSIR has not blogged this news, ironically):


SSIR, always eager to enrich the conversation, is thrilled to announce that the following bloggers have signed on with us.

Grace Augustine is a research associate with the William Davidson Institute, an educational institute focused on researching and supporting organizations in emerging markets. She writes for the NextBillion blog and has an interest in economic development and clean technology for the world’s poorest citizens.

Todd Cohen, a veteran news reporter and editor, is editor and publisher of Philanthropy Journal, an online newspaper published by the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. Cohen has taught nonprofit reporting and media relations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Duke University, and regularly speaks on the topics of nonprofit media relations and trends in the charitable world.

Peter Deitz is a micro-philanthropy consultant and the founder of Social Actions, a website that helps individuals and organizations use social media to plan, implement, and support peer-to-peer social change campaigns so that grassroots solutions to local and global problems can flourish. He also writes a blog about micro-philanthropy.

Jim Fruchterman is president, CEO, and founder of Benetech, a nonprofit technology company that explores the social entrepreneurship side of technology applications. He was awarded a 2006 MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and named an outstanding social entrepreneur in 2003 by the Schwab Foundation.

Mario Morino is co-founder and chairman of Venture Philanthropy Partners and chairman of the Morino Institute. His career spans more than 40 years as entrepreneur, technologist, and civic and business leader. He also has a long history of civic engagement and philanthropy in the National Capital Region.