Case Studies

This listing contains abstracts and ordering information for case studies written and published by faculty at Stanford GSB.

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David Dodson, Cameron Lehman
2018

Case follows Leila Janah, a Harvard-educated social entrepreneur, on her mission to “give work” – provide jobs, rather than just money, clothes or food – to those in impoverished communities overseas and in the United...

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Charles Ewald, Heidi Krauel Patel, Jaclyn Foroughi
2018

In the fall of 2017, Beneficial State Bank, a triple bottom line community development bank serving areas of California, Oregon, and Washington, had completed its fourth successive year of normalized profitability while continuing to...

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Sarah Murray
2015

In 2010, Cari Tuna quit her job at the Wall Street Journal to work full-time on developing a giving strategy for herself and her husband—Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz. In May 2011, the couple created the...

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Sarah Murray
2014

On joining the Gap Foundation, Bobbi Silten saw an opportunity to tie Gap Inc.’s philanthropic strategy more closely to its business interests, expertise, people, and assets. When looking at the communities from which it sourced...

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
2013

Following an employer’s liquidity event, Linda Shoemaker and her husband, Steve Brett, unexpectedly came into significant financial resources. As a result, they founded the Brett Family Foundation, which Shoemaker ran as president. Based on her...

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang
2013

John Goldman is a sixth generation San Franciscan and a descendant of Levi Strauss, the entrepreneur who started the apparel company that bore his name. For generations, philanthropy has been an important part of the...

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang
2013

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...

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Jennifer Aaker, Debra Schifrin
2012

In 2012 BabyCenter was the largest parenting platform and parenting media company in the world. It provided expert advice to pregnant women and new mothers while connecting these women to each other online and in...

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang
2010

Barbara Meyer, founder and president of the Bert and Mary Meyer Foundation was not always comfortable with the wealth she inherited from her father. Meyer was 24 when her father died in 1965, leaving her...

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang
2009

Tom Siebel, founder of Siebel Systems, created the Siebel Foundation in 1996. In 2005, Siebel came to learn about the prevalence and devastating economic and human costs of methamphetamine (“meth”) abuse across the country, particularly...

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James Phills, Brian Tayan
2007

In 2006, AARP was one of the largest, most well known nonprofit organizations in the United States. Its membership base exceeded 38 million individuals, by far the largest nonprofit membership base in the country. In...

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang
2007

In 1913, Benjamin Altman made a capital stock investment (the stock was from his department store B. Altman & Co.) to create the Altman Foundation. Since that time, the foundation has both honored Mr. Altman’s...

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang
2007

In 2000, Jed Emerson founded the Center for Blended Value, a think tank based in Colorado that promoted the concept of “blended value” investments. Emerson applied the concept of blended value to criticize the traditionally...

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang
2007

In 1972, Robert Wood Johnson, who built Johnson & Johnson into the world’s largest health and medical care products company, founded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Its mission was improving the health and health care...

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang
2007

In 1988, Paul Jones, a 32-year-old money manager, founded the philanthropic foundation Robin Hood with $3 million and a mission to fight poverty in New York. He invited two close friends, Peter Borish and Glenn...

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang
2007

Susan Ford served as the president and cofounder of the Sand Hill Foundation, a family foundation that made grants to organizations that benefited people on the San Francisco Peninsula. Tom and Susan Ford established the...

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang
2007

In 1999, eBay’s first president and entrepreneur Jeff Skoll founded the Skoll Foundation. When eBay went public in 1998, Skoll gained sizeable wealth overnight and decided to actively engage in philanthropy. Through his foundation, Skoll...

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang
2007

In 1999, Eli and Edythe Broad established the Broad Education Foundation on the area of Kindergarten through 12th (K-12) public education reform. By 2004, the Broads had committed nearly $500 million to the education foundation....

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Dave Hoyt
2007

Immediately after the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks, the New York Community Trust (“the Trust”) and the United Way of New York City (“UWNYC”) collaborated to create the September 11th Fund (“the Fund”)....

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Lyn Denend, James Phills
2007

Established in the mid 1970s, microfinance provided tiny loans to poor families to help them start of expand small businesses. Thirty years later, the practice had helped more than 80 million people to lift themselves...