Case Studies

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

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Sarah Murray
2017

When Judith Rodin became president of The Rockefeller Foundation in 2005, she identified a pressing need to re-organize the foundation to meet the challenges in an increasingly complex world. Rodin also recognized that for philanthropy...

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Sarah Murray
2016

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) was established in 2008 to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.  Cofounders Laura and John Arnold sought to deploy the majority...

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Sarah Murray
2016

Established in 1999, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation aims to transform the lives of children living in urban poverty through better health, education, and family economic stability.  Initially focusing on Central Texas, the foundation...

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William Barnett, Pamela Matson, Julia Novy-Hildesley, Julia G. Mason, Alana F. Springer
2016

Faced with declining fisheries and ineffective government solutions, environmental organizations turned to market solutions in the mid-1990s to promote sustainable seafood. Broad-reaching, innovative leaders used a combination of consumer education efforts and corporate partnerships to...

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Heidi Krauel Patel, Charles Ewald, Jaclyn Foroughi
2016

In July 2013, Kesha Cash transitioned out of her stable role as co-founder of and fund manager for Jalia Ventures (“Jalia”), an initiative investing in early-stage mission driven “businesses operated by entrepreneurs of color,” to...

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Maureen McNichols, Jaclyn Foroughi
2016

In January 2015, Jennifer Carolan, who had served as the managing director of the NewSchools Venture Fund Seed Fund (“Seed Fund”), spun off from the nonprofit venture philanthropy firm to create a for-profit social impact...

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Hau L Lee, Laurent De Clara
2016

In June 2015, Peter Phillips, Chief Operating Officer of Frontier Services Group (FSG), was preparing an update for the board on how operations would support the company’s new strategy. Given the ongoing decline in...

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Paul Brest, Debra Schifrin
2016

In 2016, Santa Clara County was launching a six-year project aimed at reducing the enormous costs of treating its most acute mental health care patients − $45 million a year − while improving their treatment...

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Sarah Murray
2016

In 1994, Arthur “Buzz” Schmidt, GuideStar’s founder, launched an organization with a staff of five. The organization, then known as Philanthropic Research, was formed with the simple goal of making basic information on nonprofits easily...

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Charles Ewald, Heidi Krauel-Patel, Jaclyn Foroughi
2016

In the fall of 2015, Beneficial State Bank was set to mark its third successive year of normalized profitability while continuing to fulfill its mission to promote social justice and environmental sustainability.  At the same...

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Maureen McNichols, Jaclyn Foroughi
2016

In November 2004, as presidential hopeful John Kerry conceded the presidential race to George W. Bush, husband and wife team and Democratic supporters Tom Steyer (MBA ’83) and Kat Taylor (JD/MBA ’86) found themselves at...

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Maureen McNichols, Jaclyn Foroughi
2016

In the summer of 2015, after reporting another year of strong growth in programming and fundraising at miraclefeet.org, a nonprofit dedicated to providing treatment to children born with clubfoot in developing countries, co-founder and executive...

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Sarah Murray
2015

By 2014, Palantir Technologies, a fast growing Silicon Valley company with global impact at the heart of its mission, had spent several years donating the same software to nonprofits that it sold to commercial customers...

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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, 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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Georgia Koehane, William Meehan III
2011

In January, 2010 QuestBridge, a national leader in making college a reality for bright, motivated low-income students, was sixteen years old. Founder and President, Michael McCullough, was thinking about the organization’s future. In 2009, QuestBridge...

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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...