Case Studies

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

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|SI114
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...

|SI81
Jennifer Lee, James Phills
2007

Set during the years surrounding the market crash of 2000, Entrepreneurs Foundation (EF) is a strategy case that discusses a number of challenges facing non-profit managers, including 1) establishing a sustainable and self-supporting operating model,...

|SI78
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang
2007

In 1999, the Germany-based Bertelsmann Foundation and the U.S.-based Charles Stewart Mott Foundation jointly established the Transatlantic Community Foundation Network (“TCFN”). TCFN was a learning organization comprised of community foundations and support organizations from Europe...

|SI91
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...

|SI84
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...

|SI76
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...

|SI75
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...

|SI86
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...

|SI56
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...

|SI67
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...

|SI70
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....

|SI61
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”)....

|SI87A
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...

|SI87B
Lyn Denend, James Phills
2007

This case is the companion to SI-87A. It reveals what decision Unitus leaders made regarding whether to create a debt or equity fund to expand the capital the company could provide to its microfinance partners....

|SI90
David Hoyt, James Phills
2007

In October 2004, SpaceShipOne rocketed into space, winning the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE. This competition for the first privately funded, manned, spaceflight was organized by the X PRIZE Foundation, and attracted 26 competitors, who...

|SI74
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang
2006

In 1948, Jim Casey, one of United Parcel Service’s founders, established the Annie E. Casey Foundation with his siblings. The foundation’s mission was “to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the...

|SI85
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Joshua Spitzer
2006

In January 2006, the PRI Makers Network and Stanford Graduate School of Business’s Center for Social Innovation sponsored the first annual Program-Related Investments (PRI) Conference in Palo Alto, California. The conference brought together 150 professionals...

|SI58
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, David Hoyt
2006

In 1984, Stanford University husband-and-wife team Leonard Bosack and Sandra Lerner founded Cisco Systems. The company developed and commercialized products that enabled computers to communicate with one another. As networking took off, Cisco’s sales grew...

|SI60
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, David Hoyt
2006

Community Foundation Silicon Valley (“CFSV”) was founded in 1954 as the “Community Trust of Santa Clara County” with a broad mission—to help improve the community. It experienced explosive growth in the 1990s and 2000s with...

|SI92
James Phills, Victoria Chang
2006

Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, MPR evolved from a small public station that 26-year-old William Kling established at St. John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota in 1967. By 2004, Kling’s venture had grown into...