From Micro-Volunteering to Sustainable Food Philosophy

By: Tiana Reid - Jun 21, 2013
In many ways, this list of philanthropic social innovations perhaps disrupt what is commonly imagined when we think of the word "philanthropy."

Many people are actively trying to change the concept and rethink the way philanthropy is used. For instance, there is Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, a lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. "Every day, millions of ordinary people exhibit extraordinary generosity. Regardless of age, income, religion, and beliefs, we want to touch the lives of others," she writes on her website. "Yet, philanthropy is often reactive-we write checks when natural disasters strike, we give to our schools and places of worship, or we support friends running a marathon for a cure."

That is just one way of many ways that people are using the term in this top list of philanthropic social innovations.