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Get Ready for Your High-Impact Fundraising Campaign (3-Part Webinar Series)

We are pleased to share a learning opportunity presented by our friends at The Whalen Group, in partnership with The Foundation Center. In this three-part series, Charlie Whelan will be taking an in-depth look at building campaign-readiness with your staff, systems, and volunteer leadership. As your organization prepares for growth, these fundamentals will not just prepare you for a successful campaign, but also position you for sustainable fundraising success.

Get Ready for Your High-Impact Fundraising Campaign (3-Part Webinar Series)
Webinars take place from 2:00pm to 3:30pm ET on May 8, 15 and 22.

Part 5 of Essay Series on Accelerating Progress in Scale-Ups

We are pleased to present the final three essays in our series of reflections from 12 of the more than 400 participants at the Social Impact Exchange's 2013 Conference on Scaling Impact. Essayists share their comments about the conference sessions and overarching theme of creating a system of cross-sector collaboration among philanthropy, government, and business. Together, the authors weave a story that speaks to accelerating progress on scaling-up social solutions that work. 
 

Essay Series on Accelerating Progress in Scale-Ups - Part Three and Four

This is the third and fourth installment of the Exchange's essay series representing reflections from 13 of the more than 400 participants at the Social Impact Exchange's 2013 Conference on Scaling Impact.

Essayists share their comments about the conference sessions and overarching theme of creating a system of cross-sector collaboration among philanthropy, government, and business. Together, the authors weave a story that speaks to accelerating progress on scaling-up social solutions that work.

Remembering Greg Dees

Greg Dees, a founding faculty member of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, passed away on December 20th. In addition to an exemplary history of teaching and scholarship at Yale School of Management, Harvard Business School, and Stanford University's Center for Social Innovation, as well as author of dozens of articles and books, through his leadership at CASE Greg was also a founding partner of the Social Impact Exchange.

Conducting Due Diligence On Initiatives That Are Scaling: How Does It Really Work?

Last month, eight nonprofit investment opportunities “went out to market” for distribution to a broad funder audience as part of the launch of the Social Impact Exchange’s Scaling Marketplace. The marketplace provides a much-needed new infrastructure for aggregating capital from hundreds of co-funders to finance the scaling of dozens of effective initiatives on an annual basis. It enables funders across the country to join forces and connect easily with one another, and to evidence-based, game-changing nonprofits with the potential to have a major impact in health and education.

The Exchange’s Funder Working Groups serve as anchors for the Scaling Marketplace and play a key role in nominating nonprofit organizations for review, and then participating alongside Exchange staff in a multi-layered due diligence process on those nominees. Their due diligence focuses on concrete evidence of impact, scalability and financial sustainability, based on evaluation studies and a growth business plan. 

$140 Million in Growth Capital for Eight Scaling Marketplace Investment Opportunities

With the recent launch of the Scaling Marketplace, the Social Impact Exchange has established a new system and unprecedented opportunity for aggregating capital from hundreds of funders to finance dozens of effective scaling initiatives on an annual basis.  The marketplace launched with eight game-changing nonprofits (four health- and four education-focused organizations) that have been vetted for evidence of impact, scalability and financial sustainability based on evaluation studies and a growth business plan, and are supported by members of the Exchange’s Funder Working Groups.

Here we provide a brief spotlight of the eight nonprofits in the Scaling Marketplace and their game-changing impact. For more in-depth information on each organization’s growth campaign, funders can sign up to join the marketplace at: www.socialimpactexchange.org/scalingmarketplace.

A Conversation With Members of the Exchange's Funder Working Groups: Jennifer Hoos Rothberg & Christopher Langston

Funders in two Working Groups at the Exchange engage collaboratively in the activities of building a new Scaling Marketplace that enables growth funding to flow more efficiently to high-impact nonprofits. As part of its work, each group identifies evidence-based nonprofits they feel should move to the next level of scale, and provides a portion of growth funding needed for each investment (“lead funding”) before distributing the opportunities to broader networks of potential funders who complete the amount needed. Cynthia Massarsky spoke with Education Working Group member Jennifer Hoos Rothberg (Einhorn Family Charitable Trust) and Health Working Group member Christopher Langston (The John A. Hartford Foundation) about their experiences in working with the collaboratives and their thoughts on the new Scaling Marketplace.  

Essay Series on Accelerating Progress in Scale-Ups - Part Two

This is the second installment of the Exchange's essay series representing reflections from 13 of the more than 400 participants at the Social Impact Exchange's 2013 Conference on Scaling Impact.

Essayists share their comments about the conference sessions and overarching theme of creating a system of cross-sector collaboration among philanthropy, government, and business. Together, the authors weave a story that speaks to accelerating progress on scaling-up social solutions that work. 

Essay Series on Accelerating Progress in Scale-Ups - Part One

The Social impact Exchange will be rolling out a series of essays representing reflections from 13 of the more than 400 participants at the Social Impact Exchange's 2013 Conference on Scaling Impact.

Over the last 10 years our sector has made immense progress in its efforts to take successful innovations and scale them broadly. Scaling impact is now a critical discussion at many foundations and among philanthropists, and we have many initiatives that have gone beyond demonstrations and are serving an increasing number of individuals.  
 
Nevertheless, philanthropy as currently organized does not consistently enable those nonprofits with the most demonstrated impact to achieve the level of scale needed to help hundreds of thousands or even millions of people. Capturing this progress and momentum and turning it into more systematic value for large numbers of individuals will require establishment of an enduring system that can scale the impact of hundreds of effective interventions on an annual basis.

Partnering to Scale Impact

This post originally appeared on The Greater Good, Arabella Advisors' blog. It is reposted with permission.

Given the complexity of most formidable social issues, engaging players with varied experiences and expertise can help funders exceed their own resources to scale impact. A few weeks ago I spoke about accelerating change by expanding networks at the Social Impact Exchange Annual Conference. My panel explored the key drivers for partnering with local foundations to help scale the efforts of evidence-based nonprofits in their communities. While developing such partnerships requires a long-term commitment of time and funding, doing so can go a long way in helping a foundation capitalize on its assets beyond the purchasing power of its grants.

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