Blogs tagged with S&I 100

  • Tamara Schweitzer Raben, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: November 29, 2012

    The PBS Nightly Business Report featured the S&I 100 Index as part of a segment on Giving Tuesday this week. Giving Tuesday is a new campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It builds national awareness around the many ways to give back during the holidays and it encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. The PBS segment below points out that one of every four dollars that will be given to charities this year will be donated during the holiday season.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPrDdWm2vtw

  • Anne Sherman, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: November 15, 2012

    For 12 years, I was a consultant to dozens of nonprofits, working with them on strategy and evaluation.  Over and again, during the course of the engagement, a CEO or board member would say, “We are the best kept secret in [our city].”  What they meant was that they were proud of the innovative, high-quality work they were doing, but were frustrated by the challenges in attracting the attention of stakeholders, particularly potential funders.

    With today’s launch of the S&I 100 Index, the Social Impact Exchange is taking a step to help great nonprofits to share their secret.  The S&I 100 is the first-ever broad index of U.S. nonprofits working in education, youth development, poverty, or health and have evidence of results and are ready to grow.  

  • Anne Sherman, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: August 13, 2012

    In her recent blog post on PhilanTopic, Lisa Philp, VP for Strategic Philanthropy at the Foundation Center, talked about the invaluable service that the Foundation Registry i3 provided her in her previous role as philanthropic advisor to emerging philanthropists seeking to support meaningful education reform efforts. Lisa’s post is a great example of how ready access to high quality data eventually led to $5mm in new pooled funds, eventually leveraging $145mm in public funding. 

    At the Social Impact Exchange, we are making a similar bet on the potential of an “online marketplace” to stimulate giving to evidence-based initiatives that seek to scale their impact.  A central premise underlying our work is that successful nonprofits cannot access the type of growth capital required to help thousands or millions of people (as opposed to dozens or hundreds).  To be clear, we don’t think all nonprofits should be in the business of scaling, but we want to help those that should.