Blogs tagged with Growth business planning

  • Jonathan Lever, YMCA of the USA
    Posted: July 8, 2014

    Being a Scaling in Action presenter at the Social Impact Exchange Conference this year was rewarding for several reasons. First, it forced on me the discipline to tell the story of the decade-long evolution of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program in only 8 minutes! This wasn’t easy, but I appreciated the opportunity to refine my story. I’m now ready for “Shark Tank.” 

    Second, it gave me an opportunity to hear the inspiring story of three other successful program models that are worthy and ready to scale. Finally, it provided me a tremendous opportunity to share the merits of using a nonprofit network like the Y to nationally scale evidence-based programs that can alleviate pressing social issues like diabetes.   

  • Scott Hartl, Expeditionary Learning
    Posted: June 23, 2014

    This blog post is part of series written by participants of the Scaling in Action© session at the 2014 Conference on Scaling Impact June 18-19. Scaling in Action features presentations from the nation's leading nonprofits, each scaling their efforts to address critical urgent issues. Here, nonprofit CEOs share more about their plans for growth and the resources needed to fund their campaigns.

    I was excited to attend my first Social Impact Exchange Conference on Scaling Impact this week along with a team of EL Board members and staff. It was a pivotal moment in Expeditionary Learning’s partnership with the Social Impact Exchange.

    Expeditionary Learning (EL) began our partnership with the Exchange at a transformational moment in America.  Common Core State Standards – more rigorous targets for college and career readiness – have sparked a complex public dialog.  They have also yielded one point of clear consensus: we need to set the bar higher for what we expect of students coming out of our public K-12 education system.

  • Diane E. Meier, MD, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care
    Posted: June 20, 2014

    This blog post is part of series written by participants of the Scaling in Action© session at the 2014 Conference on Scaling Impact June 18-19. Scaling in Action features presentations from the nation's leading nonprofits, each scaling their efforts to address critical urgent issues. Here, nonprofit CEOs share more about their plans for growth and the resources needed to fund their campaigns.

    How can an organization dedicated to solving a national healthcare crisis develop a growth strategy that matches the scale of the problem to be solved? At CAPC, our answer is “growth with purpose,” which was the focus of my Scaling in Action session at this year’s Social Impact Exchange Conference. The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization devoted to increasing access to quality palliative care for people facing serious illness and their families.  We do this through three strategies – building awareness and demand for palliative care, educating policymakers, and providing training and technical assistance to support new palliative care teams at medical facilities.

  • Social Impact Exchange staff
    Posted: June 18, 2014

    New York – Cynthia Massarsky, vice president of Growth Philanthropy Network and the Social Impact Exchange, announced yesterday the naming of the Exchange’s Business Plan Competition in memory of Greg Dees – thought leader, scholar and pioneer in the field of social entrepreneurship. Dees was a founding partner of the Exchange. Recognized internationally for developing social entrepreneurship as an academic field, he was a founding faculty member of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and had an exemplary history of teaching and scholarship at Yale School of Management, Harvard Business School, and Stanford University’s Center for Social Innovation.

    “Greg’s vision, conceptualization, frameworks, and published research and findings on the field of scaling social impact have guided our work at the Exchange. His contribution to our organization – and certainly to the field of social entrepreneurship – was extraordinary,” said Massarsky in announcing the new name.

    Also yesterday, an exemplary organization – Friends of the Children (FOTC) – was selected as winner of the Social Impact Exchange’s 2014 Business Plan Competition. The organization was one of three finalists who presented their business plans (with ReThink Health and Tahirih Justice Center) and responded to questions about scaling their initiatives from a panel of expert judges and field leaders.

  • Social Impact Exchange staff
    Posted: May 6, 2014

    Nonprofit organizations nominated to the Scaling Marketplace go through a rigorous due diligence process led by funders focused on specific fields who are members of the Exchange Working Groups. After completing due diligence, if Working Group members provide lead funding for a nonprofit, it is then shared broadly with other grantmakers across the country whose funding aligns with the nonprofit’s work. Distribution to a wide number of funders is accomplished through the Exchange’s online marketplace, via collaborations with existing national and local funder affinity groups and funder networks, as well as through peer-to-peer relationships.

    Here, two nonprofit CEOs share their impressions and experiences in the nomination and due diligence process, the benefits from participating in the Scaling Marketplace, and the results they’ve seen thus far.