Blogs tagged with Growth business planning

  • Tamara Schweitzer Raben, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: February 1, 2013

    ‘Spotlight’ features nonprofits that are pursuing active growth capital campaigns
    that will enable them to scale their impact.

    Growth capital campaign aims to transform the public school climate in America by spreading the Playworks' model for safe and positive playtime during the school day, and creating the conditions for all students to thrive academically and socially.

    For countless elementary school kids, the playground isn’t always the fun, safe place it’s intended to be. Too often, bullying, teasing, and physical conflicts escalate and the school environment becomes detrimental to a child’s health and well-being. This was the case for Jaelen, a first grader who had a hard time interacting with other kids because he had a quick temper and was physically much larger than most of his peers. Jaelen was always getting into trouble on the kickball field because whenever things wouldn’t go his way, he immediately lashed out and pushed the other kids.

  • 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.  

  • Theresa Schieber, The Whelan Group
    Posted: November 15, 2012

    This is the first post in a three-part series on how to raise growth capital to scale your nonprofit.

    There is a lot of talk these days about scaling nonprofits. Collective impact. Social innovation. Funder collaboratives. Buzzwords sound exciting, but how do they help you raise the capital you need to actually get to scale? How does a business plan lead to money? What do you actually need to go out and do? This three-part series seeks to add a practical voice to the conversation.

    Too often I see nonprofit leaders with a good idea and a plan in hand, stumble when it comes to raising the growth capital. There are many reasons this happens. We will explore three, and the strategies to combat them: 1) the Lone Ranger Syndrome; 2) the Missing Board Syndrome; and 3) the Facts and Figures Overload Syndrome.

  • Geri Stengel, Ventureneer
    Posted: August 21, 2012

    Many corporations are obsessed with scale. It brings efficiencies and effectiveness that small- to mid-sized businesses can't provide. Only a few social ventures -- such as Habitat for Humanity, Teach for America, and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers -- have scaled. But scaling is becoming a mantra for some of those concerned about solving the world's problems in a resource-constrained environment.

    The concept is that more social good could be done if effective organizations scaled. In his book Scaling Your Social Venture: Becoming an Impact Entrepreneur, Paul N. Bloom from Duke University's Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship provides a roadmap for social ventures that want to scale.

  • Geri Stengel, Ventureneer
    Posted: June 25, 2012

    In a world where social needs are increasing and resources decreasing, it's critical to scale organizations that efficiently and effectively address social problems. For the last three years, the Social Impact Exchange has been convening leaders in the field to address this issue.

    "Scaling a nonprofit's programs without investing in its capacity is a recipe for failure," according to the report Scaling What Works: Implications for Philanthropists, Policymakers, and Nonprofit Leaders, by Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and the Bridgespan Group. This was the overarching theme of this year's conference. Seven different types of support were touched on at the conference.