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  • 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.

  • Tamara Schweitzer, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: January 21, 2014

    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.

  • Tamara Schweitzer Raben, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: July 11, 2013

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

    Campaign aims to respond to the record demand for emergency food in New York City.

    In a city known for its vast wealth and dining options, New York City is also home to many people struggling to put meals on the table for their families.  More than 20 percent of New Yorkers are living in poverty, including nearly one in three children under the age of 18.  Food pantries and soup kitchens are stretched thin and the issue of hunger is compounded by limited access to healthy food in many low-income communities, resulting in high levels of diet-related diseases like obesity and diabetes.

  • Tamara Schweitzer Raben, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: April 11, 2013

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

    Growth capital campaign aims to reach all low-income communities, classrooms, and children with the books and resources needed to eliminate knowledge poverty.

     

    Having books – at home and in the classroom – is the number one predictor of reading success. But the reality for children growing up in poverty is this: books are scarce. Forty-five percent of children in the United States – more than 30 million kids – live in low-income households. Most of these children have no age-appropriate books at home; neither their parents nor the schools and programs they attend can afford to buy books at retail prices. Studies show that in the areas of deepest poverty, there is only one age-appropriate book for every 300 children.

  • 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.