Blogs tagged with Financing scaling initiatives

  • Christopher A. Langston, PhD, John A. Hartford Foundation
    Posted: June 20, 2013

    The last several days I've been attending my fourth Social Impact Exchange Conference. While these conferences are primarily about how the social sector can come together to achieve breakthrough success at a scale commensurate to the problems we face -- and have featured stellar organizations such as AARP Experience Corps, The Nurse-Family Partnership, and this year Project ECHO -- I just can't get my mind off the issue of failure.

    In a session Wednesday morning entitled "When is Philanthropy (Ir) Relevant?" Jim Canales, CEO of the California-based James Irvine Foundation, called on philanthropy to overcome what he argues is its history of "underperformance."  Normally, I just shrug off such critiques of philanthropy as either willful ignorance of our real (if fraught) impact from outsiders or, when from insiders, as a trendy posture of self-loathing affected by many philanthropic leaders (who sometimes seem embarrassed by their positions).  However, having listened to Mr. Canales on many occasions and learned a great deal over the years from how the Irvine Foundation does its work,  I have great respect for his thinking.

  • Tamara Schweitzer Raben, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: April 16, 2013

    Carol Thompson Cole is President and CEO of Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), a philanthropic investment firm (and intermediary) that focuses on funding high-performing nonprofits in the National Capital Region. Carol brings a unique perspective to the field of venture philanthropy, having worked for over 30 years in both the public and private sectors. She spent significant time in government -- at both the federal and local level, and was the first woman to be appointed City Administrator in the District of Columbia.  She also served as Special Advisor to President Clinton on the District of Columbia, and prior to that, she was a Vice President at RJR Nabisco. The Exchange’s Tamara Schweitzer Raben spoke to Carol about the role of the intermediary in bringing together multiple sectors to fund and support the capacity of high-impact nonprofits going to scale.  

  • Cynthia W. Massarsky, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: April 15, 2013

    Recent articles and events have highlighted innovative efforts to form funder collaboratives that pool talent and resources to benefit specific causes. The subject is discussed in the Spring 2013 SSIR article, High Stakes Donor Collaborations [1] by William Seldon, Tom Tierney and Gihani Fernando. Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) held a Co-Funding Convening in February that brought together 140 grantmakers to explore different approaches to strategic co-funding, a key way grantmakers of all types are expanding the impact of their grants. Funder collaboratives including Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s Growth Capital Aggregation Pilot, LISC, Social Venture Partners (SVP), Living Cities, the California Immigrant Integration Initiative, Disabilities Funders Network, Slingshot, and others all are designed to capitalize on the human and financial resources of like-minded stakeholders – and they are having a significant impact on the programmatic and geographic areas they serve.