Blogs tagged with Collaboration

  • Vanessa Wilkins, Partners in Scale
    Posted: June 20, 2013

    How do we improve educational outcomes for all kids? Increase the time they spend in school and improve that time – by making it more hands-on (and fun!) for kids, giving teachers more time to collaborate and address the individual needs of each child, and bringing programs from community partners like Boys & Girls Clubs or the YMCA into our schools. At least that’s what the “TIME Collaborative” is trying to do in five states where they are expanding learning time (ELT).

    Wednesday’s breakout panel discussion on “Multi-Sector Collaboration in Education” at the Social Impact Exchange Conference shared lessons and challenges from the National Center on Time and Learning’s multi-state partnership with the Ford Foundation and thirty school districts.

  • Ashley May, The Philanthropy Roundtable
    Posted: June 19, 2013

    To open the annual Social Impact Exchange Conference on Tuesday in New York City, Kresge Foundation president Rip Rapson outlined the vision of the Foundation, its ambitions for Detroit, and the opportunities he sees for funders to act creatively in the face of large social problems. One unintended consequence: he suggested that foundations hire more MBAs. Why?

    Innovative financial instruments and public-private collaborations sound well and good. But they are tricky to understand and require a different skill set than traditional grantmaking. Sophisticated financial prowess doesn’t grow overnight, and philanthropy can learn from senior investment professionals, even perhaps hire them.