Blogs tagged with Collaborative funding

  • Cynthia W. Massarsky, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: January 21, 2014

    Funders in two Working Groups at the Exchange engage collaboratively in the activities of building a new Scaling Marketplace that enables growth funding to flow more efficiently to high-impact nonprofits. As part of its work, each group identifies evidence-based nonprofits they feel should move to the next level of scale, and provides a portion of growth funding needed for each investment (“lead funding”) before distributing the opportunities to broader networks of potential funders who complete the amount needed. Cynthia Massarsky spoke with Education Working Group member Jennifer Hoos Rothberg (Einhorn Family Charitable Trust) and Health Working Group member Christopher Langston (The John A. Hartford Foundation) about their experiences in working with the collaboratives and their thoughts on the new Scaling Marketplace.  

  • Social Impact Exchange staff
    Posted: December 30, 2013

    The Social impact Exchange will be rolling out a series of essays representing reflections from 13 of the more than 400 participants at the Social Impact Exchange's 2013 Conference on Scaling Impact.

    Over the last 10 years our sector has made immense progress in its efforts to take successful innovations and scale them broadly. Scaling impact is now a critical discussion at many foundations and among philanthropists, and we have many initiatives that have gone beyond demonstrations and are serving an increasing number of individuals.  
    Nevertheless, philanthropy as currently organized does not consistently enable those nonprofits with the most demonstrated impact to achieve the level of scale needed to help hundreds of thousands or even millions of people. Capturing this progress and momentum and turning it into more systematic value for large numbers of individuals will require establishment of an enduring system that can scale the impact of hundreds of effective interventions on an annual basis.

  • Andrea E McGrath, Connecting Capital
    Posted: June 24, 2013

    Ahhhh – networks! With collaboration a resounding theme in many discussions at the Social Impact Exchange Conference last week – multiple organizations, multiple sectors – having a deeper conversation on the risks, rewards, strategies, and lessons learned from engaging in those sorts of partnerships was timely. From the opening introductions offered by each attendee around the room at the final breakout session on “Engaging Networks of Local and Family Foundations to Drive Scaled Impact,” it was clear that everyone present was eager to dive into the details.

  • 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.