Blogs tagged with Defining scale

  • Social Impact Exchange staff
    Posted: January 23, 2014

    Greg Dees, a founding faculty member of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, passed away on December 20th. In addition to an exemplary history of teaching and scholarship at Yale School of Management, Harvard Business School, and Stanford University's Center for Social Innovation, as well as author of dozens of articles and books, through his leadership at CASE Greg was also a founding partner of the Social Impact Exchange.

  • Sharon J. Washington and Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, National Writing Project
    Posted: June 10, 2013

    Lessons in Going to Scale is a newly-launched blog series featuring on-the-ground stories from nonprofit organizations at different points in their scaling trajectory. Hear from S&I 100 CEOs and nonprofit leaders in health, education, youth, and poverty alleviation about the strategies and challenges of developing a scaling model.

    The National Writing Project’s Executive Director and Director of National Programs explain the important distinction between “scale” and “spread” and what it meant for their growth.

    For many nonprofits, working toward scale is an all-consuming focus demanding work and strong execution. Certainly that has been true for us at the National Writing Project. As we look forward to our 40th anniversary year in 2014, we can see the path that led to our current scale and remember some valuable lessons we learned along the way.

    NWP began in 1974 as a single local Writing Project site in the San Francisco Bay Area with the goal of engaging teachers K through university-level in professional development and school reform. Since that time, NWP has grown to nearly 200 local sites located within 50 miles of 75 percent of the nation’s teachers. Each of these sites also has its own dynamics of scale, and now provides professional learning and support opportunities for educators across all curriculum areas as well as out-of-school settings. This kind of growth fits many standard definitions of scale: opening new local sites, serving new populations in existing locations, developing expanded programming and partnerships, growing the budget, and investing in evaluation.