Blogs tagged with scaling social impact

  • Theresa Schieber, The Whelan Group
    Posted: February 19, 2013

    This is the second post in a three-part series on how to raise growth capital to scale your nonprofit.

    Too often nonprofit leaders, with a good idea and a plan in hand, stumble when it comes to raising the growth capital. There are many reasons this happens. In my last post, I explored the Lone Ranger Syndrome, the daring CEO trying to scale her organization and raise the money on her own. In this post, we will tackle the board.

    Nonprofit boards get a bad rap. They are never around when you really need them. They get distracted by details, when they should be strategic. And of course, they never, ever want to do any fundraising. Admit it, we have all said it. But what are you doing to make it easy for your board to be a partner in crime instead of run from the scene?

  • Social Impact Exchange Staff
    Posted: February 11, 2013

    A newly released report by the Social Impact Exchange reveals important findings and implications for nonprofits and funders alike. The State of Scaling Social Impact: Results of a National Study of Nonprofits confirms that even the most effective mission-driven nonprofit organizations are facing the daunting challenge of achieving widespread impact, unable to reach their full potential. Yet nonprofit leaders state that scaling impact is one of the most important activities to address the social problems they are working to solve. Out of more than 400 nonprofits who were part of the research, 79% say they are motivated to scale in order to increase the number of people served, while 58% are motivated to facilitate system change, demonstrating a movement towards more ambitious plans with longer horizons.

  • Eric Antebi, Fenton Communications
    Posted: February 7, 2013

    Chuck Harris is one of the nation’s leading thinkers and doers working to grow the impact of high performing nonprofits. He currently serves as a portfolio manager and as director of capital aggregation for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. Prior to that, Harris co-founded SeaChange Capital Partners, a financial intermediary designed to enhance the flow of capital to outstanding nonprofits serving children and youth in low-income communities in the United States. Eric Antebi, Senior Vice President at Fenton Communications, a leading public interest communications firm, spoke with Harris about the practice of aggregating growth capital and the potential it has to propel the nonprofit sector forward.

  • Tamara Schweitzer Raben, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: January 22, 2013

    The Social Impact Exchange is excited to announced the release of a new national study on nonprofits' status in scaling impact. The State of Scaling Social Impact: Results of a National Study of Nonprofits, released in partnership with Veris Consulting, reports on how practitioners view scaling, their motivations and readiness to grow, the strategies they are deploying to achieve scaled impact and the challenges they face in moving forward with their plans. 

    The findings are based on more than 400 U.S.-based nonprofit respondents, 75 percent of which are currently scaling their impact. This report is the first-ever study of its kind on the state of scaling impact among nonprofits in the social sector, and has implications for the field in the areas of evaluation, planning, and financing initiatives that are scaling.

  • Anne Sherman, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: November 15, 2012

    For 12 years, I was a consultant to dozens of nonprofits, working with them on strategy and evaluation.  Over and again, during the course of the engagement, a CEO or board member would say, “We are the best kept secret in [our city].”  What they meant was that they were proud of the innovative, high-quality work they were doing, but were frustrated by the challenges in attracting the attention of stakeholders, particularly potential funders.

    With today’s launch of the S&I 100 Index, the Social Impact Exchange is taking a step to help great nonprofits to share their secret.  The S&I 100 is the first-ever broad index of U.S. nonprofits working in education, youth development, poverty, or health and have evidence of results and are ready to grow.