Blogs tagged with scaling social impact

  • Theresa Schieber, The Whelan Group
    Posted: November 15, 2012

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

    There is a lot of talk these days about scaling nonprofits. Collective impact. Social innovation. Funder collaboratives. Buzzwords sound exciting, but how do they help you raise the capital you need to actually get to scale? How does a business plan lead to money? What do you actually need to go out and do? This three-part series seeks to add a practical voice to the conversation.

    Too often I see 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. We will explore three, and the strategies to combat them: 1) the Lone Ranger Syndrome; 2) the Missing Board Syndrome; and 3) the Facts and Figures Overload Syndrome.

  • Geri Stengel, Ventureneer
    Posted: August 21, 2012

    Many corporations are obsessed with scale. It brings efficiencies and effectiveness that small- to mid-sized businesses can't provide. Only a few social ventures -- such as Habitat for Humanity, Teach for America, and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers -- have scaled. But scaling is becoming a mantra for some of those concerned about solving the world's problems in a resource-constrained environment.

    The concept is that more social good could be done if effective organizations scaled. In his book Scaling Your Social Venture: Becoming an Impact Entrepreneur, Paul N. Bloom from Duke University's Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship provides a roadmap for social ventures that want to scale.

  • Simon Jawitz, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: August 3, 2012

    By all appearances it looks like we've taken the next big step in developing Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) in the U.S. News broke Wednesday about two deals in Massachusetts and yesterday about one in New York City. In fact, regarding the latter announcement, I heard it at about 8:30 a.m. on my car radio. I think it's pretty exciting that this innovative mechanism for financing effective social services has made it into mainstream news radio and was reported during a brief 10-minute segment on WCBS 880.

    The Social Impact Exchange (the signature initiative of the Growth Philanthropy Network on whose board of directors I sit) has been tracking SIBs since people in the nonprofit sector first began talking about them several years ago. Our Market Development Working Group is devoted to supporting their development as one of several innovative strategies for enlisting private sector involvement to solve some of our most intractable social problems.

  • Brenda Liz Henry-Sanchez, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Posted: July 10, 2012

    At the wee hours of Thursday, June 14th I was forced by not-so-fresh supermarket sushi (I know, I should have known better) to pull out of a panel discussion at the Social Impact Exchange conference in New York City. In its third year, the Social Impact Exchange’s annual conference brings together nonprofits, funders, advisors, intermediaries, researchers, and practitioners to highlight and discuss how we can best support the scaling and replication of effective programs, systems, and/or policies so the benefits are experienced by a broader segment of the population.

  • Sarika Bansal, Dowser.org
    Posted: July 2, 2012

    The recent Social Impact Exchange conference discussed one of the most difficult aspects of running a nonprofit organization: the decision of how, and when, to grow.  How does an organization decide to go from being a community-centered group to a national network?  How should organizations think about collaborating with others?  When does it make sense for nonprofits to engage with policymakers and try to reform the systems in which they operate?  When should an organization stay put?