The Social Impact Exchange Blog

  • Tamara Schweitzer Raben, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: March 14, 2013

    Last week, the Harvard Business Review blog network posted a relevant article by Paul Carttar, the former director of the Social Innovation Fund and partner with the Bridgespan Group, which raises the question: Why Don't the Best Nonprofits Grow? Paul's post primarily focuses on the disconnect in the social sector between nonprofits that have proven results and their ability to access the necessary capital to grow their impact. Paul makes the point that it is the lack of evidence about what works and what doesn't that is holding the field back from making greater strides towards bridging this gap.

  • 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: February 1, 2013

    ‘Spotlight’ features nonprofits that are pursuing active growth capital campaigns
    that will enable them to scale their impact.

    Growth capital campaign aims to transform the public school climate in America by spreading the Playworks' model for safe and positive playtime during the school day, and creating the conditions for all students to thrive academically and socially.

    For countless elementary school kids, the playground isn’t always the fun, safe place it’s intended to be. Too often, bullying, teasing, and physical conflicts escalate and the school environment becomes detrimental to a child’s health and well-being. This was the case for Jaelen, a first grader who had a hard time interacting with other kids because he had a quick temper and was physically much larger than most of his peers. Jaelen was always getting into trouble on the kickball field because whenever things wouldn’t go his way, he immediately lashed out and pushed the other kids.