The Social Impact Exchange Blog

  • 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: December 21, 2012

    I’m fortunate in that my paid employment has always been focused on mission-driven work, apart from a few waitressing stints along the way.  At the Social Impact Exchange, our mission is to help create the infrastructure that will lead to more efficient growth capital markets so that nonprofits can attract the funds they need to scale the impact of their work.  

    At times, our mission, compelling and exciting as it is, can feel a little lofty or abstract.  Market infrastructure?  Growth capital?  For nonprofits? 

  • Tamara Schweitzer Raben, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: November 29, 2012

    The PBS Nightly Business Report featured the S&I 100 Index as part of a segment on Giving Tuesday this week. Giving Tuesday is a new campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It builds national awareness around the many ways to give back during the holidays and it encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. The PBS segment below points out that one of every four dollars that will be given to charities this year will be donated during the holiday season.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPrDdWm2vtw

  • 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.  

  • 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.