The Social Impact Exchange Blog

  • Cathy Clark, CASE at Duke
    Posted: June 14, 2012

    As the social sector evolves, one thing that is becoming increasingly clear is the critical role that knowledge plays in helping advance progress towards social solutions. Practitioners struggle with finding the best approaches to scale and accessing capital for scaling. Grantmakers and investors struggle with how to identify the most promising innovations, models, and organizations, and how best to support a multi-sector set of actors throughout the scaling process.

  • Michele Kahane, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
    Posted: June 14, 2012

    During the “Scaling In Action” session on the first afternoon of the Social Impact Exchange Conference, five of the nation’s leading nonprofits presented their growth plans to an audience of philanthropic funders and advisors. While they represent diverse scaling strategies, I would like to highlight two of the organizations, First Book and Calvert Foundation.

  • Anne Sherman, Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: June 14, 2012

    I’ve truly enjoyed listening to William I. Campbell’s reflections on his experience as an “activist philanthropist” at the Social Impact Exchange 2012 conference.  In his remarks at today’s session, “Engaging Philanthropists in Scaling Impact,” Campbell observed that “scaled impact comes from trusted foundations. We have to build trust. We do that with journeys, not destinations.” 

  • Mike Burns, BWB Solutions
    Posted: June 14, 2012

    I'm attending the Social Impact Exchange's conference on scaling. Here are some key takeaways from Day 1 of the conference.

    Opening Plenary by Patrick McCarthy, CEO of Annie E. Casey Foundation on "Scaling Impact by Transforming Systems"

    Patrick's main point was that bad systems will always trump a good program; scaling depends on changing the way systems work.

  • Michele Kahane, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
    Posted: June 13, 2012

    The luncheon keynote during the first day of the Social Impact Exchange Conference featured talks by Melody Barnes, the former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and now CEO, Melody Barnes Solutions, as well as Michele Jolin, Managing Partner of America Achieves and Member of the White House Council for Community Solutions.