The Social Impact Exchange Blog

  • Diane E. Meier, MD, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care
    Posted: June 20, 2014

    This blog post is part of series written by participants of the Scaling in Action© session at the 2014 Conference on Scaling Impact June 18-19. Scaling in Action features presentations from the nation's leading nonprofits, each scaling their efforts to address critical urgent issues. Here, nonprofit CEOs share more about their plans for growth and the resources needed to fund their campaigns.

    How can an organization dedicated to solving a national healthcare crisis develop a growth strategy that matches the scale of the problem to be solved? At CAPC, our answer is “growth with purpose,” which was the focus of my Scaling in Action session at this year’s Social Impact Exchange Conference. The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization devoted to increasing access to quality palliative care for people facing serious illness and their families.  We do this through three strategies – building awareness and demand for palliative care, educating policymakers, and providing training and technical assistance to support new palliative care teams at medical facilities.

  • Clint White, President, WiT Media
    Posted: June 20, 2014

    This blog post is a continuation of the discussion that took place at the Nonprofit Symposium on Scaling Social Impact June 17 in NYC during the breakout session, "Better Communications through Strategic Use of Data." The author, Clint White, moderated the panel.

    In business, data is money, and money is value.

    We are all, essentially, mission-driven businesses, so what can we learn from the for-profit world about how to make our data work more dynamically to make our brand storytelling better? 

    Just as businesses use data to anticipate and deliver on product and service needs we don’t even know we have yet, the entertainment sector is leading the way with audience content.  Did you know that Netflix shaped House of Cards, its first and immediate hit series, using a mix of customer behavior data and analytics?  They invested $100M and used data from their 44 million viewer preferences to create the show, and then gained 2 million new subscribers on its back, with no focus groups or testing.  Amazing.  

  • Social Impact Exchange staff
    Posted: June 18, 2014

    New York – Cynthia Massarsky, vice president of Growth Philanthropy Network and the Social Impact Exchange, announced yesterday the naming of the Exchange’s Business Plan Competition in memory of Greg Dees – thought leader, scholar and pioneer in the field of social entrepreneurship. Dees was a founding partner of the Exchange. Recognized internationally for developing social entrepreneurship as an academic field, he was a founding faculty member of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and had an exemplary history of teaching and scholarship at Yale School of Management, Harvard Business School, and Stanford University’s Center for Social Innovation.

    “Greg’s vision, conceptualization, frameworks, and published research and findings on the field of scaling social impact have guided our work at the Exchange. His contribution to our organization – and certainly to the field of social entrepreneurship – was extraordinary,” said Massarsky in announcing the new name.

    Also yesterday, an exemplary organization – Friends of the Children (FOTC) – was selected as winner of the Social Impact Exchange’s 2014 Business Plan Competition. The organization was one of three finalists who presented their business plans (with ReThink Health and Tahirih Justice Center) and responded to questions about scaling their initiatives from a panel of expert judges and field leaders.

  • Cynthia Massarsky, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: May 6, 2014

    Zimmerman will offer a luncheon keynote address – Creating a Just Society through Movement Building – at the Exchange’s Fifth Anniversary Conference on Scaling Impact in June. In this preview, he talks with Cynthia Massarsky about what philanthropy can do to help more people in need, the key elements for successful collaboration, and the value of networks as a resource to help finance scale.

    You have said that “philanthropy offers a remarkable vehicle to combine vision and resources to further our country’s core principles of fairness and opportunity.” With so many marginalized and vulnerable people – particularly in low-income communities – what can and should philanthropy do differently to help more people in need?

  • Social Impact Exchange staff
    Posted: May 6, 2014

    Nonprofit organizations nominated to the Scaling Marketplace go through a rigorous due diligence process led by funders focused on specific fields who are members of the Exchange Working Groups. After completing due diligence, if Working Group members provide lead funding for a nonprofit, it is then shared broadly with other grantmakers across the country whose funding aligns with the nonprofit’s work. Distribution to a wide number of funders is accomplished through the Exchange’s online marketplace, via collaborations with existing national and local funder affinity groups and funder networks, as well as through peer-to-peer relationships.

    Here, two nonprofit CEOs share their impressions and experiences in the nomination and due diligence process, the benefits from participating in the Scaling Marketplace, and the results they’ve seen thus far.