The Social Impact Exchange Blog

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

    Developing a growth capital marketplace for nonprofit scaling initiatives requires time and a lot of hard work. With the help of numerous grantmakers who collectively sit on the Exchange’s Working Groups, together we are building a new system and infrastructure to facilitate a social investment process that easily and efficiently taps into and aggregates the collective resources available to fully finance top-performing nonprofits that are scaling.

    Since launching the Social Impact Exchange just a few years ago, we’ve learned a lot about what it takes to engage funders, test key elements of the process, and make adjustments as needed to institutionalize an efficient, transparent, and widely accepted mechanism for co-investment. To be sure, the creation of such a system is challenging and a task that is both supportive and disruptive to the usual ways of conducting business – whether for a foundation, a corporate benefit program, a wealth management advisory service, or other social investors. It involves new rules for the way the philanthropy operates.

  • Nicole Kindred
    Posted: April 16, 2014

    We are pleased to share a learning opportunity presented by our friends at The Whalen Group, in partnership with The Foundation Center. In this three-part series, Charlie Whelan will be taking an in-depth look at building campaign-readiness with your staff, systems, and volunteer leadership. As your organization prepares for growth, these fundamentals will not just prepare you for a successful campaign, but also position you for sustainable fundraising success.

    Get Ready for Your High-Impact Fundraising Campaign (3-Part Webinar Series)
    Webinars take place from 2:00pm to 3:30pm ET on May 8, 15 and 22.

  • Posted: February 20, 2014

    We are pleased to present the final three essays in our series of reflections from 12 of the more than 400 participants at the Social Impact Exchange's 2013 Conference on Scaling Impact. Essayists share their comments about the conference sessions and overarching theme of creating a system of cross-sector collaboration among philanthropy, government, and business. Together, the authors weave a story that speaks to accelerating progress on scaling-up social solutions that work. 
     

  • Social Impact Exchange staff
    Posted: January 28, 2014

    This is the third and fourth installment of the Exchange's essay series representing reflections from 13 of the more than 400 participants at the Social Impact Exchange's 2013 Conference on Scaling Impact.

    Essayists share their comments about the conference sessions and overarching theme of creating a system of cross-sector collaboration among philanthropy, government, and business. Together, the authors weave a story that speaks to accelerating progress on scaling-up social solutions that work.

  • Social Impact Exchange staff
    Posted: January 23, 2014

    Greg Dees, a founding faculty member of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, passed away on December 20th. In addition to an exemplary history of teaching and scholarship at Yale School of Management, Harvard Business School, and Stanford University's Center for Social Innovation, as well as author of dozens of articles and books, through his leadership at CASE Greg was also a founding partner of the Social Impact Exchange.