The Social Impact Exchange Blog

  • Elliot Berger, Arabella Advisors
    Posted: July 26, 2013

    This post originally appeared on The Greater Good, Arabella Advisors' blog. It is reposted with permission.

    Given the complexity of most formidable social issues, engaging players with varied experiences and expertise can help funders exceed their own resources to scale impact. A few weeks ago I spoke about accelerating change by expanding networks at the Social Impact Exchange Annual Conference. My panel explored the key drivers for partnering with local foundations to help scale the efforts of evidence-based nonprofits in their communities. While developing such partnerships requires a long-term commitment of time and funding, doing so can go a long way in helping a foundation capitalize on its assets beyond the purchasing power of its grants.

  • Julia Power Burns, the Solutions Journalism Network, Inc.
    Posted: July 23, 2013

    The theme of this year’s Social Impact Exchange Conference, held in June in New York City, was “Increasing Impact Through 3-Sector Collaboration – Philanthropy, Business and Government.” It is clear from this and other recent conferences that effective scaling of social innovation works best when these three sectors come together. However, a critical fourth “sector” is needed – the historic “fourth estate,” or the media. An independent press has always been democracy’s distribution channel. This is equally true in the social sector.

    Throughout the conference, I was struck by the contributions the media could make to the dialogue unfolding around me. The classic role of the media is to uncover the truth, to comfort the afflicted. One way the media can do this in the social sector is to highlight challenges and obstacles to progress. I work at the Solutions Journalism Network, where our mission is to look at the whole story: rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems.

  • Lauren Earley and Sonja Schut, Arabella Advisors
    Posted: July 17, 2013

    This post originally appeared on The Greater Good, Arabella Advisor's blog. It is reposted with permission.

    Recently, we attended Social Impact Exchange’s 2013 Conference on Scaling Impact. As the name implies, the conference focused on how philanthropy can better address crucial challenges at the magnitude needed to make a real difference in the lives of millions. In addition to introducing several exemplary models for solving social problems and providing practical advice on how to scale, an important theme ran throughout the presentations and panels: funders have a unique role to play in scaling solutions to the levels necessary for lasting impact. Specifically, funders are best positioned to take risks that lead to innovation, help advance proven models, and anchor cross-sector collaboration.

  • Cynthia W. Massarsky, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: July 11, 2013

    Jim Canales is president and CEO of The James Irvine Foundation. Since his appointment in 2003, the Foundation has taken a more targeted approach in its grantmaking programs, focusing its resources in three areas – Arts, California Democracy, and Youth. In 2010, Canales was appointed to the newly created White House Council for Community Solutions. He also serves on the boards of Stanford University, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the College Access Foundation of California. Cynthia Massarsky spoke with Jim after his keynote at the Social Impact Exchange Conference in June about his call to philanthropy to “step up” in the face of failure and risk.

  • Tamara Schweitzer Raben, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: July 11, 2013

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

    Campaign aims to respond to the record demand for emergency food in New York City.

    In a city known for its vast wealth and dining options, New York City is also home to many people struggling to put meals on the table for their families.  More than 20 percent of New Yorkers are living in poverty, including nearly one in three children under the age of 18.  Food pantries and soup kitchens are stretched thin and the issue of hunger is compounded by limited access to healthy food in many low-income communities, resulting in high levels of diet-related diseases like obesity and diabetes.