The Social Impact Exchange Blog

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

    Not able to attend last month’s Social Impact Exchange  Annual Conference on Scaling Impact? Read on to see some of the highlights and insightful ‘live’ blog posts from among the more than 400 funders, philanthropists and advisors, nonprofit leaders, consultants and academics who were there.  

    By all counts the Conference provided a significant step forward in generating ideas, conversations, and calls-to-action. To inspire that work going forward, Social Impact Exchange President Alex Rossides kicked off the three-day Conference by echoing our important and collective mission as a sector: “To create an enduring system that can scale the impact of hundreds of interventions on an annual basis.”

  • John Brothers, Quidoo Consulting
    Posted: July 1, 2013

    Scaling, to many in the nonprofit sector, is a concept that originated in the business sector.  As nearly two-thirds of the sector are nonprofits that are small-to-mid-sized, the Plenary session at the Social Impact Exchange Conference titled “Lessons from Private Sector Leaders on Scaling Impact,” was an inside look at the role that business can play in driving large-scaled impact in the social sector.

    The session panelists, artfully selected and moderated, represent very different but complementary sections of thought on the issues of businesses and scaling, almost like a perfect Venn Diagram. 

  • Meghan Duffy, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
    Posted: June 24, 2013

    Contrary to popular belief (or at least mine), at least half of youth involved in mentoring programs are being served by grassroots programs, and not the big names that come to mind when you hear the word “mentoring.” Because they are decentralized and dispersed, tracking the quality and caliber of these programs can be a challenge. And yet, when mentoring is done effectively it can have enormous impact on a child’s life. So, how do we honor the wisdom of communities to provide services that are contextually appropriate, while also ensuring that they are undergirded by the evidence about what constitutes effective mentoring?  

  • Andrea E McGrath, Connecting Capital
    Posted: June 24, 2013

    Ahhhh – networks! With collaboration a resounding theme in many discussions at the Social Impact Exchange Conference last week – multiple organizations, multiple sectors – having a deeper conversation on the risks, rewards, strategies, and lessons learned from engaging in those sorts of partnerships was timely. From the opening introductions offered by each attendee around the room at the final breakout session on “Engaging Networks of Local and Family Foundations to Drive Scaled Impact,” it was clear that everyone present was eager to dive into the details.

  • Suzanne Smith, Social Impact Architects
    Posted: June 24, 2013

    This post originally appeared on the Social Impact Architects blog, Social TrendSpotter.

    The Social Impact Exchange held its Annual Conference on Scaling Impact in New York City last week, with all due fanfare. The Conference opened with the business plan competition on Monday and ended Thursday. It is a unique cross-disciplinary event where over 400 foundations, philanthropists and philanthropy advisors (as well as other stakeholders) convene to discuss the latest ideas and trends. The Conference focuses entirely on innovative methods to support scaling and replication of high-impact nonprofit initiatives. Since Social TrendSpotter is releasing this blog a day late (Friday versus Thursday) and are LIVE in NYC, we thought we’d cover the highlights of this conference Broadway-style: