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The following organizations provide useful information related to expansion and scaling initiatives in the social sector. To submit additional resources, please contact Social Impact Exchange.

Funders

Annie E. Casey Foundation 
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation makes grants that help states, cities and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs.
 
Echoing Green 
To accelerate social change, Echoing Green invests in and supports outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to launch new organizations that deliver bold, high-impact solutions. Through a two-year fellowship program, Echoing Green helps visionaries develop new solutions to society’s most difficult problems.

Global Impact Investing Network 
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is a select global group of investors and intermediaries who put capital to work at scale to generate social and environmental value in addition to financial return. The GIIN is a platform for leaders of the emerging impact investing industry to incubate the activities and institutions that can accelerate the impact investing industry’s maturation, and ultimately drive substantial capital to solve previously intractable social and environmental challenges.

Good Capital 
Good Capital is an investment firm that increases the flow of capital to innovative ventures creating market-based solutions to inequality and poverty. Using a high-engagement model, Good Capital invests in the most promising social enterprises and gives each the tools and guidance needed to succeed. In addition, Good Capital actively leads the development of the emerging social capital market by building a community of people who are passionate about creating positive social change through market forces. The organization connects like-minded investors to one another and acts as a conduit for capital--both human and financial-- to flow to worthy social enterprises.

PRI Makers 
PRI Makers Network is an association of grantmakers that use program-related and other investments to accomplish their philanthropic goals. PRI Makers provides a forum for networking, professional development, collaboration and outreach to funders, including those not currently making PRIs or other social investments. PRIs may help a program reach scale; create jobs, products or services; or approach self-sufficiency. Often PRIs leverage co-investment, and often attract traditional financial players to the table.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks to improve the health and health care of all Americans. The Foundation’s efforts focus on how health care is delivered, how it's paid for, and how well it does for patients and their families.

Social Venture Partners 
Social Venture Partners is a philanthropic organization founded in Seattle using a venture capital model where partners are committed to giving time, money and expertise to invest in long-term solutions to the social challenges facing its community. The Social Venture model has spread to include many cities nationwide that share the same name, mission, and organizational model and 10 core principles. The website features extensive resource listings.

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation 
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation is supporting a number of high-performing nonprofits around the country, helping them increase their capacity to serve more young people from low-income backgrounds (ages 9 to 24) with quality programs during out-of-school time.

Venture Philanthropy Partners 
VPP's mission is to concentrate investments of money, expertise, and personal contacts to improve the lives of children and youth of low-income families in the National Capital Region by helping effective community leaders build strong nonprofit institutions and by cultivating an engaged donor community to generate funding and influence in support of these institutions and of social change.

Government and Affinity Groups

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations 
GEO concentrates on helping organizations build effectiveness ando fulfill their mission measurably through a blend of sound management, strong governance, and a persistent rededication to assessing and achieving results. GEO promotes organizational effectiveness by identifying and promoting grantmaking practices that improve grantee performance. Their website has a growing list of resources and research.

The White House Office of Social Innovation
The White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation will coordinate efforts to enlist all Americans –individuals, non-profits, social entrepreneurs, corporations and foundations –in solving our great challenges. It will: • Catalyze partnerships between the government, nonprofits, businesses and philanthropists • Identify and support the rigorous evaluation and scaling of innovative ideas that are transforming communities • Support greater civic participation through new media tools • Promote national service. The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) will work with the grantmaking community to fund promising nonprofits that have demonstrated outcomes. It will provide nonprofits with growth funding and other support to scale and spread their impact. SIF was authorized by the Kennedy Serve America Act, signed by the President in April 2009. Most of the funds will be awarded to intermediary grantmaking institutions through a competitive, peer-reviewed process.

 

Intermediaries – capital intermediaries focused on scaling and growth capital raising

Global Impact Investing Network
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is a select global group of investors and intermediaries who put capital to work at scale to generate social and environmental value in addition to financial return. The GIIN is a platform for leaders of the emerging impact investing industry to incubate the activities and institutions that can accelerate the impact investing industry’s maturation, and ultimately drive substantial capital to solve previously intractable social and environmental challenges.

MDRC
Created in 1974 by the Ford Foundation and a group of federal agencies, MDRC is best known for mounting large-scale evaluations of real-world policies and programs targeted to low-income people. MDRC helped pioneer the use of random assignment — the same highly reliable methodology that is used to test new medicines — in the evaluation of such policies and programs. In some cases, MDRC works with others to design pathbreaking initiatives and then subject those initiatives to rigorous testing. In other cases, MDRC conducts careful evaluations of programs designed and operated by government agencies or others.

New Profit
Since 1998, New Profit has helped a portfolio of innovative social entrepreneurs build their organizations and scale their social impact. New Profit believes that just as entrepreneurship and invention have driven our nation's progress, so too can we harness America's spirit of innovation, vision, and optimism to help solve our most pressing social problems. With investor support, New Profit provides multi-year financial and strategic support to social entrepreneurs and their organizations working in education, workforce development, public health, and other areas.

Nonprofit Finance Fund
Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) is a national leader in helping nonprofits strengthen their financial health and improve their capacity to serve their communities. With NFF's help, nonprofits build and renovate facilities, fund growth needs, and expand and sustain operations over time. Established in 1980, NFF is now one of the nation's leading community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and the only national one focused exclusively on nonprofits. NFF has lent over $160 million and leveraged $1 billion of capital investment on behalf of its nonprofit clients. NFF Capital Partners helps nonprofit organizations attract the equity-like capital needed to support significant transformations of impact, scale, quality (or all three). Capital Partners helps to facilitate capital campaigns of $5 million or greater so that management teams can focus on perfecting the high quality programs and revenue-generation capabilities that ultimately will sustain the organization.

SeaChange Capital Partners
SeaChange Capital Partners is a nonprofit intermediary that seeks to arrange transformational fundings of outstanding nonprofit organizations involved in education reform and youth development for low-income young people in the United States. The definition of transformational fundings includes two important attributes: first, fundings are collaborative, including wealthy individuals, family foundations, and others who pool their donations for greater impact; and second, fundings are large enough to allow donors to make a demonstrable difference for the individual organization and for the overall system it addresses.

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation is supporting a number of high-performing nonprofits around the country, helping them increase their capacity to serve more young people from low-income backgrounds (ages 9 to 24) with quality programs during out-of-school time.

Venture Philanthropy Partners
VPP's mission is to concentrate investments of money, expertise, and personal contacts to improve the lives of children and youth of low-income families in the National Capital Region by helping effective community leaders build strong nonprofit institutions and by cultivating an engaged donor community to generate funding and influence in support of these institutions and of social change.

Knowledge Providers – academic researchers; evaluation firms; information services

Aspen Institute – Economic Opportunities Program 
The Economic Opportunities Program (EOP) provides practical tools, training and information to organizations that help low-income individuals start a business, find a better job and build wealth. EOP employs a technique known as participatory learning that is designed to help project stakeholders – including funders, policy makers, nonprofit leaders and community representatives – engage in self-assessment, collective knowledge development and joint action.

Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business) 
Founded in 2002 by Greg Dees and Beth Anderson, CASE envisions an entrepreneurial, effective social sector in which capital and talent flow efficiently to the individuals and organizations achieving the greatest social impact and where social-purpose organizations blur the boundaries between business, government, and nonprofit, adopting and adapting the tools and knowledge from all sectors to improve performance, develop new approaches, and attract more resources.

MDRC 
Created in 1974 by the Ford Foundation and a group of federal agencies, MDRC is best known for mounting large-scale evaluations of real-world policies and programs targeted to low-income people. MDRC helped pioneer the use of random assignment — the same highly reliable methodology that is used to test new medicines — in the evaluation of such policies and programs. In some cases,MDRC works with others to design pathbreaking initiatives and then subject those initiatives to rigorous testing. In other cases, MDRC conducts careful evaluations of programs designed and operated by government agencies or others.

Social Edge, a program of the Skoll Foundation
A global online community where social entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals and other practitioners of the social sector connect to network, learn, inspire and share resources.

Philanthropy and Wealth Advisors

Apollo Philanthropy Partners 
Apollo Philanthropy Partners is an advisory firm founded in 2008 with the mission of supporting wealthy families, foundations and nonprofit organizations in achieving meaningful and measurable impact through philanthropy. In addition, the firm helps leverage its clients' efforts in results-focused giving through collaboration with others who share the same goals.

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy
The Center for High Impact Philanthropy is a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the social impact of philanthropic funds. Founded by the School of Social Policy & Practice and alumni of the Wharton School of Business, the Center's independent analysis, educational programs, and other tools help donors and their advisors understand where philanthropic capital can make the biggest difference improving the lives of others.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is an independent, nonprofit service whose mission is to help donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world. They currently advise on and manage more than 50 million dollars in annual giving for individuals, families, charitable trusts, foundations and donor collaboratives across more than 40 countries worldwide.

The Philanthropic Initiative, Inc. 
The Philanthropic Initiative, Inc. is a nonprofit philanthropic consulting firm founded in 1989 to help donors increase the impact of their philanthropy. Their website highlights their research on philanthropic trends, the influence of financial and other professional advisors on their client's philanthropy, donor education, and global philanthropy.

Professional Service Firms – consulting firms and other service providers

Blueprint Research & Design 
Blueprint Research & Design, Inc. helps grantmaking foundations, individual and family donors, and philanthropic networks to achieve their missions. They develop philanthropic strategies that capitalize on strengths, maximize partnership opportunities, contribute to public understanding, and make a positive difference.

Brody-Weiser-Burns Solutions 
BWB Solutions builds consensus on directions and clarity about outcomes for organizations committed to social impact. BWB Solutions helps organizations to significantly increase their social impact by developing strategic, business, and sustainability plans; increasing organizational effectiveness in governance, management and operations; and, facilitating and managing initiatives and partnerships.

Community Wealth Ventures 
Community Wealth Ventures, Inc. is a consulting firm that helps nonprofit organizations become more self-sustaining by generating revenue through business ventures and corporate partnerships and helps corporations improve their bottom line through the design and implementation of community investment strategies. CWV was founded in 1997 as a for-profit subsidiary of Share Our Strength.

FSG
FSG is a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in strategy, evaluation, and research, founded in 2000 as Foundation Strategy Group. Our mission is to discover better ways to solve social problems. FSG works across sectors in every region of the globe to develop more effective solutions to the world’s most challenging issues. Working with many of the world’s leading corporations, nonprofit organizations, charitable foundations, and governmental organizations, FSG has completed hundreds of consulting engagements around the world, produced dozens of research reports, and published influential articles in Harvard Business Review and Stanford Social Innovation Review, and has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Financial Times, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Forbes, and on NPR, amongst others.

McKinsey & Company Nonprofit Practice 
McKinsey & Company's Nonprofit Practice aspires to help nonprofits develop and set the highest managerial standards in nonprofit management and to provide innovative tools and resources that will enable organizations to meet the challenges unique to the sector. Their website provides access to some of their latest knowledge, including recent articles from The McKinsey Quarterly.

MDRC
Created in 1974 by the Ford Foundation and a group of federal agencies, MDRC is best known for mounting large-scale evaluations of real-world policies and programs targeted to low-income people. MDRC helped pioneer the use of random assignment — the same highly reliable methodology that is used to test new medicines — in the evaluation of such policies and programs. In some cases,MDRC works with others to design path-breaking initiatives and then subject those initiatives to rigorous testing. In other cases, MDRC conducts careful evaluations of programs designed and operated by government agencies or others.

Monitor Institute 
Monitor Institute’s mission is to help innovative leaders develop and achieve sustainable solutions to significant social and environmental problems. They work with leading corporations, governments and social sector organizations around the world on the growth issues that are most important to them.

Public/Private Ventures 
Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) is a national leader in creating and strengthening programs that improve lives in low-income communities. P/PV’s approach is rooted in three core principles: innovation -identifying promising existing programs or developing new ones; research - evaluating programs to determine effectiveness; and action - reproducing model programs in new locations, providing technical assistance where needed and informing policymakers and practitioners about what works.

Root Cause 
Root Cause advances enduring solutions to social and economic problems by supporting social innovators and educating social impact investors. Root Cause offers a range of strategy and business planning services, with a focus on accelerating growth and building a foundation for sustainability. Social Impact Research (SIR), a Root Cause initiative, produces research reports and other educational services to assist the social impact investor in making more effective philanthropic decisions.

The Bridgespan Group 
The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit strategic consulting firm focused exclusively on the nonprofit sector helping organizations develop leading-edge management strategies, tools and talent that can help them achieve greater social impact.

The Philanthropic Initiative, Inc. 
The Philanthropic Initiative, Inc. is a nonprofit philanthropic consulting firm founded in 1989 to help donors increase the impact of their philanthropy. Their website highlights their research on philanthropic trends, the influence of financial and other professional advisors on their client's philanthropy, donor education, and global philanthropy.