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Registration Opening Soon for Funders to Attend the Exchange's 5th Anniversary Conference!
On June 18-19, the Social Impact Exchange will hold its 5th Anniversary Conference on Scaling, where more than 400 foundations, philanthropists, philanthropy advisors, and sector leaders will convene in New York City to focus on innovative methods to support scaling impact. This year’s themes include mapping philanthropic networks in funder fields of interest, exploring diverse strategies for investing in scale, securing financial sustainability for nonprofits at scale, and more. Space will fill quickly for this extra special event, so save the date and watch for an email invitation from the Social Impact Exchange.
Announcing the Launch of the Scaling Marketplace!
The Social Impact Exchange is excited to announce the launch of the Scaling Marketplace - a major new philanthropic initiative where funders are joining forces to support nonprofits that are bringing promising interventions and strategies to scale. Spearheaded by the Exchange’s Working Groups, the marketplace enables funders across the country to efficiently connect to evidence-based, game-changing nonprofits with the potential to have a major impact.
The vision for the Scaling Marketplace is the creation of a community that eventually includes thousands of funders that generate hundreds of millions of dollars, and more, annually in support of effective interventions. Four nonprofit scaling opportunities in health and four in education are currently offered for co-funding through the Scaling Marketplace. View these investment opportunities and the funders supporting them at www.socialimpactexchange.org/scalingmarketplace. Join the Scaling Marketplace today and be part of a new way of doing philanthropy!
For more information and marketing materials, visit our press page at http://www.socialimpactexchange.org/exchange/about-us/press
Sign-up to Judge the Social Impact Exchange 2014 Business Plan Competition
Now it its fourth year, the Social Impact Exchange Business Plan Competition identifies social sector scaling initiatives with demonstrated impact and readiness to grow -- and supports them with financial and consulting awards. The Competition helps develop a strong pipeline of growth-ready organizations and provides them with the resources to successfully take the next steps in their growth trajectory. During an eight-month evaluation process, entrants develop and submit their business plans to scale their operations and improve the lives of people in need. Judging is conducted on a pro-bono basis by qualified professionals from the private, public and nonprofit sectors. We received a strong number of entrants to the 2014 Business Plan Competition and are seeking more judges to evaluate the nonprofits' strategy papers.
If you are interested in participating as a judge in the 2014 Competition, you can sign up at http://siex.us/2014judges. If you have any questions, please contact David Fleit at email@example.com.
Video and Blog Highlights from the 2013 Conference on Scaling Impact
On June 18 - 20, the Social Impact Exchange held its 2013 Conference on Scaling Impact, where over 400 foundations, philanthropists, philanthropy advisors, and sector leaders convened in New York City. The Conference focused entirely on innovative methods to support scaling and replication of high-impact nonprofit initiatives. Conference themes include: three-sector collaboration between government, business and nonprofits; lessons from private sector scaling successes; key “accelerators” that enable broad impact; and leveraging funder networks to finance scale.
Videos of the 5 keynote speakers, along with the panel discussions and Scaling in Action presentations are available for viewing here.
For more highlights of the 2013 Conference and to read the essay series "Accelerating Progress in Scale-Ups" written by Conference participants, visit the Social Impact Exchange blog.
Announcing the 2013 Business Plan Competition Award Winners!
Two outstanding organizations – The Hill Center and Juma Ventures – were selected as winners of the 2013 Business Plan Competition at the Symposium on Scaling Impact June 17 in New York City. The award recipients were selected from among three mezzanine-stage and three early-stage finalists who presented their business plans and responded to questions about scaling their initiatives from a panel of expert judges and field leaders. The winners receive a cash award and consulting services, provided by TCC Group and The Finance Project. The Hill Center and Juma Ventures join past winners of the competition, Parent-Child Home Program, Emerge Workplace Solutions, BELL, WINGS for kids, Catalyst Kitchens, and 10,000 Degrees. For more information on the competition, click here. To watch videos of all the finalists' presentations, visit the Symposium page on our website. The Exchange congratulates all the participants and finalists in this year's competition.
Stay tuned for the launch of the 2014 Business Plan Competition.
New Resource: Free Webinar on Evaluations and Scaling Impact
On April 30, the nonprofit team at the Exchange hosted a webinar on Evaluations: What an Organization Needs to Scale for Impact. Webinar panelist Fred Galloway, professor at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego, discussed his experience with developing, implementing and reviewing outcome evaluations. Fred also provided a rundown of the S&I 100 Evaluation Rubric. Marcia Kerz, President of the OASIS Institute (an S&I 100 organization) shared her organization's experience with evaluation as they have scaled. A recording of the webinar is now available at this link. To share feedback on this webinar, please contact Monica Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for announcements about future webinars for nonprofits.
Social Impact Exchange Collaborates with GEO on New Scaling Resource
As part of Grantmakers for Effective Organization's Scaling What Works initiative, the Social Impact Exchange participated in a joint research collaboration with Ashoka, Taproot Foundation, and TCC Group to explore the question: How can grantmakers best support high-performing nonprofits in their efforts to grow their impact? The resulting publication, Pathways to Grow Impact, shares new learning about the variety of ways nonprofits are creating more value for communities and how funders are supporting their work. This publication offers a framework for understanding different approaches to scaling impact, stories from nonprofit leaders who have successfully grown their organization's impact, and practical recommendations for grantmakers seeking more effective ways to achieve better results.
Social Impact Exchange and Veris Consulting Release Study on Nonprofits' Status in Scaling Impact
Please join us in reading and sharing the first-of-its-kind study of nonprofits that are scaling impact – how practitioners view scaling, their motivations and readiness to grow, the strategies they are deploying to achieve scaled impact and the challenges they face in moving forward with their plans. We hope you agree that the findings are quite interesting, with very important implications for both funders and nonprofit organizations alike. Click here for The State of Scaling Social Impact: Results of a National Study of Nonprofits and to view the press release.