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Announcing the 2014 Business Plan Competition Award Winner!
An exemplary organization – Friends of the Children (FOTC) – was selected as winner of the 2014 Business Plan Competition at the Symposium on Scaling Impact June 17 in NYC. The organization was one of three finalists who presented their business plans (with ReThink Health and Tahirih Justice Center) and responded to questions about scaling their initiatives from a panel of expert judges and field leaders.The winner receives a cash award and consulting services. Consulting will be provided by Theresa Schieber, principal of Impact Atelier, a leader in nonprofit management and scaling social innovation.
Last fall, dozens of nonprofits entered the Exchange’s Business Plan Competition and proceeded through several rounds of evaluation by 60 qualified professionals from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. All entrants received customized written feedback on their plans. Friends of the Children joins past winners of the competition, Parent-Child Home Program, Emerge Workplace Solutions, BELL, WINGS for kids, Catalyst Kitchens, 10,000 Degrees, The Hill Center, and Juma Ventures. For more information and to read the press release, click here.
A Funder’s Guide to Using Evidence of Program Effectiveness in Scale-Up Decisions
This new guide for funders, published jointly by MDRC and the Social Impact Exchange, provides practical advice on how to use evidence of effectiveness when considering opportunities to scale up interventions that improve employment, education, health, and other outcomes. Focusing on eight key questions that every funder should ask before deciding to invest in scale-up, it also shows, in chart form, how these questions apply to the different stages of a program’s evidence-building and scale-up. Accompanying text includes suggestions for (1) what the focus of evaluation efforts should be at each stage; (2) how funders can help; and (3) what’s needed for the program to move to the next stage of growth. The guide also discusses next steps for the field.
3-Part Webinar Series Presented by The Whelan Group in Partnership with The Foundation Center
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.
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
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.
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.