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The State of Diversity in the Nonprofit Sector

With this post, we will examine data surrounding the current state of racial diversity in leadership, staff, and boards across organizations in the nonprofit sector. As the sector increasingly recognizes the need for talent diversity as a strategy to accelerate social change, Community Wealth Partners has conducted a scan of existing research to understand the factors leading to gaps in attracting/recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing people of color. The scan

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Leap of Reason: The Performance Imperative

As a partner to change agents seeking to solve social problems at the magnitude they exist, Community Wealth Partners is deeply invested in the realization of our client ‘s goals and the sustainability of their programs. As a sector, we’ ve all begun to realize that it’s no longer good enough to make the case that we’re addressing real needs. We need to prove that we’re making a real difference. That realization is at the core of Leap of Reason’s Performance Imperative, and is what

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Reframing What’s Possible: An Update on our Work with KaBOOM!

Since its founding in 1996, KaBOOM! has catalyzed over 16,000 playground builds, served more than 7.4 million kids, and helped make volunteer-led builds a standard in the playground industry. KaBOOM! has also been an innovator in cross-sector partnerships, bringing together communities and corporate partners to work toward a common goal of building great places to play.

KaBOOM! knew it had an impact increasing play opportunities for the kids it

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About Us

At Community Wealth Partners we dream of a world in which all people thrive. To realize this dream, we help change agents solve social problems at the magnitude they exist.

For more than 15 years we’ve helped diverse, inspiring change agents make lasting progress in their organizations and communities. Working side by side we reimagine what’s possible and promote new ways of thinking. Through this spirit of intense partnership, we help change agents accelerate the pace of change and carry their dream forward.

As a Share Our Strength organization, we bring the successful practices of one of the nation’s leading anti-hunger, anti-poverty organizations to hundreds of change agents nationwide.

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When Divisive Discourse Seeps into Nonprofits

This year ‘s political discourse has been brutal. Conversations between presidential candidates quickly turn into verbal warfare, scathing social media posts solicit scathing replies, and family gatherings can get heated. Rather than two-way conversations, these political dialogues often become “mutual monologues—laced with verbal Molotov cocktails designed not to invite reflection but to discredit the other position (or person).”

While this divisiveness is particularly heightened in politics right now, it also manifests in social sector organizations. Divisive discourse often stems from deep philosophical divides. These might emerge when an organization is adopting a new strategy, shifting program direction, navigating generational differences or determining which tactics to use to achieve goals. In these situations, “mutual monologues” can severely stunt an organization’s ability to drive transformational change.

Through our work, we’ ve learned the critical nature of communication and ways individuals can bridge philosophical divides. It takes specific actions with a dose of humanity—neither of which is as easy as it sounds.

How to Bridge Philosophical Divides

Check in: If you see divisive discourse in your organization, explore whether the root cause is connected to a fundamental difference in values or philosophies. Naming that difference will inform your

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Resources

At Community Wealth Partners we’ve drawn on lessons from the anti-malaria movement, the designated driver campaign, the reduction in crime in New York city in the ‘90s, the anti-tobacco movement, the revitalization of Harlem and the anti-hunger movement, and our ongoing partnerships with clients nationwide. We decode what works and bring you our insights—insights that anyone who dreams of solving a social problem can apply.

Intentional Influence

Our Stanford Social Innovation Review blog series, “The Value of Intentional Influence,” lays out an approach for intentional influence by framing five questions leaders should address. These questions help leaders determine who can play a role in solving the problem, what actions they want individuals to take, what barriers (either motivation or ability) need to be overcome, and how they might move people to action.

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When Good is Not Good Enough

Our article in the fall 2013 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

In this article, co-authored with leaders from KaBOOM! and Share Our Strength, we argue that the social sector must shift its attention from modest goals that provide short-term relief to bold goals that, while harder to achieve, aim to tackle social problems at the magnitude they exist. The article describes the obligation and opportunity KaBOOM! and Share Our Strength found in reflecting on their results and confronting the tough question, “What does success look like?”

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Where to Start: Setting a Bold Goal

Why do some social change efforts achieve transformational results while others only make incremental progress? We have found that change agents push beyond compelling but often ambiguous visions and mission statements and instead define success with bold, long-term goals. Such goals lead to decisions that propel change agents on a clearer and more powerful trajectory, ultimately leading to greater impact, faster. This field guide offers a set of frameworks, examples and questions for change agents starting down the path of setting a bold goal.

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Social Transformation Lifecycle

A tool to help you ask the powerful questions necessary for gauging and advancing your progress toward transformational change.

This tool draws from our client work and in-depth research on efforts that have tackled social problems at the magnitude they exist. Although this work is complex and messy, we’ve found that transformational efforts often progress through a common set of stages. Across each stage, there are critical questions with which change agents must wrestle, and ultimately answer to make progress. We would encourage you to locate your efforts within this lifecycle and consider which questions to begin answering.

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