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How Can Foundations Establish a Change-Making Culture?

Culture: the way we do things around here. This common phrase diminishes the importance of culture. Cultivating an intentional change-making culture is imperative for foundations that want to move from grant making to change making. Culture is a critical strategy for large-scale change and involves the consistent, long-term promotion of the values, norms, and daily behaviors that allow people, organizations, and communities to align their actions in a disciplined

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The Emerging Reality: What Does It Mean for Foundations & Nonprofits?

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In 2011, our board and staff asked, “What are the greatest problems facing humanity?” This simple question set us on a path of exploring complex social and environmental issues, our beliefs about the root causes, and ultimately, an articulation of the role we want to play in solving some of the world’s most complex social problems. We committed to unleashing the power of change agents to create transformational social

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Putting Race, Equity, and Inclusion at the Center of Solving Social Problems: by Idalia Fernandez and Isabelle Moses

One of the things we love most about our work is hearing an audible gasp or “Huh, I never thought of it that way before.” These moments are the sound of disruption, when we know we’ve achieved a breakthrough.

In 2011, we experienced one of these moments at Community Wealth Partners when we asked our team to discuss, “What does it take to solve social problems?” This question led

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What Collective Impact Efforts Can Learn From Start-Ups

The sustainability and long-term viability of social change efforts are hardly ensured by their worthiness. Strategic thinking about finances, business strategy, and capacity are critical to sustaining this kind of work. Our experience has shown that change efforts involving multiple stakeholders in a formal collaborative also benefit from adopting a start-up mentality – where financial, human, and social capital are all considered integral to sparking and sustaining healthy growth

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The Power of Influence: Lessons from MCON

Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago to attend MCON, a dynamic convening of next-generation of leaders and innovators inspiring their peers to take action on movements and causes. In a fortuitous complement to Community Wealth Partners’ recent work on the value of intentional influence, this year’s event focused on exploring influence from four unique yet increasingly interconnected perspectives: media, business, place, and community.
Throughout

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Making the “Impossible” Possible to Create Transformational Change

I recently joined a strategic planning meeting for a former client, Miriam’s Kitchen, as a participant. As a strategic planning junkie, the meeting was a dream. At least a dozen times over the course of the meeting, I heard Miriam’s Kitchen team members ask “How would [x potential priority] advance our goal of ending chronic homelessness?” It was if the question was tattooed on someone’s forehead.

That type of

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