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Insight #10: Build Culture, Intentionally

This is the twenty-sixth in a series of posts that will examine ten insights Community Wealth Partners has uncovered through our research of and experience with initiatives that have created transformational social change. Imagine yourself in your office, tackling one of the many things that are on your plate. You need a break so you head downstairs to the bowling alley. You and a colleague play a game while you talk about this and …Read More

Big Lessons from the Big Mac: What Nonprofits Can Learn from McDonald’s

This is the twenty-fourth in a series of posts that will examine ten insights Community Wealth Partners has uncovered through our research of and experience with initiatives that have created transformational social change. If you live in Chicago, you might have noticed a new McDonald’s menu item this month – Mighty Wings.  If you live in Atlanta, Mighty Wings are “so last year.” While the nutritional content of these wings and McDonald’s role …Read More

Living in the Market to Bring Light to the Base of the Pyramid

This is the twentieth in a series of posts that will examine ten insights Community Wealth Partners has uncovered through our research of and experience with initiatives that have created transformational social change. As Amy discussed in her recent post, creating transformational change requires Living in the Market. This involves being intimately in tune with the market at both the micro and macro level.   Few social impact organizations have done this as well as d.light …Read More

Insight #8: Live in the Market

This is the twentieth in a series of posts that will examine ten insights Community Wealth Partners has uncovered through our research of and experience with initiatives that have created transformational social change. What percent of your time do you spend living in the market? For social change agents who have achieved transformational change, they spend the majority of their time this way.  They are continuously observing, engaging with, seeking to understand, and learning from …Read More

How Muhammad Yunus Changed the Conversation and Started a Movement

This is the seventeenth in a series of posts that will examine ten insights Community Wealth Partners has uncovered through our research of and experience with initiatives that have created transformational social change. In our previous Changing the Conversation post, we discussed how to change the conversation inside your organization, with your funders, and on a national level. But what can we learn if we think globally about this type of change?  In this …Read More

Rock Climbing: A Lesson in Strategic Communication

This is the thirteenth in a series of posts that will examine ten insights Community Wealth Partners has uncovered through our research of and experience with initiatives that have created transformational social change. Imagine rock climbing up a steep mountain face with arms and legs shaking from exhaustion and palms so sweaty you can’t maintain a grip. You yell, “Take!” but you don’t feel your rope tighten. Upon looking down, you see the “belayer” …Read More

Insight #5: Communications is Strategy

This is the twelfth in a series of posts that will examine ten insights Community Wealth Partners  has uncovered through our research of and experience with initiatives that have created transformational social change. Communications is strategy for those working to create transformational change. It’s not an afterthought but a critical cornerstone of the strategy to solve a social problem. Scott Case, the former CEO of Malaria No More—an organization that is part of the …Read More

Schools In For Summer: Opening Up an Education Nonprofit’s Circle

This is the eleventh in a series of posts that will examine ten insights Community Wealth Partners has uncovered through our research of and experience with initiatives that have created transformational social change. This series was introduced in a previous post. To expand the reach of a nonprofit, it takes a lot of work. As I joined Alejandro Gac-Artigas, 2012 Echoing Green Fellow and founder of Springboard Collaborative, a summer K-3rd grade literacy program in …Read More

Insight #4: Open Your Circle

This is the tenth in a series of posts that will examine ten insights Community Wealth Partners has uncovered through our research of and experience with initiatives that have created transformational social change. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb This proverb has been proven to be true again and again by our clients’ experiences as well as some of the most …Read More

Unlikely Partnerships

This is the ninth in a series of posts that will examine ten insights Community Wealth Partners has uncovered through our research of and experience with initiatives that have created transformational social change. This series was introduced in a previous post. This week, we continue our conversation about the importance of creating shared leadership. In last week’s post, Amy Celep, CEO of Community Wealth Partners, wrote about the importance of creating a culture of trust …Read More