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Funding Impact Through Innovation: An Update on Strive Partnership

By Alix Wilson The Problem Leading experts in early childhood development have identified third grade reading proficiency as a critical indicator of long-term academic success. Students who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are at high risk of struggling in later grades and are much more likely to drop-out of school. In 2012, more than 43% of 3rd graders in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky were not …Read More

Experiment, Learn & Evolve – Pivoting to Success

This is the twenty-fifth 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. To achieve transformation, an organization should not be rigidly fixed to a particular strategy or model. It is crucial to be open to learning and evolving, that is, to respond to stakeholder and market feedback in order to continuously improve your …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

The Power of Storytelling in Building Public Support

This is the nineteenth 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. An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for “Superman,” North Country, Syriana, Food Inc, The Help, The Kite Runner, Charlie Wilson’s War. Have you seen any of these films? Last month, I had the pleasure of hearing Jeff Skoll speak at the 2012 Independent Sector …Read More

Man versus the Mosquito: Building Public Support to Save Lives

This is the eighteenth 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. Amy Farley’s recent post on our 7th transformational insight, “building public support,” reminded me of my experience working at Malaria No More.   Launching and growing Malaria No More truly felt like working on a presidential campaign: We were on a time-bound, …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

Insight #7: Build Public Support

This is the fifteenth 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. The power and influence of public opinion is perhaps never more evident in the United States than during the last couple of weeks leading up to the Presidential Election. As the countdown to Election Day gets into the single digits, 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

Thoughts from the Field: Examples of Bold and Believable

This is the 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. This post is in response to the recent entry ‘Insight #1: Be Bold and Believable.” Attending the Social Impact Exchange Conference has made me more convinced than ever that bold and believable goals are powerful.  The conference brought together private and corporate …Read More