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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

Top 3 Takeaways from Social Enterprise Alliance Conference

By Diana Peacock Regardless of legal structure or tax-exempt status, social enterprise can be a catalyst of sustainable social change and economic development.  At Community Wealth Partners, we see earned-income as one potential route to help organizations achieve financial sustainability.  As such, social enterprise can be an important component of strategies that aim to solve social problems at the magnitude they exist, helping generate unrestricted revenue while often also creating …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

New Year’s Resolutions: Our hopes for the social sector in 2012

Coming off of a restful and happy holiday season, the CWP team has spent the last few days contemplating what lies ahead in 2012. Inspired by the resolutions of other nonprofit leaders, such as those in a recent Chronicle of Philanthropy article, we decided to put together our own New Year’s resolutions for the social sector in 2012. Overall these resolutions represent our hopes for a social sector that is …Read More

Finding Courage in Nonprofit Leadership: CVNPA

Much of the work we do in the social sector takes immense courage. We have to make critical decisions in an environment of ambiguity, overcoming our natural fear of the unknown.  The weight of making the wrong decision – failing those who need our support the most, being wrong about our theory of change, choosing program A over program B when there is no data to support the choice – …Read More

5 Factors of Sustainability: This isn’t your grandmother’s sustainability framework.

Across the board, nonprofit organizations are on a quest for sustainability. Despite the growing interest in the topic, confusion often exists as to what sustainability for a nonprofit organization entails. For many people sustainability means one thing and one thing only: financial health. And we can understand why, especially in this economy. But at Community Wealth Partners we believe that an organization’s financial health is just one piece of its …Read More

11 Key Ingredients for Exponential Growth & Transformational Social Change

Share Our Strength has been on an incredible journey of growth over the past few years.  From 2008 to 2011, we’ve gone from being a $13-million organization to a $34-million organization. In the past year or so, we’ve more than doubled our staff size from 65 to 140. But we have not grown for the joy of feeling bigger and more powerful. We have grown because we were determined to …Read More

Five questions every nonprofit should be asking in light of the debt ceiling deal

Although no one could foresee the specific resolution of the debt ceiling crisis, it was unfortunately a foregone conclusion that any resolution would include hundreds of billions of dollars of budget cuts to programs that serve the most vulnerable in our society. History offers numerous examples of what to expect next. The nonprofit sector – community organizations, schools, food banks, health care providers, economic development programs – will all be …Read More

Leap & Compete. Don’t Expect A Net.

“Leap, and the net will appear.” – John Burroughs Decision making in nonprofits often reminds me of the above quote. Sometimes such decision making leads to incredible innovation, valuable risk taking and/or productive experimentation.  But all too often, such behavior takes a much different form:  well-intentioned community members haphazardly forming a nonprofit to meet a need they see in the community and opening their new organization’s doors with little (or …Read More