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Are You Collaborating On Solid Ground?

By Amy Farley You cannot realize social transformation in a vacuum. It requires looking outside yourself and beyond your organization’s walls, seeking opportunities to collaborate intentionally both with others you know well and with “unlikely suspects.” As we all know, this is easier said than done. Collaborative efforts can take a variety of forms, but in this post I want to discuss the type of collaboration that involves the strategic and …Read More

What Can Nonprofits Learn about Culture from Panera and the NYPD?

By Will DeKrey “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”  This oft-repeated quip of Peter Drucker has become an important reminder of how important people are to any organization’s success.  Without people, an organization is simply a set of ideas, hypothetical processes, and latent materials. As with any type of organization, organizations that have set their sights on solving social problems at the magnitude they exist must intentionally build their culture to …Read More

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

Leading Social Change Today

What does it mean to be a social change leader today? Last week, The Initiative for Nonprofit Talent and Leadership, a cross sector collaborative – comprised of American Express, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, Center for Creative Leadership, Commongood Careers, Corporation for National and Community Service, Public Allies, Rudin Family Foundations, and Community Wealth Partners, among others – convened a forum with leaders …Read More

Before Fundraising, Focus on the Case for Evaluation

This is the third in a three part series of posts exploring the key ingredients for sustaining an organization’s evaluation capacity. We underscored in our last post the centrality of culture and leadership in building an organization’s evaluation capacity. But sustaining evaluation capacity also depends on an organization’s ability to sell the value of their evaluation efforts to its stakeholders. Effective evaluation depends on the engagement of numerous key stakeholders: …Read More

10 Provocative Thoughts from the Independent Sector Conference (Part II)

Last week, I shared the first 5 of 10 provocative thoughts that stuck with me after this year’s Independent Sector conference.  Thoughts #6 – #10 below touch on strategic planning, innovation, networks and failure: 6. “Strategic planning is dead.” That is not to say that “strategy” and/or “planning” are dead.  In fact, both are absolutely necessary tools for deftly transforming limited resources (e.g., money, time, bodies) into improved social outcomes. …Read More

Sharing Our Growth: The most importance audience for your new strategy is sitting next to you.

This is the six in a series of posts that will tease out key ingredients from the exponential growth of Share Our Strength over the past few years. My last post focused on the importance of placing talent above all else.  Investing in human capital is neither cheap nor easy, but everything else flows from it.  And once you’ve made the investment, you’ve gotta remember that your people are absolutely indispensable. …Read More

Sharing Our Growth: Talent Trumps All Else

This is the fifth in a series of posts that will tease out key ingredients from the exponential growth of Share Our Strength over the past few years. As I mentioned in my first post, we added 30 staff to a base of 65 in 2010 and we are hiring for 20 more now.  This has been an expensive investment for us – one that has turned the heads of …Read More

First Person: Steve Reinemund

Steve Reinemund, Dean of Business and Professor of Leadership and Strategy at Wake Forest University, talked with Community Wealth Vanguard about staying focused on mission and being adaptable. He also shared lessons learned from more than three decades in business. Reinemund was previously the Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, Inc., where one of his key areas of focus was diversity. What approaches keep organizations focused on their missions? It starts …Read More