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2 Pernicious Misconceptions about Stakeholder Engagement – Part 2

by Amy Farley “Who should be at the table?” is both a question that all strong collaborative efforts should continually ask and a question that often stymies forward momentum. This is the second blog in a set of two posts exploring pernicious misconceptions about stakeholder engagement we have seen among collaborative efforts. In the prior post, we explored the validity of the belief some groups have that “our decisions will …Read More

2 Pernicious Misconceptions about Stakeholder Engagement – Part 1

by Amy Farley “Who should be at the table?” is a critical question that all collaborative efforts face throughout their existence. We’ve seen that the most successful collaborative efforts constantly evaluate whether the right mixture of stakeholders are working together and committed to the definition of success and supporting strategies. This same question, though, can significantly stymie a collaborative group’s forward momentum. When working within in an organization it’s not …Read More

The Inevitable Chicken vs. Egg Battles of Collaboration

by Amy Farley In a recent post we explored the importance of finding progress in the overwhelming volume of “process” that can surface when a collaborative effort is just getting started. Inherent in helping group members find a sense of progress in their work is the need for a clear and commonly shared sense of destination: it’s difficult to feel forward momentum when you’re lost in the forest and are …Read More

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

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

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

Dear Social Sector: Did you hear the President call us to action?

In the words spoken and unspoken during President Obama’s State of the Union address, I heard three strong calls to action for the social sector. 1. Put our differences aside in pursuit of the mission. In his speech, President Obama pointed to the military’s ability to put aside differences and focus on the mission.  On many military missions, it’s life or death for those involved. For much of our work …Read More

Seeing and Seeking Common Ground in the New Year

As I reflect upon my recent trip to Turkey, where I celebrated the New Year with family, I’m reminded that, at the most basic level, we are all the same.  In so many ways, Turkey is a country marked by stark contrasts. The most visible manifestation of this is the dress of the women: everywhere you go you can find Muslim women fully covered from head to toe sitting side-by-side …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