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How Can Foundations Establish a Change-Making Culture?

Culture: the way we do things around here. This common phrase diminishes the importance of culture. Cultivating an intentional change-making culture is imperative for foundations that want to move from grant making to change making. Culture is a critical strategy for large-scale change and involves the consistent, long-term promotion of the values, norms, and daily behaviors that allow people, organizations, and communities to align their actions in a disciplined way. …Read More

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

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 #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

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

The Competitive Advantage of Knowing Who You Are

At a dinner party not long ago I met Paul Brest, who was soon to retire as president of the Hewlett Foundation.  I knew of his work and writing and considered him one of the wise men of philanthropy and social change. I asked him about all of the interest in and work being done around developing metrics to measure social outcomes, and other ideas being debated in philanthropic circles, …Read More

Insight #9: Experiment, Learn and Evolve

This is the twenty-third 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. Every four years, our Presidential election and Inauguration afford us the opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come and what lies ahead. The second swearing-in ceremony of President Barack Obama was a reminder that we have the highest aspirations …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

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 #6: Change the Conversation

This is the fourteenth 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. Sometimes the most powerful thing a leader can do is change the conversation, which ultimately changes the outcome. We found that leaders who are working toward transformational change are especially skilled at this—and they have the courage to do it, when …Read More