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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

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

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

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

Living in the Market: Making Sense of the Senseless

This is the twenty-second 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. When our world is shaken by a tragedy, such as the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, we are left with unbearable sadness and grief. We mourn with the families of the victims and feel compelled to do something – …Read More

Seeking better outcomes? Live in the market.

This is the twenty-first 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. “People don’t buy products. People don’t buy services. People buy outcomes. There’s the old saying that you don’t really want a drill, you want a hole.” –          Indispensable: How To Become The Company That Your Customers Can’t Live Without by Joe …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

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