Social sector leaders around the world are getting impatient. Conscious of the enormity of the need that exists, they are no longer satisfied with impact that expands only incrementally. Now that they know “what works,” there is a deep urgency to help bring solutions to a truly transformative scale, a scale that begins to actually solve the problems we face. But doing so will require new ways of thinking, acting, and investing. Join these social sector leaders for a conversation on pathways for making the leap from incremental to transformative. This complimentary webinar is for social sector leaders, philanthropists, policy makers, and businesspeople who want to better understand the challenges faced by those in pursuit of impact at a transformative scale.
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Over the last decade, many foundations have begun to lose their appetite for risk and experimentation in favor of safer, more proven, and incremental investments. But a small group of funders has begun to deliberately seek out and support high-risk, high-reward innovations with the potential to create real breakthroughs on our most intractable social problems. Join four innovation funders for a discussion on the processes and practices that help foundations and grantmakers incorporate a greater degree of risk-taking, experimentation, and flexibility into their work. This webinar is for philanthropists and grantmakers who are ready to take risks and think outside the box when it comes to tackling social problems, and for nonprofit leaders who want to want to encourage innovation in funding.
In spite of an improving economy, nonprofit mergers continue to lag their for-profit counterparts. Nonprofit leaders are finding that progress is being made on some of the major barriers that have prevented nonprofits from exploring mergers, yet three softer issues are miring due diligence: getting boards aligned, finding roles for senior staff, and blending brands. Join these social sector leaders when they discuss how organizations can overcome these challenges and the organizational factors that support successful mergers.
How can you build a capacity for innovation within your social purpose organization? Join Warren Nilsson and Tana Paddock as they discuss the theory and practice of “inscaping”—their term for the work of drawing on personal experience to generate the raw material of social change. Nilsson will present examples and insights from specific organizations that use inscaping to foster innovation “from the inside out.” Also joining the webinar is Marlon Parker, founder of RLabs, a social enterprise based in Cape Town that promotes community-driven innovation in 21 countries. This webinar is for people at nonprofit organizations, foundations, and other social purpose groups who want to create internal processes that will help to build a deep, long-lasting capacity for innovative thought and action.
Innovation is all the rage. In this complimentary webinar, academic scholars and nonprofit leaders Seelos, Mair, May, and Joseph will examine innovation as an organizational process, looking at the ingredients needed to make the process productive as well as the pathologies that if not addressed can make it derail. The webinar will examine questions such as: How is innovation triggered and enacted? Can organizations get better at innovation over time? What role do stakeholders and governance play in stimulating or stifling innovation? Since the value of innovation lies in an organization’s ability to scale up its outcomes, the presenters will also reflect on the important balance that must be struck between innovating and scaling up.
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Though it may seem counterintuitive for a sector already struggling to support, sustain, and scale up its impact—panelists Shore, Hammond, and Celep argue that nonprofits need to embrace a much heavier lift. They must look beyond short-term achievements that please funders, staff, and stakeholders but yield only incremental change, and instead hold themselves accountable for the harder-to-achieve long-term outcomes that will ultimately solve social problems.
#GivingTuesday is a celebratory kick-off day to the giving season. In its inaugural year last year, on #GivingTuesday online giving increased around 50% percent from the previous year. Donors gave millions to nonprofit organizations online and the day stoked a national conversation on giving. The second annual #GivingTuesday will take place on December 3. Do you have a plan for your organization to get the most benefit from this new national day of giving, just two months away? This complimentary webinar, by the generous support of the Knight Foundation, will provide nonprofits with ideas and implementation tools for helping their organizations get the most from #GivingTuesday.
Join us to explore how to address the next phase in the collective impact dialogue, complexity, and create an intentional process that allows for effective solutions. John Kania, coauthor of SSIR’s Embracing Emergence: How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity, will discuss this next phase and define “emergence,” a term that describes events that are unpredictable and which no one organization or individual can control. He will be joined by Blair Taylor, who shares from experience the implications of complexity and emergence in Memphis Fast Forward’s work, and Mark Cabaj, who will cover developmental evaluation in collective impact. This lively discussion will focus on why collective impact is a relevant approach for complex problems and how leaders of successful collective impact initiatives have embraced a new way of collectively seeing, learning and doing that marries emergent solutions with intentional outcomes. The webinar will help participants understand the implications of complexity and emergence in their work and how developmental evaluation can advance collective learning to reach better and more robust outcomes.
To become more effective, nonprofits and foundations are turning to various sources for advice. Some look to experts, others turn to crowdsourcing. Experts and crowds can produce valuable insights, but too often nonprofits and funders ignore the constituents who matter most, the intended beneficiaries. Join Fay Twersky, Phil Buchanan, and Valerie Threlfall as they discuss the reasons why surveying beneficiaries is so important, how the feedback can be used, and some of the challenges to doing this and how to overcome them. They will also provide real-world examples of organizations that are effectively surveying beneficiaries, including their own experience trying to elicit the voices of high school students through YouthTruth, a nonprofit that the three of them co-founded. YouthTruth has gathered feedback from close to 150,000 students across the United States.
Social media and the Internet have permanently disrupted the traditional donor-engagement process through online competitions, viral video campaigns, and mobile giving, to name a few. With each new way for organizations and donors to interact come increasingly complex entry points into the traditional models of donor engagement, greater variation in movement along the pathway to deeper engagement, and more opportunities for a person to be influenced by forces outside an organization’s control. Join Georgetown University’s Julie Dixon and Denise Keyes as they discuss this impact. They’ll also provide insights on these trends gleaned from a nationwide research project that their Center for Social Impact Communications conducted with Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, and will explain a new model of donor engagement they have created that takes advantage of social media and the Internet—one that is more fluid and continuous, and that better reflects the growing importance that a person’s influence plays in the process.