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Innovative ideas to help leaders of nonprofits and NGOs be more effective

 

Our on-demand SSIR Live! webinars are offered every 4-6 weeks, and feature the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s most provocative and important topics. The registration fee is $49 per 2011-2014 webinar, or $19 per 2009/2010 webinar, and includes on-demand access for 12 months—so if you missed the live presentation, you can still register and view it at your convenience.

Talent Matters: Unleashing the Social Sector’s Potential (Complimentary)

December 3, 2014 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Monisha Kapila, Liz Maw, & Linda Wood

Talent matters! It’s widely accepted that people, not programs, drive the success of nonprofits and other social sector organizations. Yet when it comes to investing in our sector’s talent, why do we overlook this? Some cite the sector’s focus on minimal overhead, while others point to the enduring perception that the resources required are cost- and time-prohibitive. Regardless of the reasons, people and organizations have largely been left to their own devices when it comes to building the talent and leadership to solve society’s deepest challenges. How can we move from acknowledging that talent matters to taking action? What could we achieve if we unleashed the social sector’s full potential by making talent and leadership a higher priority? Monisha Kapila from ProInspire, Liz Maw from Net Impact, and Linda Wood from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund will share their perspectives and stories from the field, highlighting real-world results achieved. They will discuss the business case for investing in talent, why some funders have made investing in leadership a core part of their strategy, and innovative practices in talent development. This webinar is for nonprofit leaders and funders with an interest in developing their leaders and staff to drive the organization’s results.

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Business Models for Sustainability and Scale (Session Three of Three)

November 13, 2014 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Alexa Cortes Culwell, Antony Bugg-Levine, & Janet Gless

This webinar is part three of a three-part series on Core Components for Driving Greater Impact, moderated by Alexa Cortes Culwell, founder and managing director of Philanthropy Futures.

Business models for sustainability and scale are made, not born. Nonprofits develop strategic plans, but often leave the business model out. This session will outline what a business model is, how it fits into a strategic planning process and why building a strong business model is vital to building a higher impact, sustainable nonprofit. Join Cortes Culwell in conversation with Antony Bugg-Levine from Nonprofit Finance Fund and Janet Gless from New Teacher Center to hear examples of different approaches to business models and some of the challenges nonprofits face in developing them.

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Performance Metrics that Drive Organizational Outcomes (Session Two of Three)

November 6, 2014 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Alexa Cortes Culwell, Tiffany Cooper Gueye, & Melanie Moore

This webinar is part two of a three-part series on Core Components for Driving Greater Impact, moderated by Alexa Cortes Culwell, founder and managing director of Philanthropy Futures.

Performance metrics form the backbone for outcome-focused organizations. Well-developed metrics help drive organizational alignment around everything from a nonprofit’s performance review system, to financial and program reports, to evaluation programs. And strong leadership and cultures help ensure that performance metrics are used to drive impact and not impede it. This session will explore how nonprofits can put together the right sets of metrics, at the right level, in order to track their progress and improve their impact. This session will define and describe theories of change in detail, with special focus on organizational clarity and alignment. Join Cortes Culwell in conversation with Tiffany Cooper Gueye from BELL, Building Educated Leaders for Life and Melanie Moore from Family Independence Initiative to hear examples of implementation.

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Theories of Change that Drive Learning and Improvement (Session One of Three)

October 30, 2014 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Alexa Cortes Culwell, Lissette Rodriguez, Gregg Croteau, & Zenub Kakli

This webinar is part one of a three-part series on Core Components for Driving Greater Impact, moderated by Alexa Cortes Culwell, founder and managing director of Philanthropy Futures.

A theory of change is a vital tool, yet its use is widely misunderstood. This session will define and describe theories of change in detail, with special focus on organizational clarity and alignment. Join Cortes Culwell in conversation with Lissette Rodriguez from Propel Next and Gregg Croteau and Zenub Kakli from United Teen Equality Center to hear about valuable examples from successful, high-impact nonprofits, and explore the important contributions of leadership and culture.

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Using Big Data to Predict Social Impact (Complimentary)

September 30, 2014 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Jason Saul & Nolan Gasser

Evaluation has been a necessary evil for most nonprofits—expensive, time-consuming, impractical, and yet an absolute pre-requisite for funding. But is there a better way? The paradigm of evaluation is moving from retrospective, academic research studies to predictive, algorithmic measurement. With the advent of the Impact Genome Project, we have entered an era of using “big data” to predict social outcomes for most charities and social programs. The benefits of predictive data are alluring: benchmarking, better understanding of success factors, more rational resource allocation, improved results. But there are risks: How reliable are the data? Will measurement stymie innovation? Can data be misused? Join Jason Saul, founder and CEO of Mission Measurement, and Nolan Gasser, architect of Pandora’s Music Genome Project, to learn how you can turn measurement into a competitive advantage for your organization. This webinar is for anyone in the social sector who wants to take control of measurement and use data to drive better outcomes.

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Making Mission Matter (Complimentary)

June 18, 2014 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Kim Starkey Jonker, William F. Meehan III, & Sakena Yacoobi

Mission creep is a pervasive and extremely debilitating problem that afflicts all too many nonprofit organizations. Some experts believe it is the number-one reason why nonprofits fail to achieve the impact for beneficiaries that they desire. Yet mission creep is easily preventable and easily curable. By attacking it head-on, nonprofit leaders can not only prevent suboptimal performance, but also open the way to taking on outsized challenges. Learn how to take your organization to a higher level by joining Kim Starkey Jonker and William F. Meehan III—along with guest presenter Sakena Yacoobi—to learn the seven characteristics of an effective mission statement. This complimentary webinar is ideal for anyone in the social sector—nonprofit management and staff, board members, and funders—who seek to create, support, and grow an organization that can align its mission with its efforts to increase impact for beneficiaries.

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Better Board Governance (Complimentary)

May 21, 2014 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Kim Starkey Jonker, William F. Meehan III, & Kathy Spahn

Many—and some leaders believe most—nonprofit boards are ineffective. Much is at stake. Weak board governance can diminish a nonprofit’s social impact, cause it to founder, and even die. But any board can improve its performance if its members are willing to confront the people, processes, and behavior challenges that cause ineffectiveness. Join Kim Starkey Jonker, William F. Meehan III, and Kathy Spahn for a discussion on the nine attributes of effective nonprofit board governance. This complimentary webinar is for social sector board members, executive directors, funders who assess and influence grantee board governance, and managers/staff who work with board members—anyone who seeks to create an organization with consistently effective governance in order to radically increase impact for beneficiaries.

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Raising Social Impact Money

May 13, 2014 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Jonathan C. Lewis

Fundraising mystifies, if not terrifies, most social enterprise leaders. In truth, both for-profit and nonprofit fundraising is a simple, learnable skill. If you can talk, you can raise social impact money. Empower yourself! Join Jonathan C. Lewis, serial social entrepreneur and host of the Café Impact social entrepreneurship video series, to learn his fundraising tips, including the Non-Pitch Pitch, the Pre-Pitch Non-Planning Period, and the Post-Pitch Phase. This webinar is for current and aspiring social entrepreneurs and those who support them. If you consider yourself a social entrepreneur, then you must learn to raise money. In Lewis’s own words, “Your social mission deserves it. Your social venture requires it.”

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Transformative Scale: The Social Sector’s New Frontier (Complimentary)

April 29, 2014 at 10:00 am Pacific
Presented by Jeff Bradach, Susan Davis, & Gerald Chertavian

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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Injecting Innovation Into Your Philanthropy (Complimentary)

April 22, 2014 at 11:00 am Pacific
Presented by Gabriel Kasper, Justin Marcoux, Brian Quinn, & Sarah Koch

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.

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