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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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.
By applying big data to their research, organizations can better inform their decision-making, understand the fields in which they work, and achieve the greatest impact. Join Jon Sotsky of the Knight Foundation, Sean Gourley of Quid (Knight Foundation’s data analytics firm), and DoSomething.org’s Jeffrey Bladt as they discuss new ways to help people engage around complex issues and research, applying breakthrough techniques in data mapping and visualization. They will use their recent collaboration on the report, “The Emergence of Civic Tech: Investments in a Growing Field,” to provide insights on integrating data-driven models into social sector research and the trend toward open sharing of data and ideas. This webinar is for strategy and assessment teams, research and communication professionals, and anyone at foundations, nonprofits, and social enterprises focused on highlighting the impact of their work.
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.
The topic of how to fund programs that have social impact elicits a wide range of reactions. Some funders only support programs that have been proven to be effective, while others are willing to take a risk and fund unproven approaches. Some funders believe that the only reliable evaluation is a randomized control trial, while others argue that these are rarely useful, particularly for programs that tackle wicked social problems, like poverty. Some funders lead with their heart, while others lead with their brain. Join us for a lively discussion on funding for impact with presenters Jeff Raikes, Tom Tierney, and Lisbeth Schorr, all whom have long and distinguished careers in philanthropy and evaluation.
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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.
2013 has presented a complicated economic environment for funders. Join this complimentary webinar to hear from McCormick, Shilling Stein, Walker, and Wolf Ditkoff, who all take distinct yet complementary approaches to philanthropy. In this webinar the panelists will explain the new trends that are most influencing their giving, how they define and measure success, the questions they confront when deciding whether to stay the course or tack in shifting winds, how to flexibly engage communities enhances effectiveness, and the implications of their decisions on their partners and grantees.
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.
How is it that Silicon Valley, a region burgeoning with new wealth and so noteworthy for its overall philanthropic giving, is uniquely spare in providing for its own neediest causes and populations? To better understand these trends, this webinar will explore new data from a review conducted by Philanthropy Futures, with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s local grantmaking program, which took a deeper look at giving in Silicon Valley.