On our blog, Collective Impact Forum staff, partners, and guest contributors share the latest learning, innovations, and stories from the field.
  • Exploring Equity in Collaborative Grantmaking

    Lori Bartczak

    October 25, 2015

    As conversations around race and equity gain prominence in the national dialogue, it seems the philanthropic sector is increasingly recognizing the ways in which a long history of segregation, systemic racism and inequality hinders our ability to build strong and equitable communities. In the words of Malala Yousavsai, “we cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”
  • How Well Does Grantmaking Practice Support Collective Impact?

    Lori Bartczak

    January 20, 2015

    The five conditions for collective impact offer guidance not only for collective impact initiatives but for other forms of collaboration as well. In an effort to see more effective collaborations happening among grantmakers and grantees and across communities, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations advocates for changes in grantmaking practice that better support collaboration. Our hope is that more grantmakers will adopt practices conducive to collaboration, and many of the practices GEO advocates are aligned with the five conditions of collective impact — common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication and strong backbone.
  • Reflecting on the Role of Grantmakers in Collective Impact

    Lori Bartczak

    September 16, 2014

    Grantmakers are critical partners in collective impact efforts. More than just funders, grantmakers can help catalyze connections and lay the groundwork for initiatives to take shape. Because of the power dynamics inherent in the relationship between grantmakers and grantees, grantmakers must be mindful of the role they play.
  • Which Form of Collaboration is Best for You?

    Lori Bartczak

    August 21, 2014

    Increasingly, grantmakers and nonprofits understand that collaboration is critical for social change. One form of collaboration, collective impact is a powerful strategy that can lead to lasting systems change. The examples in this blog and throughout the Collective Impact Forum show the range of ways communities are making progress through collective impact initiatives.