On our blog, Collective Impact Forum staff, partners, and guest contributors share the latest learning, innovations, and stories from the field.


  • 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.
  • Corralling Collaborations

    Karen Pittman

    September 12, 2014

    “In any given week, you could go to three meetings and hear the same report three times.” “Too many people are coming to us with too many asks.” These are some of the recurring sentiments that prompted the leaders of collective impact initiatives in Northern Kentucky to ask, “What would it look like if we realigned?” The article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, “Aligning Collective Impact Initiatives” (written by two of my colleagues at the Forum for Youth Investment), chronicles the process those leaders used to consolidate the goals, strategies and commitments of multiple education initiatives under one backbone organization.
  • Bringing an Equity Lens to Collective Impact

    Junious Williams

    September 4, 2014

    Like many who have devoted their careers to social justice, we at Urban Strategies Council find the promise of large-scale change that collective impact offers inspiring. After all, who among us came to this work hoping to make minor change? Because collective impact holds such promise, it is imperative that this emerging field recognize and correct a crucial omission in the model: an analysis of equity and power, particularly around race.
  • Essential Mindset Shifts for Collective Impact

    Fay Hanleybrown

    September 2, 2014

    People often ask whether we would refine the five conditions of collective impact that we articulated in the original article Collective Impact: common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support. While our work has reinforced the importance of these five conditions in achieving large scale change, we have found that there are also key mindset shifts that are necessary to be successful for collective impact.
  • 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.