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


  • 6 Steps to Take When You’ve Been Equity Bombed

    Erin Okuno

    August 24, 2015

    It can be a painful experience to hear that someone isn’t happy with our work. Many of us working in non-profits, government, or in collective impact efforts do this work because we want to see positive changes in our communities and when someone questions our intention or work it can feel like a blow to the work and the cause. But it is important to put on our wading boots and jump into the conversation.
  • The Scoop on the 2015 Collective Impact Summit

    Paul Born

    July 22, 2015

    Vancouver was voted one of the most livable cities in the world. This remarkable and most beautiful city is home to the 2015 Collective Impact Summit. The summit is a five day experience with inspiring speakers, a workshop faculty of top experts in collective impact and an urban retreat based in a great hotel in the heart of Richmond’s vibrant Chinatown district. Beyond extensive learning and professional networking opportunities this event even features downtime and social events with everything from daily yoga to a lively party on the last night.
  • When and How to Engage the Private Sector in Collective Impact

    Kim Fortunato

    July 14, 2015

    Campbell Soup Company is implementing a 10-year, $10 million initiative to significantly reduce childhood obesity and hunger in the city of Camden, NJ, through its Campbell Healthy Communities program. (Video profile) Building on its work in Camden, Campbell Soup Company is also expanding the Healthy Communities program to other cities such as Norwalk, CT, Napoleon, OH, and Everett, WA, where the company has a business presence.
  • 10 Lessons Learned from Engaging the Business Community in Collective Impact

    Collective Impact Forum

    July 14, 2015

    Below are some lessons learned from private sector leaders and other community leaders who are actively engaged in collective impact. These lessons were drafted by Kori Reed, Vice President of the ConAgra Foods Foundation, in advance of the breakout session that Campbell Soup Company’s Kim Fortunato moderated with Reed and other leaders on the topic of, “When and How to Engage the Private Sector in Collective Impact” during the Collective Impact Convening in May 2015 in New Orleans.
  • Building Capacity for Collaboration and Collective Impact

    Caitlin Nossett

    July 8, 2015

    In 2011, The HCA Foundation partnered with Lipscomb University and the Center for Nonprofit Management to develop a program that provided nonprofit organizations with the framework and support to combine their strengths and create greater community impact. With a university partner, intensive skill development and team based coaching, this program became known as Collaboration College.
  • Cuddle Parties, and Other Tips for Cross-Sector Collaborations

    Vu Le

    June 30, 2015

    Hi everyone. If I seem smarter and more attractive in the past couple of weeks, it’s because I just came back from Harvard Business School. Well, technically, I was sent as part of Seattle’s delegation to the four-day Young American Leadership Program (YALP). But whatever, I feel smarter already; and since it is technically true, I am telling all my relatives that I went to Harvard. I even have a tote bag filled with pens I stole to prove it. I’ll give my cousins these pens when I visit them in Vietnam this July, and maybe they’ll stop sending me job postings.
  • Dodging Equity Bombs and Avoiding "Fakequity"

    Erin Okuno

    June 18, 2015

    My question is, “How are you defining equity?” I ask because it feels like we have different definitions. I define equity as elevating the voices of those most impacted by disparities, often people and communities of color, and then working to close disparity gaps. It means removing barriers and acknowledging that different groups need different services to have a fair playing field.