Podcast

How Philanthropy Can Help Support Communities During Covid-19

As we navigate through the ongoing crisis that is the covid-19 pandemic, we share an interview with Dr. Lauren Smith, co-CEO of FSG, who discusses her own public health experience during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009. From that experience, she shares some key ways that philanthropy can support their grantees and communities right now during the pandemic.

Ways to Listen: Stream this episode below or download the MP3 at the link on the left to this page. You can also listen via Itunes, Spotify, Simplecast, Sticher, iHeartRadio, and other podcast apps.

Footnotes and Resources for this episode

More related to dealing with the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Podcast

Key Factors to Support a Succesful Collaborative

What are the mental model shifts and other “intangible” (yet important) factors that can support the long-term health and sustainability of a collaborative? Jen, Robert, and Tracy discuss four mindset shifts that can help build stronger partnerships as well as go over some pitfalls to avoid when doing collaborative work.

Ways to Listen: Stream this episode below or download the MP3 at the link on the left to this page. You can also listen via Itunes, Spotify, Simplecast, Sticher, iHeartRadio, and other podcast apps.


Episode Notes

This episode continues the theme of “Getting Started” in collective impact by focusing on some underlying factors including building relationships and shifting mindsets that can support the long-term success of a collaborative effort.

Episode Contents

1:44: Before diving into these key factors for success, how did we come up with these factors in the first place?

3:44: Four mental model shifts that can be helpful to support a collaborative’s work and long-term sustainability.

17:00: Other “intangible” factors that can support a collaborative’s success, including building a culture of learning, including learning from failure, and supporting a broader understanding of leadership.

22:00: Pitfalls to avoid that can challenge a collaborative’s growth and ability to reach their goal.

Footnotes and Resources:

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Podcast

Liz Dozier - Moving from Charity to Justice in Collective Impact

When social change work is approached as “charity” -- giving help to those in need -- collaboratives can fall into a trap of doing work TO a community rather than WITH the community, upholding existing power dynamics, structural barriers, and inequities. Liz Dozier, founder and CEO of Chicago Beyond, discusses how to shift mindsets and actions from collective impact work as charity to collective impact work to achieve justice for all in our communities.

Ways to Listen: Stream this episode below or download the MP3 at the link on the left to this page. You can also listen via Itunes, Spotify, Simplecast, Sticher, iHeartRadio, and other podcast apps.


Episode Notes

In this episode, we’re sharing a keynote talk titled, “Moving from Charity to Justice in Collective Impact” by Liz Dozier, founder and CEO of Chicago Beyond, an impact investor that backs the fight for youth equity. Chicago Beyond exists so that all youth, especially the most vulnerable, will have the opportunity to achieve their fullest human potential.

This talk was held on May 16, 2019 at the 2019 Collective Impact Convening in Chicago.

Footnotes and Resources:

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Podcast

Vu Le - Equity, Inclusion, and Collective Impact

Vu Le, founding director of Rainier Valley Corps and author of the popular NonprofitAF blog, shares in this frank, humorous, and insightful talk about how collective impact can adversely affect communities when equity and inclusion are not fully implemented into its structures, practices, and purpose.

Due to the original recording, this episode may be heard best with headphones.

Ways to Listen: Stream this episode below or download the MP3 at the link on the left to this page. You can also listen via Itunes, Spotify, Simplecast, Sticher, iHeartRadio, and other podcast apps.

Episode Notes

In this episode, we’re sharing a keynote talk titled, “Beyond Seats at the Table: Equity, Inclusion, and Collective Impact” that features a talk by Vu Le, founding Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps and author of the blog NonprofitAF.

Introducing Vu Le is Sheri Brady, who serves at the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions as well as co-lead of the Collective Impact Forum. This talk was held on April 3, 2018 at the 2018 Collective Impact Convening in Austin.

Episode Contents

1:05: Introduction by Sheri Brady of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions.

1:56: Keynote talk by Vu Le

Footnotes and Resources

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Podcast

Top things to consider when launching a new collective impact effort

The Collective Impact Forum team continues the deep dive into "getting started in collective impact" with a look at what key factors to have in place when you and your partners are planning to launch a new collaborative effort.

Ways to Listen: Stream this episode below or download the MP3 at the link on the left to this page. You can also listen via Itunes, Spotify, Simplecast, Sticher, iHeartRadio, and other podcast apps.


Episode Notes

Jen, Robert, and Tracy go into the topics of getting ready to launch a collective impact effort, including exploring the question of “How do I know if the collective impact approach is the right approach to take for my collaborative?”


Episode Contents:

2:35: Robert and Jen share a few of the conditions that can be helpful to have in place when deciding whether or not to use this approach on a social change issue.

7:48: Jen and Robert discuss what it means to bring in a variety of “interventions,” both relating to single programs and also the overarching system the programs are working in.

11:56: Jen dives into how and when population size matters when planning collaborative work.

14:10: How does collective impact work across issues?

15:59: Does geography play a big role when doing collaborative work?

19:20: Robert and Jen dive into four “readiness factors,” how they affect a collaborative effort, and what happens when some of these factors are hard to put in place.

21:05: Bringing in influential Champions (and how you find them)

25:17: Galvanizing urgency (and what happens when your partners don’t feel that same urgency that you do?)

28:35: Building resources to get started- does that just mean money or does it mean something else? And do you need the resources to get started or can you start in order to get resources?

31:45: Having a history of collaboration- why it can help and what to think about if past collaborations in your community have not worked out well (and what does that mean for future collaborative efforts.)


Footnotes and Resources:

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Webinar

Virtual Office Hour: Navigating the Backbone Role

The backbone team wears multiple hats—from guiding the initiative’s vision to facilitating relationships, from mobilizing resources to spotlighting community leadership. With so many hats to wear (and roles to play), this role can be a lot to balance and fulfill.

Join us for this Virtual Office Hour where we will answer your questions and offer recommendations about playing the backbone role in collective impact.

Download a copy of the slides referenced during this session at the link on the left of this page.

Questions in this Session Include:

What are the roles that the Backbone should be playing? 4:30

  • How does the backbone relate to other partners/structures like steering committees and working groups? 5:13
  • What are the roles that the Backbone should be playing? 8:00

How can the backbone mobilize stakeholders and partners and keep them engaged: 12:52

How do I balance the role of the backbone as guiding the work of the collaborative without doing the work of the partners?  19:00

What does an effective backbone look like, and how do you look at evaluating the impact of the backbone? 23:31

Are there effective ways to fund the backbone role? 27:58

How do partners and funders best support the backbone? 38:00

Are there examples of successful backbones that have provided funding for partners? 40:20

How to talk about impact without taking credit away from partners? 43:33

How much guidance does the backbone offer to the working groups? 45:03

What are things to think about when measuring impact? 46:57

How do you deal with the tension of partners approaching initiative funders during steering committee meetings? 49:00

Do you define your structure before gathering the steering committee or after? 51:10

Any tech platform recommendations to help with state-wide initiative planning and communication: 53:24

Any recommendations on how to illustrate the full breadth of the backbone role? 55:30


Office Hour Guests:

- Melissa Oomer, Director, FSG
- Jennifer Splansky Juster,  Executive Director, Collective Impact Forum

This session was held on November 7, 2019.

Webinar

Examining Power Dynamics in Systems Change

Join the webinar discussion Examining Power Dynamics in Systems Change with FSG and New Profit as we take a deeper dive into one of the most critical systems change components – Power Dynamics, and the unique role that they play in systems change efforts. During this discussion, we hear from three social change leaders who share how power impacts their work and how they navigate power structures to achieve their goals.

Presentation: You can download a copy of the webinar presentation at the link at the left of this page. (You will need to login to your Forum account to download.)
 



Featured Speakers

  • Adam Foss, Executive Director, Prosecutor Impact
  • Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO, Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN)
  • Tulaine Montgomery, Managing Partner, New Profit
  • Simran Sidhu, Director, The HIVE at Springpoint


Resources Related to Power Dynamics

This online event was hosted on September 16, 2019 in partnership with the Collective Impact Forum, FSG, and New Profit.


Recommended Resources for this Webinar 

As this webinar is going a step deeper than an introduction, it’s recommended to review one or both of the below resources as reference to the discussion.

The Six Conditions of Systems Change

This webinar explores how one can tackle the concepts and conditions involved with systems change work.  

The Water of Systems Change

This article aims to clarify what it means to shift the conditions holding problems in place and provides an actionable model for those interested in creating systems change.

Shifting Mental Models to Advance Systems Change

Shifting mindsets is one of the most challenging aspects to reach systems change. This webinar shares examples from the field as well as a primer on mental models.  

Unsticking Stuck Mental Models: Adventures in Systems Change

This blog post summarizes some of the key points of the Shifting Mental Models webinar, including sharing strategies on how to encourage mindset shifts.

Building Relationships to Advance Systems Change

Ensuring that quality connections and communication occur among actors in the system, especially among those with differing histories and viewpoints, is challenging. This webinar highlights effective practices from the field and covers key relationship essentials needed to advance systems change efforts.

Webinar

Building Relationships to Advance Systems Change

In this webinar, we take a deeper dive into one of the most critical systems change components – Relationships, and how to strengthen connections between your stakeholders and communities. From Staten Island, New York to Eastern Kentucky, we’ll be hearing stories from the field about what’s worked (and what hasn’t) when working together across different experiences and viewpoints to reach one’s goals.

Presentation: You can download a copy of the webinar presentation at the link at the left of this page. (You will need to login to your Forum account to download.)

 

Featured Speakers

  • Louis Bruschi, Principal I.A., I.S. 49 Berta A. Dreyfus
  • Tanisha Franks, Teacher and Educational Liaison – Staten Island, United Federation of Teachers
  • Scott McReynolds, Executive Director, Housing Development Alliance
  • Hayling Price, Associate Director, FSG
  • Gerry Roll, Executive Director, Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
  • Kim Syman, Managing Partner, New Profit

This online event is hosted on August 28, 2019 in partnership with the Collective Impact Forum, FSG, and New Profit.

Recommended Resources for this Webinar 

As this webinar is going a step deeper than an introduction, it’s recommended to review one or both of the below resources as reference to the discussion.

The Six Conditions of Systems Change

This webinar explores how one can tackle the concepts and conditions involved with systems change work.  

The Water of Systems Change

This article aims to clarify what it means to shift the conditions holding problems in place and provides an actionable model for those interested in creating systems change.

Shifting Mental Models to Advance Systems Change

Shifting mindsets is one of the most challenging aspects to reach systems change. This webinar shares examples from the field as well as a primer on mental models.  

Unsticking Stuck Mental Models: Adventures in Systems Change

This blog post summarizes some of the key points of the Shifting Mental Models webinar, including sharing strategies on how to encourage mindset shifts.

Article

Funding the Long Game in Collective Impact

One of the challenges many collective impact efforts face is having the financial support over a long enough period to make real progress on their stated results.

The Advancing Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin has developed a promising model that made substantial eight-year-long investments in ten collective impact efforts coupled with extensive technical and capacity-building support. At a time when many backbones are still seeking one to three-year grants to move population level results that will take much longer, the AHW story is a promising approach to philanthropic support and partnership.

Download the full article at the link on the left of this page.

Survey for Impact Organization to Assess Customer Needs

Posted 1 year ago at 12:01 am

Hello to the Collective Impact Forum community! I am working with Pact Zimbabwe, whose mission is to create a better future for all those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. To better assess the needs and demands of impact institutions, we request you to take a short survey on Capacity Building Trainings. This survey will help us understand how PACT can assist and empower your institution, and your responses will be very helpful in our research. Thank you for your time! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdpq9XU2iAK6dgMnTyUKIGNz2O9p_S1sKF4xnZ74v178tBLzA/viewform?usp=sf_link

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