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

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  • 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.”
  • 3 Levels of Racial Equity Work within Collective Impact

    Juan Sebastian Arias

    October 25, 2015

    It’s become increasingly clear that large scale social change efforts need to directly tackle structural racial inequality in order to be truly impactful and effective. For this reason, racial equity has become a central focus of the work at Living Cities, especially within its collective impact portfolio which focuses on changing the systems in cities that consistently produce poor outcomes for many city residents.
  • Building the Capacity for Collective Action

    Emily Wexler

    September 29, 2015

    No organization (or issue) is an island, and central to collective impact is the recognition that achieving real impact means changing complex and dynamic systems. Yet, too much work happens in isolation. While funders might like to see more collaboration among their grantees, the reality is that too many nonprofits lack the opportunity and resources to engage in collective work. In the process of securing sufficient funding, mapping out sustainability plans, cultivating a “brand” and seeking recognition, the necessary work of collaboration often goes to the wayside.
  • Applying An Equity Mirror to Collective Impact

    Paul Schmitz

    September 2, 2015

    There has been increasing buzz about “equity” and “racial equity” in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and among cross-sector collective impact efforts. This is a good thing and our nation’s persistent and rising racial and economic disparities demand it. Many groups are applying an “equity lens” to look outward at social problems and solutions, disaggregating data and seeking to differentiate opportunities and services to reduce disparities. But our organizations and collective efforts must begin by looking inward, using an “equity mirror” to examine our own composition, culture, and policies that reinforce and perpetuate societal disparities. To do equity, we must also be equity.
  • 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.

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