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  • Taking a Look at the NEA's First Collective Impact Grants for Arts Education

    Ayanna Hudson

    April 7, 2015

    Recently we announced the first round of the fiscal year 2015 grants at the NEA, including the first cohort of arts education collective impact grantees! Fewer grants, larger awards is the philosophy that is guiding the agency’s investments in collective impact. Seven grants—from a mix of established and emerging collective impact initiatives—support projects that embrace cross-sector partnerships, data, planning, programming, and shared evaluation.
  • Collective Impact: Equity, Community and Network Thinking

    Curtis Ogden

    March 31, 2015

    Just returning from the Champions for Change gathering in Washington, DC hosted by the Tamarack Institute and the Collective Impact Forum. I was in attendance with a couple of others from the Food Solutions New England Network Team to learn more about people’s experiences with creating and developing a “backbone” function in their “collective impact” efforts, and also had the opportunity to do a couple of skills sessions around IISC’s “Dimensions of Collaborative Success” framework from Facilitative Leadership for Social Change.
  • Moving the Needle on Poverty - A Made in Canada Approach

    Liz Weaver

    February 18, 2015

    Beginning in 2002, collective impact roundtables in 13 cities across Canada began a consolidated effort to reduce poverty for low income citizens. This movement of cities, called Vibrant Communities Canada has been working diligently by bringing together business, government, voluntary sector and citizens with the lived experience of poverty to develop strategies and influence policies which move the needle.
  • How to Partner for Impact: The Nuts and Bolts of Aligning Collective Impact Efforts

    Karen Pittman

    February 9, 2015

    For more than a decade, the Forum for Youth investment has helped communities map, convene and align coalitions and initiatives focused on the interlocking issues that affect young people's futures, from premature births to college completion. Cast the net widely enough – say, along the whole cradle-to-career continuum – and even the smallest communities can identify dozens of efforts with overlapping goals, members, strategies and funders, even if their connections are relatively light. Cast the net narrowly, and those same communities are likely to find that there is more than one coalition focused on early childhood or violence prevention that have never sat together to discuss how their work overlaps.
  • 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.
  • New Tools for Collective Impact Working Groups

    Robert Albright

    January 15, 2015

    Do you need some ideas for facilitating an ice-breaker among community leaders who have not previously met before? Have you hit a roadblock and need a fresh way to facilitate a discussion and find common ground among your group? Are you looking for tools or templates to keep your Steering Committee updated on working groups’ progress? Do you need some inspiration for how another community has framed their collective impact strategies for pursuing a common agenda? If one any of these questions apply to you and/or your collective impact partners, there are several new resources available on the Collective Impact Forum’s resource page that will be of interest:

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