Building capacity for collective impact is critical for funders, backbone leaders, and others working together to address complex social problems in communities. Among the most important capacities are system leadership, data sharing and analysis, community engagement, and more.

Webinar Materials: You can download the discussion slides, a white paper on trends in building capacity for collective impact, and Rider-Pool Foundation’s Collective Impact Fellowship syllabus with the links on the left of this page. (Logging into your CIF account will be needed to download resources.)

The Rider-Pool Foundation’s Ron Dendas welcomes your feedback on the white paper and syllabus. Ron’s contact information is included at the end of the syllabus. If you do adapt the syllabus for your own work, we kindly ask that you reference or cite what you adapt from The Rider-Pool Foundation.

About this Webinar

Drawing from the learnings from the Rider-Pool Foundation’s Collective Impact Fellowship—an intensive, place-based collective impact leadership development program—this webinar will delve into the most critical capacities needed in collective impact. What capacities should you prioritize, why is capacity building important, and how should you most effectively support capacity building in collective impact? Leaders from the Rider-Pool Foundation, along with a fellowship participant from the Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley, will describe the capacity building needs and strategies they are currently employing.

Presenters will share feedback from attendees at the 2016 Collective Impact Convening about capacity building, and webinar attendees will also have opportunities to ask questions and provide their own perspective on the “what, why, and how” of capacity building.


Webinar Panelists:

  • Christine Carpino, Ph.D. – Rider-Pool Foundation
  • Ron Dendas – Rider-Pool Foundation

About the Speakers

Christine Carpino, Ph.D.

Christine Carpino is the program manager of the Collective Impact Fellowship, a place-based collective impact capacity-building initiative of the Rider-Pool Foundation, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Christine is an assistant professor of political science at Cedar Crest College and serves as the research coordinator for the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium, a program of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, which combines the expertise of faculty researchers with community partners in the Lehigh Valley to examine various issues of interest within a regional context. Christine holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ron Dendas

Ron Dendas is a program officer for The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust and The Rider-Pool Foundation in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In addition to his program officer functions, he also leads The Rider-Pool Foundation’s Collective Impact Fellowship, an innovative, place-based systemic leadership development program that builds capacity for more effective non-profit cross-sector collaboration.

Prior to joining Pool Trust, Ron worked for 15 years in not-for-profit human services, with the last 9 of those years spent developing county and region-wide prevention and treatment services for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, and prevention and care services for people living with HIV. Ron received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from St. Anselm (New Hampshire) College in 1980, a Master of Science in Human Organization Science from Villanova University in 1993, and completed a national Creating Healthy Communities Fellowship in 2003.

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