Top Resources of 2023


As we close out the year, we want to share our gratitude with you—our community members—for your continued support and engagement of the Forum’s programs and resources.

Supporting the long-term work of collective impact and helping you reach your goals is part of our North Star, and we feel deep gratitude for every step of the journey with you.

As a look back from this year, please find below some of our most popular resources from 2023. There’s a bounty of learnings within, and we’re grateful to everyone who downloaded, shared with a colleague, or used any of these resources from our library to support your own work.

We look forward to learning more with you in 2024!

Gratefully yours,

The Collective Impact Forum team

Top Resource of the Year

Racial Equity Toolkit 

The most accessed resource from the Forum library in 2023 was the new Racial Equity Toolkit, authored by Dominique Samari and Paul Schmitz.

The Racial Equity Toolkit is designed to support backbone staff and partners to operationalize racial equity throughout their collective impact work.

Through a mix of personal reflection exercises, conversations, and activities, this toolkit helps teams explore how centering racial equity can advance their strategies, build understanding, strengthen relationships, and support in reaching their collective goals.


Top 5 Podcast Episodes

We appreciate you listening to the Collective Impact Forum podcast, where we share stories, experiences, and resources from across the collective impact field.

Since its launch in 2020, listeners have downloaded episodes over 75,000 times, with over 25,000 listens in 2023–our biggest year yet. We can’t wait to share more episodes and stories of impact next year.

Dive into this year’s top 5 podcast episodes below. Full transcripts for each episode are also available on each page.

Ways to Listen: You can listen on our site or on your preferred podcast-streaming platform, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and iHeartRadio. Subscribe now, and never miss a future discussion on the ins-and-outs of collective impact.

1. Trusting the Messiness in Collective Impact

What does it mean to “trust in the messiness” and keep moving forward in a collaboration? We talked with Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society about their collective impact work, and what they’ve learned while navigating through diverse needs and expectations.

2. Krista Tippett: Collectively Remaking Our World

In this conversation with Krista Tippett (On Being) from the 2023 Collective Impact Action Summit, we explored questions around what it means to imagine and create a world that we all want to be in together.

3. Learning to Share Power Within an Organization

How can an organization work within itself to share power across roles? We talked with the nonprofit Civic Canopy, and explored what they have learned from intentionally changing their internal structure, processes, and decision-making to build a culture of shared power.


4. Exploring How to Use the New Racial Equity Toolkit

We explored the new Racial Equity Toolkit and talked with toolkit authors Dominique Samari and Paul Schmitz about how teams can use it to further their equity work.

5. Supporting a Sustainable and Resilient Collaboration – Part 1

What practices can support the sustainability and resiliency of a long-term collaboration? In part 1 of a two-part discussion, we talked with Liz Weaver and Mike Des Jardins from the Tamarack Institute about what they’ve learned about supporting sustainability within collective work. You can also listen to Part 2 here.


Interested in hearing more?

To find more episodes form this past year and beyond, visit our resource library or look for “Collective Impact Forum” on your preferred podcast app.


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