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Collective Impact

Mark Kramer, John Kania

Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations.

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Creating Shared Value

Michael Porter, Mark Kramer

The concept of creating ‘shared value’ focuses on the connections between societal and economic progress and has the power to unleash the next wave of global growth.

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Evaluating Social Innovation

Hallie Preskill, Tanya Beer

Developmental evaluation offers a new approach to evaluating social innovations in complex, multi-actor, and dynamic environments.

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Collective Impact Case Study: Partners for a Competitive Workforce

This case study provides an overview of Partners for a Competitive Workforce, a collective impact initiative in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Collective Impact Case Study: Franklin County Communities that Care Coalition

This case study provides an overview of Franklin County Communities that Care Coalition, a collective impact initiative in Rural Franklin County, MA that is focused on reducing youth substance use.

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Collective Impact Case Study: Vibrant Communities

This case study provides an overview of Vibrant Communities, a multi-layer collective impact initiative focused on unleashing the potential of communities across Canada to reduce poverty and ensure a good quality of life for all citizens.

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Collective Impact Case Study: E3 Alliance

This case study provides an overview of E3 Alliance, an education-focused collective impact initiative in central Texas.

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Measuring Shared Value

Michael E. Porter, Greg Hills, Marc Pfitzer, Sonja Patscheke, Elizabeth Hawkins

This article presents a new framework for measuring shared value.

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Collective Impact for Opportunity Youth

Fay Hanleybrown, Kate Tallant, Adria Steinberg, Mimi Corcoran

This report outlines how a collective impact approach can improve outcomes for Opportunity Youth.

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Breakthroughs in Shared Measurement and Social Impact

Mark Kramer, Marcie Parkhurst, Lalitha Vaidyanathan

To achieve the results necessary to solve today's largest social challenges, coordinated evaluation approaches involving multiple stakeholders are required.

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Creating Shared Value in India

Veronica Borgonovi, Simon Meier, Manjari Sharda, Lalitha Vaidyanathan

“Creating shared value” is gaining traction worldwide; examine how companies in India are contributing to inclusive growth – and gaining competitive advantage.

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What Is Collective Impact?

This series of short videos describes the concept of collective impact, and shows the 5 conditions of collective impact in action using The Elizabeth River Project and The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) as examples.

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Creating Shared Value: It's the Future

FSG illuminates the potential of shared value in this short motion graphic. See how GE, IHG, and Nestlé are using this approach successfully.

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Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations in Collective Impact

Shiloh Turner, Kathy Merchant, John Kania, Ellen Martin

An in-depth review of what it takes to be a backbone organization, and how to evaluate and support its work.

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Creating Shared Value: Connecting Business, Societal Value and Opportunity

Michael Porter, Mark Kramer and Jane Nelson discuss creating shared value and give examples from HP, Nestlé and Novartis on how corporations can put this approach into practice.

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Strategy & Society: The Link Between Competitive Advantage and Corporate Social Responsibility

Michael Porter, Mark Kramer

Moving past generic CSR principles, learn how societal influence is becoming the new frontier of competitive advantage.

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Embracing Emergence: How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity

John Kania, Mark Kramer

Collective impact brings actors together and creates the rules of interaction that enable solutions to complex problems to emerge.

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Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work

Fay Hanleybrown, John Kania, Mark Kramer

Despite the difficulty of getting collective impact efforts off the ground, those involved report a new sense of optimism that dawns early on in the process.

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Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change

Srik Gopalakrishnan, Hallie Preskill, SJ Lu

Characteristics and approaches that represent the next generation of evaluation

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Markers that Matter: Success Indicators in Early Learning and Education

Hallie Preskill, Nathalie Jones, Afi Tengue

This report distills a set of 48 early childhood indicators that reflect healthy development of young children.

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Shared Value in Emerging Markets

Greg Hills, Patty Russell, Veronica Borgonovi, Alex Doty, Lakshmi Iyer

Innovative business strategies can create sustainable impact at scale for poor or vulnerable individuals.

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Creating Shared Value: A How-to Guide for the New Corporate (R)evolution

Valerie Bockstette, Mike Stamp

This report explores how corporations can translate Creating Shared Value into action.

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Sources and Measures of Influence in Collective Impact: New SSIR Blog Series

This two-part series discusses how backbone organizations shape the work of collective impact without formal authority.

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FSG and SSIR Collective Impact Conference

A cross-section of senior-level participants from nonprofits, foundations, corporations, and the government came together to explore the opportunities and challenges of engaging in collective impact initiatives.

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Practical Guide for Engaging Stakeholders in Developing Evaluation Questions

Hallie Preskill, Nathalie Jones

Engaging stakeholders early on allows organizations to develop measurement processes that are more relevant, credible and useful.

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Competing by Saving Lives

Kyle Peterson, Matthew Rehrig, Mike Stamp, Samuel Kim

How pharmaceutical and medical device companies create shared value in global health.

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Collective Impact - John Kania

John Kania, Managing Director at FSG talks about Collective Impact.

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Building a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System for Your Organization

Hallie Preskill, Katelyn Mack

A strategic learning and evaluation system helps organizations determine what to evaluate, when, why, with whom, and with what resources.

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Creating Shared Value Roundtable

Executives from leading corporations talk about Creating Shared Value in these interviews with FSG's Mark Kramer, and representatives from Western Union, Dow Chemical, Cisco, Medtronic, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

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School Turnaround Field Guide

Jeff Kutash, Eva Nico, Emily Gorin, Samira Rahmatullah, Kate Tallant

This report offers a field assessment of actors, issues, key gaps and early lessons learned in turning around failing schools.

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Blended Learning in Practice:
Case Studies from Leading Schools

Brad Bernatek, Jeffrey Cohen, John Hanlon, Matt Wilka

Five in-depth case studies of blended learning at leading schools across the country.

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The Nestlé Concept of Corporate Social Responsibility as Implemented in Latin America

Mark Kramer, Marc Pfitzer, Karin Jestin

An analysis of Nestlé corporate social responsibility activities to see if they created shared value for society and the corporation, a combination we see as essential to sustainable CSR activities. 

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Catalytic Philanthropy

Mark Kramer

Despite vast spending, philanthropists have fallen short. What we need: Catalytic Philanthropy.

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Mark Kramer at the 3 Pillars Creation of Shared Value Forum in Melbourne

FSG's Mark Kramer discusses the concept of shared value at the 3 Pillars Network "Creation of Shared Value Forum" in Melbourne, Australia on November 14, 2012.

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Keeping the Promise of Opportunity

Jeff Cohen, Fay Hanleybrown, Mukta Pandit, Kate Tallant

This report provides recommendations on how to redesign the financial aid system to support post-secondary completion among low-income young adults.

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Collective Impact Conference Video

This recorded livestream from the Collective Impact Conference on March 23, 2011 hosted by FSG and the Stanford Social Innovation Review is broken out into four sections.

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Mars, Incorporated: Cocoa Sustainability Strategy & Implementation

FSG developed a cocoa sustainability strategy for Mars in Côte d’Ivoire with the goal to revitalize the cocoa sector in the world’s largest cocoa producing country.

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Do More Than Give

Leslie Crutchfield, John Kania, Mark Kramer

This book provides a blueprint for foundation leaders, trustees, and individual donors who want to catalyze change in the world.

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The FSG Story

Staff and clients discuss how FSG works toward greater social impact.

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Ahead of the Curve: Insights for the International NGO of the Future

Kyle Peterson, Adeeb Mahmud, Rebecca Weissburg

This report provides recommendations and examples for international NGOs to create greater impact.

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Better Outcomes, Lower Costs:
How Community-Based Funders Can Transform U.S. Health Care

Mark Kramer, Dr. Atul Gawande

Mark Kramer and Dr. Atul Gawande discuss the untapped potential for community-based funders to transform the cost and quality of health care in the United States.

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The Foundation Performance Dashboard: Vital Statistics for Social Impact

Fay Hanleybrown

Foundations are unsure how to bridge the chasm between the readily available and concise metrics for investment performance and the much more complex, expensive, and subjective data from internal operations and program evaluations.

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Shell Oil Company: Strategy and Implementation

FSG assisted Shell Oil Company in the development of a new social investment strategy and a comprehensive implementation plan.

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Smallholder Farmer Development: International Donor Funding Trends

Marc Pfitzer, Valerie Bockstette, Simon Meier, Jessica Davies

Agricultural development, and more specifically, the critical role of smallholder farmers, has received renewed attention from the global community in the past few years. Smallholders represent one of the world's most exciting and important development opportunities.

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White House Council for Community Solutions Collective Impact Session

John Kania leads a session on Collective Impact at the White House Council for Community Solutions, February 4, 2011.

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Nestlé: Shared Value

FSG was engaged to research and identify how Nestlé creates value for society through its business and social engagement initiatives.

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Champions for Change: Workshop on Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact

Learn about the exchange that took place between collective impact practitioners at the Backbone Workshop in Cincinnati, OH in March 2013.

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From Insight to Action: New Directions in Foundation Evaluation

Mark Kramer, Rebecca Graves, Jason Hirschhorn, Leigh Fiske

After a year of research and nearly 100 interviews with foundation leaders and evaluation experts, FSG has released a report that identifies a fundamental transition in the way foundations use evaluation. 

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Advancing Good Governance: How Grantmakers Invest in the Governance of Nonprofit Organizations

Kathy K. Hedge, Eva Nico, Lindsay Fox

Many nonprofits and grantmakers are engaging in nonprofit board development activities to transform the social sector and achieve dramatic results.

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Aggregating Impact: A Funder's Guide to Mission Investment Intermediaries

Mark Kramer, Sarah Cooch

This guide to mission investment intermediaries highlights the range of intermediaries available and the advantages they offer funders.

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Maximizing Impact: An Integrated Strategy for Grantmaking and Mission Investing in Climate Change

Mark Kramer, Adeeb Mahmud, Serah Makka

Philanthropists can dramatically increase their impact by linking their mission investing approaches with their grantmaking strategies.

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Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact

Hallie Preskill, Marcie Parkhurst, Jennifer Splansky Juster

Practical guidance on how to plan for and implement evaluations of collective impact initiatives.

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Strengthening Community Foundations: Redefining Opportunities

John Kania

Community foundations should examine their strategy and operations on a product-by-product basis, taking into account their mission-driven priorities, internal costs, customer preferences and the competing donor alternatives for each type of product or service they offer.

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Michael Porter’s Shared Value Summit Keynote

Professor Michael E. Porter's keynote from the 2012 Shared Value Leadership Summit on May 31.

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Trustee Evaluation Toolkit

Mark Kramer, Eva Nico, Samantha Nobles-Block

Trustees and foundations need innovative evaluation approaches to make strategic decisions, better plan work, improve implementation and track progress.

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Nestlé: CSR Framework

Nestlé sought to further sharpen its social engagement with a thorough review of its current activities, the development of a high-level framework that might guide its future activities and the opportunity to identify new ways of aligning social and business objectives.

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Leading Boldly

Ronald Heifetz, John Kania, Mark Kramer

Foundations can enhance the impact of their traditional approaches to social change by harnessing imaginative and even controversial leadership. This Stanford Social Innovation Review article focuses on how Adaptive Leadership can be applied to complex social challenges.

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New York State Juvenile Justice: Statewide Collective Impact Reform

FSG worked with a group of leaders across the New York State juvenile justice system to develop a vision for reform and a collective strategy to improve outcomes for youth and communities across the state.

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Creating Shared Value Forum Keynote- Mark Kramer

FSG’s Mark Kramer was a keynote speaker at the Nestlé  Creating Shared Value Forum in Manila on April 23, 2010.

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Roundtable on Shared Value

Mark Kramer, John Kania

Executives from 10 major corporations gathered in New York City to discuss the innovative ways that they are putting societal issues at the core of their companies’ strategy and operations.

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Marin Community Foundation: Strategic Initiative to Close Achievement Gaps

The Marin Community Foundation engaged FSG to support the development of a strategic initiative to close the achievement gap in the county’s lowest performing school districts.

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Philanthropy's New Agenda - Creating Value

Michael Porter, Mark Kramer

 If foundations serve only as passive middlemen, as mere conduits for giving, then they fall far short of their potential and of society's expectations of them.

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Creating Shared Value In Action Webinar

Mark Kramer

Mark Kramer and a panel of corporate leaders met for a lively discussion on what shared value means, and how leading companies are putting the concept into practice.

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Highlights of Michael Porter's Shared Value Summit Keynote

Highlights from Professor Michael E. Porter's keynote at the 2012 Shared Value Leadership Summit on May 31.

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Do More Than Give - Leslie Crutchfield

Leslie Crutchfield talks about Do More Than Give, a book on catalytic philanthropy co-written with John Kania and Mark Kramer.

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Multiplying Impact through Philanthropic Collaboration

Marc Pfitzer, Mike Stamp

Philanthropic collaboration is essential in order to assemble sufficient assets, expertise and influence to create social impact.

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Measuring Innovation: Evaluation in the Field of Social Entrepreneurship

Mark Kramer

This paper provides an overview of evaluation practices in social entrepreneurship and highlights ways that this new thinking might both inform and benefit from other approaches to evaluation among foundations.

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New York State Juvenile Justice: Progress Toward System Excellence

This case study describes how the collective impact approach led to reform of the New York juvenile justice system.

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Do More Than Give presented at Boston Foundation Philanthropy Forum

Recorded livestream of the Boston Foundation Philanthropy Forum focused on our book Do More Than Give featuring FSG's Leslie Crutchfield, John Kania and Mark Kramer.

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It’s Not Just About the Model: Blended Learning, Innovation, and Year 2 at Summit Public Schools

Matt Wilka, Jeff Cohen

A case study on innovation in blended learning at Summit Public Schools.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Financial Services for the Poor

FSG supported the Financial Service for the Poor (FSP) group to develop a five-year strategic plan.

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Collective Impact in Action: Reform in the New York State Juvenile Justice System

FSG's Mark Kramer, John Kania, and Fay Hanleybrown discuss working with a cross-sectoral set of actors on a collective impact effort.

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Evaluating Social Innovation: Insights from the Field

Learn how funders and evaluators have implemented Development Evaluations of complex social innovations.

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How Can Philanthropy Play a More Important Role in Creating a Better Future?

This motion graphic illustrates how an emergent strategy can help foundations tackle society’s biggest social and environmental problems.

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Shared Value in Côte D'Ivoire: Creating a Vibrant Cocoa Sector

Andy Harner, Global Cocoa Director for Mars Chocolate, discusses working with FSG on a shared value initiative to support farmers and cocoa production in Côte D'Ivoire.

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Medtronic: Creation of a Corporate Social Engagement Strategy

FSG led Medtronic in the definition and design of an action-oriented corporate social engagement strategy that could keep pace with the company’s own growth and ambitions.

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Catalytic Philanthropy Video

Despite spending vast amounts of money, philanthropists have fallen far short of solving America’s most pressing problems.  What we need: Catalytic Philanthropy.

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CCER/Gates Foundation: Road Map for Education Results

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and CCER engaged FSG to design, launch, and implement the Road Map Project, a cradle-to-college and career collective impact initiative in South Seattle and South King County.

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Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact: A Conversation with Faculty

Backbone workshop Q&A on funder engagement, measurement and emergence in collective impact.

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Private Enterprise for Public Health: Opportunities for Business to Improve Women's and Children's Health

A guide for how companies can create shared value in women's and children's health.

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Volunteering for Impact: Best Practices in International Corporate Volunteering

Greg Hills, Adeeb Mahmud

This report highlights effective practices for international corporate volunteering (ICV) by examining two principal models: local and cross-border volunteering.

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Collective Impact: Implementing Shared Measurement

Fay Hanleybrown

This webinar is focused on the process of designing and implementing innovative shared measurement models, a key condition for collective impact.

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Disrupting Poverty: Coming Together to Build Financial Security for Individuals and Communities

Rebecca Graves, Amber Johnson Binkley, Afi Tengue

Sharing examples of integrated efforts to help individuals and communities thrive financially

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Rethinking Capitalism

Michael Porter discusses Creating Shared Value with Adi Ignatious from the Harvard Business Review.

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Self-Directed Learning at Summit Public Schools

Matt Wilka, Jeff Cohen

A case study highlighting the promise of self-directed learning at Summit Public Schools.

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Water Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH): U.S. Advocacy Landscape

Mark Kramer, Jennifer Splansky, Jason Lee, Megumi Tsutsui, Matt Wilka

This research summarizes the U.S. advocacy landscape for global access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, and suggests goals to drive future advocacy.

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Compounding Impact: Mission Investing by U.S. Foundations

Sarah Cooch, Mark Kramer

This report provides the first comprehensive analysis of mission investing by 92 U.S. foundations representing $2.3B of mission investments.

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Measuring Shared Value Webinar

This interactive webinar focused on the successes and challenges that leading companies have faced incorporating measuring shared value approaches into their business strategies.

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Securing the Livelihoods and Nutritional Needs of Fish-Dependent Communities

Amanda Goldberger, Leigh Fiske, Laura Herman

Investigating the pressing problem of the declining health of the oceans and its effects on poor and vulnerable people who depend on marine ecosystems for food and livelihoods.

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Community-Based Philanthropy and the Knight Community Information Challenge

Justin Bakule, John Kania, Ellen Martin, Hallie Preskill

Community and place-based foundations transform into high impact catalysts for change, by engaging with a broad range of community stakeholders.

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Focusing on What Matters Webinar

Soliciting input from stakeholders early on in the evaluation process results in more successfully involving stakeholders for improving program effectiveness, affecting policy decisions, and instituting behavioral change.

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Dollars for Degrees: Financial Aid and its Impact on Post-Secondary Degree Completion in Texas

Jeffrey Cohen, Lindsay Fox, Jeff Kutash, Mukta Pandit

This report examines how financial aid is structured and packaged and the specific effects of rising college costs, increasing debt, and the impact of financial aid on degree completion.

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Collective Impact Practitioner Insights: Kat Allen, Communities That Care Coalition

Kat Allen, Coalition Coordinator of the Communities That Care Coalition, discusses a collective impact approach to teen substance abuse prevention in rural Massachusetts.

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Webinar zum Thema Evaluation

Valerie Bockstette

Valerie Bockstette und Barbara Buchsteiner, Leiterin der AG Evaluation in der BürgerStiftung Hamburg, beschreiben ihren lernorientierten Evaluationsansatz.

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The MasterCard Foundation: Development of a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System

FSG was engaged by The MasterCard Foundation to design a strategic learning and evaluation (SLE) system to guide the Foundation’s efforts to measure its impact and learn from its work in order to achieve greater impact.

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Knight Foundation Client Video

Mayur Patel, VP of Strategy and Assessment at Knight Foundation, discusses working with FSG on a developmental evaluation of their Community News and Information project.

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The Value of Early Childhood Indicators: Guiding Action Webinar

This webinar focused on the emerging trends in the field of early learning indicators and how these indicators are being used to support the healthy development and achievement of young children.

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2011 Client Project Highlights

Highlights of FSG’s client project work from 2011; social impact projects that range from improving education in Oregon to fighting malaria.

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The North Face: Shared Value Strategy

FSG was engaged by The North Face to develop a shared value strategy to further the company’s outdoor participation efforts in order to drive greater social impact while also creating business value.

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Improving the Livelihoods of Palm Oil Smallholders: the Role of the Private Sector

Adeeb Mahmud, Matthew Rehrig, Greg Hills

Smallholders represent a critical component of the palm oil industry, as well as a significant opportunity to improve livelihoods in resource-poor settings.

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Creating Shared Value: The Role of Corporations in Economic and Social Development

Michael Porter presents "Creating Shared Value: The Role of Corporations in Economic and Social Development" at the 2010 CECP Corporate Philanthropy Summit.

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Align, Adapt, Aspire: Ten Years of Business Model Evolution

CF Insights examines the evolution of community foundation business model and highlights principles behind successful community foundations.

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Gaining Perspective:
Lessons Learned From One Foundation’s Exploratory Decade

Veronica Borgonovi, Fay Hanleybrown, Hallie Preskill, David Zapol

Ten years after launching an ambitious strategy, the Northwest Area Foundation asked FSG to identify lessons learned from a decade of community-based work.

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Pfizer: Africa Platform

Pfizer engaged FSG to help develop a shared value strategy in Africa to better align Pfizer’s market interests and social investment activities.

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Collective Impact Practitioner Insights: Paul Born & Liz Weaver, Tamarack Institute

Paul Born, President and Liz Weaver, Vice President of the Tamarack Institute discuss reducing poverty using a collective impact approach.

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Boosting the Immunization Workforce: Lessons from the Merck Vaccine Network - Africa

Leigh Fiske, Amanda Rinderle, Greg Hills

Lessons for the field from ten years of immunization workforce training in Africa.

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Arauco: Shared Value Strategy

FSG worked with Arauco to create a shared value strategy for a $2.3B expansion of its industrial complex in the Arauco Province of Chile.

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Anti-Corruption as Strategic CSR: A Call to Action for Corporations

Greg Hills, Leigh Fiske, Adeeb Mahmud

Engaging in anti-corruption strategies is an opportunity for corporations to improve competitiveness while limiting diversion of resources from disadvantaged populations.

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Catalytic Philanthropy In India

Nidhi M. Reddy, Lalitha Vaidyanathan, Katyayani Balasubramanian, Kavitha Gorapalli, Sharad Sharma

This collaborative report from FSG and the Indian School of Business explores how India's largest givers can help solve critical social problems.

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Collective Impact: Creating Large Scale Social Change Webinar

John Kania, Mark Kramer

This webinar features John Kania and Mark Kramer of FSG, in conversation with Jeff Edmondson, executive director of the Strive Partnership on the topic of Collective Impact.

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Readiness for Organizational Learning and Evaluation Instrument (ROLE)

Hallie Preskill

This instrument is designed to help an organization determine its level of readiness for implementing organizational learning and evaluation practices and processes that support it.

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The Competitive Advantage of Corporate Philanthropy

Michael Porter, Mark Kramer

The authors argue that CSR should be a win-win situation – for society and the corporation.

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Best in Class: How Top Corporations Can Help Transform Public Education

Greg Hills, Jason Hirschhorn, John Kania, Allison Lee

This report provides a critical assessment of opportunities for corporations to transform the U.S. public education system through corporate philanthropy.

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Case Studies: How Four Community Information Projects Went from Idea to Impact

Amber Johnson Binkley, Carina Wendel, Madeleine Taylor, Hallie Preskill, John Kania

Case studies of local news and information projects supported by community foundations

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: HIV/AIDS Strategy

FSG partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a five-year $1.1 billion HIV/AIDS strategy in prevention, treatment, and care.

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Collective Impact Practitioner Insights: Ross Meyer, Partners for a Competitive Workforce

Ross Meyer, Executive Director of Partners for a Competitive Workforce, on collective impact in workforce development in Cincinnati, Kentucky and Indiana.

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Communicating Education Metrics

Jason Lee, Hallie Preskill, Rebecca Graves

New research highlights eight innovative tools that allow users to communicate social metrics effectively to a wide range of users.

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The Power of Strategic Mission Investing

Mark Kramer, Sarah Cooch

To foster dramatic change, foundations need a fundamentally different approach to mission investing: making mission investments that complement grantmaking.

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Creating Shared Value: Making The Case In Your Company

This webinar on how to move your company toward Shared Value features FSG's Mark Kramer and Marc Pfitzer, Paul Ellingstad from HP, Jessica Hubbard from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Paul Snyder from Intercontinental Hotels Group.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Shared Value

FSG worked with HMH to develop a shared value approach to improve student outcomes and grow their products and services in new markets.

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Advancing Philanthropy in Switzerland: A Vision for a Cooperative and Recognized Philanthropic Sector

Marc Pfitzer, Valerie Bockstette, Mike Stamp

To dramatically transform Swiss philanthropy, funders must undertake strategies to catalyze cooperation and put philanthropy on the map.

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A Market for Success

Jeff Kutash, Kate Tallant, Matt Wilka, Kevin Connell

This report draws on the perspectives of community college leaders to explore how external service providers can best help colleges improve student completion.

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Toward a New Approach to Product Development Partnership (PDP) Performance Measurement

Kyle Peterson, Marc Pfitzer, Laura Herman, Patty Russell, David Zapol, Mike Stamp

This report highlights new approaches to measuring the performance of product development partnerships, multi-sector collaborations developing products for neglected diseases.

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Risk, Return, and Social Impact: Demystifying the Law of Mission Investing by U.S. Foundations

Mark Kramer, Anne Stetson

This guide analyzes the federal and state laws for U.S. foundations and provide recommendations on ways to navigate the laws around mission investments.

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Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: Strategic Planning

FSG worked with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop a plan for accelerating progress toward achieving the state’s higher education goals—and by extension, increasing individual and statewide economic outcomes.

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Anti-Corruption as Strategic CSR Video

Greg Hills on the strategic approach corporations can take to make anti-corruption a business imperative.

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John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: Community Information Challenge

FSG designed and is currently implementing a multi-year evaluation of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Community Information Challenge.

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The David and Lucile Packard Foundation: Evaluation and Strategy Support for the Marine Fisheries Program

FSG provided strategy, learning, and evaluation support for fifteen grantee NGOs of the Packard Foundation Marine Fisheries Program.

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Collective Impact Practitioner Insights: Blair Taylor, Memphis Tomorrow

Blair Taylor, President of Memphis Tomorrow, discusses leading a multi-issue collaborative to advance Memphis, Tennessee using the collective impact approach.

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Mark Kramer at the Nestlé Central & West Africa CSV Forum

FSG's Mark Kramer participated in the Nestlé CSV Forum on “The Role of Business in Food Security and Nutrition” on Sept. 17 & 18, 2012 in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Battle Creek Unlimited: Economic Development Initiative

With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, FSG was engaged to help Battle Creek Unlimited design and implement an evaluation for their economic development effort A New Vision: Battle Creek Downtown Transformation Initiative

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Raising Money While Raising Hell: Catalytic Community Leadership and Successful Fundraising for Community Foundations

John Kania, Emily Gorin, Valerie Bockstette

Several foundations built their fundraising efforts by leading advocacy efforts, debunking the myth that these activities are naturally at odds.

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Promoting Philanthropy in Luxembourg

Marc Pfitzer, Mike Stamp

Financial institutions in Luxembourg have found ways to both improve the philanthropic environment and benefit their business.

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Dollars for Degrees: Structuring Post-Secondary Scholarships to Increase Student Success

Jeffrey Cohen, Lindsay Fox, Jeff Kutash, Mukta Pandit

This report explores how funders can structure their scholarship awards and provide access to key non-financial supports to improve post-secondary persistence and completion.

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Better Outcomes, Lower Costs: How Community-Based Funders Can Transform U.S. Health Care

Mark Kramer and Dr. Atul Gawande discuss the untapped potential for community-based funders to transform the cost and quality of health care in the United States.

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Collective Impact Practitioner Insights: Susan Dawson, E3 Alliance

Susan Dawson, President and Executive Director, E3 Alliance discusses leading a cradle to career collective impact initiative in Austin, Texas.

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The Promise of Citywide Charter Strategies

Jeff Kutash, John Kania, Robert Albright, Julie Obbard

This report examines the potential for citywide charter strategies as a key leverage point for increasing charter school quality.

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Collective Impact Case Study: Memphis Fast Forward

This case study provides an overview of Memphis Fast Forward, a multi-layered collective impact initiative focused on increasing economic prosperity and quality of life in Greater Memphis.

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Godrej Group: Shared Value Strategy Development

FSG helped Godrej Group in India create a Shared Value strategy so that the company could have greater impact that would benefit both society and the bottom line.

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United Front 2011: The Power of Collective Impact

This video from Twin Cities United Way showcases Collective Impact efforts in Minnesota.

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Medicines for Malaria Venture: Access Issues Strategic Planning

MMV asked FSG to revise its business plan to clarify its strategy for existing and potential funders, articulate its role regarding access to the drugs that it develops and share plans for its emerging drug portfolio.

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Collective Impact Case Study: Shape Up Somerville

This case study provides an overview of Shape Up Somerville, a collective impact initiative in the city of Somerville, Massachusetts that is focused on reducing obesity and promoting health.

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Community Foundation Economic Scenario Planning (ESP) Tool

John Kania, Rebecca Graves, Melissa Scott, Diana Esposito, Valerie Bockstette

A new interactive tool allows community foundations to test the impact of changes in market conditions on their business.

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Shared Value Insights: Nestlé's Janet Voûte on Linking Business Growth and Societal Needs

In a brief interview, Nestlé's Janet Voûte discusses the link between business growth and societal needs.

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Due Diligence Done Well

The guide underlines the value of a streamlined approach to due diligence that balances a grantmaker’s information needs with the added burden on the grantee.

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Microsoft Client Video

Ahktar Badshah, Senior Director of Community Affairs for Microsoft, talks about FSG’s work to develop a strategy for its global Community Technology Skills philanthropy program.

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Collective Impact Case Study: The Road Map Project

This case study provides an overview of The Road Map Project, a collective impact initiative in the South Seattle region that is focused on doubling the number of students on track to graduate with a postsecondary degree or credential.

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TNT/U.N. World Food Programme: Evaluation of "Moving the World"

FSG conducted a five-year evaluation of the Moving the World partnership, a collaboration between TNT and the World Food Programme.

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Investing in Change: Funding Collective Impact Efforts

Learn about the unique and critical role of funders in collective impact efforts to achieve large scale social change.

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Catalytic Philanthropy - A New Approach in Uncertain Times Webinar

Mark Kramer

Mark Kramer, Thomas M. Siebel and Diana Aviv discuss the concept of Catalytic Philanthropy.

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Introducing the Shared Value Initiative

Learn how the Shared Value Initiative will engage leading companies and organizations to advance the practice of shared value.

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International Corporate Volunteering Video

Greg Hills discusses key trends in international corporate volunteering -- an integral component of corporate social responsibility.

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The Evaluation Matrix

Mark Kramer

Evaluation is one of the most confusing topics in philanthropy – in part because it embraces multiple definitions that are often jumbled together.

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Taking Informed Action in Challenging Times

Wendy Horton, Valerie Bockstette, Melissa Scott, Diana Esposito

New research uncovers how community foundations are weathering the economic storm and “making lemonade” from difficult times.

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Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture: Strategy

FSG was engaged by Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture to complete a comprehensive strategy for the Foundation’s investments going forward.

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Collective Impact: Creating Large Scale Social Change Presentation

John Kania, Mark Kramer

This presentation was created for the Collective Impact webinar and features the Strive Partnership as an example of a collective impact initiative.

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The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: Evaluation Study

FSG was engaged by The Hewlett Foundation to identify opportunities for greater efficiencies in practice and enhanced learning at the Foundation.

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Corporate Social Responsibility in the Agrifood Sector: Harnessing Innovation for Sustainable Development

Claudia Genier, Mike Stamp, Marc Pfitzer

This review of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the agrifood sector paints a landscape of opportunity won and lost and encourages the most promising strategies and collaborative approaches.

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Eli Lilly and Company: The Lilly NCD Partnership

Lilly engaged FSG to develop its new, signature corporate responsibility initiative that would represent its evolving approach to corporate responsibility, which includes a focus on catalyzing access to healthcare, developing new models for effective care, and creating shared value.

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Market Development Investments by Agricultural Input Companies: Transforming Smallholder Agriculture

Marc Pfitzer, Ramya Krishnaswamy, Claudia Genier

This report demonstrates how companies providing services to farmers in poor countries are transforming smallholder agriculture, making it sustainable.

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Shared Value tea with The Economist

Mark Kramer sat down for tea with The Economist to discuss shared value and why it's "not just lipstick on a pig."

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WWF International: Defining a New Operating Model

FSG was engaged to define a new operating model for WWF International that reaffirmed its value to the WWF network and to the field of conservation.

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Do More than Grow: Realizing the Potential of Community Foundation Donor-Advised Funds

Rebecca Graves, Eva Nico, Carina Wendel

What community foundations can do to realize the strategic value of Donor-Advised Funds.

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Marin Community Foundation: Strategic Planning and Implementation

The Marin Community Foundation engaged FSG to facilitate a strategic planning and implementation process to align all staff and Board members around common grantmaking and development goals.

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Growing Smarter: Achieving Sustainability in Emerging Community Foundations

Eva Nico, Rebecca Graves, Tracy Foster, Fay Hanleybrown

This report focuses on solutions to a striking paradox: as community foundations grow their assets, their sustainability is often threatened.

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The Collective Impact Forum Online Community is now Live!

Join the community at collectiveimpactforum.org.

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Investing for Impact - Managing and Measuring Proactive Social Investments

Mark Kramer, Sarah Cooch

PSIs can simultaneously deliver measurable social benefits and attractive rates of return.

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Developing a Master Data Sharing Agreement: Seeking Student-Level Evidence to Support a Collaborative Community Effort in Education

Neil E. Carlson, Edwin Hernández, Chaná Edmond-Verley, Gustavo Rotondaro, Eleibny Feliz-Santana, Susan Heynig

How the development of a data sharing agreement was key to providing the longitudinal, student-level data required to drive and evaluate multiple efforts to close the achievement gap in an urban neighborhood.

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NewSchools Venture Fund: Charter Management Best Practices

FSG worked with the NewSchools Venture Fund and fourteen of its portfolio ventures to research and write case studies on best practices for Charter Management Organizations.

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IMPACT: A Practical Guide to Evaluating Community Information Projects

Katelyn Mack, Ellen Martin, Hallie Preskill, John Kania

Four essential steps to collecting useful information about the effectiveness and impact of community-based information and media efforts.

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Lobbying for Good

Kyle Peterson, Marc Pfitzer

Companies are defying the stereotype that all corporate lobbying is self-interested by advocating for social issues that matter to business.

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The Role of the Food and Beverage Sector in Expanding Economic Opportunity

Marc Pfitzer, Ramya Krishnaswamy

Pioneering firms are improving lives of food & beverage workers in developing countries by satisfying their consumption and income needs.

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Creating Shared Value: Redefining the Role of Business in Society

FSG's Mark Kramer presents the keynote address at the 3rd Global Peter Drucker Forum on creating shared value.

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Building a Movement: Lessons Learned from the California Charter Schools Association

Lindsay Fox, Jeff Kutash, Ellen Martin

This case study focuses on the history and growth of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), one of the leading charter support organizations in the country and a veteran institution which is often looked upon as a model for other Charter Support Organizations.

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New York City Leadership Academy: Strategic Business Planning

FSG helped the New York City Leadership Academy make strategic and business decisions to increase impact and improve sustainability.

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Union of Concerned Scientists: Organizational Alignment and Implementation

FSG conducted a robust organizational assessment of the Union of Concerned Scientists to ensure they had the appropriate structure, practices and culture in place as the organization evolved.

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Hewlett-Packard: World Class Benchmarking

FSG was hired to inform HP’s Office of Social Innovation and the HP Company Foundation about best practices in world class corporate social engagement.

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Social Investment Trends in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Kyle Peterson, Laura Herman

FSG analyzed trends in pharmaceutical philanthropy to understand how a select group of pharmaceutical companies creates value for society and their businesses through their philanthropic investments.

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Fueling Impact: A Fresh Look at Business Model Innovation and New Revenue Sources

Rebecca Graves, Samira Rahmatullah

Difficult economic times in 2008-2010 were an important wake-up call for community foundations – a reminder that diversifying revenue sources is an essential component of a strong business model.

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The Ford Family Foundation: Grant Strategy

The Ford Family Foundation sought guidance in reassessing priorities for its responsive grant program, as well as in further developing its proactive grant program.

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Executive Insights with Michael J. Warmuth

Michael J. Warmuth, Senior Vice President, Established Pharmaceuticals at Abbott discusses creating shared value in global health at the "Competing to Save Lives" conference.

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From Crisis to Opportunity: Learning from One Region’s Response to the Economic Downturn

Rebecca Graves, Fay Hanleybrown, Veronica Borgonovi

Funders in one region of the U.S. demonstrate how difficult times spur innovative strategies by doing more with less. 

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Leslie Crutchfield on ABC News

Leslie Crutchfield sat down for an ABC News Money Matters interview. Leslie discusses the catalytic practices of the most highly effective philanthropists, as highlighted in FSG's new book Do More Than Give.

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A New Challenge for Global Companies: Successfully Managing MLO and NGO Relationships

Kyle Peterson

Multinational companies today are investing the time and talent to ensure that their relationships with multilateral organizations (MLOs) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are active and positive.

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Smarter Programming of the Female Condom

FSG, with Elliot Marseille and James G. Kahn

New research examines how the female condom fits within HIV prevention and makes recommendations for increasing its impact and cost-effectiveness.

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Collective Impact: Embracing Emergence Webinar

This webinar explores how to address complexity in collective impact and create an intentional process that allows for effective solutions.

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School Turnaround: A Brief Overview of the Landscape and Key Issues

Jeff Kutash, Eva Nico, Emily Gorin, Kate Tallant, Samira Rahmatullah

This report, prepared for attendees of FSG’s national school turnaround conference in January 2010, highlights effective practices, policies, and conditions for success, and needed capacities for tackling turnaround on a national scale.

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The Key to Educational Improvement: Data and How We Use It

Jeff Edmondson, Executive Director of Strive speaks at TEDxCincy on data driven-decision making to improve educational outcomes.

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Collective Impact Case Study: Opportunity Chicago

This case study provides an overview of Opportunity Chicago, a collective impact initiative in the city of Chicago, Illinois that helped over 5,000 public housing residents prepare for and find quality jobs.

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SEED Funds: A Powerful New Approach to Corporate Social Investment

Greg Hills

Small Enterprise Economic Development (SEED) Investment Funds use corporate funds and expertise to stimulate investment in for-profit enterprises that address social problems and foster economic development.

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Beyond R&D: Leveraging the Pharmaceutical Industry on Issues of Drug Access

Kyle Peterson, Fay Hanleybrown, Laura Herman

This report investigates whether and how pharmaceutical companies’ "downstream" assets and capabilities could be harnessed to improve access to existing and future drugs for neglected diseases.

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Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World

John Kania, Mark Kramer, Patty Russell

An examination of how philanthropy can strategically navigate the complexities of social change.

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Design for Giving - Understanding What Motivates Corporate Philanthropy

John Kania, Mindy Oakley

What motivates corporate philanthropy? The majority of grants can be explained by three motivational clusters: community obligation, reputation building, and strategic. Maximizing impact means managing the mix.

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Competing by Saving Lives: Stories of Implementation

Learn what creating shared value in global health means for companies and other global health stakeholders in a webinar hosted by FSG’s Kyle Peterson.

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Firmenich: Sustainable Vanilla Sourcing

Firmenich sought FSG’s support to conduct a strategic review of a sustainable vanilla purchasing program in Uganda.

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Merck: Review of Philanthropic Portfolio

FSG was hired to review Merck’s philanthropic portfolio, refine its initiatives and develop new initiatives to align business and philanthropy.

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Managing for Learning and Impact

Stef Steyaert, Mark Hongenaert, Tinne Vandensande, Wouter Van den Berghe, Valerie Bockstette, Marc Pfitzer, Hallie Preskill

Over the past three years, the King Baudouin Foundation has developed a more systematic approach for the evaluation of its projects, which FSG helped codify in the KBF Project Management Guide: ‘Managing for Learning and Impact’.

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Creating Shared Value: Redefining Capitalism and the Role of the Corporation in Society

Michael Porter

This presentation was created for FSG's Leadership Summit on Shared Value and gives examples of shared value from Dow, Intuit, Fibria, Anglo American and Novartis. 

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Women's World Banking

Mary Ellen Iskenderian, CEO of Women’s World Banking, discusses working with FSG to develop a strategy for expansion of its microfinance network in Africa.

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John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: Community Engagement

FSG was engaged to strategically define community engagement and give the foundation a tangible, practical, and operational plan for implementation.

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Creating Shared Value In Action Presentation

Mark Kramer

Mark Kramer and a panel of corporate leaders discussed what shared value means, and how leading companies are putting the concept into practice.

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Kollektive Wirkung

Sonja Patscheke, Senior Consultant bei FSG, über Kollektive Wirkung als Lösungsansatz für komplexe soziale Probleme.

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How the Rockefeller Foundation Used Emergent Strategy to Advance Impact Investing

This video features the Rockefeller Foundation’s Dr. Judith Rodin and Dr. Zia Khan, along with Antony Bugg-Levine, discussing the foundation’s successful Impact Investing Initiative.

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California Charter Schools Association: Charter Launch

Lindsay Fox, Jeff Kutash, Ellen Martin

This case study examines the development of the California Charter Schools Association's "Charter Launch" program and provides an instructive model for other charter support organizations.

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Learning From an Adaptive-Consultative Approach

Srikanth Gopalakrishnan, Hallie Preskill

This article describes a creative relationship between the Ball Foundation and the Rowland Unified School District, based on the concept of “adaptive leadership".

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Creating Shared Value: Making the Case in Your Company Presentation

Mark Kramer, Marc Pfitzer

This presentation was created for the "Creating Shared Value: Making the Case in Your Company" webinar which featured FSG's Mark Kramer and Marc Pfitzer and panelists from HP, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and InterContinental Hotels Group.

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PDP Access Strategies

Laura Herman, Amanda Oudin

This report highlights the current status of PDP access strategies, select access strategy challenges, and future considerations for improving access strategies

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Breakthroughs in Shared Measurement Systems Webinar

Mark Kramer

Learn how innovative new performance measurement trends in evaluation are enabling nonprofit organizations to measure their performance with a common system of metrics.

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Initiative pour la dynamisation de la philanthropie en Suisse

Marc Pfitzer, Valerie Bockstette, Mike Stamp

Ce rapport apporte un point de vue factuel dans le débat sur les défis auxquels fait face la philanthropie en Suisse et sur les possibilités de renforcer son impact.

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New FSG Article: Embracing Emergence with Collective Impact

FSG explores how collective impact creates the conditions for change to happen differently, when new or unanticipated opportunities emerge from the work being done. 

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Rwanda Works: Strategic Planning

FSG partnered with Rwanda Works, an organization that builds and manages competitive businesses and healthcare infrastructure, to develop a plan to pursue impact investing opportunities in Rwanda.

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Novartis: Strategic Visioning for Creating Shared Value

FSG was engaged by Novartis to help systematically pinpoint how specific societal issues connect with its core business model.

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New Schools for New Orleans Client Video

Sarah Usdin, President and Founder of New Schools for New Orleans,  talks about FSG’s work in creating a three year strategic plan for growth for the organization.

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The Role of the Health Care Sector in Expanding Economic Opportunity

Adeeb Mahmud, Marcie Parkhurst

This report provides an overview and critical assessment of the ways pharmaceutical companies expand economic opportunities in developing countries.

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Notable Books: How to Change the World

Mark Kramer

Mark Kramer reviews the book "How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas" by David Bornstein.

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AVINA Foundation: Study on International Grantmaking in the US

AVINA sought help from FSG to mobilize new international funds from US foundations, thereby supporting its objective to move beyond grantmaking to providing knowledge and alliances for social value creation.

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McKesson Foundation: Diabetes Program Design

FSG partnered with the McKesson Foundation to develop a program-focused strategy on improving chronic disease outcomes for low-income and under-served populations in the US.

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W.K. Kellogg Foundation: Building Success Markers for Education and Learning

FSG is developing a comprehensive set of success markers and progress measures for whole-child development and family literacy for families with children from birth to grade three.

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E3 Alliance: Development of Five-Year Strategic Plan

FSG worked with the E3 Alliance to develop a new five-year strategic plan to improve the alignment and effectiveness of education systems and actors across the Central Texas region.

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Benchmarking Philanthropy

John Kania

Benchmarking philanthropic performance against industry peers is extremely helpful in finding ways to increase both the business and social benefit of every dollar the company contributes.

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DC Public Schools: Strategy and Organizational Alignment

FSG was engaged by the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) to help improve the strategy and implementation plan for the district’s whole school reform models.

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: Economic Modeling of Charter Support Services

FSG was engaged by NAPCS to research opportunities to increase the reach of and develop business models for the delivery of support services by Charter Support Organizations.

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Institute for OneWorld Health: Strategic Planning

FSG helped the Institute for OneWorld Health develop a five-year diarrheal disease program strategy and access plan based on in-depth research in three countries.

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Diarrheal Disease Advocacy: Findings from a Scan of the Global Funding and Policy Landscape

Laura Herman, Leigh Fiske, Jennifer Splansky, Kate Tallant

New funding and policy research for Path, a global nonprofit, informs their advocacy strategy around diarrheal disease in children.

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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation: Foster Youth

FSG partnered with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to develop a strategy to improve the well-being of transition-age foster youth in the United States.

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First, Make Money. Also, Do Good.

Steve Lohr

This New York Times article examines the concept of Creating Shared Value and cites examples of corporations that are are pursuing the idea that profit-making should be a priority of their social responsibility programs.

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Mattel: Creating Shared Value

Mattel engaged FSG to develop a strategy for creating shared value that would generate meaningful ways to create positive impact for society while also driving new business opportunities.

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The Staten Island Foundation: Collective Impact Initiative

With the support of the Staten Island Foundation, a cross-sectoral coalition engaged FSG to help design, organize, and launch a collective impact initiative designed to improve health outcomes on Staten Island, now known as the Tackling Youth Substance Abuse initiative.

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Creating Sustainable Value

Stuart L. Hart & Mark B. Milstein

This report outlines a sustainable-value framework that links the challenges of global sustainability to the creation of shareholder value.

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Blue Shield of California Foundation: Strategic Plan

FSG worked with the Blue Shield of California Foundation to develop a focused strategic initiative for each of Blue Shield’s three program areas: Health Access, Technology and Healthcare, and Blue Shield Against Violence.

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Why Engage the Public Sector and How?

Greg Hills, Maximilian Martin

This article explores different ways in which foundations can interact with governments in order to achieve social impact.

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Announcing the Collective Impact Forum: An initiative of FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions

A resource for practitioners and funders who are using the collective impact approach to achieve large-scale systems change.

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An Interview With Michael Porter: Social Entrepreneurship and the Transformation of Capitalism

Michaela Driver

In this interview Michael Porter explores social entrepreneurship in the context of a larger transformation of capitalism.

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Scaling Social Impact

Mark Kramer

The business metaphor has imprisoned much new thinking in the social sector – and the limitations are most apparent in this widespread ambition, shared by many funders and nonprofit leaders alike, of “going to scale” through rapid organizational growth.

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AVINA Foundation: Effectiveness of Network Strategies

AVINA retained FSG to examine the role of networks in advancing the foundation’s strategy and to highlight ways that AVINA could support, expand, and strengthen its network to increase its impact in the future.

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Microfinance Strategies Video

Valerie Bockstette shares insights on developing safe banking strategies for the poor.

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Nestlé’s Approach to Creating Shared Value

Janet Voûte, Vice President of Public Affairs, outlines Nestlé's approach to creating shared value at FSG's 2011 Shared Value Leadership Summit.

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Stärkung der Philanthropie in der Schweiz

Marc Pfitzer, Valerie Bockstette, Mike Stamp

Im letzten Jahrzehnt wurden erhebliche Anstrengungen unternommen, um die Reichweite und Wirkung der Philanthropie in der Schweiz zu erhöhen.

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Communicating the Value of Corporate Philanthropy

Fay Hanelybrown, Mindy Oakley

Many corporations go to great lengths to design strategic initiatives in philanthropy, yet discover that they don’t always get the credit and recognition they deserve.

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Executive Insights with Gary M. Cohen

Gary M. Cohen, Executive Vice President at BD discusses creating shared value in global health at the "Competing to Save Lives" conference.

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SAP: Creating a High Impact CSR Portfolio

FSG was engaged to help SAP create a high impact CSR portfolio through a series of engagements, including developing a global shared value initiative, refining its regional CSR strategies, and designing a measurement framework to help CSR understand and track the business and social impact of its work.

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The Evaluation of Capacity Building Grants

Rebecca Graves, Henry Culbreath

Many foundations now have programs aimed at capacity building for their grantees. FSG's analysis of the Maine Community Foundation (MCF) highlighted three basic lessons that can increase the likelihood of success for any capacity building initiative.

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Museum Evaluation Without Borders

Hallie Preskill

This article invites readers to think outside of evaluation’s current boundaries and to see the deep connectedness between what museums hope to achieve and how we evaluate the extent to which these aspirations may be realized.

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Executive Insights with Anuj Pasrija

Anuj Pasrija, Head, Social Business, Group Emerging Markets, Novartis discusses creating shared value in global health at the "Competing to Save Lives" conference.

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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Aravind Adiga

Introducing a major literary talent, The White Tiger offers a story of coruscating wit, blistering suspense, and questionable morality, told by the most volatile, captivating, and utterly inimitable narrator that this millennium has yet seen.

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Collective Impact for Opportunity Youth Webinar

Learn how collective impact can be applied to the unique needs of Opportunity Youth and why a new approach is needed to re-engage this population.

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Missouri Foundation for Health: Evaluation of Domestic Violence Program

FSG was hired to design and conduct an evaluation of the Missouri Foundation for Health’s Preventing Violence Against Women program.

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All Profits are Not Created Equal

Kevin Trapani

In his presentation at TEDxAshokaU, Kevin Trapani of The Redwoods Group challenges business schools to teach moral values. Kevin mentions the creating shared value approach as part of this new way of thinking.

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MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation: Strategic Planning

FSG conducted MCHCF’s 2004 strategic plan, and was re-engaged to help the Foundation develop its next 5-year strategic plan in 2008.

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Welcome to FSG.org

FSG's Founder & Managing Director Mark Kramer welcomes you to FSG.org.

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Why Do We Measure? An Ecosystem Perspective

FSG's Adeeb Mahmud moderates a discussion on the role of shared measurement systems at the Aspen Insititute's ANDE Metrics & Evaluation Conference.

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Banque de Luxembourg: Promoting Philanthropy in Luxembourg

FSG was hired to help catalyze a process of promoting and developing philanthropy in Luxembourg.

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European Climate Foundation: Organizational Assessment

FSG worked with the European Climate Foundation to assess the organization’s performance three years into its founding.

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Careers at FSG: Where Passion Meets Impact

In this brief video, our consultants discuss work, culture, and passion at FSG.

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How to Strengthen Global Partnerships for a Post-2015 World: New Business Fights Poverty Blog

How the principles of collective impact provide important lessons on what it truly takes to tackle complex problems.

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Corporate Giving and the Corporate Foundation

John Kania, Marc Pfitzer, Kyle Peterson

There is no compelling reason why every corporation should have a foundation. Companies must focus instead on the best way to achieve social impact and competitive advantage.

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Seeking Shared Success: Business Model Innovation Through Mergers, Affiliations, and Alliances

Rebecca Graves, Hollie Marston

Learn how alliances, affiliations, and mergers represent a path to enhanced sustainability and greater impact for community foundations.

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Benchmarking Beyond Asset Size: New Top 100 Lists

Rebecca Graves, Melissa Scott, Diana Esposito

Benchmarking community foundations beyond asset size provides a more holistic view of how these organizations operate.

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BlackRock: Corporate Philanthropy Strategy

FSG partnered with BlackRock to set a clear vision for their philanthropic portfolio and developed a signature initiative that focuses on Building Better Financial Futures.

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Opportunities for Foundation Leadership

Jeff Cohen, Nathalie Jones, Leslie Crutchfield

These three case studies show how community foundations, working to create more informed and engaged communities, contributed to transforming their own institutions.

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Rethinking International Development in a Converging World

Gib Bulloch, Chris Jurgens and Peter Lacy

This report from Accenture Development Partnerships explores the concept of "Convergence" which calls for cross-sector collaboration among NGO's, governments and corporations to solve global development problems.

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Shared Value Insights: Save the Children’s Carolyn Miles on the Power of Partnerships

In a brief interview on shared value, Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children shares her insights about the power of partnerships

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ACE Foundation – Bermuda: A New Foundation Strategy

FSG developed a new foundation strategy for ACE Foundation – Bermuda that increased its impact locally and tied its efforts to ACE’s core insurance business.

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What Does It Take for Philanthropy to Deliver Results?

Leslie Crutchfield, John Kania, Mark Kramer

Donors large and small often think that they can simply throw money at a problem and hope for the best. Successful giving requires more involvement than that.

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Allocating Resources in a Time of Scarcity

Mark Kramer, John Kania

In tough times foundations should concentrate their giving in those areas in which their expertise, relationships, and grantees create the greatest value.

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New FSG Research: Ahead of the Curve: Insights for the International NGO of the Future

Recommendations and examples for international NGOs to create greater impact.

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New FSG Report: Building a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System for Your Organization

A strategic learning and evaluation system helps organizations determine what to evaluate, when, why, with whom, and with what resources.

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Swiss Re: Alignment of Corporate Social Engagement Portfolio

FSG was engaged by Swiss Re to align its corporate social engagement portfolio to create more value for both society and its businesses, while also enhancing its brand and reputation.

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Catalyzing Change: Stories from Bold Donors Who Drive Real Results

John Kania and Leslie Crutchfield, coauthors of Do More Than Give, and a panel of leading catalytic philanthropists share stories of their bold journeys to find solutions to key social problems.

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California HealthCare Foundation Client Video

Mark Smith, CEO of California HealthCare Foundation, talks about working with FSG to develop the Foundation’s five-year strategic plan.

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Next Generation Evaluation Conference

On November 14, FSG and Stanford Social Innovation Review convened nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, evaluators, and other interested organizations and individuals to explore the possibilities for learning and evaluation in the social sector.

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Changing the Game

Mark Kramer, John Kania

Companies that get into the CSR game and play to win will reap disproportionate social impact, economic rewards, and reputational benefits.

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Swiss Re: Climate Change

Swiss Re engaged FSG to assess the opportunity to bring the topic of climate change into U.S. public schools as an education module to build youth’s understanding of the issue.

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Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed by Frances Westley, Brenda Zimmerman and Michael Quinn Patton

Frances Westley, Brenda Zimmerman and Michael Quinn Patton

Getting to Maybe applies the insights of complexity theory and harvests the experiences of a wide range of people and organizations… to lay out a brand new way of thinking about making change in communities, in business, and in the world.

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Connecting Strategy, Evaluation, and Learning in Your Organization Webinar

How can you ensure that your organization’s investments in evaluation and learning are contributing to your ability to achieve greater impact?

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Mixed Motives

Mark Kramer

Any donor's giving has multiple motivations. In this piece, Kramer argues that there are three primary motivational categories of giving and that by establishing budgets for each type and consciously considering one's motivations, donors can improve their impact.

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Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work

Learn more about implementing collective impact, and hear real stories of collective impact success at this webinar.

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The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: Evaluation of K-12 and Community College Portfolios

FSG was engaged by the Hewlett Foundation to review and evaluate its K-12 Education Policy Reform and California Community College portfolios.

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The State of the Shared Value Field with Michael E. Porter

Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School presents the keynote on the importance of shared value as business strategy at the Global Shared Value Leadership Summit, May 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Creating Shared Value: Leveraging Business for Development

Michael Porter and corporate leaders discuss Leveraging Business for Development at the 2010 Creating Shared Value Forum.

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2011 Reports from the Field: Place-based Foundations and the Knight Community Information Challenge

John Kania, Katelyn Mack, Ellen Martin, Marina Pol Longo, Hallie Preskill

This second annual report highlights lessons learned from the Knight Community Information Challenge.

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International Finance Corporation: Impact Investing Review

FSG was engaged by IFC to conduct a landscape assessment of impact investing, and develop recommendations for what that means for the strategy of the Inclusive Business & Markets Group.

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Collective Impact in Cartagena

FSG's Laura Herman presents Collective Impact at the Transforming Philanthropy Conference in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Blended Learning Panel at NAPCS 2012

FSG's Matt Wilka moderates a panel on Blended Learning at the National Association of Public Charter Schools 2012 Conference.

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European Climate Foundation: 360 Grad Gesamtbeurteilung

FSG hat für die 2007 ins Leben gerufene European Climate Foundation (ECF) nach dreijährigem Bestehen eine 360 Grad Gesamtbeurteilung bezüglich Stiftungsleitung, Arbeitsprozessen und Steuerung durchgeführt.

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Academy for College Excellence: Development of a National Expansion Strategy

FSG helped the Academy for College Excellence define and model key components for national expansion and helped develop a comprehensive business plan to support the organization’s growth.

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Social and Economic Equity in U.S. Food and Agriculture Systems

Laura Herman, Amanda Goldberger, Robert Albright

This report focuses on challenges and opportunities for improving social and economic equity in the U.S. food and agriculture system.

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PetSmart Charities: Shared Measurement System and Database Governance

FSG facilitated the development of a common vision and the identification of animal welfare data elements to be included in a national database for the field.

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Three Questions for Mark Kramer

FSG's Mark Kramer discusses how strategy, evaluation and a catalytic approach to philanthropy can help foundations become more effective.

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Growing Smarter: Achieving Sustainability in Emerging Community Foundations Discussion Guide

Eva Nico, Rebecca Graves, Tracy Foster, Fay Hanleybrown

This straight-forward but thought-provoking tool was created for community foundation board meetings as a part of the Growing Smarter: Achieving Sustainability in Emerging Community Foundations study. The guide features a series of questions related to growth and sustainability.

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The Networked Nonprofit

Jane Wei-Skillern and Sonia Marciano

The success of some networked nonprofits suggests that organizations should focus less on growing themselves and more on cultivating their networks.

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Mark Kramer at the 2012 Ethos Conference

FSG's Mark Kramer presents "Creating Shared Value: Corporate Strategies for Sustainable Development" at the Ethos Institute International Conference on Sustainability 2012.

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How to Fix Capitalism

Michael Porter

In this HBR Ideacast, Michael Porter discusses his article, Creating Share Value, about the next evolution of capitalism. 

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New Schools for New Orleans: Development of a Strategic Business Plan

New Schools for New Orleans engaged FSG to develop a strategic plan that would build on the organization’s success and map out a plan for future growth and impact in one of the nation’s most exciting hotbeds for education reform.

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Leadership Summit on
Creating Shared Value

More than 50 corporate, government, NGO and nonprofit executives gathered for stimulating conversations with Michael Porter, Jane Nelson, Mark Kramer, and each other to discuss strategies for managing and implementing CSV in their organizations.

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Uncommon Partners: The Power of Foundation and Corporation Collaboration

Mark Kramer, Marc Pfitzer, Karin Jestin

With their separate spheres of influence, corporations and foundations are each powerful agents for transforming public policy, promoting transparency and convening influential parties.

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Exploring the Links between International Business and Poverty Reduction

Oxfam America, The Coca-Cola Company, SABMiller

This in-depth study examines the economic and social impact of the The Coca-Cola Company and SABMiller value chain on communities in El Salvador and Zambia using the poverty footprint methodology developed by Oxfam.

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Welcome to the Collective Impact Forum

In this brief video, Collective Impact Forum director Jennifer Splansky Juster talks about the mission of the Collective Impact Forum.

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Philanthropie, die katalysiert

Valerie Bockstette, Direktorin bei FSG, zum Thema Philanthropie, die katalysiert als neuer Ansatz für Stiftungen.

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Mapping Grantee Clusters

Mark Kramer

Foundations can boost impact and sharpen strategy by explicitly mapping clusters of grantees and managing the clusters.

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Union of Concerned Scientists: Development of Strategic Plan

FSG developed a new five-year strategic plan for the Union of Concerned Scientists that aligned each of the five programs around organization-wide goals.

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Collective Impact: Implementing Shared Measurement Presentation

Fay Hanleybrown

This presentation was created for the Collective Impact: Implementing Shared Measurement webinar which featured two panelists from successful collective impact initiatives using shared measurement systems.

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UBS Optimus Foundation: Förderstrategie

FSG hat für die UBS Optimus Stiftung die Wirksamkeit ihrer Förderaktivitäten evaluiert, und ihre verschiedenen Förderbereiche in einer neuen, ganzheitlichen Förderstrategie vereint.

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Who Exactly are the Customers of a Nonprofit Organization?

Mark Kramer

Every nonprofit institution has three “customers:” the clients it serves, the donors, and the volunteers or staff members who help get the work done. The failure to serve any one, will sooner or later undermine the organization's survival.

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FSG’s Shared Value Commitment to Action at 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

FSG’s Mark Kramer goes on stage as the Shared Value Initiative is announced as a 2012 Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting.

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Shared Value Insights: Arauco’s Charles Kimber on Creating a Vision for Productivity

In a brief interview on shared value, Arauco's Charles Kimber discusses creating a vision for productivity.

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Maximizing Impact: How Mission Investments and Grants Can Work Together Presentation

Mark Kramer, Adeeb Mahmud

A panel discussion on how some foundations are combining investments and grants to more effectively address difficult social problems.

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Understanding Mexican Culture to Improve the Interview Experience

FSG's Efrain Gutierrez presents a webinar for the American Evaluation Association on understanding Mexican culture to improve the interview experience with Mexicans.

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Shared Value Insights: UBS’s Erika Karp on Delivering Shareholder Value

In a brief interview on shared value, Erika Karp of UBS shares her insights on delivering shareholder value.

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The Travels of a T-shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli

The author, Pietra Rivoli, follows the life span of a t-shirt, from cotton seed in Texas (enter Monsanto and genetically modified seed) to the Mitumba used clothing market in Tanzania in an examination of the markets, power, and politics of world trade.

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Chicago Public Schools Office of New Schools: Organizational Alignment

FSG was engaged by the Office of New Schools to develop an updated organizational strategy in response to changes in its budgetary environment and leadership structure.

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Greater Texas Foundation: Strategic Planning

Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) engaged FSG to develop a five year strategic plan designed to increase the Foundation’s impact on student education outcomes in Texas.

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Client Testimonial: Kara Helander

FSG staff listens carefully, relentlessly focuses on finding high impact solutions, and is committed to delivering outstanding work. It is great working with a strong team that is dedicated to making the world a better place.

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Shaping Global Partnerships for a
Post-2015 World

Sonja Patscheke, Angela Barmettler, Laura Herman, Scott Overdyke, Marc Pfitzer

The principles of collective impact offer important lessons for architects of global collaborative efforts

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Mobilizing Resources for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People

Marcie Parkhurst, Amber Johnson

By surfacing approaches to mitigating funding obstacles, this report is a call to action to mobilize funding for LGBT efforts.

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It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine's Path to Peace by Rye Barcott

This inspiring work of nonfiction recounts the creation of Carolina for Kibera, a nonprofit organization founded by a U.S. marine that is focused on youth development in Kenya's largest slum.

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Charting a Course for Change: Advancing Education, Income and Health Through Collective Impact

A United Way roadmap of core community strategies to boost education, income and health, along with evidence-based implementation approaches.

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Reconnecting business, and investors, with society

In this UBS interview, Professor Michael Porter discusses the significance of shared value for investors and the banking industry.

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A Different View on Community Funds

Mark Kramer

In this letter to the editor, Kramer takes exception to an article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy--and argues that the most successful community foundations will be those that respond simultaneously to the needs of their community and their donors.

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NewSchools Venture Fund: Evaluation of Effectiveness

FSG worked with the NewSchools Venture Fund annually, over a three year period, to evaluate the support that it provides its portfolio ventures, and to evaluate its effectiveness in serving as an intermediary for its funding partners.

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Shared Value Summit Learning Agenda

This learning agenda was developed during FSG's Shared Value Leadership Summit as a way to help guide upcoming research and launch a CSV community of practice.

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Announcing the Collective Impact Forum

FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions are pleased to announce the Collective Impact Forum.

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Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work Presentation

This presentation was created for the Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work webinar moderated by SSIR editor Eric Nee in conversation with FSG’s John Kania, and the leaders of two organizations that have successfully used the collective impact principles.

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Degrees of Inequality: Culture, Class, and Gender in American Higher Education by Ann Mullen

In this fascinating evaluation and analysis of postsecondary education system, Mullen interviews students and reflects on their differing attitudes and experiences within the higher education system.

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Swiss Import Promotion Program: Wirksamkeitsanalyse

FSG hat für das Swiss Import Promotion Program (SIPPO) eine umfassende Evaluation bezüglich Wertschöpfung, Management und Geschäftsstruktur durchgeführt und ein Messsystem mit Indikatoren implementiert.

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Canaliser le changement: Comment réussir l’impact collectif

Fay Hanleybrown, John Kania, Mark Kramer

Cet article fait suite à l’article initial de FSG paru dans le numéro Hiver 2011 de la Stanford Social Innovation Review. Il explore de nouveaux exemples d’impact collectif tout en donnant des conseils pratiques pour ceux cherchant à initier ou mener une telle initiative.

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Catalyzing the New Mobility in Cities

Benjamin de la Peña, Robert Albright

This report focuses on innovative business and service models that are beneficial to the urban poor, both as users and providers of urban transportation.

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Opportunities for Leadership: Meeting Community Information Needs 2011

Katelyn Mack, Ellen Martin, with Leslie Crutchfield

This report from the Knight Community Information Challenge highlights three organizations that have taken distinct pathways beyond grant making to incorporate information needs into their work.

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The Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Allison H. Fine

Beth Kanter, Allison H. Fine

The book provides an introduction to social media and how it has been and can be leveraged by nonprofits to build community, raise awareness and drive revenue.

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PetSmart Charities: Collective Impact Initiative

FSG helped PetSmart Charities design and plan for launch of a collective impact initiative to address pet homelessness in communities across the United States.

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Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact: A Conversation with Faculty

Backbone workshop Q&A on funder engagement, measurement and emergence in collective impact.

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Making Informed Decisions in Uncertain Times

Wendy Horton, Valerie Bockstette, Melissa Scott

How do community foundations respond to volatile financial markets and bearish economic indicators? This report identifies strategies and recommendations for responding to the economic downturn.

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Knight Digital Media Center: Strategic Visioning and Assessment

FSG conducted an impact assessment and developed strategic vision positioning for the Knight Digital Media Center supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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CSR - A Religion with Too Many Priests?

Michael Porter

In this interview, Michael Porter discusses corporate philanthropy, the implications for corporate competitiveness and calls for academics to provide a conceptual framework for the topic.

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The James Irvine Foundation: Evaluation of the Community Foundations Initiative

The James Irvine Foundation engaged FSG to evaluate its Community Foundations Initiative, which is designed to accelerate the growth and leadership of nine small and emerging community foundations in rural areas of California.

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Collective Impact in Health Webinar

Learn how practitioners across the country are using collective impact to address complex problems in health

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The New Role of Business in Global Education

Mark Kramer, Greg Hills, Kate Tallant, Matt Wilka, Anjali Bhatt

This report looks at how companies can create shared value by raising levels of student and workforce achievement while driving shareholder returns.

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Public Television Major Market Group: Opportunities to Address Community Needs

FSG worked with public media’s major market group (MMG) to develop a strategy that would help stations more deeply address the needs of their communities.

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Columbus Survey 2010 Results: Guideposts Point to Growth

Rebecca Graves, Hollie Marston

What changes in assets, gifts, and grants did community foundations experience in 2010 given the economic recovery? This report is an analysis of 2010 data gathered through the Columbus Survey.

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Fay Hanleybrown at the United Way of Pierce County's Community Collective Action Event

FSG's Fay Hanleybrown speaks about collective impact at the United Way of Pierce County's Community Collective Action Event on October 30, 2012.

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Northwest Area Foundation: Lessons Learned from Ten Years of Grantmaking

FSG partnered with the Northwest Area Foundation to define lessons learned from grants made over a ten year period, from 1998 to 2008.

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Building the Shared Value Mindset on Forbes India

Forbes India hosted this lively panel discussion, featuring FSG's Lalitha Vaidyanathan,  on Creating Shared Value and the purpose of a business enterprise.

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Expanding Research and Analysis for Community Foundations Presentation

FSG surveyed community foundations to better understand challenges to their sustainability, the use of cost-revenue studies, and the extent of interest in gathering more consistent  benchmarking data.

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Sustainable Capitalism

This report makes the economic case for mainstreaming Sustainable Capitalism by highlighting the fact that it does not represent a trade-off with profit maximization but instead actually fosters superior long-term value creation.

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A Brief Guide to the Law of Mission Investing for U.S. Foundations

Mark Kramer, Anne Stetson

Laws governing mission-investing are complex.  These guides analyze U.S. laws for these investments and recommend ways to navigate them.

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Activity-Based Costing Toolkit

The Activity-Based Costing toolkit enables you to do an in depth assessment of your community foundation’s products and services and provides data to make informed decisions and improve sustainability.

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New FSG article: Shaping Global Partnerships for a Post-2015 World

The principles of collective impact offer important lessons for architects of global collaborative efforts.

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Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood by Taras Grescoe

Taras Grescoe

An eye-opening look at aquaculture that does for seafood what Fast Food Nation did for beef. Dividing his sensibilities between Epicureanism and ethics, Taras Grescoe set out on a nine-month, worldwide search for a delicious—and humane—plate of seafood.

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UBS Philanthropy Compass

Marc Pfitzer, Valerie Bockstette, Mike Stamp, Simon Meier

The UBS Philanthropy Compass provides a structured, step-by-step introduction to philanthropy.

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Strategy & Society Podcast

Mark Kramer

In this podcast from Harvard Business Online, Mark R. Kramer, talks about his article authored with Professor Michael E. Porter, in which they introduced their groundbreaking approach to corporate social responsibility

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Client Testimonial: Christoph Schmocker

FSG understands both the entrepreneurial side of philanthropy and how grantmaking works. They bring together business strategy and a grand vision for improving the world. Other firms just don’t bring both. The team was multi-cultural, which was wonderful. They listen, question and are empathetic. They also show deep respect for other cultures and could work with our grantees in both Switzerland and developing countries.

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Emergent Strategy and the Rockefeller Foundation

Leaders from the Rockefeller Foundation have found that a more nimble strategy and way of working allows them to be more responsive and to take advantage of emerging opportunities.

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Redefining the Role and Impact of Communications on CSR Webinar

Mark Kramer

This webinar hosted by the Communications Executive Council examines how companies can integrate shared value activities with business operations to create a more focused CSR strategy.

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Shared Value Summit Highlights

Highlights from FSG's Leadership Summit on Creating Shared Value as corporate leaders engage in discussion about how to initiate and execute shared value strategies.

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Adapting through Crisis: Lessons from ACHAP’s Contributions to the Fight against HIV/AIDS in Botswana

Alexandra Geertz, Shijie Lu, Kyle Peterson, Matthew Rehrig, Philippe Sion

This report focuses on the successes, challenges and lessons learned from fifteen years of ACHAP’s efforts combating a national health emergency.

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When Success is Only an Intermediate Goal

Kyle Peterson, Laura Herman, Matthew Clark

This article describes FSG’s work with Medicines for Malaria Ventures (MMV), which led to a broadened definition of success, a deepened perspective on MMV’s core mission, and new approach to performance management. 

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Advancing Good Governance - Executive Summary

Kathy K. Hedge, Eva Nico, Lindsay Fox

Many nonprofits and grantmakers are engaging in nonprofit board development activities to transform the social sector and achieve dramatic results.

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NS Raghavan on Way to Change Indian Philanthropy

Naren Karunakaran

Nadathur S. Raghavan's plan to chaperone Indian philanthropy from a charitable, crisis-alleviation mode to a sector that can take on larger developmental issues. The emphasis of his strategy is to engender transformational change through collective impact.

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Best in Class: How Top Corporations Can Help Transform Public Education - Executive Summary

Greg Hills, Jason Hirschhorn, John Kania, Allison Lee

This report provides a critical assessment of opportunities for corporations to help transform the U.S. public education system through innovative corporate philanthropy.

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Encauzamiento del cambio: cómo lograr que el impacto colectivo funcione

Fay Hanleybrown, John Kania, Mark Kramer

A pesar de la dificultad para lograr que los esfuerzos de impacto colectivo levanten vuelo, los involucrados informan una renovada sensación de optimismo que surge en las primeras etapas del proceso.

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John Kania presents W. T. McCullough Lecture

FSG's John Kania speaks about collective impact at the Human Services Institute's W. T. McCullough lecture on May 18, 2012.

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Catalytic Philanthropy Webinar Presentation

Mark Kramer

Mark Kramer, Tom Siebel (Siebel Foundation) and  Diana Aviv (Independent Sector) explore how catalytic philanthropists will be able to see measurable impact from their efforts and have the potential to change social conditions meaningfully.

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Interactive Strategy Model

The Interactive Strategy Model (ISM) helps community foundations model the impact of strategic changes on their economics. The materials, hosted on the CF Insights website, include a User Guide, Tools and Surveys.

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Mark Kramer Presents Shared Value at CGI 2013 Annual Meeting

Mark Kramer facilitates a session titled "Shared Value Investing: Making the Shared Value Case to Investors."

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Making Evaluation Work: Trustee Toolkit Presentation

Mark Kramer, Eva Nico

Mark Kramer and Eva Nico offer tools and tips for more effective grantmaking in this presentation from a webinar hosted by the Form of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.

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Breakthroughs in Shared Measurement Systems: Systemic Approaches to Evaluation Presentation

Mark Kramer, Marcie Parkhurst

Learn how innovative new performance measurement trends in evaluation are enabling nonprofit organizations to measure their performance with a common system of metrics.

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Aspiring to a Plan - And Acheiving It

Owen Stearns

This article features an interview with Wendy Ault, the Executive Director of the MELMAC Foundation, and in which she talks about the problem they faced and the process FSG and MELMAC went through together to create a strategic plan.

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Creating Shared Value - Can It Be Measured?

Marc Pfitzer

This podcast features FSG's Marc Pfitzer in conversation with Harriet Jackson, President of oikos International, about shared value with a focus on how it can be measured.

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Learning to Lead: The Journey to Community Leadership for Emerging Community Foundations

Resources to help emerging community foundations become recognized community leaders.

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Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation: Strategic Learning and Evaluation System

FSG assisted the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation with developing tools for staff across sectors to assess progress toward the foundation’s carbon mitigation goals.

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Mercy Corps: Shared Value Strategy

Mercy Corps sought to understand how to engage businesses in creating shared value as a new pathway to creating greater social impact.

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Unequal Childhoods by Annette Lareau

Unequal Childhoods by Annette Lareau is an in-depth exploration of how middle-class parenting styles lead to fundamentally different opportunities for their children than the parenting styles of working-class and poor families.

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Becoming the Community's Foundation - Insight and Change in New Haven

John Kania, Matthew Clark

This article describes the process of developing a new donor development strategy based on FSG's work with the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven.

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A Multidisciplinary Model of Evaluation Capacity Building

Hallie Preskill, Shanelle Boyle

A framework for designing and implementing evaluation capacity building activities is provided.

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Creating Shared Value

Michael Porter

In this podcast from the BBC World Service Global Business Program, Michael Porter discusses his article, Creating Shared Value, which may herald the new way forward for capitalism.

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The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

In this book, Gawande reminds us that the simple checklist can have a tremendous affect on many aspects of a project including collaboration, communication and quality of output.

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Corporate Philanthropy - Taking the High Ground

Michael Porter

Much of corporate social responsibility is defensive – it is about preventing abuses or mitigating harm. Corporate philanthropy, in contrast, is essentially affirmative. It is about using corporate resources to create social value.

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PATH: Diarrheal Disease Advocacy Strategy

FSG helped PATH develop a comprehensive diarrheal disease advocacy strategy for implementation at both the global and country levels.

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The California Endowment: Strategic Learning and Evaluation System

The California Endowment (TCE) engaged FSG to provide support and technical assistance in the development of a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System to guide their learning and evaluation activities and to ensure a strong link to TCE’s Building Healthy Communities strategic plan.

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Catalyzing Change: Stories from Bold Donors Who Drive Real Results Presentation

Leslie Crutchfield, John Kania

This presentation was created for the Catalyzing Change: Stories from Bold Donors Who Drive Real Results webinar featuring John Kania and Leslie Crutchfield and a panel of leading catalytic philanthropists.

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IGLHRC: Monitoring and Evaluation System

FSG worked with IGLHRC to develop a monitoring and evaluation system that allows IGLHRC to engage in collaborative and learning-oriented monitoring and evaluation that guides internal decision making and informs conversations with external stakeholders about IGLHRC’s influence, effects, and impact.

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The Wallace Foundation: Development of Two Strategic Business Plans for Grantees

FSG helped two Wallace Foundation grantees, the Southern Regional Education Board’s Learning-Centered Leadership Program and the Institute for Learning, develop strategic business plans to increase the reach, impact, and financial sustainability of their flagship training programs while also exploring opportunities to shift to hybrid delivery models.

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Collective Impact: How Can SVP Create Large Scale Social Change?

Fay Hanleybrown

In this podcast from Social Venture Partners International, Fay Hanleybrown leads a discussion about collective impact.

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UN Women: Gender Responsive Budgeting Evaluation

FSG conducted a mixed-methods evaluation to understand the contribution that UN Women’s Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) activities made in promoting gender equity in India between 2001 and 2011.

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Measuring the Online Impact of Your Information Projects

Dana Chinn, Ellen Martin

The goal of this primer is to build a better understanding of how funders and their implementation partners are reaching and engaging audiences online through websites and social media.

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Making Change: Funding Across Sectors and Networks with Powerful Results

In this Philanthropy Northwest member briefing Fay Hanleybrown discusses several success stories of funders working with partners across multiple sectors to maximize their impact.

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Foundations Don't Understand What it Means to Take Risks

Mark Kramer

Risk isn't necessarily bad. In fact, the goal should not be to eliminate it, but to understand it, mitigate it through grant design where possible, and to match the level of risk taken to the importance of the associated results.

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Competing by Saving Lives: Executive Summary

Kyle Peterson, Samuel Kim, Matthew Rehrig, Mike Stamp

How pharmaceutical and medical device companies can create shared value in global health by addressing unmet health needs in low- and middle-income countries.

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Paying the Price of Innovation

Mark Kramer, John Kania

Our communities would be poorer were community foundations to forego the rich range of services they provide. On the other hand, community foundations cannot be expected to sustain these services without paying for them somehow.

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Social Innovation Inc. by Jason Saul

Based on four years of measuring the social strategies of America's leading corporations, Jason Saul lays out the five strategies for social innovation and offers a practical roadmap for how to get started.

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Evaluating Collective Impact: Assessing Your Progress, Effectiveness, and Impact

This webinar companion to "A Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact" gives an overview of FSG’s guidance on assessing the progress, effectiveness, and impact of collective impact efforts.

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Client Testimonial: Bob Pattillo

As far as our philanthropy is concerned, FSG was one of the best investments we’ve ever made.

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The Power of Positive Deviance by Richard Pascale, Richard T. Pascale, Jerry Sternin, Monique Sternin

By seeing solutions where others don't, positive deviants spread and sustain needed change.

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Next Generation Evaluation:
Experts Weigh In

These video interviews feature Next Generation Evaluation Conference speakers and attendees discussing how Next Generation Evaluation ideas and approaches influence their organizations.

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FSG Testimonial: Greg Hills

Working at FSG is both intellectually challenging and personally rewarding, because we have an opportunity to apply rigorous analysis and strategic thinking toward addressing the most challenging social issues facing our world today.

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Growing Smarter: Achieving Sustainability in Emerging Community Foundations Webinar

Eva Nico

This webinar features FSG's Eva Nico and foundation leaders discussing how community foundations can grow in a sustainable way that serves their mission. 

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Unternehmensziele neu definieren! Der Shared Value-Ansatz

Interview mit Marc Pfitzer zum Thema Creating Shared Value im Magazin forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften.

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California HealthCare Foundation - Vision for EHR Adoption

FSG worked with CHCF to develop a statewide vision for leveraging federal stimulus funds to help California make a dramatic leap forward in the adoption of health information technology.

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Inter-American Development Bank: Shared Value Training

FSG supported the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to further increase the social impact of its private sector lending through the concept of shared value.

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Client Testimonial: Josh Edelman

FSG was an invaluable resource in assisting us in refining our mission, quantifiable objectives and action plans. Their team was incredibly focused on meeting our individualized needs while pushing us to think critically about our work. FSG’s customer service, diligence, flexibility and willingness to ask hard questions helped us become a stronger, more focused division that more closely aligns our work to the needs of the schools we serve.

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Helping to Prevent a Culture of Inadequacy

Mark Kramer

Foundations often complain about the inefficiency and “lack of scale” that characterize many of the small organizations they support. Yet seldom do they recognize that their own philosophy of giving may be one cause of the problem.

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Measuring Success in Donor Development

Rebecca Graves, Owen Stearns

If community foundations are to learn from each other’s success, they must find ways to create truly comparable performance data.

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Gaining Perspective: Lessons Learned From One Foundation’s Exploratory Decade - Executive Summary

Veronica Borgonovi, Fay Hanleybrown, Hallie Preskill, David Zapol

Ten years after launching an ambitious strategy, the Northwest Area Foundation asked FSG to identify lessons learned from a decade of community-based work.

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Greater Cincinnati Foundation: Sustainable Growth and Business Model Intelligence

GCF engaged CF Insights to conduct an in-depth analysis of the total costs and revenues associated with 14 of its products and services to help guide strategic decision-making about its operating model and long term sustainability.

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Collaboration and Connection: How Foundations Partner Effectively to Address Their Community’s Information Needs

Ellen Martin, Katelyn Mack, Hallie Preskill, John Kania

This report highlights the strategies and approaches that Knight Community Information Challenge grantee foundations have used to develop and maintain productive partnerships.

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Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee

This important book illuminates how the poor live, and offers all of us an opportunity to think of a world beyond poverty.

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Evaluate More Strategically

FSG’s Efrain Gutierrez presented a webinar on May 2nd, 2013 for the American Evaluation Association on the concept of Strategic Learning and Evaluation Systems.

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Client Testimonial: Pyper Davis

FSG has been more than a consultant for SEED – they have been a partner and an ‘owner’ for a critical programmatic strategy effort. The FSG team led an intensive research effort and then customized the findings into relevant and practical strategies. The team was knowledgeable and connected with highly relevant sources in the education field. FSG’s work will certainly have a positive social impact for both current and future SEED students and alumni!

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The Future of International NGOs

FSG's Kyle Peterson discusses the findings of  "Ahead of the Curve: Insights for the International NGO of the Future," a report that provides recommendations and examples to help international NGOs to create greater impact.

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Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change

 Professor Brenda Zimmerman of York University, shared her perspective on embracing complexity  in the closing keynote at the Next Generation Evaluation conference.

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Client Testimonial: Eduardo Cetlin

The FSG team delivered a robust and useful analysis that challenged our thinking and will be instrumental to the creation of the future of our function.

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Moving From Insight to Action

Mark Kramer

Mark Kramer shares specific examples of nonprofits that have turned evaluations into opportunities for synergy and creativity in this podcast from the Stanford Discussions series.

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Doing More With Less

Mark Kramer, Sarah Cooch, Owen Stearns

How one financial services company dramatically enhanced its social impact by focusing less than half of its giving on a strategic initiative.

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Focus Finance Roundtable: Measuring What Matters

Mark Kramer

In this Focus Finance roundtable, Mark Kramer, Rick Cadman, Ron Dimon, and Dawna MacLean discuss the keys to unlocking the next wave of business innovation and growth.

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Client Testimonial: Jacob Kumaresan

FSG’s strengths are strategy development, a flexible approach and high-caliber consultants. They helped us to develop a strategic plan that outlined a short-term plan, and offered options for our long-term strategy. The collaboration was extremely valuable: the ideas will sustain our organization, and the process ensured that our entire staff has a stake in our vision.

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Sources and Measures of Influence in Collective Impact

Shiloh Turner, Katherine Errecart, Anjali Bhatt

This blog series outlines the sources of influence that enable backbone organizations to shape and guide the work of collective impact, and the measures of influence that can help to demonstrate the backbone’s contributions.

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Client Testimonial: Wynn Rosser

FSG led Greater Texas Foundation through an intensive, six-month strategic planning process that resulted in a revised mission and vision and a plan that our board and staff actually use to guide our work everyday.

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Client Testimonial: Tracy Sims

FSG staff are trusted advisers on our most complex corporate responsibility issues. They have a unique capability to equally assess business and social issues, produce actionable recommendations and provide experienced guidance on implementation.

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On Board: Engaging the Full Potential of Community Foundation Directors

Resources to help emerging community foundations engage board members to boost progress.

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Coming Together to Give Schools a Boost

David Bornstein

David Bornstein explores how the collective impact strategy of creating alliances of civic and business leaders is being applied to social problems across the nation.

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Mark Kramer at the United Front 2011 Power of Collective Impact Conference

Mark Kramer's keynote presentation on Collective Impact at the United Front conference in St. Paul, MN on October 6, 2011.

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Client Testimonial: Eric Paisner

FSG’s consultants are smart, incredibly hard working, and committed to driving social change. When we engaged FSG to study scalable charter support services, they made sure we did not overlook the opportunity to improve academic outcomes as we sought to improve operational efficiencies. The willingness to challenge our thinking improved our potential impact.

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Evaluation of UN Women's Work on Gender Responsive Budgeting in India

Lalitha Vaidyanathan, Veronica Borgonovi, Akanksha Thakore, Katya Balasubramanian, Malika Anand

Mixed-methods evaluation of UN Women’s Gender-Responsive Budgeting work in India from 2001-2011.

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FSG Testimonial: Valerie Bockstette

I routinely tell people I have the best job in the world (and mean it!). Every day at FSG brings new challenges and new opportunities for making change.

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Fixing Capitalism

Michael Porter

In this podcast from NPR's On Point program, Michael Porter and Robert Reich discuss shared value and how to fix capitalism.

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Executive Leadership's Pivotal Role in Shared Value

Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe engages with Michael E. Porter on the company’s approach to shared value at the Global Shared Value Leadership Summit, May 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Client Testimonial: Steve Kelmar

I was thoroughly impressed by the hard work, outreach, teamwork and professionalism of the FSG team in the course of providing a strategic review of Merck's philanthropy. This is groundbreaking for us, and will take the Merck Foundation and related philanthropic giving to a new level.

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FSG's Kyle Peterson elected as GHC Board member

The Global Health Council is a member network dedicated to saving lives and improving the health of the 2 billion people living on less than $2 per day.

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Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact

The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, FSG, the Strive Network, and the Tamarack Institute brought together leaders from mature collective impact initiatives for the Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact workshop.

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A Market for Success: How a Robust Service Provider Market Can Help Community Colleges Deliver Success

This webinar featured community college leaders and experts discussing highlights of the FSG report on what community colleges most need to improve student success rates.

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Two Decades of Investment in Substance-Use Prevention and Treatment

Amber Johnson Binkley, Katelyn Mack, Hallie Preskill

A strategic review of two decades of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's substance use prevention and treatment programming.

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The Rockefeller Foundation: Shared Value in Emerging Markets Research

The Rockefeller Foundation funded FSG to research the ways in which multinational companies create shared value for poor or vulnerable communities around the world.

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Our newest report: Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact

Practical guidance on how to plan for and implement evaluations of collective impact initiatives.

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2012 Shared Value Leadership Summit: The Path Forward

The summit focused on how to implement shared value more effectively, giving leaders a new path forward by better understanding shared value strategies by industry, geography, and through successful partnerships.

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Client Testimonial: David Etzwiler

Our experience with FSG was nothing short of exceptional. They are world class advisors that partnered with us to transform the role of corporate citizenship within the company. We're moving faster than ever before…and we're grateful to them!

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The Arizona Community Foundation Shared Measurement Project

Learn how The Arizona Community Foundation’s Project SAM worked with FSG to build a shared measurement system for a cohort of nonprofit organizations.

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Can China Lead The Development Of The Shared Value Economy?

Kevin Lee

This article examines the potential of shared value in China with an emphasis on youth culture.

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Client Testimonial: Fred Heldenfels

FSG provided us with both objective and data-driven analysis on our short-term objectives and long-term vision, and assisted us in successfully meeting our goals on time, despite an aggressive timeline.

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Strategic Learning and Milking Cows

FSG's Efrain Gutierrez presentation from the 2012 Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) Conference.

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Shared Value Summit: Coca-Cola Brasil's Claudia Lorenzo On Learning from Each Other

Claudia Lorenzo, Social Business Director at Coca-Cola Brasil speaks about the value of learning from each other at the Global Shared Value Leadership Summit.

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FSG Testimonial: Kyle Peterson2

We’ve just passed the ten year mark on Millennium Development Goals. The social sector has invested huge sums of money into partnerships and learning but we still have a long way to go. We need to press even harder in technology, scale, and efficiency -- to close the gap in the next five years.

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Greater Cincinnati Foundation: Shared Outcomes Assessment

FSG conducted a review and assessment of the current readiness of key sectors to develop and use shared outcomes.

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FSG Testimonial: Lalitha Vaidyanathan

It is a privilege to be at FSG and be part of the movement to bring powerful ideas like Shared Value, Catalytic Philanthropy and Collective Impact to the social sector. It is what gets me up every day and keeps me inspired.

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Client Testimonial: Akhtar Badshah

FSG helped us develop one unified strategy and message which would not get lost in all the details of our work: Microsoft is in the business of helping you get into jobs by providing you with training.

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FSG Testimonial: Laura Herman

Great teams. Great clients. What more could you want?

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FSG Testimonial: Kyle Peterson

It's inspirational to be able to help the world's largest philanthropic organizations.

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Was „echter Mehrwert“ ist

Interview mit Valerie Bockstette in der Südtiroler Wirtschaftszeitung zum Thema Shared Value.

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FSG Testimonial: Robert Albright

The evaluation projects I’ve worked on at FSG have been very rewarding. I enjoy the rigorous approach we take in serving our clients on evaluation projects, whether it’s designing an evaluation system, analyzing grantee survey data, or conducting in-depth interviews of local community leaders.

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Client Testimonial: Courtney Welsh

Selecting FSG for our strategic positioning project was the right choice. They came with a lot of background knowledge about our field and were able to learn the specifics of our organization and context very quickly.

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Creating Shared Value: The Path Forward Presentation

This presentation was created for the 2012 Shared Value Summit and outlines how shared value is changing business.

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100Kin10: Shared Measurement to Support a Nationwide Movement

With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and in close partnership with the University of Chicago, FSG was engaged to work with 100Kin10 partners to facilitate the design of a set of shared measures.

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Banking on Shared Value: How Banks Profit by Rethinking Their Business

This report explores how banks can better capitalize on shared value opportunities.

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When Is Business at Its Best?

Business is at its best when it competes, innovates, and creates better solutions for the world's social problems.

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Shared Value Summit: Barclays' Mark Thain on Competitive Edge and Long-Term Thinking

Mark Thain, Vice President of Social Innovation at Barclays, on the competitive edge and long-term thinking at the Global Shared Value Leadership Summit.

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King Baudouin Foundation: Developing a Guide on "Managing for Learning and Impact"

FSG helped the King Baudouin Foundation update its guide for program officers on evaluation by turning it into an engaging project management tool called "Managing for Learning and Impact."

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The Power of Collective Impact

Mark Kramer

This podcast, featuring Mark Kramer, focuses on the intricacies of the collective impact model and was recorded at the United Front 2011 conference.

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Client Testimonial: April Chou

FSG was able to partner with us at multiple levels — they quickly assembled a team that understood the nuances of our sector, engaged with us to develop case studies and knowledge featuring our portfolio organizations, and helped raise important strategic questions about our work, based on an evaluation and input from our key partners and stakeholders.

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Client Testimonial: Eileen Quinn

We were very pleased with FSG’s work on a landscape scan of political perceptions of diarrheal disease within the global health agenda. Their analysis and insights illuminated obstacles, as well as opportunities for elevating the issue, and gaining more support. Their findings and recommendations became the basis for our multi-year advocacy and communications strategy.

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Client Testimonial: Joseph Toledano

FSG was able to quickly analyze the complex challenges in the cocoa sector in Côte d’Ivoire and propose a clear road map – the ‘Vision for Change’ - to fix them.

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Client Testimonial: Marco Ferroni

The FSG team was willing to go the extra mile with my team to explain the context for our review. They are very resourceful when it comes to data, go beyond what is expected, and are congenial co-partners in the work.

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FSG Testimonial: Marc Pfitzer

Foundations play a critical role – I'm excited by the social impact of our client work.

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Client Testimonial: Jane Nelson

FSG brings together talented individuals from the usually segregated worlds of strategic management consulting, philanthropy, social investment and international development. They offer creative solutions to complex problems that span the traditional boundaries of private profit and public interest.

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New FSG article in SSIR: Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World

To solve today's complex social problems, foundations need to shift to an emergent model of philanthropy that better fits the realities of creating social change in a complex world.

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Communicating Education Metrics - Executive Summary

Jason Lee, Hallie Preskill, Rebecca Graves

New research highlights eight innovative tools that allow users to communicate social metrics effectively to a wide range of users.

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Client Testimonial: Justin Cohen

FSG analyzes problems and solutions from all angles. They are a rare firm that strives to understand the breadth of an issue and how different organizations and strategies fit into the big picture. Their Guide to School Turnaround brings together stakeholders and ideas from all corners of the field, providing a valuable signpost for both existing organizations and new market entrants.

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Client Testimonial: Anne Vally

FSG's research on sustainability has been both provocative and extremely meaningful. The FSG team has made complex information quite understandable to our grantees, and their collegiality, professionalism and willingness to actively share resources have made them an integral part of the effort.

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Breakthroughs in Shared Measurement and Social Impact - Executive Summary

Mark Kramer, Marcie Parkhurst, Lalitha Vaidyanathan

To achieve the dramatic results necessary to solve today's largest social challenges, coordinated evaluation approaches involving multiple stakeholders are required.

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Competitive Social Responsiblity: Uncovering the Economic Rationale for Corporate Social Responsibility in Danish Small- to Medium-Sized Enterprises

Mark Kramer, Marc Pfitzer, Paul Lee

This study identifies measurable economic or competitive benefits that would result from the corporate social economic activities of the small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that constitute the vast majority of businesses in Denmark.

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FSG's Hallie Preskill on Evaluating Collective Impact

Hallie Preskill discusses the "Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact" which offers advice on how to evaluate collective impact initiatives.

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Client Testimonial: Josh Ruxin

FSG advised Rwanda Works on business strategies to complement our health work. We wrote a plan together, founded Rwanda Ventures and recently opened up Kivu Dairy. We are now selling 1,000 liters of milk daily to the country's largest dairy processor and will soon be able to start financing a portion of our health work going forward.

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Client Testimonial: René Didi

FSG has allowed us to move from an approach to philanthropy and CSR that was driven by specific legal obligations to a structured and effective policy of social engagement. This is a tremendous result!

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FSG Testimonial: Hallie Preskill

Evaluation is my passion – it is rooted in an unshakeable belief that by asking questions that matter, evaluation can help organizations achieve their goals. At FSG, we experiment, create and explore – to ensure that evaluation always leads to learning and impact.

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The Value of Early Childhood Indicators: Guiding Action Presentation

This presentation was created for the The Value of Early Childhood Indicators: Guiding Action webinar which focused on the emerging trends in the field of early learning indicators.

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Helping a Small Family Foundation Think Big - Rediscovering the Field of Transformational Housing

Mindy Oakley, Owen Stearns

When the Foundation first approached FSG, the Board had little common agreement about its current and future purpose, and no consensus about how to choose a focus or select grantees.

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United Way of the National Capital Area: Strategic Planning

FSG was engaged by United Way of the NCA to create a new three year strategic plan and a directional implementation plan, positioning the organization to be a more focused, catalytic force for impact in the region encompassing Washington, D.C. and parts of Virginia and Maryland.

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Learning to Lead: The Journey to Community Leadership for Emerging Community Foundations

Community leaders discuss the report "Learning to Lead", which seeks to help emerging community foundations define their leadership opportunities.

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Client Testimonial: Martin Cohen

The strategy was very good. They were clearly people who were not only smart, but thought deeply about these issues.

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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation: Providing Safe Water

FSG partnered with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to develop a strategy to improve the well-being of rural communities and small towns by supporting sustainable access to safe water.

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Client Testimonial: Achim Steiner

We have repeatedly used FSG's services in scoping out key changes in management processes and strategies. Their analytical and empirical resources, and highly responsive staff enable us to rapidly conclude those exercises.

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Client Testimonial: Wendy Ault

They were willing to be part of our organization for six months. The people we met through interviews and focus groups – from Ph.D.s to those without their GED – still ask about FSG.

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Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World Webinar

This webinar explores what it means to take an emergent approach that focuses on sensing, co-creation, and building system fitness in your foundation.

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Race to the Top District Competition: Collective Impact and Blended Classrooms

This presentation was created for a webinar on The Race to the Top District Competition.

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