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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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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.

Community-Based Philanthropy
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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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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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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.

CCSA - Charter Launch
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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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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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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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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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