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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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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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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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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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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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Collective Impact - John Kania

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Impacto Colectivo

Lograr cambio social a gran escala requiere de una amplia coordinación entre sectores, sin embargo, el sector social sigue centrado en la intervención aislada de organizaciones individuales.

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