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Collective Impact Forum

Created and supported by FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, the Collective Impact Forum is a resource for people and organizations using the collective impact approach to address large-scale social and environmental problems.

FSG and the Collective Impact Forum

In the winter of 2011, FSG’s John Kania and Mark Kramer introduced the concept of “collective impact” in an article by the same name, describing several examples of highly structured collaborative efforts that had achieved substantial impact on a large-scale social problem. Response to the article was overwhelming: hundreds of organizations and governments from around the world, including the White House, reached out to FSG to describe their efforts to use collective impact and to ask for guidance on how to implement these principles.

We began to respond to these requests while deepening our knowledge of collective impact through our consulting work with clients, connecting with leaders all over the world, and convening practitioners and funders.

The benefits of having peers learn from one another about how to perform this challenging work better soon became apparent. As a result, FSG partnered with the Aspen Institute to envision how to better equip practitioners with the tools, training, and relationships they need to be successful.

In November 2013, FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions announced the formation of the Collective Impact Forum. That announcement came at the annual conference of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, which brought together many of the Forum’s partners and funders who work to accelerate the collective impact movement.

In March 2014, we launched the online community, allowing practitioners and funders to connect with one another and share practical tools and resources. Today, the online community is over 15,000 members strong.

How is the Collective Impact Forum making a difference?

We continue to soak up as much information as possible about the practical application of the collective impact framework.... Learning from others’ success and lessons learned is a great benefit.

Collective Impact Forum Community Member

Why join the Collective Impact Forum?

  • Learn virtually and in person with thousands of others using the collective impact approach.
  • Gain access to more than 250 free resources, including toolkits, articles, webinars, and videos.
  • Attend events focused on implementing the collective impact approach.
  • Stay abreast of new developments in the collective impact field.

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