Organizations must prioritize collecting and analyzing the data needed to manage implementation and improve programs.
Since 1970, more than 200,000 nonprofits have opened in the U.S., but only 144 have reached $50 million in annual revenue. They got big by doing two things: They raised the bulk of their money from a single type of funder. And just as importantly, these nonprofits created professional organizations that were tailored to the needs of their primary funding sources.
Everyone is talking about systems. Or at least, that's how it seems in my wonkish corner of the philanthropic world. You can't attend a conference or even have a meeting without hearing about systems, whether it's people trying to disrupt them, map them, learn from them, or catalyze them.
How network entrepreneurs can catalyze large-scale social impact through a process that applies to networks across all systems and sectors.
Solving major social problems is now possible, but not unless the organizations that have been most responsible for making a difference change significantly.