Advocacy Innovative ways to influence public policy
We need to double down on the gritty business of impact. Here’s how.
To make progress on ideologically or politically sticky issues, social sector organizations must reshape their messaging to do more than cite facts; they must use smart storytelling and craft solutions that don’t require those they want to reach to sacrifice their values.
Corporations that suffer from reputational threats often form unlikely alliances with social activist groups.
With the right creative approach and the help of supporter networks, nonprofits can leverage web video to engage thousands, even millions, of people on a shoestring budget.
How network theory challenges conventional planning strategies and points toward a more flexible, collaborative approach to fundraising.
Social innovators have a lot to learn from situations where they and their target beneficiaries vote on opposite sides.
Social network analysis may benefit regional conservation efforts in the Texas Hill Country and help mitigate other challenging societal issues.
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.
Conventional wisdom says that scaling social innovation starts with strengthening internal management capabilities. This study of 12 high-impact nonprofits, however, shows that real social change happens when organizations go outside their own walls and find creative ways to enlist the help of others.
This follow-up on the popular "Collective Impact" article provides updated, in-depth guidance.