Advocacy Innovative ways to influence public policy
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.
A lack of creativity in campaign tech can stifle social change. Advocacy organizations need to take more chances with technology and think beyond existing tools to achieve greater impact.
Blackwell, president and CEO of PolicyLink, talks with SSIR senior editor Michael Slind about the role of public policy in addressing inequality and creating a more prosperous society.
Insights from nonprofits that have effectively adapted their work over time can help other organizations think creatively and develop a strong strategic plan.
Now, more than ever, grantmakers are asking questions and working to learn with and from their grantees, but the lessons matter only if they inform future action.
Taking chances, setting high standards, making long-term commitments to improvements, and defining and then measuring success can put nonprofits, NGOs, and foundations in a better position to draw in supporters of all kinds.
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.
An in-depth review of what it takes to be a backbone organization, and how to evaluate and support its work.
American educators, policymakers, and philanthropists are overselling the role of the highly skilled individual teacher and undervaluing the benefits that come from teacher collaborations.