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Three Questions With Angela Glover Blackwell

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.

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How Nonprofits Get Really Big

By William Foster & Gail Fine 16

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.

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Creating High-Impact Nonprofits

By Heather McLeod Grant & Leslie R. Crutchfield 16

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.

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The Missing Link in School Reform

By Carrie R. Leana 33

American educators, policymakers, and philanthropists are overselling the role of the highly skilled individual teacher and undervaluing the benefits that come from teacher collaborations.