In this webinar, we will explore:
- The key elements shared by innovative nonprofits
- A diagnostic tool that nonprofits can use to determine their innovation capacity
- A set of resources nonprofits can access to build their innovation capacity
- A case study on a nonprofit that successfully used innovation to scale and increase their impact
In a recent study, The Rockefeller Foundation’s innovation team and The Bridgespan Group conducted extensive primary and secondary research on what it takes to develop innovation capacity in nonprofits. It was found that 80% of nonprofit leaders aspire to innovate, but only 40% say their organizations are well set up to do so. Approximately 50% of the respondents report that their organizations are subject to destabilizing regulatory shocks and policy shifts, at the same time that they are confronting growing competition from other social sector organizations for funding, talent and influence. These challenges make innovation an urgent imperative – a “must-have,” rather than simply a nice-to-have.
This webinar will explore how the research supports this distinctive point-of-view on innovation capacity, and inspires a set of critical tools for the nonprofit sector. The webinar will feature a facilitated discussion between a major foundation and a rapidly growing global nonprofit on what it takes to develop innovation capacity. The conversation is aimed at nonprofits and social enterprise executives who want to avail themselves of a set of diagnostic and practical tools in order to foster innovation in their organizations.
Nidhi Sahni, a Bridgespan partner who led this research, will initiate the discussion. Nidhi will be joined by Amira Bliss, associate director at the Rockefeller Foundation and Stephanie Hanson, One Acre Fund’s senior vice president of Partnerships and Policy. The panel will be moderated by Eric Nee, managing editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review.
We invite you to read a related article by two of the panelists, Nidhi Sahni and Amira Bliss, in preparation for this webinar.
Ask the speakers questions during the webinar to explore this topic further. You are also welcome to join the LinkedIn group where the presenters will be answering additional questions after the webinar broadcast.
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Nidhi Sahni is the partner and co-leads Bridgespan’s global development practice and has worked on social issues across South Asia, South East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. Her work has primarily focused on innovation capacity, horizon scanning, foundation and program strategy development, and change management. As part of her client engagements, Nidhi has designed and led a number of immersive custom-designed convening – Impact Labs – to quickly advance the collective understanding of problem spaces and opportunities, and surface novel and useful solutions and collaborations. Nidhi has co-authored online articles in SSIReview.org and HBR.org. She is a board member of The Studyhall Foundation, an Education Foundation focused on women and girls in India. Prior to joining Bridgespan, Nidhi was an Associate Principal with Marakon Associates and focused on strategy development for Fortune 500 companies. Nidhi is fluent in Hindi and holds master’s in management science and engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s in mathematics and a minor in drama from University of Texas, Austin.
Partner, The Bridgespan Group
Amira Bliss, the associate director at The Rockefeller Foundation designs and implements strategy to catalyze innovation at the Foundation and in the social sector more broadly. She currently manages grants and relationships to build innovation capacity through tools like social innovation labs, and by leading programs such as The Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellowship on Social Innovation. She also leads the innovation work stream of the Food Waste and Spoilage initiative, aiming to surface and scale innovative solutions to post-harvest food loss affecting the livelihoods of African smallholder farmers. Amira has previously worked on Foundation initiatives to support more equitable and sustainable transportation—exploring global transportation mobility and accessibility—and developing sustainable employment strategies in the recycling and water management sectors in the United States. Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Mrs. Bliss served as the assistant director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP). She has also worked at Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and the United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF).
Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
Stephanie Hanson is the senior vice president of policy and partnerships at One Acre Fund. She works to make sure that One Acre Fund is maximizing its impact for smallholder farmers through thought leadership, policy advocacy, and partnerships with external stakeholders. She joined One Acre Fund as the director of policy and outreach in 2009. From 2006 to 2009, she covered economic and political developments in Africa and Latin America for CFR.org, the website of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2008, she won a News and Documentary Emmy for Crisis Guide: Darfur, an interactive media guide that explores the history and context of crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Senior Vice President of Policy & Partnerships, One Acre Fund
Eric Nee is the managing editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review, published by the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University, and co-host of the Social Innovation Conversations podcast channel. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the publishing industry, most of it covering the high-tech industry. Before joining Stanford, Nee was a senior writer for Fortune magazine in the Palo Alto, Calif., bureau. He also helped Time Inc. launch eCompany Now (where he was executive editor), which later merged with Business 2.0. Before joining Fortune, Nee launched Forbes magazine’s Silicon Valley bureau, where he was bureau manager. He also served as editor-in-chief of Upside magazine for close to five years.
Managing Editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review