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.

Interaction Icon  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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  • Partner, The Bridgespan Group
  • Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Senior Vice President of Policy & Partnerships, One Acre Fund
  • Moderator
    Managing Editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review
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