Addressing Complex Social Problems through Collective Impact
Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (EST)
Traverse City, MI
Funding for this program provided by the Kellogg Foundation in support of the Grand Vision.
Existing approaches are not solving our most pressing social problems. Many organizations work hard but in isolation, disconnected from the expertise and resources of their peers in the community. In order to create lasting solutions to social problems on a large scale, organizations — including those in the education, government, nonprofit, and business sectors — need to coordinate their efforts and work together around a clearly defined goal.
This approach, known as collective impact, is a significant shift from the social sector’s current paradigm of “isolated impact.” The underlying premise of collective impact is that no single organization can create large-scale, lasting social change alone; there is no “silver bullet” solution to systemic social problems, and these problems cannot be solved by simply scaling or replicating one organization or program. Strong organizations are necessary but not sufficient for large-scale social change.
In this session, David Phillips, of FSG, Social Impact Consultants, will describe how coalitions from around the country are successfully using collective impact to address issues from homelessness to college readiness and success. David will discuss the theory of collective impact and then dive into the “how to” of a few key collective impact components.
Designed for nonprofit leaders, community leaders, individuals, volunteers and staff with an interest in learning more about collective impact.
r this program provided by the Kellogg Foundation in support of the Grand Vision
When & Where
NorthSky Nonprofit Network
NorthSky is a nonprofit program of Rotary Charities of Traverse City that assists northern Michigan nonprofit organizations strengthen their capabilities through capacity building and sustainability support. It provides a wide range of services and resources to help nonprofit organizations deliver programs effectively and efficiently. NorthSky also serves as a conduit for new resources securing state and national support and partnerships to bring technical and financial resources home to nonprofits and social enterprises in this region. As part of Rotary Charities’ mission, NorthSky also serves in leadership roles, participating and facilitating regional initiatives.