In the winter 2019 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), and with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, we share our best thinking about the potential of large-scale philanthropic dollars to address some of the most urgent issues of our day.
How Five Organizations Drive Positive Culture
This article offers deeper examples of how the five social impact organizations cited in our recent article for Stanford Social Innovation Review hold their leaders and staff accountable not only for what they accomplish, but also for how they accomplish it.
The New Normal
“The New Normal: Capacity Building During a Time of Disruption” highlights the struggles of nonprofit leaders in the current political and economic environment and calls on philanthropists to be more adaptive and supportive in their response.
The Giving Journey
A new report, “The Giving Journey: Guiding New Donors to Actualized Philanthropy,” examines critical questions to understanding and amplifying individual giving.
The Giving Code
This new research study presents data about growing wealth and philanthropy in Silicon Valley, alongside increasing disparities and the challenges facing community-based organizations. It offers frameworks and solutions for understanding and bridging the divides. Supported by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Cross Sector Leadership
As part of a special SSIR supplement on cross-sector leadership, Heather McLeod Grant shares key lessons learned from the Irvine New Leadership Network. In the article, Creating a Cross Sector Leadership Network, she summarizes how Open Impact’s team continues to adapt the NLN program, which supports cross-sector collaboration and civic innovation in the Central Valley of CA.
Stretching Toward Solutions
Heather McLeod Grant reviewed Adam Kahane's book, Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don't Agree with or Like or Trust in the Fall issue of SSIR. In Stretching Toward Solutions, she summarizes Kahane's critique of current approaches to collaboration and his assertion that we need more emergent ways of working together. The book is a must-read for anyone attempting large-scale collaborations.
Forces for Good
Great nonprofits spend as much time working outside their four walls as they do managing their internal operations, becoming greater forces for good. This landmark book reveals the six powerful practices of twelve high-impact nonprofits, and tells their compelling stories.
New Leadership Network
This unique initiative is building a network of cross-sector civic leaders for collective action in the California San Joaquin Valley, with support from The James Irvine Foundation.
Pioneers in Justice
Documenting a groundbreaking five-year effort, Pioneers in Justice shares many rich lessons as Bay Area social justice leaders work to scale their impact, building social movements through social media and networked action, with support from the Levi Strauss Foundation.
Framework for Greater Impact
This video provides a framework for understanding the fundamental components of organizations seeking to create greater impact, and how to prioritize those components. It illustrates how the health of any organization ultimately depends on a few factors that are vital but hard to come by.
Leadership for Social Change: I / We / It
A new framework outlines the new skills and mindsets leaders need to drive large-scale change and transformation in a world where are problems are scaling faster than our solutions.