Publications and Updates
We are at the forefront of trends in the sector, having developed key seminal works on such topics as scaling the impact of nonprofits and networks, to understanding the giving journeys of a next generation of donors. We understand what it takes to research, write, design, and disseminate information in a way that advances the conversation. Much of our work becomes knowledge products to share with the field, like the publications and articles below.
Our latest book shares lessons learned from 6 years of building cross-sector leadership networks for systems change in California’s Central Valley. This book is for the new wave of civic leaders looking to impact systems, for communities with potential to transform through collaboration, for funders seeking to create leadership networks, and for facilitators who crave real-life models of networks that “show don’t tell” the way forward.
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.
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: 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.
A new report, “The Giving Journey: Guiding New Donors to Actualized Philanthropy,” examines critical questions to understanding and amplifying individual giving.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new framework outlines the new skills and mindsets leaders need to drive large-scale change and transformation in a world where our problems are scaling faster than our solutions.