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Collective Impact

Substantially greater progress could be made in alleviating many of our most serious and complex social problems if foundations, nonprofits, governments and businesses focused on achieving broad cross-sector coordination, instead of focusing on the isolated interventions of individual organizations. Collective Impact happens when a group of cross-sector actors commit to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem and agree to each be accountable to a single overarching goal. The New York Times has called the Collective Impact approach “one of the most important experiments occurring in the social sector today”. Stanford Social Innovation Review first featured this approach in the Winter 2011 Issue, in an article published by FSG managing director John Kania, with FSG co-founder Mark Kramer. Since the article, the concept has been shared at the White House and named a top philanthropy buzzword.

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Collective Impact Without Borders
Since publishing the original collective impact article in 2011, the majority of FSG’s work supporting cross-sector collaboration has been focused on communities or regions in the U.S.—like ...
Sep 11, 2017 8:15 AM ET
Three Reasons to be Optimistic about Early Care and Education
“Where do we even start?” “How can we expand access when we don’t have good quality?” “How do we build a skilled workforce when we can’t pay them what they deserve?” “How do we reach the informal providers who are caring for half of our community’s children?” These are just some of the gnarly questions that I heard over the course...
Sep 28, 2016 8:45 AM ET
Tackling Complex Problems through Collective Impact
What is collective impact? How is it different from other forms of collaboration? We know that these questions aren’t always easy to answer, even for collective impact practitioners. That’s why the Collective Impact Forum has created a short motion graphic, ...
Dec 22, 2014 7:55 AM ET
Collective Insights on Collective Impact
Sponsored and curated by the Collective Impact Forum, "Collective Insights on Collective Impact," which appears in Stanford Social Innovation Review's fall issue, shares cutting-edge thinking from 22 practitioners, funders, community organizers, and thought-...
Sep 17, 2014 9:35 AM ET
Shape Up Somerville: Building and Sustaining a Healthy Community with Collective Impact
WATCH: Shape Up Somerville: Building and Sustaining a Healthy Community with Collective Impact How do you transform a city where almost half of the children are overweight or obese into a healthy, vibrant community? In...
Jun 11, 2014 9:00 AM ET