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- Leaders in collective impact work discuss the future of this work and its position in place-based philanthropy and collaborative social change.
- How can individual donors best support collective impact work?
- Read more about the history of collective impact.
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Participants included Jennifer Blatz, president and CEO of StriveTogether, a national network of local communities striving to achieve racial equity and economic mobility, supporting the success of every child from cradle to career; Geoffrey Canada, founder and president of Harlem Children’s Zone and the recently launched William Julius Wilson Center, nonprofits working to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty with comprehensive, on-the-ground programming that builds opportunities for children, families, and communities; Rosanne Haggerty, president and chief executive officer of Community Solutions, a nonprofit working to achieve a lasting end to homelessness; and Erik Stegman, chief executive officer of Native Americans in Philanthropy, an organization promoting increased and equitable investments in tribal communities that align with Indigenous values.
During the conversation, which was co-hosted by the Collective Impact Forum and Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, they discussed how their years of experience with collective impact has evolved and what they have learned that will carry them into the next decade of collaborative work to improve communities. Topics included the impact of their network’s efforts, challenges their initiatives have faced, the roles data and philanthropy play in collective impact, and what lies ahead for this field of work.
Read the full article about collective impact by Melody Barnes, Jennifer Blatz, Geoffrey Canada, Rosanne Haggerty, and Erik Stegman at Stanford Social Innovation Review.