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Impact Perspectives

Learn about major trends in social impact management, topics in social impact framework, social impact reporting and data management in mission-driven organizations.

Hetal Sheth | Nov 8, 2018 4:23:02 PM

4 Things Changed in Social Capital Market

Congratulations SOCAP for ten years of capital advancing investment to generate community level impacts! At SOCAP every year there is a palpable excitement ...

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Impact Perspectives, Impact Management, impact investing
Rachel Dodd | Nov 5, 2018 12:50:22 PM

Creativity's Role in Impact Storytelling

"I am a creative" - not a phrase I expected to declare at a conference - especially not at the top of my lungs. However, that's exactly what I did alongside a ...

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Alan Pierce | Nov 5, 2018 10:48:01 AM

3 Ways Foundations can Scale Climate Change  Solutions

The climate philanthropy is one of many global mechanisms to fund climate change solutions more rapidly and effectively. And yet, historically, it is estimated ...

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Perspectives on Strategy, Impact Perspectives, Impact Management
Alan Pierce | Oct 29, 2018 9:14:05 PM

5 Impact Learnings  When a Family Foundation Tried Impact Investing

If you search Google for impact investing and family foundation one of the first results you’ll get is a link to the Russell Family Foundation web page. And ...

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impact investing, Perspectives on Strategy, Impact Perspectives, Impact Management
Alan Pierce | Oct 23, 2018 10:37:41 PM

Foundation Grants & Accountability: Putting Together the Pieces of the Puzzle

In the United States alone foundation grants and giving account for nearly $70 billion annually. That fact implies that a whole lot of impact is being ...

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Perspectives on Strategy, Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, Strategy, Data Management
Alan Pierce | Oct 15, 2018 6:20:34 PM

Three Sessions We’re Excited to Attend at SOCAP 2018

At SOCAP 2018, people from all over the world will be descending upon Fort Mason Center in San Francisco to connect and to be inspired to continue mobilizing ...

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Social Impact, Perspectives on Strategy, Impact Management
Alan Pierce | Oct 14, 2018 12:48:23 PM

How Can Foundations Help Reach the SDG Targets?

Financing the Sustainable Development Goals is an international endeavor of huge scale. Some estimate that scale to be $6 trillion annually in order to reach ...

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Social Impact, Perspectives on Strategy, Impact Management
Alan Pierce | Oct 1, 2018 9:34:38 AM

Aligning Your Small Business With The Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are ostensibly a vision. They’re a shared framework for a path to a better world. But who are they for? Development ...

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Perspectives on Strategy, Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, Impact Communication, Data Management
Alan Pierce | Sep 28, 2018 8:00:55 PM

Bringing Impact Data Management Into the       Conversation At Socap 2018

The biggest event of the year in the impact investing sector is about to take place in San Francisco. Every Fall, Social Capital Markets, or SOCAP, brings ...

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Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, Strategy, Data Management
Alan Pierce | Sep 25, 2018 10:13:53 PM

Are You a Social Entrepreneur or Social Media Ninja?

It’s no secret that social entrepreneurs are out to change the world. Telling the world that’s what you’re doing and how you’re doing it isn’t so easy.

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Perspectives on Strategy, Impact Communication, Impact Management
Alan Pierce | Sep 20, 2018 5:22:23 PM

Impact Investing Funds & How to Find Your Ideal Match

Impact investing funds offer the socially-conscious investor an actionable way to create an impact with their investments, alongside financial returns.

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impact investing, impact funds, Impact Management, Impact Perspectives
Alan Pierce | Sep 17, 2018 2:46:43 PM

Understanding Social Performance with Theory of Change and Metrics

In the world of microfinance there are social returns to be accounted for, in addition to financial accountability. Implementing a social performance framework ...

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monitoring & evaluation, Perspectives on Strategy, Perspectives on Metrics
Alan Pierce | Sep 3, 2018 11:42:31 AM

3 Tips for Better Impact Project Management on a Global Scale

Have you ever led a social organization or directed a project with a global reach? If so, you probably know that impact project management at scale can get ...

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Impact Management, monitoring & evaluation, impact data, Data Management, Impact Perspectives
Alan Pierce | Aug 29, 2018 1:25:27 PM

Is Collective Impact Model the Future of Social Change?

With the right tools, it might be.

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Alan Pierce | Aug 21, 2018 2:32:41 PM

How Can a Business Use Global Standards for Impact Reporting?

The Global Reporting Initiative has been around for decades. It is widely used, but perhaps still not enough.

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Reporting, impact report, Impact Communication, Impact Management, Impact Perspectives
Lorena Rodriguez | Aug 13, 2018 3:46:08 PM

How Impact Funds Leverage Technology for Impact Management

"It was great to see how the Impact Cloud™  software uses language I'm familiar with. This made it easier for us to use compared to other systems." Nancy ...

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Perspectives on Strategy
Hetal Sheth | Aug 9, 2018 4:49:13 PM

Start Impact Conversation with Actionable Impact Management Guidebooks

I make report every year for my funders, is that social impact management? Why should I invest in social impact management process? It is certainly not a story ...

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Impact Management, Strategy, Impact Perspectives
Alan Pierce | Jul 26, 2018 3:21:05 PM

How Impact Investors Can Help Foundations Make Better Mission-Related Investments

You might think that foundations allocate a considerable amount of their capital towards mission-related investments. You wouldn’t be rash for thinking this, ...

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impact investing, Perspectives on Strategy, Impact Management
Alan Pierce | Jul 18, 2018 4:19:27 PM

The Secret to Millennial Engagement in the Impact Sector

How might we engage Millennials as an employee, investor, asset owner, contributor, or beneficiary? The Millennial engagement question pesters leaders at the ...

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Impact Communication, Data Management, Data Visualization, Reporting, Impact Perspectives
Alan Pierce | Jun 25, 2018 11:21:33 PM

When Impact Metrics Fail (And What to do About it)

The online depth of opinion articles and how-to pieces about impact metrics and measuring social impact grows with each passing month. We need to measure ...

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Metrics, Perspectives on Metrics, monitoring & evaluation, impact data
Alan Pierce | Jun 25, 2018 8:40:59 PM

Impact Metrics for Gender Lens Investing

The emergence of gender lens investing in recent years has punctuated a larger global trend towards gender equality. Of course, there remains much work to be ...

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impact investing, Metrics, Perspectives on Metrics, Social Impact
Unmesh Sheth | Jun 19, 2018 12:05:43 PM

Creating impact data pipeline from enterprise to asset owners through Impact ID

 Two years ago, NextBillion.net published Building a Collaborative Social Impact Measurement Operating System. The article concluded that unless we make the ...

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Impact Communication, Impact Management, Data Management, monitoring & evaluation, Impact Perspectives
Alan Pierce | Jun 10, 2018 10:44:29 PM

Why Do We Keep Producing Impact Reports, But Not Intended Impact?

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Reporting, impact report, Perspectives on Reporting, Impact Management
Alan Pierce | Jun 3, 2018 3:03:49 PM

Understanding How to Wield Social Return on Investment (Part II)

In Part I of this blog series we looked at the Social Return on Investment (SROI) approach to accounting for impact and some of the challenges involved in its ...

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Perspectives on SROI, monitoring & evaluation, social impact measurement tool, Metrics, Reporting
Alan Pierce | May 28, 2018 5:55:18 PM

How to Calculate SROI?  (Part I)

“A lot of people try to get to a number for SROI and it misses the truth. The point of SROI isn’t necessarily to justify capital investment, it’s to understand ...

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Perspectives on SROI, monitoring & evaluation, social impact measurement tool, Metrics, Reporting, Impact Perspectives
Alan Pierce | Apr 24, 2018 12:47:35 PM

Evaluating the Impact of Social Innovation Programs: Issues and the Way Forward

A wave of social enterprise excitement has taken hold across the globe. The power of social entrepreneurship to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges has ...

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monitoring & evaluation, M&E, social impact measurement tool, Impact Management, Impact Perspectives
Alan Pierce | Apr 6, 2018 1:52:22 PM

Finding a Needle in the Haystack: Bringing Impact Insights to Lean Data

“It is the combining, linking, and connecting of different “data islands” that turns data into knowledge – knowledge that can ultimately help create positive ...

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impact data, Data Visualization, Data Management, Impact Management, monitoring & evaluation, Impact Perspectives
Alan Pierce | Mar 29, 2018 6:11:13 PM

How To Deliver An Impact Search Engine That Works

Why many impact-oriented entities – foundations, nonprofits, social enterprises, some corporations, etc. – spend an enormous amount of time defining a theory ...

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Metrics, impact data, Data Management, Perspectives on Metrics, Impact Perspectives
Unmesh Sheth | Mar 29, 2018 3:28:21 PM

Grant Management to Impact Management in Foundations

Key Players: Program Director, Learning & Evaluation Director, Program Analysts, Evaluator and IT Director & Team

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Alan Pierce | Mar 25, 2018 1:24:46 PM

Uniting the Impact Ecosystem: A Call for End-to-End Impact Management

According to a survey by the Global Impact Investing Network, more than $100 billion worth of impact investing assets are currently under management. Every ...

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impact data, Impact Management, Data Management, Strategy, impact funds, impact investing, Impact Perspectives
Hetal Sheth | Feb 14, 2018 9:11:00 AM

Actionable Impact Management Volume 3: "DATA"

Do you feel empowered to share stories with your data? The social sector is struggling to demonstrate their social good with data. What we need is a lean and ...

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Unmesh Sheth | Jan 31, 2018 10:58:38 AM

5 Reasons to think beyond survey tools for impact measurement

  Measuring impact result is becoming an essential requirement in philanthropy and impact investment sectors. Survey tools like SurveyMonkey, Qualtrics, and ...

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Data Aggregation, impact data, social impact measurement tool
Hetal Sheth | Jan 17, 2018 10:02:00 AM

Storytelling with Impact Learning

Like any other storytelling, Impact Storytelling is also an art. In your social impact report how do you mix qualitative data with quantitative data? And tell ...

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Impact story, Perspectives on Reporting, Data Management
Hetal Sheth | Jan 15, 2018 11:11:00 AM

How Impact Reporting Starts with an Impact Approach

An effective social impact report focuses on a collective process that aligns impact thesis (ie. Theory Of Change), communicates intended and unintended ...

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Moiz Arenpurwala | Jan 8, 2018 12:23:48 PM

Our 10 most-read articles of 2017

  They range from topics as diverse as How Impact Management is Now Within Reach, Aligning Impact Reporting to the Sustainable Development Goals, 5 Tips To Get ...

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Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, Impact growth
Drs. Jodi York, Chris Dembek, and Brad Potter of the University of Melbourne, Australia, and Wesley Gee of The Works Design Communications, Canada | Dec 21, 2017 12:21:48 PM

The Shift in focus from Impact Reports to Impact Reporting

[Author's of this report are well-known social impact thinkers and professors, who have collaborated with SoPact on four part Actionable Impact Management ...

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Unmesh Sheth | Dec 14, 2017 7:16:54 PM

How to build effective nonprofit impact reports

The US nonprofits spend more than $1.2 Billion just building impact reports and not counting time spent in inefficient data gathering from disparate systems. ...

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Data Management, Data Aggregation, impact report
Alan Pierce | Dec 11, 2017 3:51:37 PM

Social Impact Management Workshop for Mission-driven Organizations

In a Thursday afternoon at Impact Hub San Francisco, SoPact delivered a three-hour workshop to a packed room of participants. "How to Turn Data Into Impact ...

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Unmesh Sheth | Dec 11, 2017 3:49:09 PM

Collective Impact starts with Democratizing Impact Metrics

  The definition of collective social impact dramatically differs based on the role we are referencing, e.g., impact investor, foundation, government, funding ...

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Impact Management, impact investing, Impact growth, Perspectives on Metrics
Unmesh Sheth | Dec 1, 2017 3:53:31 PM

Blueprint of Future Monitoring & Evaluation Systems

    In one of my previous article Rethinking M&E  Software, we looked at how M&E software systems are still failing to achieve key data accountability goals.  ...

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Data Management, Impact story, Impact Management, M&E, Impact Perspectives
Unmesh Sheth | Dec 1, 2017 3:48:46 PM

Rethinking M&E Software for Impact Management

While the concept of Monitoring & Evaluation has been around for decades, use of M&E software has grown ever since US Congress passed a law requiring ...

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Jenny Berstad | Nov 13, 2017 11:58:35 AM

The Age of Impact Management is Here

 

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Unmesh Sheth | Nov 12, 2017 4:26:00 PM

How to Leverage SaaS Technology for Social Good

      Social sector organizations have been noterious about building custom solutions for managing their internal data (except for fundraising products) such ...

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Data Management, Data Aggregation, SaaS, social impact measurement tool
Hetal Sheth | Nov 12, 2017 1:54:36 PM

Changing Impact Philanthropy: Gender and Generation

Philanthropy is undergoing a revolution. It used to be that wealthy donors were happy sending an annual check, trusting in charitable organizations to use ...

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Perspectives on Strategy
Rachel Dodd | Nov 12, 2017 1:30:09 PM

Are your donors hearing your impact story?

Nonprofits are caught in a balancing act between making an impact and funding their impact. It can be difficult to measure up to the reporting requirements ...

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Perspectives on Strategy, Impact Management
Alan Pierce | Nov 12, 2017 12:47:54 PM

5 Tips To Get the Most out of Salesforce for Nonprofits

Like a business, nonprofits can also use Salesforce to streamline workflows, benefitting both internal and external stakeholders alike. Nonprofits effectively ...

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Salesforce
Jenny Berstad | Oct 25, 2017 6:00:00 PM

How Ventures can Raise Capital through a Strong Impact Management Process

Entrepreneurship Support Networks (ESNs) empower entrepreneurs in different ways, whether it’s through hosting social venture accelerators or incubators, ...

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Reporting, Impact Perspectives
Unmesh Sheth | Oct 18, 2017 10:17:49 AM

The Future of Impact Management & Reporting

This week in San Francisco @SOCAP 10th Anniversary I had the opportunity to talk to social impact thinkers, practitioners, and leaders. While many impact ...

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Impact Management, Impact Perspectives, Reporting
Latika Bahadur | Oct 10, 2017 12:38:00 PM

Data Management for Community Development Financial Institutions

  For Community Development Financial Institutions , data integrity is particularly essential to influence policy, improve operations on the ground and ...

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Reporting, Data Management, Impact Perspectives, CDFI
Jenny Berstad | Oct 3, 2017 6:49:00 PM

Why Use a Cloud-Based Solution for your organization's Impact Management Process

 

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