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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 | Mar 3, 2019 7:57:35 PM

Simplify Impact Management with Impact Knowledge Graph

Are you a chief impact officer overwhelmed by a new impact knowledge ecosystem of many impact knowledge sources and maze of standards, framework, and tools? 

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Impact Management, impact measurement, impact strategy
Unmesh Sheth | Feb 26, 2019 4:41:55 PM

5 Strategies for Chief Impact Officers [How To + Best Practice]

Sustainable Development Goals now influence every organization.

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impact strategy
Unmesh Sheth | Feb 1, 2019 10:31:13 AM

Demonstrating Impact in Collective Impact Models

 

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impact framework
Lorena Rodriguez | Jan 5, 2019 4:05:41 PM

5 Reasons For Measuring Social Impact In Social Enterprise

Measuring impact is the recognized way in which you show the value your organization is delivering to its beneficiaries and society as a whole. Here are five ...

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impact measurement
Unmesh Sheth | Jan 5, 2019 3:28:49 PM

Data Journey: From Data Collection to Storytelling

While many donors demand outcome results continue to increase, there are no established guidelines on how to aggregate program outcomes and successfully tell ...

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impact measurement
Lorena Rodriguez | Dec 30, 2018 6:08:44 PM

5 Reasons To Measure Social Impact

Measuring impact is the recognized way to show the value your organization is delivering to its beneficiaries and society as a whole. Here are five reasons why ...

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impact measurement, impact strategy
Unmesh Sheth | Dec 15, 2018 12:03:56 PM

System Change in Impact Investing Ecosystem

Systems change is a major buzz in impact investing and impact philanthropy who are interested in improving long term social change.  NPC has very well ...

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impact investing, impact strategy
Alan Pierce | Dec 13, 2018 1:58:13 PM

SDG Impact Indicators for 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Part 2)

Reports year after year tell us that we are far behind schedule on achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the UN some years ago. These SDG ...

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SDG Indicators
Alan Pierce | Dec 12, 2018 4:53:34 PM

The Next Big Thing in Impact Investing System Change

The World Economic Forum recently outlined the ways in which impact investing could change the world. There are numerous impact investing examples from across ...

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impact investing
Alan Pierce | Dec 12, 2018 2:08:02 PM

Impact Metrics & Our Most Viewed Blogs of 2018

Whether you’ve used our cloud-based solutions to define and manage your impact metrics or not, the topic generated a buzz on our website throughout the year. ...

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Impact Management, impact metrics
Alan Pierce | Dec 11, 2018 2:43:34 PM

Ensuring Quality SDG Measurement for all 17 SDG Goals (Part 1)

Every single one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals represents an urgent need on a global scale. With those needs are opportunities for innovative ...

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SDG Indicators
Unmesh Sheth | Dec 10, 2018 5:22:46 PM

Measure Social Impact: Social & Economic Return of Collective Impact

During the last five years, there has been a  movement around various types of collective outcomes and impact programs. Stanford Social Innovation,  FSG and ...

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impact measurement
Alan Pierce | Nov 30, 2018 1:37:36 PM

SDG Indicators for SDG 4: Quality Education Includes Health & Poverty

How can we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ? We can bring them as close to the finish line as possible only by leveraging our target strategy. ...

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impact metrics, SDG Indicators
Unmesh Sheth | Nov 29, 2018 8:26:03 PM

Foundations: Social Impact Assessment Starts With You!

For a large or small foundation, their first and last responsibility is to drive a change that meets their mission. While this is obvious, various foundations ...

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impact measurement
Alan Pierce | Nov 26, 2018 8:01:00 AM

Why SDG 17 is the Most Important UN SDG?

  If you check any list which ranks the most important Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), you won’t find SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals at the top, or ...

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SDG Indicators
Alan Pierce | Nov 25, 2018 7:58:11 PM

Understanding SDG 11 Indicators for Sustainable Cities and Communities

By the year 2050, nearly 70% of the global population is expected to live in urban areas. That fact alone should be enough to explain the urgency of SDG 11: ...

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

4 Social Capital Trends Indicate Rise in Social Impact Measurement

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 investing, impact measurement
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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SDG Tracker, sdg reporting
Alan Pierce | Oct 29, 2018 9:14:05 PM

5 Impact Learnings  From Family Foundation Impact Investing

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

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impact framework
Alan Pierce | Oct 23, 2018 10:37:41 PM

Social Impact In Philanthropic Foundation: Expectation vs Reality

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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impact investing, monitoring & evaluation
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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Impact Management, impact measurement
Alan Pierce | Oct 14, 2018 12:48:23 PM

How Can Foundations Align With Sustainable Development Goals

Financing the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve all the SDG targets is an international endeavor of huge scale. Some estimate that scale to be $6 ...

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sdg reporting, SDG Indicators
Alan Pierce | Oct 1, 2018 9:34:38 AM

Aligning Your Small Business With The UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN 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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Impact Management, SDG Tracker, sdg reporting
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
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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impact measurement
Alan Pierce | Sep 20, 2018 5:22:23 PM

Impact Investing Funds & How to Find Your Ideal Match

The best 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 Management, impact investing
Alan Pierce | Sep 17, 2018 2:46:43 PM

Understanding Social Performance with Theory of Change

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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impact strategy
Alan Pierce | Sep 3, 2018 11:42:31 AM

3 Tips for Managing Social Impact Measurement Projects

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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monitoring & evaluation, impact measurement
Alan Pierce | Aug 29, 2018 1:25:27 PM

Why the Collective Impact Model is the Future of Social Change

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monitoring & evaluation, impact measurement
Alan Pierce | Aug 21, 2018 2:32:41 PM

How Can a Business Use Global Reporting Initiative with SDG reporting

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

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Impact Management, impact reporting, sdg reporting
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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Impact Management, impact investing
Hetal Sheth | Aug 9, 2018 4:49:13 PM

Start Impact Conversations with Actionable Impact Guidebooks

I make report every year for my funders using an impact guidebook developed here at Sopact. It is certainly not a story with pictures and output numbers. ...

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Impact Management, impact measurement
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 investing. You wouldn’t be rash for thinking this, but ...

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impact investing
Alan Pierce | Jul 18, 2018 4:19:27 PM

The Secret to millennials social impact and millennial investing trends

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 investing
Alan Pierce | Jun 25, 2018 11:21:33 PM

Effective use of IRIS Indicators in your impact measurement practice

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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monitoring & evaluation, impact metrics
Alan Pierce | Jun 25, 2018 8:40:59 PM

Choosing Right 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, impact metrics
Unmesh Sheth | Jun 19, 2018 12:05:43 PM

SDG impact data pipeline from enterprise to asset owners

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 reporting, sdg reporting
Alan Pierce | Jun 10, 2018 10:44:29 PM

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

The impact space is inundated with impact reports. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Donors and impact investors need to see such impact reports to be ...

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impact reporting
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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monitoring & evaluation, impact metrics, sroi
Alan Pierce | May 28, 2018 5:55:18 PM

How to Calculate Social Return On Investment (SROI) - Part 1

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

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monitoring & evaluation, impact metrics, impact reporting, sroi
Alan Pierce | Apr 24, 2018 12:47:35 PM

How to Evaluate Impact of Social Innovation Programs

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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Alan Pierce | Apr 6, 2018 1:52:22 PM

Improving Social Impact Accounting with 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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monitoring & evaluation, impact measurement
Alan Pierce | Mar 29, 2018 6:11:13 PM

9 Reasons to Use Impact Cloud for Selecting Social Impact Indicators

Are you spending too much time selecting impact metrics? Learn how to choose impact metrics for your organization, programs or project beyond just IRIS or ...

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impact metrics, impact measurement
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: 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 strategy
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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Hetal Sheth | Jan 17, 2018 10:02:00 AM

Storytelling Impact Learning & Social Impact Reporting

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 reporting, impact measurement
Hetal Sheth | Jan 15, 2018 11:11:00 AM

How Create Effective Impact Report Design?

It is the question on many impact manager's mind, how to build effective nonprofit impact reports? An effective social impact report focuses on a collective ...

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

Best Social Impact Strategy 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 strategy