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Alan Pierce

Alan Pierce

Alan is a social sector consultant and one of the founding directors of Quantica Education, a school of social entrepreneurship in Colombia.

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http://www.tools4dev.org/Every nonprofit should define a theory of change (TOC). We know that this doesn’t happen in many organizations, and even worse still, when it does the TOC remains poorly constructed without much..
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5 Ways to Improve your Nonprofit Theory of Change Model

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How we acquire impact data goes a long way towards how much we are able to leverage such data for the benefit of our beneficiaries and other stakeholders. Our approaches need to be catered toward the motivations,..
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One Tool You Must Have for a Lean Data Social Impact Analysis

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3 Reasons Why the Collective Impact Model is the Future of Social Change

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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 impact measurement efforts should be met with increased..
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SDG Impact Indicators for 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Part 2)

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The World Economic Forum recently outlined the ways in which impact investing could change the world. With sector growth skyrocketing in recent years, it is clear that traditional investing is becoming archaic, and..
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5 Impact Investing Examples That Are Changing the World

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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. Three out of the five most-viewed blogs for 2018 tackle..
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Impact Metrics & Our Most Viewed Blogs of 2018

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Every single one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals represents an urgent need on a global scale. With those needs are opportunities for innovative solutions and along with each solution, a need for proper SDG..
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Ensuring Quality SDG Measurement for all 17 SDG Goals (Part 1)

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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. If we strategically align the targets and goals so that..
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SDG Indicators for SDG 4: Quality Education Includes Health & Poverty

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  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 even near the top, of any of them.
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Why SDG 17 is the Most Important UN SDG?

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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: Sustainable Cities and Communities and achieving the SDG 11..
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Understanding SDG 11 Indicators for Sustainable Cities and Communities

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The climate philanthropy is one of many global mechanisms to fund climate change solutions more rapidly and effectively. And yet, historically, it is estimated that only about 2% of global philanthropic funding is used..
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3 Ways Foundations can Scale Climate Change  Solutions

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Topics: SDG Tracker, sdg reporting

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 good reason. This foundation took a big risk in 2004, piloting..
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5 Impact Learnings  From Family Foundation Impact Investing

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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 generated. But how would we know? Managing grant funded projects can..
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Social Impact In Philanthropic Foundation: Expectation vs Reality

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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 capital for the greater good.
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Three Sessions We’re Excited to Attend at SOCAP 2018

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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 trillion annually in order to reach those lofty goals...
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How Can Foundations Align With Sustainable Development Goals

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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 organizations, non-profits, other social enterprises?
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Aligning Your Small Business With The UN Sustainable Development Goals

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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 together social entrepreneurs, investors, community and thought..
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Bringing Impact Data Management Into the Conversation At Socap 2018

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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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Are You a Social Entrepreneur or Social Media Ninja?

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The best impact investing funds offer the socially-conscious investor an actionable way to create an impact with their investments, alongside financial returns. In this article, we'll take a look at how to find the..
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How to Find the Right Impact Investing Fund for Your Organization

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In the world of microfinance there are social returns to be accounted for, in addition to financial accountability. Implementing a social performance framework to conduct such accountability assessment enables..
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Understanding Social Performance with Theory of Change

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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 complicated, requiring a refined social impact measurement..
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3 Tips for Managing Social Impact Measurement Projects

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The Global Reporting Initiative has been around for decades. It is widely used, but perhaps still not enough.
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How Can a Business Use Global Reporting Initiative with SDG reporting

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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 you would still be wrong. In this article, we'll take a..
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Here's How to Improve Your Foundations' Mission-Related Investments

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How might we engage Millennials as an employee, investor, asset owner, contributor, or beneficiary? The Millennial engagement question pesters leaders at the C-suite levels of businesses around the world. They take a..
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The Secret to millennials social impact and millennial investing trends

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Superficial impact metrics  or simply copying and pasting IRIS metrics over your activities might be cost effective and make you feel good about the “impact” you seem to be generating.
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Common Pitfalls When Using IRIS Indicators (And How to Avoid Them)

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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 done. But gender lens investing, and the impact metrics..
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A Guide on Choosing Impact Metrics for Gender Lens Investing

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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 updated about progress year after year about the intended impact..
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Why Do We Keep Producing Impact Reports, But Not Intended Impact?

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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 implementation. In this blog, we'll share some of the best..
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3 Tools to Help You Calculate SROI (Social Return on Investment)

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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, it’s to understand value creation through capital..
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How to Calculate Social Return On Investment (SROI) - Part 1

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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 led to an explosion of interest in the difficult quest to..
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How to Evaluate Impact of Social Innovation Programs

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Are you spending too much time selecting impact metrics? Learn how to choose impact metrics for your organization, programs or projects beyond just IRIS or other standardized metrics. And discover how a..
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9 Reasons to Use Impact Cloud® for Selecting Social Impact Indicators

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According to a survey by the Global Impact Investing Network, more than $100 billion worth of impact investing assets are currently under management. Every dollar of that investment capital represents a certain quantity..
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Uniting the Impact Ecosystem: End-to-End Impact Management

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Like a business, nonprofits can also use Salesforce to streamline workflows, benefitting both internal and external stakeholders alike. Nonprofits effectively using Salesforce manage donation cycles, analyze fundraising..
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5 Tips To Get the Most out of Salesforce for Nonprofits

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have challenged both the public and private sector to amplify the outcomes of purpose-driven work, and in many cases to pursue SDG alignment. Part of this challenge involves..
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SDG Investing - Align Impact Investing with SDG

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Did you miss Part One of this blog? Read it here. Social impact measurement cannot be done without collecting impact data. And we cannot collect good impact data without effective data collection tools. Of course, it is..
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Data collection tools strategy: Tips for successful implementation

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It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data . When put in the context of social impact assessment, this wisdom from the inimitable Sherlock Holmes suggests that we should communicate impact only when we have..
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Online & Offline Data Collection : Social Impact Measurement

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Successful mission-driven organizations artfully articulate impact to a variety of audiences. And they are often “multilingual” in doing so, because with varied listeners comes a need to speak multiple impact languages..
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How to Choose the Right Impact Indicators to Demonstrate Impact

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      Across sectors, organizations are realizing that measuring and communicating impact isn’t just about satiating a moral imperative, it is fundamentally linked to sustainable value creation. And yet, while this..
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Actionable Impact Management & Impact Communication

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What drives you to measure social impact? In the business of social impact, measurement has become one of the most talked about trends. And for good reason. The most obvious, of course, is because it is important to..
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Why Measure Social Impact? 4 Reasons for Change Makers

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