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Posts written by Alan Pierce

Alan is a social sector consultant and one of the founding directors of Quantica Education, a school of social entrepreneurship in Colombia. Alan has published more than 100 blogs and articles, managed global research projects, & facilitated dozens of workshops for entrepreneurs in Latin and South America.

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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Social Impact, Perspectives on Strategy, Impact Management, monitoring & evaluation, Impact Perspectives
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
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
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
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
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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Impact Management, impact workshop
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
Alan Pierce | Apr 28, 2017 11:08:37 AM

Aligning Impact Reporting to the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have challenged both the public and private sector to amplify the outcomes of purpose-driven work. Part of this ...

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Reporting, Impact Management
Alan Pierce | Apr 24, 2017 11:21:04 AM

Data collection strategy (II): Tips and tools for successful implementation

Did you miss Part One of this blog? Read it here. Social impact measurement cannot be done without collecting impact data. Of course, it is much easier said ...

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Data Management, Impact Management
Alan Pierce | Apr 6, 2017 3:13:10 PM

Offline & Online Data Collection : Social Impact Assessment

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 ...

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Reporting, Metrics
Alan Pierce | Feb 11, 2017 10:35:39 AM

Demonstrating Impact: Choosing the right impact metrics

Successful mission-driven organizations artfully articulate impact to a variety of audiences. And they are often “multilingual” in doing so, because with ...

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Metrics
Alan Pierce | Dec 2, 2016 11:37:10 AM

Actionable Impact Management: Better Impact Measurement & Communication

      Across sectors, organizations are realizing that measuring and communicating impact isn’t just about satiating a moral imperative, it is fundamentally ...

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Impact Management, Reporting, Metrics
Alan Pierce | Nov 11, 2016 2:55:14 PM

Why Measure Social Impact? 4 Reasons For All Changemakers

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. ...

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Impact Management, Social Impact, Impact Perspectives