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Shaping Global Partnerships for a Post-2015 World (SSIR)

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The principles of collective impact offer important lessons for architects of global collaborative efforts.


"What if fishermen, governments, industry, philanthropy, private investors, and conservation and development organizations worked together to apply the best strategies for restoring fisheries—and the communities that depend on them? What if these strategies addressed all the key elements of a fishery… so that change is comprehensive and lasting? What if fisheries became the sustainability success story of the early 21st century, creating more food, better livelihoods, prosperous businesses, and healthier oceans?"

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How to Organize Alliances of Multiple Organizations: Part 1 (SSIR)

How to Organize Alliances of Multiple Organizations: Part 1 (SSIR) | Collaboration and Partnerships | Scoop.it
A governance structure for large networks of organizations seeking to achieve collective impact.
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Converting Funder Collaboration into Collective Impact (SSIR)

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A new report shares findings on the impact of funder collaboratives in Northeast Ohio and offers tactical suggestions for other regions interested in sparking economic growth.


The premise of stronger collaboration producing “collective impact” has become a rallying cry for many social sector organizations seeking to address complex economic and civic issues. Funders and nonprofits have increasingly accepted the importance of shared strategies and coordinated actions as conventional wisdom, and the dilemma has shifted from whether to collaborate to how to do so effectively. Though the Stanford Social Innovation Review has profiled the work of the Strive educational initiative and other collaborations, there is scant empirical evidence that demonstrates how collective impact strategies outpace what organizations can accomplish alone. Simply put, collaboration is alluring in theory and messy in practice.


The Fund for Our Economic Future has been working its way through the highs and lows of funder collaboration for nearly a decade as we’ve sought to advance economic opportunity for Northeast Ohio. It hasn’t been an easy process, but our experience and accomplishments have confirmed the value of partnership. Fund-supported networks generated an estimated 14,543 jobs and $518 million in payroll, and raised $2.87 billion in capital. Fund efforts have also created a greater sense of regional identity among residents and institutions in Northeast Ohio. After more than a half-century of decline, our region is on the way back.

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