Measuring Impact: Feature Article from the Latest Issue of NTEN:Change

Amy Sample Ward

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All Facets of the Impact Investing Field at SOCAP16

Connection Cafe

At the forefront of strategies is impact investing. From the plenary speech alone, it was clear how much the impact investing field has evolved. But, impact investing means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The Path to Effective Impact Investing.

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Blockchain for Impact: Blockchain Revolution Global Event Wrap-Up

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Blockchain for Impact: Blockchain Revolution Global Event Wrap-Up – Guest Post . Note from Beth: Amy Neumann recently attended the Blockchain for Impact gathering in Toronto last month with 1200 attendees from dozens of countries.

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#IMPACT2030 Sets Sights on Change and Transformation

Connection Cafe

IMPACT 2030 is the Global Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Key Themes on Change and Transformation: Connecting Innovation to the Private Sector.

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Embracing the Point of Impact Together: Outcomes Measurement Tips for Funders and Nonprofits

Connection Cafe

My colleagues and I have talked at length about how social good organizations have reached a point of impact – a point in the giving sector’s evolution where organizations are shifting their giving mindset from, “ look how much we gave ” to “l ook at what our grant achieved.”

LinkedIn Changes Could Impact Nonprofit Groups - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

AFP Blog

LinkedIn Changes Could Impact Nonprofit Groups - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly :LinkedIn has implemented some new changes into their social network, which may affect how nonprofits use the website, and specifically how groups will function. These changes also aim to reduce the amount of spam and promotional content that appears in groups, a problem which has increased in the past few years. Here is a list of the new changes to look out for

Contemplating Boulder and Social Impact

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Boulder and seeing the winter beauty of the place right after a big snowfall as well as of connecting with many people excited about social impact. Social enterprise. Technology. Contemplation.

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Platform Power: Scaling Impact

Museum 2.0

It felt like change was breaking through. I value platforms for their power to scale impact. It advances our theory of change, by empowering locals and bridging their diverse communities.

17 Goals in 14 Years—This is Impact 2030. Let’s Build a Better World.

Connection Cafe

Yes, each of us must be willing to accept the role we play in both the problems and the solutions, because activating change is going to take a village. . Only together can we start changing hearts and minds, and making progress to 2030.

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Benetech: the Equilibrium Change Machine

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Framework for Producing Transformative Change Two key concepts from the book really stuck with me. The first is their core concept of equilibrium change. The primary goal in the Valley is massive change, because when you’re a for-profit that magnitude usually yields massive profits.

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Powering Momentous Change Through the Blackbaud Institute

Connection Cafe

Last week at bbcon in National Harbor, Mike Gianoni told the audience of 2,500 change-makers, “You’re here because you know the power of a moment…because we know that a moment can change everything.”

4 Steps to Implementing Your Social Change Strategy: A Case Study with SEFCU

Connection Cafe

Learn more about outcomes measurement in the free white paper: “The Point of Impact: Empowering Champions for a Better World”. And other funders may focus on particular areas of importance, like education, but in general they ask few questions regarding the impact of their contributions.

Lean Impact Series: 10 Changemakers Using Lean Startup Methods For Greater Social Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

” After spending five years living and breathing networks and measurement and designing and delivering many, many nonprofit capacity building programs, my focus is going to be on how nonprofits can apply measurement and their networks to learn for impact.

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How Citizen Powered Movements Will Lead Social Change in 2017 

Connection Cafe

Your supporters are inspired to make an impact and bring their social networks, stories and ideas to the table. However, with the growing democratization of social change, the digital tactics we’ve come to know and rely on may not continue to gain the same traction.

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Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits Can Leverage Data and Technology for Impact

Connection Cafe

To enhance impact, foundations and nonprofits should leverage their data through platforms like Guidestar, Algorhythm, and Blackbaud Outcomes. How can we all agree that we are running towards the same impacts?

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Explore Impact Leadership at NTEN’s Leading Change Summit: Free Registration Giveaway

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’m giving away a free registration to NTEN’s Leading Social Change Summit. NTEN is hosting the “ Leading Change Summit ” in San Francisco from September 3-6th. Our first session will set the stage and context for the practices of “Impact Leadership.”

How to Brand Your Nonprofit To Scale Your Positive Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

How to Brand Your Nonprofit To Scale Your Positive Impact – Guest Post by Simon Mainwaring. Nonprofits do critical work in their communities and around the world and, in so doing, build the awareness of their brands to scale their impact.

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From Risk-taker to Spacemaker: Reflections on Leading Change

Museum 2.0

I learned this terminology later, from Beck Tench , who studies, mentors, and leads institutional change in public space. It took three things for me to change my perspective on this. institutional change Museum of Art and History risk

Changing our vision of Change: Revisiting the Pollyanna Principles

Amy Sample Ward

Last week, the New York Times ran an article exploring a segment of the nonprofit/social impact sector that the author saw as a small minority of organizations, but one I care deeply about: those that plan to go out of business.

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Let the Countdown to NTEN’s Leading Change Summit Begin

Connection Cafe

And that’s exactly why I’m thrilled to be attending the Nonprofit Technology Network’s upcoming Leading Change Summit in a few weeks (September 3-6 in San Francisco). The agenda of the Leading Change Summit is different than anything I’ve seen in the nonprofit space, an interesting reboot and remix of the traditional conference. The Conference Tracks: Impact Leadership .

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If a Metric Changes on a Spreadsheet and No One Notices, Does it Show Impact?

Amy Sample Ward

Is data helpful if you can’t change it? Why are you measuring or tracking something that you can’t (or don’t want to) impact? An organization has, for example, 20 volunteers, and they want to track the hours contributed, the impact on programs, and so forth. When looking at all of your various metrics, be sure that you are measuring things you want to impact and that you are focused on the data points you can and will change.

Measuring the Impact of Your Nonprofit Program

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A few months ago, I facilitated a mini-innovation lab on measuring impact for grantees of the Google Nonprofit program at the Impact Hub. Many times, nonprofits, especially smaller ones, do not have the resources to hire outside consultants to measure the impact of their programs.

How Individual Change Agents Can Help Us Build a Stronger Social Economy

Connection Cafe

The most radical force for change is the same thing today that it’s always been—a person. Building a Stronger Social Economy Through Individual Change Agents. Your organization is often just one channel through which they seek to drive change.

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Can you hear me now? Inspired Impact!

Connection Cafe

Call it outcomes, call it impact, call it whatever you like… But does anyone hear you? Here is a quick summary to guide you and your board of directors on the journey to inspired impact. Principle 1 : Plan for impact. Now, publish your impact statement.

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Econ 201: Macro Influences Impacting Micro Fundraising

Connection Cafe

Changes in average gift sizes, donor retention rates, and revenue can all be tracked back to changes in your campaign strategies. Tax policy, and its impact on charitable deductions. Interest rates, and their impact on saving vs. spending. Unemployment rates, and their impact on donor numbers. Population growth, and its impact on the pool of potential donors. As a fundraiser, you are well aware of your internal program’s performance metrics.

Driving CSR Impact & Innovation: 5 Key Takeaways from the 2018 Social Innovation Summit

Connection Cafe

A word that drums up excitement, and thoughts of positive change for the future. Nimrod Elmish from Cardboard Technologies proved that sustainability, social impact, and profitability go hand in hand , creating a new local industry that breathes new life into recycled products. Aria Finger, CEO of, spoke about how almost half of Gen Zers say it’s important for a brand to have social change initiatives. Innovation.

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Measuring Impact: The First Step

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: How often have those of worked in nonprofits asked the question or been asked the question by funders, “What’s the impact?” The first step is identify what impact might look like as this post explains. “I I wanted to change the world with that film.

Book: Simple Acts to Change the World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: As we head into the holiday season and year-end giving, I invited Amy Neumann to share some thoughts about giving and her new book, “ Simple Acts to Change the World.” And then a maybe a larger impact. Simple acts change the world.

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Staying Nimble in a Time of Change

Connection Cafe

It has impacted the way we interact and understand one another, and has changed the way some Americans think about what we value most. Current events continue to have a massive impact on consumer sentiment, and how and why they are motivated to give to nonprofit organizations.

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6 Ways to Harness Your CRM Solution as a Change Management Tool

Connection Cafe

This is the time to question how things have always been done and consider changes that will expand your institution’s reach. First, I recommend that you position the CRM solution implementation as step one of a long-term process of change.

Report: Digital Storytelling for Social Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

However, few of us working in the social impact space could admit to utilizing storytelling to its fullest potential. Meanwhile, digital technology has changed the game. I don’t have to tell anyone who reads Beth’s blog about the value of storytelling.

Social Media, Causes, Politics & Millennials: How Online Cause Engagement Changes in an Election Year

Connection Cafe

The changing landscape in the U.S. We know through years of research within The Millennial Impact Project that millennials value cause work (any activities that are philanthropic in nature) and are engaged with causes.

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5 Women Change Agents Who Have Taken the Nonprofit Route


With her is the ability to create, nurture, and transform’- Diane Mariechild With the zeal to not just ideate new solutions but implement those with persistent efforts and hard work, these women leaders have been game changers, making commendable impact through their respective causes.

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How to Define, Measure and Communicate Your Impact

NonProfit Hub

It’s hard to ramp up the good work you do if you don’t know how to concretely define, measure and communicate your impact to supporters. It’s important to learn how to share your efforts with the world, and even more important that you know just how big of an impact you’re making on the issue you’re trying to solve. Defining impact. Impact,” by definition, is the action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another. Measuring impact.

The 12th Issue of NTEN: Change is Out - "Outcomes & Impact"


The true test of any nonprofit is to demonstrate impact. Every nonprofit aims to have impact, but few have the systems in place to calculate little more than outputs. For nonprofits, measuring their broader impact can be easier said than done.

EveryAction Acquires DonorTrends

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

My mantra for fundraisers is: Do something today to impact revenue, response, and retention. EveryAction affords DonorTrends the opportunity to bring our proven fundraising insights to more nonprofits facing a changing donor environment.

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How to Build Great Organizations for Greater Societal Impact

Connection Cafe

The Leap Ambassadors Community is a group of nonprofit leaders who are passionate about “inspiring, motivating and supporting nonprofit and public sector leaders (and their stakeholders) to build great organizations for great societal impact.”.

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Tech Impact Receives $200,000 Grant


Tech Impact’s Anthony Pisapia on left, and Patrick Calihan on right. Neighborhood Builder’s Award Tech Impact’s ITWorks program can continue helping at people like William Kendima achieve more, earn more, and make more change in their community.

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11 Expert Tips for Nonprofits to Embrace Technology for Even Greater Impact

Connection Cafe

This conference brings together some of the top minds in nptech and gives attendees a chance to discuss what’s happening across the industry and share best practices for how to work smarter and create bigger, lasting impact with technology.

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Guest Post on Care2 Frogloop: Designing Campaigns for Impact

Amy Sample Ward

—– Whether it’s political or personal, global or local, funded or a grassroots effort, organizations and communities are campaigning for change in many ways, all of the time. campaigns issues goals impact metrics strategy

Impact 142

Community-Driven Social Impact: Presentation, Case Studies, and Workshop

Amy Sample Ward

I had a really wonderful time, and the Community-Driven Social Impact session was terrific! Let’s start at the beginning: what is “community-driven social impact” anyway? Community-Driven Social Impact – 11NTC.

Can you hear me now? Inspired Impact!

Connection Cafe

Call it outcomes, call it impact, call it whatever you like… But does anyone hear you? Plan for impact. When developing your plan, match the time and effort needed to the scale of the intended impact. Data – not emotional stories – is how you want to plan for your impact.

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Do you fear or embrace disruptive change at your nonprofit?


Technological change is disruptive, and it can usher in a new era of nonprofit engagement and impact. This will only happen, however, to the extent that we in the nonprofit space learn to embrace change and accept it as the new normal.

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