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ADVISORY: Collective Impact: Moving the Needle on our Nation’s Challenges
Press Advisory

ADVISORY: Collective Impact: Moving the Needle on our Nation’s Challenges

Press Contacts

  • Madeline Meth

Washington, D.C.— On Tuesday, March 6, the Center for American Progress will host a panel discussion on the impact of social innovation. The panel will explore the important role social entrepreneurs play in developing and testing new solutions to community problems. Our nation is facing some of the greatest challenges in a generation, and leading social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other social sector leaders have stepped-up to fill gaps, to increase their impact, and to serve more people in need. Yet we also know that in many instances these individual, successful nonprofits are not “moving the needle” on communitywide metrics. They are serving more people more efficiently and effectively, but the economic and social challenges facing our nation’s communities are simply too large and require too many players for these individual nonprofit organizations to make dramatic progress on their own.

To get the kind of measurable, communitywide gains our nation needs, all sectors—nonprofits, business, philanthropy, and government—must pull together in the same direction. This kind of “collective impact” is happening in a number of communities around the country such as the Strive Partnership in Cincinnati. The White House Council for Community Solutions recently released an analysis that identifies examples of “collective impact” in communities and the keys to success.

WHO:

Welcoming remarks:

Marta Urquilla, Senior Advisor for Social Innovation, The White House

Presentation on White House Council Collective Impact analysis:

Michele Jolin, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Member, White House Council for Community Solutions

Featured panelists:

Cheryl Dorsey,President, Echoing Green

Jeff Edmondson, Managing Director, Strive Network

Jill Iscol, President, IF Hummingbird Foundation; author, Hearts on Fire

Willa Seldon, Partner, The Bridgespan Group

Moderated by:

Michele Jolin, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Member, White House Council for Community Solutions

WHEN:

March 6, 2012, 12:00pm -1:30pm

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:

Center for American Progress 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20005

Map & Directions

Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center

RSVP to attend this event

For more information, contact Madeline Meth at mmeth@americanprogress.org or 202.741.6277.

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