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Nonprofit Leadership News Brief: April 2013

On Evaluation and Data…


Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) Seattle Chapter’s new co-leader, Efrain Gutierrez, reflects on the recent EPIP national conference, highlighting four recommendations for philanthropy leaders around collaboration: Be humble, know who you are not, listen, learn and adapt. Further on the theme of listening, Stanford Social Innovation Review recently published a piece called Listening to Those Who Matter Most, the Beneficiaries, wherein beneficiary feedback initiatives are featured including CDA Collaborative Learning Project’s Listening project, GreatNonprofits and NeighborWorks America Success Measures. Case studies on the YouthTruth program and the Institute of Medicine’s report “Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century” give concrete examples of beneficiaries’ experience being used as drivers of positive change.

Taj Carson of Carson Research Consulting in Baltimore writes on the online resource: Baltimore DataMind. This interactive mapping tool is used to visualize neighborhood-level data, and to identify community resources.  Also related to data visualization is FastCoexist’s article Mapping Economic Inequality on Every Block in The Country which highlights the online resource: Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks, a map of the median rent and income US neighborhoods.


On Networks and Social Impact…

“No, networks are not going away “asserts Curtis Ogden of Interaction Institute in his article Networks for Social Change. Ogden describes the value of networks, framing them as the human component of ecosystems, and key to distributing ownership, assessing value, encouraging connection, and allowing for resilience and adaptation. On Wednesday May 1, 2013, FSG & SSIR host a webinar to on Embracing Emergence following January’s article, Embracing Emergence: How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity. The article explores how the conditions defined in a collective impact process put participants on a collective journey, allowing for new solutions to complex problems to emerge.  


On Social Media and Philanthropy…


Beth Kanter reflects on the recent Robert Wood Johnson Foundation meeting, “Advancing Social Media Measurement for Foundations.” She shares on the group brainstorming sessions where participants defined outcomes and strategies around foundations’ communication values, and includes a presentation on the Knight Foundation’s experience measuring its social media use.

A Q&A piece with Debra Joy Perez, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's interim vice president of research and evaluation, explores the use of social media in relation to the foundation's larger social change goals. The five social media indicators discussed at the recent meeting are included here, which speak to the values of transparency and expanding a diverse network.


Top Articles:


On Evaluation and Data…


Title:  EPIP Conference Reflections: The Emerging Leadership Manifesto in Philanthropy

Author: Efrain Gutierrez

Date: April 22, 2013

Source: FSG Social Impact Blog


Title:  Listening to Those Who Matter Most, the Beneficiaries

Author: Fay Twersky, Phil Buchanan, & Valerie Threlfall

Date: Spring 2013

Source: SSIR Magazine: Measuring Social Impact


Title:  Taj Carson on Visualizing Neighborhood-Level Data with Baltimore DataMind

Author: Taj Carson

Date: April 13, 2013

Source: AEA365 | A Tip-a-Day by and for Evaluators


Title:  Mapping Economic Inequality On Every Block In The Country

Author: Patrick James

Date: April 2013

Source: FastCoexist


On Networks and Social Impact…


Title:  Embracing Emergence: How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity

Author:  John Kania, Mark Kramer

Date: January 2013



Title:  Networks for Social Change

Author: Curtis Ogden

Date: April 24, 2013

Source: IISC Blog


On Social Media and Philanthropy…


Title:  Advancing Social Media Measurement for Foundations – Reflections & Notes

Author: Beth Kanter

Date: April 29, 2013



Title:  How RWJF Tackles the 'Social Media, So What?' Question

Author: Debra Joy Perez

Date: April 26, 2013

Source: PhilanTopic Blog


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