Collective Impact: From Concept to Reality in NYC

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 -
2:45pm to 5:00pm EDT
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor, NYC
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Part of Philanthropy New York's "Spotlight on Capacity Building" Series.

Collective impact is an approach to solving societal problems based on the idea that no organization acting alone can solve complex issues. A collective impact approach requires the commitment of a group of organizations — including nonprofits, government, business, and philanthropy — to coordinate their efforts around a clearly defined goal. As part of Philanthropy New York’s capacity building series, join us to hear from New York City funders and grantees who have taken the collective impact concept and integrated it into their way of working together. In this session, we will discuss one health focused initiative - The Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness - Tackling Youth Substance Abuse Initiative, and one cradle to career initiative in Queens – Zone 126. The session will be moderated by John Kania from FSG, the author of (Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World) and national consultant on collective impact initiatives. The conversation is designed to provide funders with lessons learned that might benefit how they work with grantees in considering this framework. 


  • The types of projects that are being implemented. What makes them "collective impact"?
  • What's worked and been challenging about moving from the collective impact concept to implementation? (from both the funder and grantee perspectives)
  • Which aspects of the collective impact model have been easier and more challenging to put in place?
  • What are some results from these initiatives? What results are these initiatives still striving for?


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2:45 - 3:00 PM Check-in

3:00 - 5:00 PM Program


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