Over the past decade, the nonprofit industry has grown by almost 20%; thus, it is no surprise that 1 in 11 Nebraskans work at a nonprofit. To support Nebraska’s 3rd largest industry, Nebraska foundations give over $881 million and Nebraskans give almost $1.2 billion to charity each year. But how do we ensure these dollars are making an impact and not going to waste?
With a robust background in organizational development, change management, lean six sigma, and agile project management, ThriVinci volunteers help nonprofit organizations improve engagement and increase performance. Through effective project facilitation and oversight we serve as a collective impact backbone. ThriVinci was organized to provide affordable organizational development services to agencies who may be in need of strategic solutions to advance their valuable missions (submit a request for support here).
But what exactly does collective impact mean?
Rather than working in isolation or in silos, organizations can drive large-scale change by working collaboratively across sectors to solve daunting social problems. Collective impact initiatives often include a combination of individuals, organizations, grantmakers, and even representatives from the business community and government. According to John Krania and Mark Kramer (2011), the following characteristics are present in a collective impact initiative (but some other important characteristics, such as the inclusion of community voice, as noted in this article, are critical too):