Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations in Collective Impact: Part 1 | Stanford Social Innovation Review

Information and definition of what are backbone organizations and the challenges that remain to be undertaken.  Good read small business.  Our nonprofit world is also evolving.

Excerpt: The work of a backbone organization is complex. The roles played in accelerating change can be challenging to articulate as, by design, their work is largely behind the scenes. Therefore, GCF’s new approach to community leadership means that evaluating and communicating the value of backbone organizations has become all the more important. In addition, defining and communicating what “effectiveness” really means is another driver of the Foundation’s work. The backbone organization is an emerging concept necessary to the collective impact approach. GCF needs to paint a clear picture for stakeholders—board members, staff, donors, volunteers, current and potential grant recipients—of what success looks like and why this strategy is ultimately worth pursuing. This is the challenge and task before us.

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