Knowledge Letter - March 2020 - Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis; Accelerating a Field’s Impact

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Resources for nonprofits, philanthropists, and impact investors
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Knowledge Letter
Strategies for Social Impact

Nonprofits, Funders, and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis

This resource collection offers guidance to nonprofits, philanthropists, and impact investors on navigating the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and the expected economic downturn, including a memo with our initial perspectives on where philanthropy can productively channel resources. It also includes our latest insights on the steps impact investors and philanthropy can take to support their portfolio organizations.

Field Building for Population-level Change

By Lija Farnham, Emma Nothmann, Zoe Tamaki & Cora Daniels

Many funders who seek to create population-level change find that bringing individual organizations to scale isn’t enough. It takes meaningful, intentional coordination by multiple actors across a social change field—field building—to spark change on a massive scale. Bridgespan’s recent report identifies four key principles for funders to embrace as they seek to create the conditions that can accelerate field builders’ impact.

Skoll World Forum Virtual Discussions

Register for Managing Through Tough Times

Join a free discussion on how to weather economic uncertainty with Bridgespan Partner Sridhar Prasad, Open Road Alliance CEO Maya Winkelstein, and Tennyson Center for Children CEO Ned Breslin.

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Time: 2 p.m. ET, 11 a.m. PT


Breaking Down Barriers to Capital: Overcoming Racial Bias in Funding

Join Echoing Green CEO Cheryl Dorsey, Co-founder and Managing Partner Jeff Bradach of The Bridgespan Group, and Skoll Foundation CEO Don Gips to discuss how to think more proactively about race and racial equity on multiple levels, and how to ensure racial equity is a strategic imperative for maximizing impact.

Date: Friday, April 3, 2020

Time: 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT
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