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Your Engine of Impact: Scaling

Over the course of seven posts, we have argued that leaders who want their organization to achieve maximum impact must embrace the essentials of strategic leadership. We compare this kind of intentional leadership to a high-performance engine. In those seven posts, we have discussed the components of this engine: mission, strategy, impact evaluation, insight and courage, organization and talent, funding, and board governance. 


Moving from Overhead to Outcomes

Why are nonprofits judged on their overhead costs as opposed to the results they create for society? The reason may be more practical than philosophical: charity impact data simply doesn’t exist in a standardized format. What if we could change that? 

GuideStar, the nation’s largest source of nonprofit data, and Mission Measurement, a global leader in outcomes measurement, are working together to tackle this most difficult of problems. 


Your Engine of Impact: Impact Evaluation

In a widely circulated 2013 essay, the philanthropist Bill Gates extolled the role that measurement plays in improving the human condition. He offered examples of ways in which measurement had improved the delivery of vital services worldwide. But he also offered a rueful observation. “This may seem basic,” he wrote, “but it is amazing how often it [measurement] is not done and how hard it is to get right.”


How to Measure Nonprofit Impact in 170 Countries (It’s Not What You Think!)

Photo from Isha Vidhya, first-place winner on GlobalGiving’s Top 10 Nonprofits Committed to Impact list

What would happen if you bridged two communities often overlooked in the international aid system? This is the goal that inspired two former World Bank employees to launch GlobalGiving in 2002. They wanted to connect individual donors—people whose gifts are often seen as too small to be meaningful—with local nonprofit organizations, whose impact has historically been all too easy to ignore because of their size or remoteness of their work.