Strive Network, Bridgespan Group to Participate In Live Chat to Help Nonprofits, Form Partnerships, Solve Problems

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Strive Managing Director Jeff Edmondson and Bridgespan partner Willa Seldon will lead discussion hosted by Chronicle of Philanthropy aimed at helping non-profits work together to address unique problems in their communities

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We are thrilled to be able to share some of the lessons we’ve learned -- using a process that looks at a community’s existing assets – and helping them identify ways they can improve education outcomes based on their own unique challenges.

Strive Network Managing Director Jeff Edmonson and Bridgespan Group Partner Willa Seldon will lead a live chat at noon EST Tuesday aimed at helping non-profits work together to address unique problems in their communities. The event is hosted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

The public page for the discussion can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Participants will discuss the findings of a new report by the White House Council for Community Solutions that shares strategies from successful collaborative projects. The Council worked with Bridgespan on the report to identify effective “needle-moving” partnerships (those that have achieved at least 10 percent progress in a community-wide metric), understand the keys to success and recommend ways to drive more collective impact, particularly to address the challenges of disconnected youth.

The work of the Strive Network, among others, was noted in the report. Strive Network works with communities nationwide and helps them create a civic infrastructure to unite stakeholders around shared goals, measures and results in education, supporting the success of every child, cradle to career. Its work is rooted in the success of a collaborative, cradle-to-career partnership in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, founded in 2006.

“We are thrilled to be able to share some of the lessons we’ve learned -- using a process that looks at a community’s existing assets – and helping them identify ways they can improve education outcomes based on their own unique challenges,” Edmondson said. “When community partners come together to agree to endorse only interventions that provide real and continuing evidence of impact and the philanthropic community increasingly embraces the notion of funding only Strive-endorsed interventions, that’s when we see real change beginning to happen.”

Seldon, a co-author of the report, said that community collaborators had four operating principles in common: a commitment to long-term involvement, involvement of key stakeholders across sectors, use of shared data to set agendas and improve results over time and engagement of community members as substantive partners.

“Our goal is to share an approach that aspires to significant community-wide progress by enlisting all sectors to work together toward a common goal,” Seldon said. “When responsibility for a community’s well-being is shared across multiple stakeholders, this offers enormous promise to bring about broader, more lasting change across the nation.”

Communities in more than 20 states have demonstrated interest in replicating the Strive Network’s approach. Successful implementations are under way in Portland, Houston, Richmond, Va., East Bay, California and multiple other sites.

Strive Network is catalyzing a national movement focused on the success of every child from cradle to career. Building on the principles of collective impact, Strive is helping communities create the civic infrastructure to unite stakeholders around shared goals, measures and results in education, and organizing a national network of cradle to career communities. Strive is a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks.

The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. It collaborates with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness and accelerate learning.

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