2011 – Exchange Conference

On June 15-16, the Social Impact Exchange held its 2011 Conference on Scaling Impact, where nearly 400 foundations, philanthropists and philanthropy advisors convened in New York City. The Conference focused on how to build a philanthropic capital marketplace that can finance the scaling of social solutions through a variety of strategies. Including policy efforts, product roll-outs, community collaboratives, program replication and systems change efforts – to name just a few.

The conference also featured announcements and discussions of new initiatives including the introduction of an evaluation framework for scaling, the Social Impact Bond, investment platforms that connect thousands of donors to scaling nonprofits, models to create scaling markets in local cities and specific issues, and the work of intermediaries to help grantees expand their impact.  The event was a true collaborative effort by many organizations across the field.



Keynote Speakers and Plenary Sessions (in order of appearance)

Alexander Rossides, President, Growth Philanthropy Network – Introduction (PDF)

Stephen Goldsmith, Deputy Mayor of New York City on “The Importance of Growth Capital to Scale Impact”

“Unlocking Growth Capital” with Lance Fors, Chairman, Silicon Valley Social Venture (SV2) Fund; Paul Carttar, Director of the Social Innovation Fund; Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green; Kelly Fitzsimmons, Chief Program and Strategy Officer, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation; and Gary Syman, Chairman, SeaChange Capital Partners

“Intermediaries and Impact: How Can We Make Our Philanthropic Dollars Go Further by Leveraging the Work of Intermediaries?” with Charles Harris, SeaChange Capital Partners; Carol T. Cole, President and CEO, Venture Philanthropy Partners; Mimi Corcoran, Director of the Special Fund for Poverty Alleviation, The Open Society Foundations; Carla Javits, President, REDF; J.B. Schramm, Founder and CEO, College Summit; and Joel Vargas, Vice President, Jobs for the Future

Gara LaMarche, President and CEO, The Atlantic Philanthropies on “Scaling Social Solutions in an Era of Reduced Government Spending” (PDF)

Ed Skloot, Director, Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society, Duke University; Monica Winsor, Vice-Chariman, Women Moving Millions; and Joel Fleishman, Professor of Law and Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University on“Scaling a Movement and Increasing Private Philanthropy”

Paul Brest, President, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation on “Building a Philanthropic Marketplace” and Brian Walsh, LiquidNeton “Markets for Good” (PDF)

Kerry Sullivan, President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation

“Critical Leadership Skills Required” with Lisa Jackson, Partner, New Profit, Inc.; Nicole Farmer Hurd, Executive Director, National College Advising Corps; Elisabeth Mason, CEO, Single Stop USA; Mike O’Brien, CEO, iMentor; and Dorothy Stoneman, President and CEO, YouthBuild USA

“Strategies for Multiplying Impact – It’s Not Just About Growing an Organization with Cathy Clark, Duke University; Leslie Crutchfield, Author, Forces for Good; Martin Eakes, Founder and CEO, Self-Help; Jeff Edmondson, President, Strive; and Diana Wells, President, Ashoka

Breakout Sessions

  1. “Engaging Philanthropists and Opening New Channels and Sources of Growth Capital” with Ed Skloot, Jason Franklin, Glen Macdonald, Leslie Pine, and Ellen Sloan
  2. “Evaluating High-Impact Scaling Initiatives” with Jeff Mason, Jon Baron, David Hunter, John Martinez, and Andrew Wolk
  3. “Scaling Efforts in Local Communities” with Ronna Brown, Michael Baker, Jim East, Margaret Hall, Amy Stringer Hessel, Karl N. Stauber
  4. “Scaling in Education” with Jamie Jensen, Kwasi Asare, John Branam, Lin Ishihara, and Laura Samberg
  5. “Scaling in Poverty Alleviation” with John Weiser, Mark Abbott, Miriam Shark, Damian Thorman, Marian Urquilla, and Veronica White
  6. “Impact Investing & the Social Impact Bond” with Simon Jawitz, Kristin Giantris, Gary Glickman, Kippy Joseph, George Overholser, and Tracy Palandjian

Scaling in Action Presentations

Powerpoint Presentation: Gerald Chertavian, Year Up

Powerpoint Presentation: Jill Vialet, Playworks

Powerpoint Presentation: Richard Barth, KIPP Foundation

Powerpoint Presentation: Sarah E. Walzer, The Parent-Child Home Program

Powerpoint Presentation: Tom Luce, National Math and Science Initiative

Powerpoint Presentation Wendy Kopp, Teach for America

See highlights from the June 14, 2011 Symposium on Scaling Impact

See highlights from the 2010 Conference on Scaling Social Impact

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