| About Us
Who We Are
Collective Impact, LLC is a network of consultants
that provides capacity building services
to help organizations and communities thrive. The network was formed in 2001 to provide organizations and communities with comprehensive consulting, media, and technology resources that strengthen their ability to achieve their mission.
Collective Impact helps organizations and communities build capacity. Capacity is the ability or power to do something or get things accomplished. We define capacity building as “strategies or solutions that empower organizations and communities to operate more effectively and efficiently.”
Collective Impact uses a strengths-based approach in building capacity. Organizations and communities often focus on their problems or needs. We believe that those we serve have great strengths to build upon. We see our role as helping identify and maximize those strengths by using an approach that emphasizes resources and capabilities. This approach is reflected throughout our values and operating principles.
Collective Impact is not only the name of our consulting firm, but it is also our overall philosophy and approach that we use with all of our clients in every project with which we are involved. It is our guiding principle that directs how we interact, perform, and succeed with our clients.
Collective Impact's vision is "for organizations and communities to thrive." Our vision is the ultimate state that we are working towards. We exist to help realize our vision.
We believe that successful organizations and communities have the following characteristics:
- Collaborative leadership – This refers to the belief that leaders exist at all levels of an organization or community. Collaborative leaders demonstrate high levels of trust, achieve team work, and are willing to give something up for the greater good.
- Effective and efficient infrastructure – This includes those things that make organizations and communities function well, such as proactive communication, continuous learning, financial integrity, data-driven decision-making, etc.
- Innovative action – This refers to the implementation of “out-of-the-box” ideas, processes, tools, and solutions to achieve greater results.
- Favorable market presence – This includes strong images and positive public opinion of organizations and communities and their efforts.
- High social capital – This refers to the connections and networks that exist within and among organizations and communities and the value that these hold for their members.
- Continuous learning – This consists of on-going assessment and evaluation of organizations and communities to identify more effective and efficient ways of operating.
- “Thrivable” development – This refers to the ability of organizations and communities to exist beyond basic sustainability by getting the most out of their resources to achieve the greatest impact possible.
Collective Impact's mission is "to build capacity with organizations and communities to help them achieve their mission and thrive."
Our mission directs our efforts in working with clients and serves as a guide for achieving our vision.
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Collective Impact worked with Frontier Housing, the largest non-profit affordable housing service provider in Kentucky, to assess the organization and the environment within which it operates and develop a strategic plan to serve as a road map for the organization. To view the strategic plan, click here!
Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination. Collective Impact is not only the name of our consulting firm, but is also our guiding principle and approach that has directed how we interact, perform, and succeed with our partners over the past decade. The "Collective Impact" approach is highlighted in the article titlted "Collective Impact" in the Winter 2011 Stanford Social Innovation Review.
"Collective Impact collaborated with us in designing and leading a statewide training for the network of Family Resource Centers in West Virginia. Throughout the twists and turns of design and fulfillment of our 2-day training, we were fortunate to work with a team of consultants who were professional, client-focused, flexible, effective, interactive, strength-based, positive, and connected. All provided in an atmosphere of fun and with a mindfulness of varied learning styles. We left our meeting with a renewed energy of cohesiveness, coupled with action steps and concrete ideas to move forward. The success of our training would not have been possible without the insight and effectiveness of Collective Impact." ~ Genny Ferri, Community Partnership Coordinator, Prevent Child Abuse West Virginia - a project of TEAM For West Virginia Children, Inc.
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