Collective Impact for the Common Good


Speaker: Jonathan Rich – Memphis Area Commander, Salvation Army


Many social problems we encounter in our communities are quite complex and often so massive that, when confronted by them, it is tempting for us to throw up our hands in surrender. Issues like poverty or crime or poor education are all the products of complex social and environmental systems that are beyond the scope of one church or organization to address. Often, areas in this country and abroad that attract the most charitable dollars per capita are also the areas that never seem to improve over time as helping organizations serve in isolation, competing for financial and human capital. The social sector (i.e. churches, para-churches, volunteer organizations, NGO’s) is filled with examples of partnerships, networks, and other types of joint efforts. But collective impact initiatives are distinctly different. Unlike most collaborations, collective impact initiatives involve a centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and mutually reinforcing activities among all participants. This session will focus on presenting the Collective Impact model, illustrating it with examples both inside and outside of the faith community. Our highly interactive time will explore how we might utilize the collective impact approach to some of the issues Kansas City is facing.

Who Might Find This Helpful

Social sector leaders (staff and volunteers), church leaders, government leaders, non-profit board members

Topics: Collaboration, Non-profit
Conferences: CG2013
Church: Christ Community Church, Kansas City