Collective Impact

Collective Impact

Big, complex problems require a collective approach with a shared vision and goals, and all hands on deck, rowing in the same direction. That is the bottom line of why, at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, we are partnering with other organizations to work together.

Collective impact, through investment in backbone organizations and shared outcomes, enables our community to work toward common goals, plotting our course together, and moving in the same direction. We can’t just meet at the destination. Together we may come up with solutions.

How Collective Impact Works

Learn more about how Collective Impact works at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Supporting Backbone Organizations

To make progress more quickly, GCF is investing in “backbone” organizations that serve as catalysts for change in these areas. These partnerships will help the backbone organizations work better together across sectors, address resource gaps, and fuel the broad implementation of strategies that work.

Along with grants, we are working with all six groups to provide support, evaluation, and technical assistance.

GCF's 7 Backbone Partnerships:

Featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review

In 2012, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and FSG authored this four-part series in the Stanford Social Innovation Review about the role of backbone organizations in collective impact efforts.

  1. What is takes to be a backbone organization
  2. Expected outcomes
  3. What we learned
  4. What's next

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