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Part 2: Collaboration
I see collaborative work and outcomes management as two sides of the same “working smarter” coin. I discussed outcomes management in my first post in this series, and my organization, Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), has embraced its importance. VPP is committed to learning from our work, and although the nonprofit partnerships we fund [...]

Part 1: Outcomes Management
At Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), we talk a lot about one number: $31 million. Well, $31.4 million to be exact, the amount of money we raised for our first fund of nonprofits in the National Capital Region. We are proud of this number, but there is another number we do not talk [...]

In this day of 24-7 media, information flows nonstop and infinite reams of data can be crunched in seconds. Yet I am sometimes shocked by how very little we know, even about what’s going on in our own neighborhoods. Information is power, and while research and data might not seem like the most exciting projects [...]

At Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), we have always emphasized the board’s role in helping high-performing organizations scale. We assess the strength of the board and its leadership when we are considering investing in a nonprofit. We evaluate the working relationship between executive leadership and board leadership and assess whether organizational aspirations are aligned. We have [...]

At Venture Philanthropy Partners, we know there can be substantial benefits when nonprofits work together on common outcomes. We can see those benefits emerging through our Social Innovation Fund-supported youthCONNECT network. Most of the writing on SIF and other collaboration efforts focuses on nonprofits, but there is deep collective power on the other side of [...]

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