Collective Impact: The Philanthropist

Since its introduction in an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2011, the Collective Impact framework has been receiving considerable attention in the US, Canada, and around the world. I am pleased to announce that we will be exploring the theory in an upcoming issue of The Philanthropist.

I am pleased to invite you to participate in an upcoming issue of The Philanthropist [ ] focussing on Collective Impact (CI). The Philanthropist is a quarterly review for practitioners, scholars, supporters, and others engaged in the non-profit sector in Canada and has become a pre-eminent voice to explore current trends and issues.

I expect that Community Service-Learning programmes are beginning to encounter CI initiatives in your work and would be delighted to hear more about the experience of post-secondary institutions with this model for solving complex social problems through highly structured collaboration.

The attached (The Philanthropist Issue on Collective Impact)  is a two page overview describing Collective Impact and suggested areas of inquiry to explore this new theory and model for collaboration where “organizations from different sectors agree to solve a specific social problem using a common agenda, aligning their efforts, and using common measures of success” .

There are three ways in which you can get involved:

1. Propose a 3,000 – 4,000 word feature article based on your experience or views about Collective Impact. Draft articles should be submitted by 31 January, 2014 for review and discussion in February.

2. Develop a Case Study describing an initiative in Canada which uses a Collective Impact approach or shares similar characteristics. We are particularly interested in exploring similarities and differences and in determining the effectiveness and challenges of collaborations which address complex social problems.

3. Share your interest, experience and views directly with me to inform our work and suggest other contacts which may be interested in participating.

I look forward to hearing from anyone with an interest in this subject.

Larry Gemmel

Associate Guest Editor

The Philanthropist – Collective Impact

Val-des-Monts QC

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Knowledge, Democracy and Action Just Published

Knowledge, Democracy and Action: Community-University Research Partnerships in Global Perspectives is the title of a new book co-edited by Ted Jackson along with Budd Hall, Rajesh Tandon, Nirmala Lall and Jean-Marc Fontan.

Featuring 20 case studies from more than a dozen countries around the world, in both the Global North and Global South, the book is the product of a SSHRC project jointly carried out by Victoria, Carleton and UQAM universities.

School of Public Policy and Administration graduates Evren Tok and Letlotlo Gariba are co-authors with Professor Jackson in a chapter on institutional structures to support effective research partnerships.

Published by Manchester University Press, the collection is part of the publisher’s series on Universities and Lifelong Learning. The book announcement provides more information.



CCPH Announces Speakers for Conference

Reposted from CPBR email– please excuse cross postings.

Preparations are in full swing for our 2014 conference, “From Rhetoric to Reality: Achieving Authentic, Equitable & Transformative Partnerships,” in Chicago, IL, April 30 – May 3, 2014. We are pleased to share a few exciting updates with you:

  1. We’re lining up an amazing program for the conference, including pre-conference workshopsconcurrent sessionsroundtable discussions and poster presentations. Check out the preliminary program here!
  2. The opening plenary of the conference will feature an entertaining and informative “talk show” hosted by Ann-Gel Palermo and featuring Mei-Ling Isaacs, Meredith Minkler and Nina Wallerstein as guests!Read more about our speakers here.
  3. Registration for the conference is open! The conference is designed to challenge and inspire you, and together we will explore how partnerships can transform our communities and institutions. Use your year-end funds to register at the early-bird rate!

Find complete conference details and information on our conference website and don’t forget to follow our conference tweets for the latest conference news!


Piper McGinley & Faye Ziegeweid


CCPH Conference Directors

Phone: 206-666-3406