Outcomes: The Common Language for an Efficient Nonprofit Marketplace

Hosted by Debra Natenshon
CEO, The Center for What Works
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The movement for an efficient online capital marketplace is gaining attention, momentum and players.  Recently, a variety of organizations including Great Nonprofits, Social Markets, Give Well, Root Cause, and even GuideStar and Google, have taken steps toward solving the enigma of connecting greater donor dollars to the highest performing nonprofits. 
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Logic Models and the theories of change have proven useful first steps to help nonprofits to plan.  Beyond planning, nonprofits have struggled to implement their goals; how can we in the social sector measure our performance toward our stated missions in a way that both stimulates our own improvement as well as satisfying the requirements of the grant-maker and donor communities to measure and assess impact?

Foundations have the ability to dictate reporting requirements, but until the sector is able to speak a common language, with a common framework for the outcomes, reporting serves primarily as additional burden. 
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