The Mighty Five: August.

A cross-sector curation of the month’s best social impact listens & reads. For August, our articles & insights include the concept of the adjacent possible, the 5-Hour Rule, how marketing can save lives, profit in purpose (again!), and artificial intelligence.

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Setting KPIs that drive impact.

KPIs are simply a way of measuring a company's progress toward the goals it is trying to achieve. And there’s no point setting a vision if you don’t bring that lofty aim down to earth and track your successes every step of the way. Learn about both lagging and leading indictors, along with five rhythms to nail them.

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The Mighty Five: July.

A cross-sector curation of the month’s best social impact listens & reads. In the July edition, article topics include hubris and proximity, video conferencing, systems change, public-private partnerships, and using social media to drive social change.

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The not-so-hidden key to organizational success.

Nelson Mandela knew the power of good leadership, the right team, and proper structure during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. These are the same three bases of organizational health, and they’re free, effective, and available to all NGOs and social enterprises. So why all the attention on innovation, scale, and funding? Org health alone is paramount to driving real impact.

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Positioning for the social sector.

The deliberate process of positioning allows nonprofits and social enterprises to attract more funding, align internal teams, identify strong partnerships, and ultimately drive more impact. In this post we cover what positioning is, why it matters, plus how to determine it in the social sector.

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Four insights from SXSW 2018.

A few hundred thousand brands, entrepreneurs, social innovators, and media outlets crash Austin each spring aiming to capitalize on the one-of-a-kind mixture of minds and missions. This year’s edition was my sixth time around and as I reflect on SXSW 2018, four key insights emerged.

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A watershed moment for profit & purpose?

Larry Fink's 2018 letter to CEOs is a game changer. In this year’s address, he sent a clear and direct message to brands: contribute to society or risk losing our support. Our hearts and minds are racing, so we captured the thoughts of co-founders Kathleen and Kevin about the BlackRock letter and its implications.

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Fighting to meet basic human needs.

We focus on organizations with the potential to create systemic impact around the issues of poverty, health, hunger, water, work, education, and equality. These seven Global Goals are where we devote every ounce of our might. And we’re humbled to see inspiring changemakers like these leading the way. 

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Notes from the field, thoughts for the future.

With just two days left before we flip the calendar to 2018, I’m thankful for all the growth and learning we’ve amassed in our first (partial) year. But I’m extremely impatient for all the work left to be done – not only within our own model, but more broadly in the world at large.

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Four steps on the path towards shared value.

The reason many for-profit organizations fail to achieve shared value is because it is, to put it bluntly, difficult to achieve. However, we have the responsibility to try. The world will soon require it of us as a way to remain competitive and differentiated as we move into the future.

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Laying the foundation for social enterprise success.

We’ve just completed the formation phase here at Mighty Ally. And while we’re no scholars on the subject of success, we’ve each had a few solid wins – and losses – in our careers and brought those learnings into this new nonprofit. Here are five principles we’ve recently put through the paces.

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