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Understanding Effective Backbone Organizations

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Stanford’s Classic How-To Report

No single organization alone has the ability to solve the world’s most challenging problems. Collective Impact occurs when actors from different sectors commit to a common agenda for solving a specific social or environmental problem. In this classic report that helps guide our work on the Puyallup Watershed Initiative, FSG looks at inclusive backbone organization design, the launch of initiatives, the facilitation of strategic efforts, and the development of shared measurement systems for the benefit of nonprofits and foundations alike.

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