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Local Partner Resources

Find a collection of great resources here to help your organization reach its maximum potential.

Got Your 6 Articles

Get to know the members of our Got Your 6 Network of local partners.

BWF Hosts “Nuts and Bolts of Fundraising” Webinar
In case you missed our fundraising webinar “The nuts and bolts of fundraising” with expert host Andy Robinson, it is linked below! This is the first of four webinars led… Read More
Food Insecurity and Veterans: Three Considerations for Veteran-Serving Collaboratives
As of November 1, 2020, National Veterans Intermediary (NVI) is called the Local Partner Network. Older content may reference our original name. “Do I pay my rent, or feed my… Read More
Collaborative Journeys: Fox Valley Veterans Council
As of November 1, 2020, National Veterans Intermediary (NVI) is called the Local Partner Network. Older content may reference our original name. Our Local Partners are eager for insights and… Read More
Living with PTSD: One Veteran’s Recovery Story
As of November 1, 2020, we are no longer called National Veterans Intermediary (NVI). Older content may reference our original name. June is PTSD Awareness Month. Our Local Partners list… Read More
Living with PTSD: Three Considerations for Collaboratives Serving Veterans
As of November 1, 2020, National Veterans Intermediary (NVI) is called the Local Partner Network. Older content may reference our original name. In our last blog, I shared a personal story… Read More
Dispatches from the Field: NVI Local Partners Respond to COVID-19
As of November 1, 2020, National Veterans Intermediary (NVI) is called the Local Partner Network. Older content may reference our original name. In this month’s Boosting Impact, we wanted to… Read More
Going Virtual: Merging Vets and Players Shares What They Learned Pivoting Their Program in 72 Hours
As of November 1, 2020, National Veterans Intermediary (NVI) is called the Local Partner Network. Older content may reference our original name. In March 2020, as coronavirus made public gatherings… Read More
​COVID-19: Resources for Veteran-Serving Collaboratives
As of November 1, 2020, National Veterans Intermediary (NVI) is called the Local Partner Network. Older content may reference our original name. During this national health crisis, your collaborative’s role… Read More

Upcoming Got Your 6 Events

Oct 06
Creating (and Using) your Fundraising Plan (w/ Andy Robinson)
Join the Bob Woodruff Foundation and leading fundraising expert Andy Robinson for part two of a four-part webinar series. About this event Did you know that about 80% of all… Read More
Oct 07
Regional Cohort Convening: South Atlantic
COHORT CALL Members of BWF’s South Atlantic regional cohort are invited to this one-hour guided discussion with peers. Connect with BWF Local Partners in your region, and with the BWF… Read More
Oct 13
Major Gifts: Raising Big Dollars from Individual Donors (w/ Andy Robinson)
Join the Bob Woodruff Foundation and leading fundraising expert Andy Robinson for part three of a four-part webinar series. About this event Did you know that about 80% of all… Read More
Oct 14
Regional Cohort Convening: Northeast
COHORT CALL Members of BWF’s Northeast regional cohort are invited to this one-hour guided discussion with peers. Connect with BWF Local Partners in your region, and with the BWF team,… Read More
Oct 21
Regional Cohort Convening: South Central
COHORT CALL Members of BWF’s South Central regional cohort are invited to this one-hour guided discussion with peers. Connect with BWF Local Partners in your region, and with the BWF… Read More
Oct 28
Regional Cohort Convening: Western
COHORT CALL Members of BWF’s Western regional cohort are invited to this one-hour guided discussion with peers. Connect with BWF Local Partners in your region, and with the BWF team,… Read More
Nov 18
Major Gifts: Asking in Person (w/ Andy Robinson)
Join the Bob Woodruff Foundation and leading fundraising expert Andy Robinson for the final installment in our four-part webinar series. About this event Did you know that about 80% of… Read More
Dec 02
Regional Cohort Convening: Mountain
COHORT CALL Members of BWF’s Mountain regional cohort are invited to this one-hour guided discussion with peers. Connect with BWF Local Partners in your region, and with the BWF team,… Read More

Principles of Collective Impact

There are so many ways to collaborate, and we support any collaborative framework that works for our Local Partners. Our program is inspired by the collective impact model.

We encourage leaders and stakeholders to choose the collaborative framework that serves their community’s values, resources, culture, and needs. We’ve also seen how communities around the world, working across an array of social issues—education, physical and mental health, poverty, housing, employment, socialization, and more—have changed outcomes when they apply the principles of collective impact.

Veteran well-being spans a huge spectrum of social issues, with specific cultural factors related to military service. Not every veteran has a need in each issue area, but in every community, each issue area has many veterans in need.

You don’t need to become a collective impact expert to increase your community’s capacity to collaborate for impact in the lives of veterans. Our program bridges the gap from the theoretical to the practical.

To meet the needs of reintegrating veterans and their families, communities must have a shared goal, differentiated responsibilities, and mutual accountability. That’s what collective impact is fundamentally about: using a simple framework to mount a complex response to complex social issues.

It helps to have a shared vocabulary when talking about these complex issues. We’ve distilled the basics for you below.

Collective Impact: A Primer

Phases of collective impact

  1. Assess readiness
  2. Initiate action
  3. Organize for impact
  4. Begin implementation
  5. Sustain action and impact

Conditions of success

  • Common Agenda: collaborators agree on the problem at hand, and a shared approach to the problem.
  • Shared Measurement Systems: collaborators agree on what constitutes success, and what metrics will be used to evaluate success.
  • Mutually Reinforcing Activities: participants design and tailor activities based on their organizational strengths to contribute to the common agenda.
  • Continuous Communication: collaborators remain connected, relaying progress and roadblocks, and closely coordinating efforts.
  • Backbone Support Organizations: provide the infrastructure through which all of the efforts of the collaborative are coordinated.

Components of success

  • Governance Infrastructure: How does the collaborative make decisions, and who is responsible for what?
  • Strategic Planning: What are we trying to accomplish, what does success look like, and how do we get there?
  • Member Involvement: Do we have the right people at the table?
  • Evaluation and Improvement: Are we making a difference, how much of a difference, and what can we do better?

Learn more about collective impact

Codified in a 2011 Stanford Social Innovation Review article by John Kania and Mark Kramer of FSG, “Collective Impact” is a structured approach to working together, better.

Collaborative Tools

These educational and practical resources are carefully curated to diversify your collaborative’s toolkit. Got a great resource to share? Email us the document or link and if meets our curation criteria, we’ll add it to our library.

Collective Impact Fundamentals
Communication / Collaborative Work Tool
Community Assessment
E-Learning
Group Exercise
Population Data
Research and Data
Templates
Toolkits
Tutorials
Videos
Webinars
Webinar Slides
Websites
Worksheets

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