Why funders need to get out of their swimming lanes – the benefits of Collective Impact
There’s something inherently appealing and logical about using our respective assets and capabilities to work together to achieve a common goal and it’s most evident in our community when we face a crisis or natural disaster. Somehow on those occasions the social sector is able to shift from running our own individual races in swim lanes to forming a champion team and doing great things together.
It begs the question of why this can’t be done day in and day out as we work to support Australians beset by perennial social problems. Surely funders and our community partners can put aside logo and ego to improve the lives of more Australians and create stronger communities. It’s tough but it can be done, by organisations large and small alike.
In a recent article posted by CSI Doug Taylor, CEO of United Way Australia, writes about Collective Impact and how he sees it as a useful guide in tackling a complex social problem for a population group in a local community.