Our Methodology

Why collective impact?

To quote Stephen M. R. Covey, and a common view in the community development world, change happens at “the speed of trust.” – Stanford SOCIAL INNOVATION Review

Want to understand the philosophy and approach of Together Chicago better? Download and read this paper.

Essential Mindset Shifts for Collective Impact
By John Kania, Fay Hanleybrown, & Jennifer Splansky Juster

Fall 2014
Copyright © 2014 by Leland Stanford Jr. University
All Rights Reserved

Isolated Impact vs. Collective Impact

Isolated Impact

  • Funders select individual grantees that offer the most promising solutions
  • Nonprofits work separately and compete to produce the greatest independent impact
  • Evaluation attempts to isolate particular organization’s impact
  • Corporate and government sectors are often disconnected from the efforts of foundations and nonprofits

Collective Impact

  • Funders and implementers understand that social problems and their solutions arise from the interaction of many organizations within a larger system
  • Progress depends on working toward the same goal and measuring the same things
  • Large scale impact depends on increasing cross-sector alignment and learning among organizations
  • Corporate and government sectors are essential partners
  • Organizations actively coordinate their actions and share lessons learned.

Videos that inspire

Damien Howard on CLTV Chicago

October 2019

Together Chicago is dedicated to working with schools to promote mentorship in and out of the classroom. Director of Education Initiatives, Damien Howard, stopped by the studio to talk about how mentorship has made a difference in the lives of students his organization works with and how you can get involved.

When we have nurturing adults who have the training and resources to build relationships with young people, therein lies the opportunity to develop kids who can move mountains.

Damien Howard

Director of Education Initiatives, Together Chicago

Bryan Stevenson at Fortune CEO Initiative 2018

June 2018

With leadership comes responsibility. Stevenson presents a heartfelt challenge to turn the narrative of racial indifference and create a more just world – from a preeminent champion of the poor, marginalized, and discluded.

I believe the opposite of poverty is justice and when we do justice, we deconstruct the conditions that give rise to poverty. I believe that our stewardship, our leadership, our citizenship, and our meaning cannot be reflected just in how we treat the powerful and the privileged. We’re going to be judged by how we treat the poor, the excluded and neglected…

Bryan Stevenson

Law professor, Anti-death-penalty Advocate and Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative

Pastor Charlie Dates at MLK50 Conference

April 2018

Early April of 2018, Together Chicago’s own Pastor Charlie Dates, Ph.D. spoke at The Martin Luther King Jr. 50 Anniversary Conference in Memphis, TN. In The Most Segregated Hour in America, Dates challenges all evangelicals to be moved by the climate of racial inequality and overcome divisions to pursue MLK’s vision of racial harmony.

Christians have an obligation to call out wickedness where it exists, to challenge systems of injustice where they reign and to love mercy and justice on a corporate societal level…

Pastor Charlie Dates, Ph.d.

Senior Pastor, Progressive Baptist Church

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