How to Write a Theory of Change


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Bridgespan tackles how a theory of change is a nonprofit's conceptual road map to impact. Bridgespan features how to write one that will help nonprofit leaders achieve their goals.

According to Bridegspan, "developing a theory of change takes thoughtful, intentional work". To get started, there are five questions to address to be able to explain how an intended impact will actually happen to achieve social results.

In addition to helping nonprofits make better decisions, a good theory of change can also build a more cohesive organization.

Also, besides aligning on a path to social impact, a theory of change provides several other benefits, according to Bridgespan. Read the Entire Article


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Free Transportation From Anywhere in the Mississippi Delta to a Vaccination Location
Foundation: Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi

In light of the increased prevalence of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi highlighted its free transportation initiative. In partnership...more

Coastal South Carolina Gets $685k to Support Black Communities and Build Resilience
Foundation: Coastal Community Foundation, Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina

Officials from the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina stated that they have provided $685,000 to 37 non-profit organizations led and/or served by blacks in the three-county area to...more

Foundation Accepting Applications for Small Business Grant Program
Foundation: Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham is accepting applications for a new grant program designed to support underserved small businesses throughout the region. The grant will help Community...more

Maine Community Foundation Grant Supports Co-Working Space and Artist Cottage
Foundation: Maine Community Foundation

Monson's Economic Development Committee has received a $17,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation's "Start Up Scale Up" program to support Monson’s new Co-working Space and Artist Cottage....more

Charlottesville Reopening Fund Raises $165000 to Support Public Schools
Foundation: Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

The Charlottesville Reopening Fund raised $165,000 from 201 donors this school year to help families, and the organizers said this effort demonstrates the community's support for public schools and...more

Top 50 Global Urban Innovation Selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies
Foundation: Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced 50 Champion Cities. They represent the boldest urban innovations in the past year. They will enter the final stage of the 2021 Global Mayor’s Challenge. A...more

The Latino Equity Fund Seeks to Raise $10 Million to Invest in Businesses and Organizations
Foundation: Boston Foundation

Evelyn Barahona has been chosen to lead and grow a new philanthropic fund designed to address longstanding inequities in the Massachusetts Latino community—issues that came into sharper focus after...more

Well CDC to Complete its 60th Restored Home in Akron
Foundation: Akron Community Foundation

The Well Community Development Corporation (CDC), a nonprofit that aims to improve communities through housing restoration and economic development initiatives, has restored 57 homes in Akron's...more

New Round of Aaron Rodgers Small-Business Grants help 79 Butte County Businesses
Foundation: North Valley Community Foundation

Through the North Valley Community Foundation’s Aaron Rodgers Small Business COVID-19 Fund, the second round of funding will pay a total of $578,000 to 79 local businesses in Butte County, as they...more

Nonprofits in Philadelphia Benefit from $1 million Supporting Black Communities initiative
Foundation: Philadelphia Foundation

The Philadelphia Foundation has created a fund designed to bolster the Black-led nonprofits that serve the region's Black communities.The Black Community Leaders Fund will build on a $1 million...more





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