Funders team up to boost social change

A new effort aims to spur social change by making successful programs more widely available to the communities that need them.

The Social Impact Exchange, spearheaded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Growth Philanthropy Network and Duke University, already includes more than 160 members.

The effort aims to speed social change by bringing together groups interested in funding and implementing the expansion of proven social-change groups and projects.

The exchange will let members share research and experiences, network, and broker deals for the expansion of projects.

The project also will host an annual competition spotlighting programs that are poised to grow and providing them with financial awards and consulting help.

“The exchange gives our sector a chance to learn together and develop the knowledge to effectively engage in nurturing and spreading our most effective social programs and solutions,” Jane Isaacs Lowe, team director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, says in a statement.

Duke University, through its business and public-policy schools, will serve as academic adviser to the effort, working to make the exchange a central location for related research, publishing, education and training.

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