Collective Impact: Strategies and Solutions for Systems Change

Leaders and members of collective impact initiatives face multidimensional challenges: facilitating partners across sectors, driving data-informed decision-making, and authentically engaging with the community at large. These challenges are particularly acute for those who have extensive experience in program-driven and direct service nonprofit organizations, and are now working in collective impact partnerships to solve complex social challenges with diverse root causes. In many cases, those that are involved in collective impact partnerships are still addressing and leading direct service organizations – further complicating how best to engage productively and toward defined results.

This program combines the expertise of collective impact practitioners and funders in several fields, with leading Kellogg faculty in management, leadership and collaboration to provide directors, managers and senior executives with the skills and tools they need to lead and maximize the value collective impact partnerships. In a supportive, interactive learning environment, this two -day program examines in depth the key aspects of collective impact, including developing shared outcomes, community engagement, facilitation, continuous improvement and data-driven decision-making. To the degree possible, we encourage participants to attend with colleagues from their local partnerships so that key lessons and insights can be amplified locally.

Center for Nonprofit Management

Strengthen your cross-sector collaboration skills


Who Should Attend

  • Directors, managers, or senior executives leading, participating in or starting collective impact efforts.
  • Those involved in cross-sector collaboration that relies on shared measurement and data-driven decision-making and is directed by an anchor or supporting organization.

Key Benefits

  • Understand the challenges and complexities of cross-sector collaboration
  • Learn about collective impact as applied to a variety of programmatic areas
  • Build skills in evaluation and data-driven decision-making
  • Develop facilitation skills for managing large, multi-sector partner efforts
  • Learn practical strategies for engaging the community in collective impact
  • Expand your network of peers working in collective impact to continue professional growth and development

Program Content

Collective Impact

  • Explore the nuances of cross-sector collective impact and how it derives from collaboration
  • Learn how to identify, address, and overcome challenges in collective efforts

Network Outcomes

  • Understand the importance of network coordination to achieve community-level outcomes
  • Explore strategies for aligning around shared goals

Data-Informed Decision Making & Performance Measurement

  • Identify practical applications of using data to form collective strategies to move outcomes at scale
  • Determine how the work of individual organizations can contribute to the work of the collective impact partnership
  • Understand how program evaluation is evolving to embrace collective impact strategies

Community Engagement

  • Explore the benefits – as well as challenges – of engaging the community in collective efforts
  • Focus on developing strategies for soliciting and incorporating community feedback


  • Develop communication and leadership skills that will help you facilitate collective efforts involving nonprofit, corporate, business, and community partners
  • Learn strategies for managing other leaders and addressing conflict

Communicating with Funders

  • Discover what funders are seeking in collective impact constituents and how to present the work of funders less familiar with the approach
  • Learn how to communicate effectively with funders for the duration of your collective impact project to ensure continued engagement


Jane Hoffman - Academic Director; Assistant Director of Custom Programs, Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management

Kate Cooper - Associate Director of the Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact, Northwestern University

Pranav Kothari - Adjunct Lecturer of Social Enterprise; Founder & CEO, Revolution Impact, LLC

Michelle Shumate - Associate Professor, Communication Studies; Associate Faculty, Institute for Policy Research; Director of Graduate Studies, Master’s in Communication Studies; Founding Director, Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact

Fees & Accommodations


Nonprofit Management Programs are held at Northwestern University's Chicago Campus.

Wieboldt Hall
340 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Campus Parking Map - Please Note: the Huron Superior Parking A lot and the Erie Ontario Parking C & D lots are available to the public and should be used when attending programs at Wieboldt Hall.

Application Deadline

The deadline for registration is 10:00 am one business day prior to the program start date.

Scholarship Assistance

Up to 50% scholarships are available for all of our nonprofit executive education programs for those working in nonprofit organizations. All applications are initially submitted at the full list price. Each is reviewed by our registrar and any scholarships granted will be reflected in the amount applied to your invoice or charged to your credit card.


Participants are responsible for booking their hotel accommodations during their stay in Chicago.

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Cancellation Policy:

Participants must notify the Program Manager five business days in advance of the program start date if they are unable to attend. Otherwise, participants will be charged 20% of the stated program fees.

When canceling a program registration, participants may choose to rollover their payment to a future program or receive a refund. Participants are allowed three rollovers, after the third rollover, participants forfeit the money paid to the Center for Nonprofit Management.

*Refund or rollover must be requested at the time of the program cancellation. Once a program payment has been rolled over, a monetary refund is no longer an option. The participant must continue with the rollover process.

Personal Consultation

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