Local Partner Resources - Bob Woodruff Foundation

Local Partner Resources

Find a collection of great resources here to help your organization reach its maximum potential.

Bridging the Gap: How Existing Systems of Care Can Collaborate to Address Homelessness Among Veterans
Housing is more than just shelter – it is the foundation for a stable, healthy life. Unfortunately, we know that a disproportionate number of veterans experience homelessness. The National Coalition… Read More
New “Got Your 6: Good Intel” Webinar Series for Nonprofits
This Got Your 6 webinar series is designed for small nonprofits to learn fundamentals that will improve program delivery, impact, communications, and fundraising. We’re pleased to share the recordings with… Read More
Lunch & Learn: Legal Services
On December 9, the Bob Woodruff Foundation and Legal Services Corporation (LSC) hosted a legal services Lunch & Learn. During this panel, attendees heard from experts about civil legal issues… Read More
Bob Woodruff Foundation and Leading Fundraising Expert Andy Robinson Launch Four-Part Web Series
Did you know that about 80% of all philanthropy in America comes from individuals, families, and other local community resources? Community-based fundraising is an important skill for nonprofits like those… Read More
Food Insecurity and Veterans: Three Considerations for Veteran-Serving Collaboratives
As of November 1, 2020, National Veterans Intermediary (NVI) is called the Local Partner Network. Older content may reference our original name. “Do I pay my rent, or feed my… Read More
Collaborative Journeys: Fox Valley Veterans Council
As of November 1, 2020, National Veterans Intermediary (NVI) is called the Local Partner Network. Older content may reference our original name. Our Local Partners are eager for insights and… Read More
Living with PTSD: One Veteran’s Recovery Story
As of November 1, 2020, we are no longer called National Veterans Intermediary (NVI). Older content may reference our original name. June is PTSD Awareness Month. Our Local Partners list… Read More

Upcoming Got Your 6 Events

Jun 15
Got Your 6 Summit
Got Your 6 Summit will bring together community leaders and will be a hands-on experiential day focused on connections, communications, and problem solving within the veteran support space. http://www.GotYour6Summit.com

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Principles of Collective Impact

There are so many ways to collaborate, and we support any collaborative framework that works for our Local Partners. Our program is inspired by the collective impact model.

We encourage leaders and stakeholders to choose the collaborative framework that serves their community’s values, resources, culture, and needs. We’ve also seen how communities around the world, working across an array of social issues—education, physical and mental health, poverty, housing, employment, socialization, and more—have changed outcomes when they apply the principles of collective impact.

Veteran well-being spans a huge spectrum of social issues, with specific cultural factors related to military service. Not every veteran has a need in each issue area, but in every community, each issue area has many veterans in need.

You don’t need to become a collective impact expert to increase your community’s capacity to collaborate for impact in the lives of veterans. Our program bridges the gap from the theoretical to the practical.

To meet the needs of reintegrating veterans and their families, communities must have a shared goal, differentiated responsibilities, and mutual accountability. That’s what collective impact is fundamentally about: using a simple framework to mount a complex response to complex social issues.

It helps to have a shared vocabulary when talking about these complex issues. We’ve distilled the basics for you below.


Collective Impact: A Primer


Phases of collective impact

  1. Assess readiness
  2. Initiate action
  3. Organize for impact
  4. Begin implementation
  5. Sustain action and impact

Conditions of success

  • Common Agenda: collaborators agree on the problem at hand, and a shared approach to the problem.
  • Shared Measurement Systems: collaborators agree on what constitutes success, and what metrics will be used to evaluate success.
  • Mutually Reinforcing Activities: participants design and tailor activities based on their organizational strengths to contribute to the common agenda.
  • Continuous Communication: collaborators remain connected, relaying progress and roadblocks, and closely coordinating efforts.
  • Backbone Support Organizations: provide the infrastructure through which all of the efforts of the collaborative are coordinated.

Components of success

  • Governance Infrastructure: How does the collaborative make decisions, and who is responsible for what?
  • Strategic Planning: What are we trying to accomplish, what does success look like, and how do we get there?
  • Member Involvement: Do we have the right people at the table?
  • Evaluation and Improvement: Are we making a difference, how much of a difference, and what can we do better?

Learn more about collective impact

Codified in a 2011 Stanford Social Innovation Review article by John Kania and Mark Kramer of FSG, “Collective Impact” is a structured approach to working together, better.

Collaborative Tools

These educational and practical resources are carefully curated to diversify your collaborative’s toolkit. Got a great resource to share? Email us the document or link and if meets our curation criteria, we’ll add it to our library.

Collective Impact Fundamentals
Communication / Collaborative Work Tool
Community Assessment
Group Exercise
Population Data
Research and Data
Webinar Slides

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