Behind every social movement, you will find people who help define the strategies that community members organize around. These leaders are instrumental in securing tangible racial, economic and environmental justice wins for their communities.
This resource from the Community Leadership Project in the San Francisco Bay Area lifts up three primary strategies to supporting leaders of color in organizing work: “The primary strategy is “regranting” to provide core financial support and tailored organizational development assistance and coaching to small to mid-size organizations. Technical assistance is the second strategy with focused supports around issues such as finances, and technology. The third strategy is leadership development which can come in various capacities including providing organizational leaders with access to various leadership supports and opportunities.”
Leaders of movement-building organizations face specific and complex obstacles. They deal with keeping their organizations funded, their staff and community engaged, and the media honest and informed. At the same time, they are trying to develop effective organizing strategies and resolve their organizations’ conflicts. For leaders of color, racial issues exacerbate these challenges, and silence concerning race from other parts of society further complicates the nature of their movement-building work. This resource from the Research Center for Leadership in Action at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, which centers the experience and expertise of leaders of color across six (6) U.S. cities, looks at how movement-building organizations led by people of color can be strengthened and sustained.
Leaders across nonprofit, philanthropic, government, and private sectors all understand that cross sector, cross cultural collaboration is necessary in order to achieve anything of significance in our society. No single entity, organization, or individual for that matter, can face the enormity of the structural inequities before us. Research is beginning to show that a specific type of collaboration, collective impact, can be a powerful tool to tackle the root cause of our racial and economic disparities. Collective impact, versus other forms of collaboration, calls for multiple organisations across various sectors to adopt a single agenda in order to secure one specific goal that can be consistently approved over time. This series of tools show how this specific skill can be further leveraged to create sustained social change.
Collective Impact is a framework to tackle deeply entrenched and complex social problems. It is an innovative and structured approach to making collaboration work across government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organisations and citizens to achieve significant and lasting social change. This resource from Collaboration for Impact identifies five essential elements of this process.
This tool from Grantmakers from Effective Organizations surveys the most popular forms of collaboration within the nonprofit sector, including coalitions, networks, movements, and collective impact. Additionally, it provides a framework on when each of these strategies can be effective in shaping lasting outcomes.
This article from Community Wealth emphasizes that many collaborative models do not necessarily start out with collective impact but evolves into more defined partnerships over time.