Learning Forum on Collective Impact

Date: 01/24/2013 Time: 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM Location: Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of MN, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN, 55455 MCF Member: $50
Nonmember Grantmaker: $50

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Sponsored by the Butler Family Foundation and co-hosted by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Description: Collective impact, introduced by FSG in a 2011 Stanford Social Innovation Review article, promoted the idea that large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector collaboration. The philosophy encouraged grantmakers to work together in new ways and led to changes in how foundations and giving programs invest resources and make grants. But complex environments and entrenched problems have caused implementation challenges, requiring us to reexamine the collective impact framework with an analytical lens.

This program will provide relevant research and real-life lessons to help you better understand this popular social-change model. It is an opportunity for academics and grantmakers to learn together, nurture policy innovation and translate specific research-based tools and analytics to the field of philanthropy in Minnesota.

Facilitator: Bill King, president, Minnesota Council on Foundations


  • Kyle Peterson, managing director, FSG
  • Dr. Wolfgang Bielefeld, faculty, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Frank Forsberg, senior vice president, Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • Kim Borton, director of programs, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Opening remarks from Eric Schwartz, Dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Kerrie Blevins, Director at the Butler Family Foundation


Kyle Peterson has led many of FSG’s Global Health and Global Development engagements, including more than 100 consulting projects in the areas of strategy, program design, operations and evaluation. He encourages FSG teams to create client solutions for social impact; helps set the firm’s vision; manages the annual business plan; and writes and speaks on ideas related to global health, global development and companies’ engagement with society. He has worked with Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter on domestic competitiveness projects and advised Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, on the country's future economic strategy. He was country director in Zimbabwe and Rwanda for Population Services International, where he launched several health product "firsts": insecticide treated mosquito nets, female condoms and a network of HIV/AIDS voluntary counseling and testing centers.

Dr. Wolfgang Bielefeld is a visiting professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and professor emeritus at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. His research interests include the dynamics of urban nonprofit sectors, relations between nonprofit organizations and their environments, new funding markets for nonprofits, social entrepreneurship and enterprise, and the involvement of faith-based organizations in service delivery. He recently published Managing Nonprofit Organizations. Other books include: Nonprofit Organizations in the Age of Uncertainty: A Study of Organizational Change and Charitable Choice at Work: Evaluating Faith-Based Jobs Programs in the States. His articles have appeared in many journals.

Frank Forsberg is the senior vice president of systems change and innovation at Greater Twin Cities United Way. He oversees impact planning, public policy government relations and external engagement. Frank came to United Way in 1999 from Catholic Charities where he was administrator of the advocacy and outreach division.

Kim Borton is the director of programs at the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. In this role Kim leads the Foundation’s grantmaking programs (girlsBEST, Social Change Fund and Minnesota Girls Are Not For Sale) as well as the foundation’s research, public policy and evaluation. An activist at heart, Kim’s background includes nonprofit management, women’s rights and community development with experience working in a multitude of local, national and international capacities. Prior to joining the Women’s Foundation, Kim was the Director of the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She ha