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The Path to Scale: Ideas for Navigating Nonprofit Growth

Publication date: 
January, 2013

The W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation hosted its fifth annual education grantee convening in Chicago, October 16-17, 2013. The meeting continued the foundation’s efforts to support a robust learning community among its education grantees, all of whom work toward improving the effectiveness of educators.

The foundation designed the meeting to probe the specific challenges and possible paths forward that education organizations face as they grow, expand their reach and work to deepen their impact—themes the foundation has helped its grantees explore in annual meetings since 2008. At the 2012 convening, grantees candidly discussed change management strategies, organizational sustainability, evaluation and measurement, and communications. The report synthesizes key themes and ideas as these education leaders shared and learned from each other.