Launched in late 2012 at the Aspen Institute, the mission of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions is to support community collaboration - including "Collective Impact" - a term popularized by the consulting firm FSG in a 2010 Stanford Social Innovation Review article. Collective Impact is defined as taking a systemic approach to a challenge that focuses on the relationships between organizations and shared objectives, versus a more "traditional" way of tackling a problem which might include funding individual organizations in isolation. Collective Impact initiatives usually include key local government and nonprofit leaders that meet regularly and align around a common set of outcomes. The Aspen Forum’s first project to support Collective Impact work nationwide is to create the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF). Opportunity Youth are defined as young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor market. Without intervention, these 6.7 million youth are all but destined to end up entrenched in a cycle of poverty. The goal of the OYIF is two-fold: 1) to build evidence of success for utilizing the Collective Impact community collaboration strategy in education and employment for Opportunity Youth, and 2) to make the case (especially to philanthropy) for increased adoption of Collective Impact and community collaboration as an effective model for community change. In this, it’s first year, OYIF will make 12 to 18 grants to Collective Impact initiatives across the country (with a 1:1 match requirement) to support strong existing community collaboratives/backbone organizations focused on building and deepening education and employment pathways for opportunity youth. "Backbone" organizations are essential to collective impact work as they convene meetings and organize other key activities. OYIF will also bring together grantees to participate in learning communities. This Hewlett Foundation Serving Bay Area Communities grant will support the planning, design and launch of the OYIF and directly support the Bay Area Collective Impact work aimed at Opportunity Youth, likely in Oakland via backbone organization Urban Strategies.
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Grants to this Grantee
for support of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program
The Aspen Institute Congressional Program seeks to deepen the knowledge of members of Congress and key staff on significant global and domestic issues, and it has played an important role in building bipartisan relationships in Congress. This grant will provide a final year of support for Congressional Program participants to discuss ideas and analyze policies, in a series of breakfast meetings and in three or four multiday, invitation-only conferences, in person or in virtual formats.
for a forum on the feasibility and use of Opportunity-to-Learn indicators
The Aspen Institute, founded in 1949, is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. The Aspen Institute Education and Society Program works to improve public education by informing and influencing education leaders to take action on matters of education policy and practice. The pandemic has revealed deep inequities in our education system, underscoring the need for much better data on learning opportunities for students. This grant empanels a group of experts to review existing Opportunity-to-Learn data and develop recommendations for how these data can be incorporated in state and federal education policy. (Strategies: K-12 Teaching and Learning and Open Education)
for support of Aspen Institute's Urban Superintendents Network
The Aspen Institute Education and Society Program provides a neutral forum for education practitioners, researchers, and policy leaders to engage in focused dialogue about their efforts to improve student achievement and ways public policy changes can accelerate progress. Urban superintendents educate a disproportionate share of low-income students and students of color; this forum gives a group of nationally prominent advisors and foundation leaders a unique opportunity to learn more about the challenges of leading reform in some of the country’s most challenging, complex school districts. This will be a tie-off grant.