Engine of Impact Diagnostic

To achieve significant impact, a nonprofit organization must build, tune, and fuel an “engine of impact”—a system that encompasses seven essential areas of strategic leadership. This diagnostic tool enables nonprofit stakeholders to assess how well their organization performs in each of those areas and how ready that organization is to scale its impact.

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Engine of Impact Board Giving Tool

“A cardinal principle of fund raising is to start with your board,” Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker write in Engine of Impact. With this tool, nonprofit leaders can gather and present vital data on their board’s contribution to funding their organization.

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Discussion Guide to Engine of Impact

Often the best way for people in an organization to turn ideas into action is to engage with those ideas together. Here is a set of questions, organized by book chapter, that people can explore in a group discussion of Engine of Impact.

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Jim Collins, best-selling author of Good to Great, discusses “the real key to getting the most” out of Engine of Impact.

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Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker describe the impetus and the inspiration behind their effort, in Engine of Impact, to forge “a common language, a new way of thinking, and a clear approach” for the social sector.

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Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker lay the historical groundwork for Engine of Impact—and issue a call to action for transforming the nonprofit sector.

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Creating a (New) Space: Insights from a Decade of Leadership at Omidyar Network

Matt Bannick shares his learnings from over a decade of leadership at the Omidyar Network, which was one of the first hybrid philanthropic organizations to successfully combine traditional grantmaking and impact investing.

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‘Tough-Minded Optimism’: Savvy Leadership Advice From 17 Years At The Skoll Foundation Helm

Sally Osberg shares her views on strong leadership after serving for 17 years as the president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation.

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Turning ‘Doing Well By Doing Good’ Into Real Millennial Social-Sector Leadership

Although millennials are more eager than students of preceding generations to pursue viable careers in social impact, simple urges to do good are not enough to make appreciable dents in the world’s most pressing problems.

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Educator Resources

For nearly two decades, Bill Meehan has taught a course on the strategic leadership of nonprofit organizations at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). Kim Jonker has taught courses on that subject at GSB as well. Below are links to copies of two syllabuses that Meehan and Jonker have used in these courses. The authors have adapted these syllabuses to include references to relevant sections of Engine of Impact.

For his course, Meehan and his colleagues (including Jonker) have developed in-depth case studies on a wide range of social sector organizations. Below are links to information about case studies on organizations that appear in Engine of Impact. In writing the book, Meehan and Jonker drew extensively on this body of material. These case studies are available for download by current GSB students, as well as faculty and staff members of the school. Educators may purchase copies of these cases through Harvard Business Publishing or the Case Centre.

Also below are links to information about other case studies on organizations that appear in Engine of Impact. These cases, all published by Harvard Business School, are by a wide variety of authors. Educators can inquire about accessing these cases through Harvard Business Publishing.

Readiness to Scale Matrix

The Readiness to Scale Matrix is a visualization of the different categories a nonprofit might find itself in, based on its stages of development of the essentials of strategic leadership.

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Eight Questions for a Social Venture

Drawing upon concepts of Engine of Impact, Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker share the 8 questions critical to consider when starting a social venture.

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