Introduction to Collective Impact

What is collective impact and how are nonprofits in Nashville using it?

“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 governance, business, philanthropy, nonprofits, and community members to achieve lasting social change.” –Collaboration for Impact

In this session, learn what the collective impact framework is and how this approach can create community-wide change. Participants will learn what types of problems are best suited for collective impact and how this large-scale work can be structured to increase success. The workshop will also explore case studies of the collective impact work happening locally in Nashville as well as nationally. "Introduction to Collective Impact" is designed for those who are completely new to the framework, or those who have heard of it and are curious to dig deeper.

Topics Addressed: collective impact, community, conflict, collective impact structure

Course Level: Introductory

Who should attend:

  • Nonprofit leaders looking to increase the impact of their organization’s work
  • Any community leader interested in learning more
  • CNM Members working toward their Collective Impact certificate

Method of Facilitation: lecture, case studies, discussion, role-play

This work will amplify the impact of nonprofits by helping participants:

  • Understand the definition of collective impact and when it is an appropriate method to implement (and when it is not necessary)
  • Learn the structures needed to put collective impact into place
  • Explore other local and national collective impact projects and learn from their successes and struggles

Quotes from previous participants: "Collective Impact is a tough subject to explain well and Meg did a fantastic job."

"It was informative and fun! I have a greater understanding of how collective impact will help me enhance the services I offer."

"Very informative and progressive in terms of where nonprofits are headed."

If you are interested in the Collective Impact Certificate:

To enroll in the Collective Impact Certificate, members must enroll in the following courses:


Certificate: CNM Collective Impact:

either Spring (

or Fall (

*Once you are enrolled in the Certificate, CNM will register you for the core classes (Introduction to Collective Impact, Implementing Equity Frameworks, and Community Engagement). Registering for the core classes individually does not put you in the certificate.

Elective (chose two):

Gathering Data Equitably

Crucial Conversations

Systems Change

Building Your Equity Lens

Meg Morgan, Root Nashville Campaign Manager
July 9, 2019; 9:00 AM to July 9, 2019; 3:30 PM
End Date
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
$130.00 for Members; $215.00 for nonmembers; $130.00 for students

Subject Area(s)
Collective Impact
Center for Nonprofit Management
Other Details
Lunch Included


This workshop has already started and registrations are no longer being accepted. If you are interested in taking this course, please refer to the list below to find another time with the course will be offered.

This workshop is not currently offered at any other times.