Certificate: CNM Collective Impact - Fall Cohort

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

According to Collaboration for Impact, “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.”

The CNM Collective Impact (CI) certificate has been created for leaders interested in amplifying the impact of their mission through the CI framework. This framework has been used as a model to address large social change in areas such as juvenile justice, obesity, and homelessness. Whether you are new to the concept, or ready to start your own CI effort, this certificate will help build a strong foundation for you and your organization.

The CI certificate will have 3 core classes and two electives. See details of each core session course below which must be signed up all at once. Elective courses must be signed up separately.

Collective Impact Fall Cohort

CI Core 1:Introduction to Collective Impact

July 9, 2019,Facilitated by Meg Morgan

Collective impact is a framework for bringing many people together to work toward a common mission. It is about working differently together. 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. Lead by the Director of Collective Impact at CNM, Meg Morgan, this workshop will explore case studies of the collective impact work happening locally in Nashville as well as nationally. This course is designed for those who are completely new to the framework, or those who have heard of it and are curious to dig deeper.

CI Core 2:Implementing Equity Frameworks: Creating Systematic Change

October 22, 2019:Facilitated by Mel Fowler-Green, Sarah Bounce, and special guests

What does equity really mean, anyways?In order to dismantle deeply rooted social and economic disparities, we must be intentional about addressing systemic inequities. Yet it can be difficult to quantify equity or to make this work tangible. One strategy is crafting and implementing equitable policies and practices in our institutions. In this workshop, join Metro Human Relations Commission Executive Director and former ACLU lawyer, Mel Fowler-Green, and the Health Equity Coordinator at Metro Public Health Department, Sarah Bounce, to learn why an equity framework is important, how it can lead to systemic change,and how to implement and evaluate equitable policies and practices in your organization and community. This workshop will also include facilitated discussion about what a Nashville-centric equity framework might look like.

CI Core 3:Community Engagement: Strategies for Implementation

November 18, 2019,Facilitated by David Moore

How can I better engage the community our nonprofit serves?

In this session participants will demystify the field of community engagement and how to engage people with their nonprofit mission. Join accomplished non-profit executive with over 20 years of experience in the sector leading projects, David Moore of Moore Strategic Consulting, to learn the key elements of successful community engagement approaches and how to implement them. The workshop will also cover a variety of strategies currently being used by successful nonprofit organizations to connect directly with community residents. Participants will review the different variations in implementation and identify which strategies will be best for their organization.

To complete the certificate participants must complete 3 core courses, and also an additional 2 elective courses (total of 5).

CI Core (must take all three) - Included in this purchase.

  • Introduction to Collective Impact
  • Implementing Equity Frameworks: Creating Systematic Change
  • Community Engagement: Strategies for Implementation

Please note, these elective courses must be purchased separately.

CI Electives (choose 2 more elective classes from the CNM Workshop Calendar)

  • Equitable Evaluation
  • Dynamic Teaming and Managing Group Conflict
  • Systems Change
  • Building Your Equity Lens
If you have questions about the certificate,see below or contact info@cnm.org.

Q&A for the CI Certificate

The requirements for each certificate are different. See below for details about the CI Certificate.

How do I sign up for this certificate?

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


Certificate: CNM Collective Impact:

either Spring (https://scooter.cnm.org/CourseCalendarDetail.aspx?id=3713)

or Fall (https://scooter.cnm.org/CourseCalendarDetail.aspx?id=3714)

*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

Does signing up here register me for all 5 certificate courses?

No. Signing up here automatically enrolls you for the 3 core classes and into the certificate program. However, you must select your own two electives from the CNM Workshop Calendar and enroll individually.

Can I just take the CI core 3 courses, and NOT sign up for the entire certificate (i.e. not finish the other two elective courses)?

If you sign up for the 3 core courses, it automatically enrolls you into the certificate. However, it is your choice to finish the certificate and take the other electives. Participants are disenrolled from a certificate if it is not completed within one year of the first certificate class taken.

Can I take my elective courses before I finish my three core course?

Yes. You can take the certificate courses(core or elective) in any order. However, we do recommend starting with the foundational course, Introduction to Collective Impact.

Can I just take one of the core classes? I only want to attend Collective Impact 101.

Yes. For the Collective Impact offerings, you can just take one course and not be enrolled in the certificate. Sign up for the single course through the workshop website, not for this certificate.

I took one of the courses in the certificate last year. Does it count for the certificate this year?

No. To complete this CI certificate, all participants can only apply classes in 2019.

July 9, 2019; 9:00 AM to July 9, 2019; 3:30 PM
End Date
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
$390.00 for Members; $590.00 for nonmembers; $390.00 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.