Despite the sizable financial and human capital investment in the nonprofit sector, large-scale social issues, such as poverty and hunger, continue to plague our society. Collective impact, a framework for cross-sector collaboration that emerged in 2011, offers a method to harness the capabilities of each sector to generate systems-level change. In this paper, the author examines the strengths and weaknesses of collective impact by conducting interviews with stakeholders from a collective impact initiative addressing education in a mid-sized city in the United States. This study reports the findings, implications, and recommendations gained from a qualitative analysis of the interview data.



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