Archive for April, 2013

Become an Innoweave Coach

We are currently inviting coaches with expertise in an area supported by Innoweave and an understanding of the non-profit sector to apply to join the Innoweave coaching pool. Each qualified applicant will be listed on this site as a coach for one or more of the following modules: Social Enterprise, Cloud Computing, Developmental Evaluation, and Social Finance.

Innoweave will make the list of coaches available community organizations in our network that are looking for implementation support, including those that have attended Innoweave workshops. Interested organizations can then contact coaches directly to discuss possible projects.

Additionally, Innoweave will be offering grants to community organizations to help enable them to contract coaches. It is anticipated that the first wave of grants will be awarded in Summer 2013.

Click here to fill out a short application to become an Innoweave coach. The information that you enter will be used to create a personal profile that will appear on

The Innoweave coaching pool aims to provide community organizations with easy access to information on the experts that may be able to help them. If you are aware of any existing databases that profile experts in your field, please let us know. We also ask that you forward this invitation to others in your network who may be interested in becoming Innoweave coaches.

If you have any questions, please contact

What is Innoweave, Really?

FSG recently posted a blog entitled “How to Explain Collective Impact to your Mom“. For those of us who have trouble explaining our programs and initiatives without using one or more buzzwords, this title may ring true. Innoweave  helps non-profit organizations implement practical tools for social innovation – a notion that is straightforward to some, but to others, may result in some head-scratching. The Innoweave elevator speech becomes even more complex when we start to describe some of the tools and approaches we are trying to introduce: social finance, cloud computing, social enterprise, developmental evaluation, and collective impact.

In FSG’s blog post, Jeff Edmondson suggested that a succinct explanation can be achieved by focusing on the ultimate goal we are seeking to accomplish. Innoweave’s goal is to help non-profit organizations work more efficiently and effectively, thereby increasing their impact. Each one of the tools and approaches disseminated through the Innoweave platform helps to enable this goal. For example, cloud computing helps organizations better collect, store and share information, freeing up staff time to focus on more important things. Developmental evaluation allows organizations to interpret data on a new initiative or project in real-time, allowing for continuous adaptation and improvement.  Social enterprise opens up the door to revenue-generating activities that can help advance the mission of a non-profit organization while diversifying and strengthening its funding base. Focusing on the end goal of these tools and approaches can make them more real to the organizations we are trying to reach.

For more information on the different tools or approaches you may want to apply to your organization, visit the Modules page.


NACY Webinar on Innoweave

Innoweave was proud to partner with the National Alliance for Children and Youth (NACY) on their recent webinar. This webinar, which happened on March 22nd, focused on ways in which network organizations could get involved with Innoweave either as participants – attending an Innoweave workshop or working with a coach to implement a new way of working – or as workshop hosts. To view the webinar slide deck, please click visit

As a reminder, Innoweave is based on partnerships with the community sector. We are always looking for organizations to host a workshop in their communities, facilitators who want to deliver these workshops, and partners to help make Innoweave a success at the program level. For more information, please visit the “About” page or contact