Developing a Strategy for Social Change

In this workshop, you will learn how to assess an organization’s strategy for social change or develop your own—from defining the problem you’re trying to solve and understanding its causes, to developing a theory of change for solving it and agreeing on indicators of progress for its implementation.

Why would an SV2 Partner need to understand a strategy for social change? For two reasons. First, it’s an essential aspect of the due diligence process in assessing a potential grantee. An organization’s strategy gives you and its leadership a common framework for understanding what it aims to accomplish and how it plans to do it. If the organization is unable to persuasively describe its strategy, that should raise a red flag. Second, there may be situations in which you wish to solve a problem that concerns you through a set of coordinated grants. In these cases, your effectiveness depends on developing and implementing your own strategy. In either case, the goal is to help you transform your great ideas into impact to improve the lives of people you care about.

The workshop is taught by Paul Brest, Former Dean and Professor Emeritus (active), at Stanford Law School, a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and co-director of the Stanford Law and Policy Lab. He was president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation from 2000-2012.