Introducing the 2013 Communities of Impact

As Amy wrote recently, many of you have told us that 2013 will be the year you really tackle the data at your organizations. (If you missed that post, check it out for case studies, webinars, and other resources that might help.)
One of our big projects for the year will, we hope, create a space for 19 thought leaders to do just that.

The 2013 Communities of Impact (CoI) pilot program consists of two groups, both focusing on the ways that nonprofits measure, learn from, and share their data. The first group is looking at ways to improve organization-to-organization data sharing (supporting impact measurement, real-time reporting, and more) and the second is examining internal organization measurement and reporting (supporting cross-department collaboration, program data evaluation, and so on).

Participants are encouraged to use their own organizations as testing grounds, engaging colleagues in the conversations and work related to CoI projects throughout the year. The idea is to create clear, measurable organizational change to participating nonprofits while sharing the learnings and findings with the whole community. We’ll help the participants document, evaluate, and share their work, whatever shape it takes, and can’t wait to see what these groups uncover and accomplish together in one year.

Without further ado, here are the 19 fearless CoI leaders:

The Communities of Impact pilot program is generously funded by Microsoft, and we are so grateful to Jane Meseck and everyone on the Microsoft Global Citizenship Team for the opportunity to bring these leaders together. Learn more about Microsoft’s work with nonprofits here.

We’ll keep you posted as the year unfolds!