2015 Bush Prize Winner

Impact Foundation Case Study

Through a partnership with Pollen Midwest, we created a case study to learn how Impact Foundation is ensuring North Dakota nonprofit organizations have the capacity to tap into the philanthropic giving happening in the region.

FROM POLLEN MIDWEST

EXCERPT FROM IMPACT FOUNDATION CASE STUDY

Over the next four decades, an estimated $308 billion of wealth will transfer between generations in North Dakota. Impact Foundation wants to make sure that nonprofit organizations across the region have the capacity to tap into this generational wealth transfer phenomenon—and that philanthropic giving in North Dakota reaches its full potential.

GIVE A HAND

Honest dialogue is a cornerstone of Impact Foundation’s culture and shapes every aspect of its work. To create an open environment where nonprofits feel encouraged to share candid feedback, Impact Foundation sets aside weekly time for one-on-one calls, travels across the state for in-person meetings and allows unfettered access to its staff.

STEP STEP LEAP!

By keeping pilot projects small and scalable, Impact Foundation encourages innovation while downsizing risk. It trains nonprofits to take tiny steps that eventually add up to a giant leap. If a project fails, Impact Foundation simply recycles it into creative fuel to launch an even better idea down the line.

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