Collective Impact Network Capacity Grants

Deaconess Foundation has adopted the following definition of collective impact

Collective impact is the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem. Collective impact differs from other collaborative associations because it involves a centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and structured processes (Collective Impact by Kania and Kramer).  

Deaconess Foundation believes in a collaborative approach to strengthening child well-being in the region.  Partners from multiple sectors can bring their varying skill sets to use when crafting innovative solutions to problems affecting children.  Through Collective Impact Network Capacity grants, Deaconess will support networks aimed at enhancing the welfare of the region's youth.


Eligibility Criteria

The grant cycle closed Friday, April 1, 2016.  

Deaconess hosted an online Q&A live chat on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter @deaconessfound #DFGrants on Tuesday, March 8th (11:30-12:30). 

For more information, contact:  Allie Chang Ray

Deaconess Foundation will consider funding to build the capacity of collective impact networks focused on improving outcomes for children and youth. To be eligible, the network must: 

  • Focus on a long-term, intractable challenge for children and youth;
  • Illustrate multi-sector participation;
  • Use a 501(c)(3) organization as a fiscal agent; and
  • Impact children and/or youth in the St. Louis region (St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties in Missouri and St. Clair, Madison, and Monroe Counties in Illinois.)


Selection Principles

The selection principles of collective impact network grantees are based upon demonstration of the five conditions outlined in the article Collective Impact from the Stanford Social Innovative Review, which are:

  • A common agenda;
  • Shared measurement systems;
  • Continuous communication;
  • Mutually reinforcing activities; and
  • Independent backbone support.

Highly competitive applications will also demonstrate tangible impact on public policy or service provision.