CollaborateUp and Global Impact Co-Host Executive Education Program for Creating Shared Value & Maximizing Strategic Philanthropy

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14, 2014 – Global Impact and CollaborateUp announced today that they will co-host CollaborateUp Academy, an exclusive executive education program for leaders looking to maximize their social impact. Designed for leaders from the public and private sectors, CollaborateUp Academy teaches concrete skills and tools for accelerating social innovation and strategic philanthropy.

CollaborateUp Academy will be hosted at Global Impact’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, August 20 – 22. This three-day training session and “proving ground,” brings together leaders from companies and nonprofits to take on real problems and quickly develop concrete plans for tackling them. Participants leave with skills, tools and action plans they can apply immediately and they also become certified Collaborators.

“We’re excited to partner with a world class institution like Global Impact to bring the best of Lean Startup techniques to organizations and leaders looking to quickly start and scale social innovations,” said CollaborateUp CEO Richard Crespin. “Whether you’re a nonprofit looking to engage companies, a company looking to expand your social impact, or a social entrepreneur trying to start something new, CollaborateUp Academy will give you the step-by-step process to increase your impact, cut your cost and accelerate bringing your innovation to scale.”

CollaborateUp Academy participants join an interactive proving ground to quickly learn, test and develop concrete skills and plans for tackling society’s toughest problems. This training will prepare participants to:

  • Lead colleagues through the CollaborateUp Formula for social innovation
  • Develop Lean Startup social innovations
  • Convene and facilitate large groups of people from multiple organizations/sectors
  • Create one-page business plans that capture everything needed to get out in the world and start collaborating to tackle society’s toughest problems
  • Design experiments that prove the business case for their social innovation

For information on the event, please email or visit the information page.

About CollaborateUp
CollaborateUp is a boutique consulting firm advising businesses and non-profits on how to work together to solve big problems. On behalf of its clients the firm provides strategic introductions, translates the needs of businesses to NGOs and vice-versa, and structures outcome-oriented partnerships that amplify impact and get results faster at lower cost.

The CollaborateUp Formula adapts successful rapid development tools used in Lean Startup, namely the Partner Model Canvas (adapted from the Business Model Canvas) and the DataLab and PartnerLab (adapted from Startup Weekends). Taken together, the CollaborateUp Formula improves implementation and accelerates the speed of trust, making it easier, faster, and less expensive to achieve transformative results. Not a magic pill; an easy to follow step-by-step process.

About Global Impact

Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and secretariat services; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency, technology services and integrated giving platforms. Global Impact works with nearly 100 private sector and over 300 public sector entities to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 international charities. Through strategic council and implementation support, Global Impact equips private sector and nonprofit organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. The organization serves as administrator for one of the world’s largest workplace giving campaigns, the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than
$1.6 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.

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I soon discovered that it doesn’t really matter whether your introduction to CollaborateUp is through an issue solving workshop, or at an event as Richard brings all the chaos together with his savvy charm and good humour - the most important thing is that you get to engage and work with these great folks! My biggest take out over the past five years of being a part of their world – collaboration is a process and you’re not going to get very far unless you know what problem you’re all trying to solve together. The CollaborateUp framework helps by asking simple questions to help reveal the big answers. - Cate O’Kane, Founder, &co partnership consultancy
“Even with a diverse set of stakeholders and a very limited timeframe, the CollaborateUp Formula allowed us cut through a complex set of issues and develop a concrete and pragmatic proposal for tackling a very tough problem. Richard Crespin is exactly what you want in a facilitator, someone able to bring people together to recognize their shared goals and the best ways to achieve them.” - Amit Ronen Director, George Washington University Solar Institute
Extremely practical and extremely easy to implement once you have an understanding of the steps and the formula and the requirements of the process. - CollaborateUp Academy Participant
The course actually aids with more than just collaboration - it helps drive thinking into issue clarification, meeting handling and setting up, communicating with stakeholders. I loved it! - CollaborateUp Academy Participant
"The CollaborateUp Workshop gave our delegates a set of tools they can use immediately to collaborate more effectively across multiple departments and organizations." - Erika Lopez, Global Impact
The course was great! Great value and great insights into collaborating with various partners in multiple situations. It really change my thought process and how I view situations with our clients and stakeholders. - CollaborateUp Academy Participant
"Building up the capacity and capability of nonprofits to make a difference in the world is a core part of the Office Depot Foundation's mission. CollaborateUp had a really big impact on the nonprofits we support, giving them tools and insights they can use immediately." - Mary Wong