2015 Civic Engagement Institute

"A Common Agenda, Collective Impact:
Campus, Community, Compact"


The 2015 Civic Engagement Institute planned on February 17, 2015 at Elon University was cancelled due to inclement weather. Still, our network continued to explore the collective impact framework through a 7-part webinar series that featured experts and model programs from across the state. Participants gained insight into the workings of collective impact and especially the ways in which higher education institutions can be part of these efforts. This page contains information and resources related to collective impact.

The Collective Impact Webinar Series

Session Title Presenters Date Recording Link
The Promise of Collective Impact Robert Albright, The Collective Impact Forum March 10View online
Making Collective Impact Work Robert Albright, The Collective Impact Forum March 11View online
Collective Impact Models in NC
(Part I)
East Durham Children's Initiative, presented by Mary Mathew
The Forsyth Promise, presented by Sharee Fowler, Jewel Cherry, and Trae Cotton
March 17View online
Collective Impact Models in NC (Part II)

Task Force on Essentials for Childhood, presented by Michelle Ries and Catherine Joyner
United Way of Central Carolinas Collective Impact for Children and Youth, presented by Claire Apaliski

March 26View online
Challenges and Common Pitfalls in Collective Impact Diane, Gavarkavich, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute March 31 No recording available
Using Systems Analysis to Maximize Collective Impact Doug Easterling, Wake Forest School of Medicine April 10View online
From Anchor to Member: Aligning University Strengths and Community Priorities Kristen Medlin and Emily Janke, UNC Greensboro Institute for Community and Economic Development April 14View online

Download the complete webinar series description here.

Featured Speaker: Robert Albright, Associate Director, Collective Impact Forum

Robert leads a nationwide philanthropic funder network for the Collective Impact Forum, an initiative of nonprofit consulting firm FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions. Robert has led various workshops and spoken at local, regional, and national convenings on the topic of cross-sector collaboration. Prior to joining the Collective Impact Forum, Robert led numerous consulting engagements with FSG, including a collective impact project focused on economic competitiveness in Ohio, the development of a strategic learning and evaluation system for a women’s health foundation in Texas, and a retrospective evaluation for a private foundation in Florida focused on health care access. Other clients included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Ford Foundation. Prior to FSG, Robert led marketing and public affairs for the Research Triangle Park-based Council for Entrepreneurial Development, one of the country's largest and oldest nonprofits that provides education to entrepreneurs. A native of North Carolina, Robert holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he earned the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award, and a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


2015 Civic Engagement Institute on Collective Impact, Institute Program Booklet


"Collective Impact", Stanford Innovation Review, Winter 2011, Volume 9, Number 1  (John Kania, Managing Director at FSG, and Mark Kramer, Kennedy School at Harvard and Co-founder FSG).

"Rereading “Collective Impact”: Three Lessons" Stanford Innovation Review blog, Feb. 3, 2014 (Chris Thompson)

"Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact" Hallie Preskill, Marcie Parkhurst, Jennifer Splansky Juster


What is Collective Impact? (video series)

The Collective Impact Forum - online network of like-minded individuals coming together from across sectors to share useful experience and knowledge and thereby accelerating the effectiveness, and further adoption, of the collective impact approach as a whole. (Initiative of FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions)

FSG  -  a mission-driven consulting firm supporting leaders in creating large-scale, lasting social change. Through strategy, evaluation, and research we help many types of actors – individually and collectively – make progress against the world’s toughest problems.

StriveTogether - StriveTogether brings proven expertise, effective resources and a nationally-recognized collective impact approach that enables communities to create local education ecosystems to support children and youth from cradle to career.

Strive Partnership - In 2006 urban school districts in Cincinnati, Ohio and Northern Kentucky formed the StrivePartnership as the first cradle to career community. By bringing together local leaders to improve education in the region’s urban core, the partnership sought to increase student success throughout three public school districts. More than 300 cross-sector representatives joined in the effort, including school district superintendents, non-profit practitioners, business leaders, city officials and university presidents.

Tamarack Institute - a Canadian organization that develops and supports learning communities that help people to collaborate, co-generate knowledge and achieve collective impact on complex community issues.

2015 CEI planning committee 

  • Brandon Kliewer, Kansas State University
  • Jose Picart, NC State University
  • Leslie Parkins, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Jeff Michael, UNC Charlotte
  • Amy Hawn Nelson, UNC Charlotte
  • Claire Apaliski, UNC Charlotte
  • Linda Shipley, UNC Charlotte
  • Emily Janke, UNC Greensboro
  • Lane Perry, Western Carolina University


Thank you to Lyon Software for their sponsorship of this event and the collective impact webinar series. 


Leslie Garvin, Executive Director, NC Campus Compact.