Scaling up isn’t the only way to achieve impact

An article from Stanford Social Innovation Review suggests it is time for nonprofit leaders to ask “What’s your endgame?”, rather than “How do you scale up?”.

They say:

An endgame is the specific role that a nonprofit intends to play in the overall solution to a social problem, once it has proven the effectiveness of its core model or intervention. We believe that there are six endgames for nonprofits to consider – and only one of them involves scaling up in order to sustain and expand an existing service.

The headings for the six endgames are: Open Source, Replication, Government adoption, Commercial adoption, Mission achievement, Sustained service.

It is based on American research and approaches to charity services, but gives plenty to chew on. Read ‘What’s Your Endgame?’ at http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/whats_your_endgame.

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