Investing in Cross-Sector Networks to Address Complex Social Issues

  • Thursday, April 25, 2024
  • 10:00 AM
  • Zoom

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While funders often focus specifically on financial capital, there are also other important types of capital that funders possess. The SMIRF model, made popular by James Joseph addresses four additional forms of capital including social, moral, intellectual, and reputational. These additional forms can be applied by funders as force multipliers to increase impact in the community beyond financial resources. One example of how to leverage these forms of capital is cross-sector networks. Using the power of Stanford's Collective Impact model, cross-sector networks build high-trust relationships among collaborative partners in the areas of government, business, philanthropy, and education and together are laser-focused on implementing systems change to address complex social issues. Seven years ago, the Community Foundation Tampa Bay was asked to take an active role in administering and facilitating a cross-sector network focused on addressing the low degree attainment rate in the Tampa Bay area. This cross-sector network, LEAP Tampa Bay College Access Network, has made great strides in improving the attainment rate and has received national recognition for its collaborative work through strong, trusting relationships among network partners. As a result of LEAP's success, the Community Foundation Tampa Bay has served as a network partner in several additional cross-sector collaborative networks that have come together each with an aligned mission among the network partners to affect systemic change. These cross-sector networks include Spark Pasco Hernando LCAN, addressing college attainment and workforce education; Thrive by Five Tampa Bay addressing early childhood development and education; and Digital Inclusion addressing digital literacy in the community.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will gain a general knowledge of Stanford's Collective Impact model and how to effectively apply the model to create system change via a cross-sector network in their community.
  • Participants will be provided with best practices and lessons learned from real-world examples of the use of the cross-sector model, including onboarding new projects and partners as the work expands/replicates.
Featured Speakers

Jesse Coraggio, PhD

Jesse Coraggio, Ph.D. is the senior vice president of community impact at The Community Foundation Tampa Bay, which connects donors, nonprofits, community and business leaders, and residents to create positive impact in the Tampa Bay region. In this role, Coraggio provides oversight and leadership to the Foundation as it creates opportunities for strategic philanthropic giving and positive change within the community. He works with community stakeholders to identify emerging issues and potential solutions. Coraggio is a recognized expert in student success, organizational change, and community engagement. His work has been published, and he has presented at more than 85 conferences, including American Association of College Trustees, American Association of Community Colleges Pathways Institutes, the Association of Institutional Research, American Educational Research Association and National Council on Measurement in Education.||He has consulted on student success with systems and colleges in five different states, including serving as the National Coach for the inaugural cohort of SUNY Guided Pathways. In 2016, Coraggio was selected into the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a rigorous, executive leadership program focused on higher education reform led by the Aspen Institute and Stanford University. Coraggio is heavily involved in the community through roles such as serving as the chair of the Florida Philanthropic Network's Florida Education Funders, and a member of the Mayor of Tampa's Workforce Council. He is a former chair of Florida College System's Council of Instructional Affairs (CIA) and the Seminole Educational Ecosystem, and a former president of the Florida Association for Institutional Research (FA FPN 2024 Proposal Submissions 12)

Chuck Tiernan

Chuck Tiernan has spent the last 23 years in non-profit education leadership positions, designing and implementing strategies for community and resource development in both higher education and for K-12 dropout prevention organizations. He joined the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay in 2016 to lead LEAP Tampa Bay College Access Network, a collaboration of five dozen community partners helping more people attain education and training credentials after high school. He has also worked with community organizations in support of an early learning/K-3 education partnership Southeast Hillsborough County. A Seattle native and graduate of the University of Washington, Chuck holds a Non-Profit Management Certification from UW - Tacoma, is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a graduate of the USF Muma College of Business' Post-Crisis Leadership Program in 2020. Before coming to Tampa, Chuck was the State Development Director Communities In Schools of Washington, overseeing collaborative resource development and growth strategies for a network of 12 local affiliated organizations. Prior to that, Tiernan spent 6 years as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Renton Technical College, after 3 years as its Foundation Executive Director. He was also a founding Board Member of the Renton (WA) Community Foundation. He currently serves on the Steering Committee for Thrive By Five Pinellas, the Florida Philanthropic Network's Innovative Scholarship Committee, and is a member of education subcommittees for both the Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg Chambers of Commerce. He is a graduate of the Tampa Bay Chamber's Leadership Tampa Class of 2018.

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