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ERIC Number: ED537900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Taking Successful Programs to Scale and Creating Lasting Results
National Math and Science Initiative
Scaling Effective Programs is a category of giving that is quite unique. Philanthropists have many different interests that guide their giving, but Scaling Effective Programs offers an approach that can produce lasting transformation. This guide speaks to funders who: (1) view their giving as venture capital that stimulates other giving; (2) want to support a program for a limited time, rather than an open-ended commitment; and (3) want their giving to have significant and lasting effects that can be measured. Scaling Effective Programs is based on the principle that a limited period of investment giving can be structured successfully to create the greatest chance of having programs spread to more locations and be sustained long after the initial investment. This approach allows funders to move on to supporting other programs, or support the same program in new locations without being indefinitely tied to supporting a local implementation. Scaling Effective Programs incorporates planned withdrawal of support and program self sufficiency, which avoids abruptly "abandoning" a project. The purpose of this guide is to describe the model for those who desire a lasting effect for their investment. The model itself is not complicated, but it requires a level of focus and discipline not always found in the philanthropic world.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Math and Science Initiative