The Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s goal is to support organizations that improve the lives of economically vulnerable women and girls in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties. One of the ways we accomplish this is through grantmaking. In order to achieve the greatest impact with the funds AWF invests in the community, we have incorporated a Collective Impact Approach into our grantmaking.
This collective impact approach involves a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement system, and continuous communication among a cohort of grantees that provide direct services. The goal of the collective impact approach is to create large scale community change. AWF’s approach as a central connection for nonprofits has proven to be best practice and reliable in achieving exponential community impact. More than simply a new way of collaborating, collective impact is a structured approach to problem solving that includes five core conditions.