Bridging the Opportunity Gap: The Power of Collective Impact

On February 29, 2016 the Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta hosted more than 200 civic and business partners to discuss Bridging the Opportunity Gap: The Power of Collective Impact. Facilitated by the CVC and FSG, the group collaborated to collectively come up with solutions to address some of Atlanta’s most crippling issues, which include economic inequality and educational and income disparities.

Keynote speaker Robert Putnam, a political scientist and Malkin Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, led the conversation and discussed his world-renowned book, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis,” which addresses the inequality of opportunity in the United States. Once the discussion concluded, attendees came together with Boston-based consulting group, FSG, to discuss issues that they can address through partnership.

Learn more about the event via The Saporta Report's thoughtful recap

Follow-Up Resources:

Existing Collective Impact Opportunities:

Please don’t just go out and start your own collective impact initiative!  Instead, join one of the already established efforts here in Atlanta: GEEARSLearn4Life and NeighborhoodNexus.

Continuing the Conversation:
    • Be a part of United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Vision 2020:  If you or your team are interested in skills-based volunteering, United Way of Greater Atlanta is looking for professionals to help facilitate community conversations for their “Vision 2020” programs in Spring 2016.  Facilitators will help lead community stakeholder sessions focused on measuring well-being of Metro Atlanta children and shrinking the opportunity gap.  Conversation themes are Analyze (April), Aspirations (May) and Action (June).  All facilitator materials and training will be provided by United Way.  For more information, please contact Ginneh Baugh or Demetrius Jordan.
    • Attend the Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ March 22 Community Exchange Cocktail featuring Sir Jose Bright, TED talk alum and GCN’s statewide lead on poverty and inclusion strategies.  Sir Bright will offer notes on Atlanta’s changing demographics through 2020 and the effects of income inequality on communities and nonprofit services. RSVP to
    • Join the Educated Workforce Subcommittee of the Atlanta Regional Commission's (ARC) Regional Economic Competitiveness Strategy Implementation Committee. Your skills, expertise and energy fit perfectly with our focus to build the region's talent pipeline and strengthening our communities in the process. If interested, please send a note to add your name to our committee list:
    • Attend GEEARS' Conversations on Early Childhood, an exciting series providing new and interesting perspectives on early childhood policy issues facing Georgia and the nation, on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Georgia Freight Depot. 

Event Photos

presented by:

with additional support from:

Cox Enterprises

Delta Community Credit Union

Georgia Natural Gas


LexisNexis Risk Solutions

The Loudermilk Center

United Way of Greater Atlanta

We are also grateful to members of Atlanta’s legal community for collaboratively sponsoring FSG’s participation in the forum:

Alston + Bird LLP

Kilpatrick Townsend LLP

King & Spalding LLP

Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan LLP

Troutman Sanders LLP

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