Scaling Social Impact: A Literature Toolkit for Funders

By Cathy Clark, Cynthia W. Massarsky, Tamara Schweitzer Raben and Erin Worsham

With support from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), the authors set out to document and analyze the currently available literature on scaling, in order to both highlight the best set of resources available that are useful to funders actively pursuing grantmaking strategies around scaling impact, and to shine a light on what still needs to be studied and explored. This report is a compendium of the main findings of that work, and is arranged in the form of a funder-facing literature review (with materials selected based on their usefulness to funders and grantmakers interested in supporting scaling initiatives and listed in priority order), with links and abstracts, along with recommendations for future work.

Growth Philanthropy Network, Duke University, 2012