May/June 2022 Opportunity: Smart Scaling Exec Training

Get right what so many organizations get wrong about scale. How can you ensure that you don’t waste your time pursuing a weak scaling strategy that’s unlikely to be funded? How can you demonstrate to internal stakeholders and funders that you’ve taken a robust, strategic approach to scale? How can you make better decisions and […]

CASE Announces 5 Finalists for the F.M. Kirby Scaling Social Impact Prize

From a pool of 130, five social enterprises stood out above the rest in this year’s competition for the Fred Morgan Kirby Prize for Scaling Social Impact, which CASE has the privilege to manage.  One of these five will ultimately be awarded the prize – a $100,000 unrestricted grant to support their achievement of impact […]

Get to Know our Kirby Impact Prize Winner: Healthy Learners

At the 16th Annual Sustainable Business and Social Impact Conference on February 24, the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business was thrilled to announce the inaugural winner of the Fred Morgan Kirby Prize for Scaling Social Impact: Healthy Learners. Based in Zambia, Healthy Learners works to improve the […]

CASE Launches Scaling Readiness Diagnostic

If you are preparing to take your organization’s impact to scale, wouldn’t it be nice to have a training plan to help you keep focused and build capacity for what lies ahead? CASE is providing just that. Based on lessons from the Growth Readiness Assessment and Coaching project (GRA) funded by the United States Agency […]

CASE Announces Finalists for Inaugural F. M. Kirby Impact Prize

After receiving 330 applications from enterprises serving 184 countries across 5 continents, the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business is pleased announce 14 finalists for the inaugural Fred Morgan Kirby Prize for Scaling Social Impact (F. M. Kirby Impact Prize). Named after early entrepreneur Fred Morgan Kirby […]

3 Lessons CASE Hopes to Learn through the F. M. Kirby Impact Prize

As a research and education center based at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, the CASE team is always asking – what impact trends and insights can we surface and share with the field to improve practice? This mindset is exactly why we have been reflecting on what we can learn from our pilot year […]

What We’re Reading To Stay Informed and Inspired

What We’re Reading To Stay Informed and Inspired   Preparing social venture and impact investing leaders with the mindsets, skills, and habits needed to achieve enduring social change requires our team to stay on top of the latest knowledge and practices.  From skillfully deploying investment and philanthropic capital to measuring programmatic and personal impact, here’s […]

Lorraine Orr: Using Data to Drive Mergers and Mission 

For many people, finding passion in their work means switching companies until finding the perfect fit. But this was not the case for Lorraine Orr, COO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  Now into her 31st year at the organization, Lorraine has spent her career working to level the playing field for disadvantaged […]

Ann Mei Chang: Innovating and Experimenting for Outsized Impact

From Google to startups to the US Agency for International Development, Ann Mei Chang has seen how thinking big and taking calculated risks can lead to large scale change in any sector.  As a tri-sector leader, Ann Mei was able to leverage her tech industry experience and think about how “Silicon Valley” tools could be […]

Overcoming Bumps on the Road to Scale

No matter the type of organization, the scaling journey often includes bumps in the road. While these unexpected obstacles vary in size and timing, the central question for any social impact enterprise is: will we see it coming and adjust course or will we hit the bump going full speed and fly off the road? […]