Social entrepreneurs draw upon the best thinking from the business and nonprofit worlds to develop and launch innovative strategies to address unmet needs and drive social change. After testing and iterating on models to find the most effective model to meet the needs of beneficiaries, social enterprises can choose between many different strategies to scale their impact to drive more significant change. Find highlights from CASE’s work related to launching and scaling social ventures below, or search our knowledge database for more.
Start here: Foundations of Scale
Scaling Social Impact Foundational article by CASE founders laying out a framework for a larger set of pathways for pursing scale.
Pivoting to Impact: Navigating the Road to Scale What is scaling and why is it so hard? We cut across sectors and geographies to distill lessons for all enterprises and funders seeking impact at scale.
4 Pathways to Scaling Impact Each pathway can help an enterprise think about its role in the ultimate solution as well as the implications on its operating model, funding, and more.
Impact Explained: Scaling vs. Scaling IMPACT There is a big difference between scaling your organization and scaling your impact, as this video explains.
4 Pathways to Impact at Scale Understand the four main pathways to scale and considerations to pursuing them.
Best Practices for Overcoming Key Scaling Challenges
Why We Didn’t Fund Your Scaling Plan A checklist to avoid common problems that funders have identified in evaluating applications.
Financing for Scaled Impact Tips and advice to maximize the impact of external funding and effectively leverage internal options to fuel the scaling journey.
Leveraging Government Partnerships Insights and tactics for effectively leveraging government partnerships to scale impact.
Using Data to Power Scale Tactics for setting a data foundation grounded in equity, the building blocks for a robust system and process, and strategies as you grow, partner, or pursue systems change.
People Matter: Evolving Talent to Drive Impact at Scale Tips for evolving organizational structure, leveraging outside capacity, and maintaining culture through scale.
VisionSpring VisionSpring launched — and then shuttered — a retail “hub and spoke” model in Latin America. The scaling experiment led to valuable lessons about knowing when to pivot and preparing to fail.
Evidence Action After a successful RCT and pilot, Evidence Action’s scaling efforts led to decreasing impact. It took a step back to focus on behavior change, right-sizing data collection, and improving infrastructure.
Imazon Recognizing that they could not solve deforestation alone, Imazon scaled its impact through government partnerships and open source data — rather than growing its organization.
Our Scaling Snapshots are mini case studies of ventures’ scaling journeys, including pathways and lessons learned:
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Interviews with Scaling Leaders
Elisa Villanueva Beard The CEO of Teach for America talks abou tthe balance of centralization vs. decentralization in scaling a national organization.
Scaling Through Mass Disruption Gregory Rockson, founder of mPharma, shares his tips on scaling through mass disruptions like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alden Zecha Co-Founder and CFO for Sproxil talks about challenges and lessons learned in scaling a social venture.
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