Challenges and Considerations in Scaling Nonprofit Organizations

Scaling up in the nonprofit sector was the topic of the Foundation’s second convening of its education grantees. Twenty education leaders from the Foundation’s four grantmaking cities came together for this one-day session focused on the challenges and considerations involved in scaling up their organizations’ work. Themes that surfaced included the importance of organizations understanding their impact before going to scale, the applicability of for-profit strategies to nonprofit growth efforts, and the complexities of the education sector that make going to scale especially difficult. Education First Consulting Group helped plan and facilitate the meeting and prepared the convening report, which includes grantee growth stories and key lessons from the day’s discussions.