Welcome to the Next Generation of Human Services Organizations Initiative

The North Star of the Next Generation of Human Services Organizations Initiative is to build organizational capacity and activate new strategies and solutions that improve human services outcomes and achieve racial equity in social and economic mobility.

Created by the Kresge Foundation and facilitated by Leadership for a Networked World at Harvard University, the Initiative embarked on a two-year journey to design the future of human services.

The insights, case studies, and action steps captured on this website reflect the work of the first cohort of the NextGen Initiative and are developed for human services organizations nationwide and globally to create a better, brighter, and more equitable future for individuals, families, and communities.

Welcome to the Next Generation of Human Services Organizations Initiative

The North Star of the Next Generation of Human Services Organizations Initiative is to build organizational capacity and activate new strategies and solutions that improve human services outcomes and achieve racial equity in social and economic mobility.

Created by the Kresge Foundation and facilitated byLeadership for a Networked World at Harvard University, the Initiative embarked on a two-year journey to design the future of human services.

The insights, case studies, and action steps captured on this website reflect the work of the first cohort of NextGeneration of Human Services OrganizationsInitiative and are developed for human services organizations nationwide and globally to create a better, brighter, and more equitable future for individuals, families, and communities.

Overview

Reflecting on the Cohort Learning Experiences

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Creating Outcomes

Action Steps for Advancing Social and Economic Mobility

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Leading Change

Case Studies on Embracing Social and Economic Mobility

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Reflections & Impact

Actioning Social and Economic Mobility

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Organizations

In October 2017, the Kresge Foundation identified 12 non-profit organizations in cities across the country that were setting the pace for improving social and economic mobility (SEM) for children and families:

Over the next two years, with the support of the Kresge Foundation, Leadership for a Networked World, and a hand-picked Advisory Board, designed a learning experience to accelerate the cohort’s leadership and operational capacity to deliver person-centered outcomes and impact. The two-year journey included learning about strategy and leadership, sharing best practices and innovations, and ideating new ways to harness data and analytics. The cohort worked to generate new policy solutions, develop systems and sector innovations, advance and accelerate social and economic mobility, and create permanent pathways out of poverty.

Organizations

In October 2017, the Kresge Foundation identified 13 non-profit organizations in cities across the country that were setting the pace of improving social and economic mobility (SEM) for children and families:

Cohort 1

Catalyst Miami

Center for Urban Families

Congreso de Latinos Unidos

Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath)

Juma Ventures

Latin America Youth Center

LIFT

UTEC

MOMS Partnership

More Than Words, Inc.

New Door Ventures

Project for Pride in Living

Over the next two years, with the support of the Kresge Foundation, Leadership for a Networked World, and a hand-picked Advisory Board, designed a learning experience to accelerate the cohort’s leadership and operational capacity to deliver person-centered outcomes and impact. The two-year journey included learning about strategy and leadership, sharing best practices and innovations, and ideating new ways to harness data and analytics. The cohort worked to generate new policy solutions, develop systems and sector innovations, advance and accelerate social and economic mobility, and create permanent pathways out of poverty.

Participant Outcomes

This initiative is made possible by the Kresge Foundation and delivered by
Leadership for a Networked World.

The Kresge Foundation was founded in 1924 to promote human progress. Today, Kresge fulfills that mission by building and strengthening pathways to opportunity for low-income people in America’s cities, seeking to dismantle structural and systemic barriers to equality and justice. Using a full array of grant, loan, and other investment tools, Kresge invests more than $160 million annually to foster economic and social change. For more information visit kresge.org.

Leadership for a Networked World (LNW) creates transformational thought leadership and learning experiences for executives building the future. Founded in 1987 at Harvard Kennedy School, LNW is now an applied research initiative of Dr. Antonio M. Oftelie at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. Since 1987, LNW has delivered more than 200 learning events and gathered more than 12,000 alumni globally. To learn more about LNW please visit www.lnwprogram.org.