Third Sector News and Updates – June 2019

Third Sector News & Updates

June 2019

Accelerating Student Outcomes
in Higher Education:
Third Sector Launches New National Cohort

With support from the Kresge Foundation, Third Sector launched a new national cohort of state higher educational institutions. The nation-wide competition resulted in the selection of Arizona State University, Colorado Department of Higher Education, Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, and the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Together they will explore leveraging innovative finance as a way to fund wraparound support services to improve matriculation, persistence, and graduation outcomes for underserved students. Additionally, they will collaborate with college access and success service providers and discover new ways to better connect resources and impact for students. Third Sector will provide training and technical assistance services that help sites build toward PFS readiness and demonstration projects. The tools and resources developed during this project will prepare institutions to potentially apply for funding available through the federal Fund for Innovation and Success in Higher Education (FINISH) Act.

All of the selected communities have dedicated institutional leadership that will participate in Third Sector’s facilitated cohort. They each committed to hold equity and student outcomes at the center of their projects.

“Why we partner with government to give every child a shot at moving up”

In this recent column, Connie and Steve Ballmer argue that philanthropy needs to work closely with government to help children and families. They outline how philanthropy can provide the stimulus for innovation and change in tackling the toughest challenges government funded social services look to address. They suggest that collaboration across multiple sectors like business, philanthropy, and academia, as well as across party lines, can ensure government funding working as hard as it can and results in outcomes for communities. Read the article including examples of how this type of approach is already working (including Third Sector!) here.

Dynasti Hunt Joins Third Sector as New Managing Director of Talent & Equity

Dynasti grew up witnessing her parents’ fight for her and her siblings to have access to quality education opportunities. She has since remained committed to ensuring she can help provide the same opportunities for all children.Dynasti’s commitment to talented people and education spans over ten years, where she most recently led the development of all Talent initiatives at EducationSuperHighway (ESH), an education technology company focused on ensuring all school districts have infrastructure to access personalized learning opportunities. As the Vice-President of Talent at ESH, she happily focused on developing ESH’s amazing team and ensuring they have all of the support needed to be change makers in the social justice community. Prior to this, she led the Human Resources team for Rocketship Education, a high growth charter management organization, and served as Director of Employee Relations at Kansas City Public Schools.

A proud Nashville native, Dynasti has a B.B.A. from Mercer University and an MBA from University of Missouri, Kansas City. Dynasti is also a Broad Residency Alum and Pahara Next-Gen Fellow. She is based in Third Sector’s San Francisco office.

Third Sector Strengthens Executive and Advisory Boards with Federal and State Leadership Experience 

Kathy Stack, CEO at KB Stack Consulting, has joined Third Sector’s Board of Directors. Kathy, a previous Third Sector Advisory Board member, has a distinguished career in federal government, including 27 years at the White House Office of Management and Budget, and served for several years as Vice President at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. She now consults with a network of partners in federal, state, and local government and in the academic, non-profit and philanthropic communities that collaborate to improve the impact of social programs using evidence and innovation.
Learn more about her background here.

In March, Reggie Bicha, Former Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, joined Third Sector’s Advisory Board. Reggie has led major advancements in the delivery of child welfare services, established a statewide mental health crisis response system, retooled juvenile justice using trauma-informed approaches, and employed a 2Gen approach to fight poverty. Learn more about his background here.

Registration Now Open: One-Day Impact Management Skills Training

Date: July 17, 2019
Location: New York City

How can we ensure “impact measurement” results in actual, meaningful benefits to peoples’ lives? How can we structure financing, incentives, governance, and programmatic design to generate meaningful outcomes? Participants in this one-day training will learn how to improve the impact of their organizations’ grantmaking, public funding, or services and come away with an improved ability to use insights from their work to maximize positive impact. Trainers with hands-on experience will present frameworks and examples, then work through their application using real field experience and participant-driven exercises. Other learning outcomes include:

  • Understanding the 7 principles of social value and how they are used in impact management

  • Gaining insights that can be used to maximize positive impact within complex systems that meaningfully affect peoples’ lives

  • Learning how to structure governance, funding and programmatic systems to focus on outcomes

  • Gaining lessons from the field from implemented pay-for-success projects

Who should attend?

  • Leaders and managers of enterprises working to create positive impact within complex systems

  • Funders

  • Policymakers

  • Aspiring professionals and students

Learn more and how to register here. Special rates for nonprofits and students!

Now Hiring for Associates in
Boston and San Francisco

We are looking for highly driven, entrepreneurial, socially conscious, and rigorous entry-level (i.e. 0-3 years experience) professionals who are deeply passionate about working with government and communities to create a more equitable and inclusive society. As an Associate, you'll draw actionable insights from data, produce client-ready original content in multiple formats, and conduct research for new business development opportunities. Overall, you'll support project teams as they transform how government designs, funds, and contracts for social services to measurably improve the lives of people most in need. Learn more about the position here.

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