Our First Year
This is just the beginning.
Building the foundation for a community-powered approach to social good
Launching a platform for social good
Over the last 13 years, Summit has built an exceptional community. At Summit Impact, we harness the awareness, capabilities, and compassion of our community for action.
In August of 2020, we took the leap to launch Summit Impact, a new platform for social good within the Summit ecosystem. Summit Impact is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity focused on activating the power of community in support of impact-driven leaders. In collaboration with partner Summit entities, we engage the Summit community, a shared network of over 18,000+ individuals, in collective learning and collaborative action.
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About Summit Impact
At Summit Impact we are honored to have an esteemed board of directors, including:
How We Activate the Power of Our Community
By activating the Summit network, we can radically reshape how social impact leaders succeed at scale.
The Summit Impact network is uniquely positioned as a community-powered accelerator, abundant in leadership expertise, creative approaches, and generous connections.
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What makes us distinct?
Essential questions that guide our work
A year of building, exploring, and catalyzing collaboration for social good
In 2021, as we all continued to grapple with the pandemic, we worked to build a flexible in-person and virtual model to gather community and create a foundation of support for social change.
Milestones achieved in 2021
● Brought on eight amazing Board Members
Given our program outcomes from the 2018 & 2019 Fellows cohorts and the initial indicators from our new Impact Labs we believe we are only just scratching the surface of value that can be created by activating communities for social good, and creating programs based on ourTheory of Change.
Summit Impact by the numbers
A Look At 2022
Building a platform for the future
As we reflect on everything we learned in 2021 and look toward 2022, we are focusing on two foundational programs for Summit Impact– Summit Impact Labs and Summit Impact Community Programs.
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Through our program pilots, and many shared conversations with the Summit community, we’ve clarified some of the elements that make our work unique.
At Summit Impact, we are defined by our:
Commitment to centering social change leaders.
Conviction in the deep power of community.
Passion for making funding and network resources visible in new ways across fields.
Belief that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and that if we create conditions for effective, open-hearted collaboration, anything is possible.
Our day to day work is guided by questions such as, what might be possible when we are able to bring the best of ourselves to social impact work?
How might we fully activate the power of a community?
How can we measure the impact of serendipitous and strategic connections?
How might we combine the magic of Summit with a more structured platform to support social good?
What would the world look like if we could visualize each field of social impact, and if we combined network mapping with programmatic design, so that entrepreneurs and funders alike can take a more informed and strategic approach?
What will community activation look like if Fellows, social change leaders with years of lived experience, are truly guiding the objectives of the collective?
We expect these questions will continue to grow and guide us for years to come, that they will be the seeds of living conversations amongst this creative, emerging Summit Impact community.
Here are a few of the talented people who have joined us as Fellows:
A Theory of Change (ToC) explains an organization's intended path to impact by outlining causal linkages in an initiative (i.e., its shorter-term, intermediate, and long-term outcomes).*
In a simplified version, Summit Impact's ToC is that social impact leaders can change the world. And that activating a creative, resourced community is one of the most effective ways to support the change-makers of tomorrow and scale their impact.
*Definition from https://www.sopact.com/theory-of-change