We live in a messy world full of big, hairy challenges. Fortunately, nonprofits step in every day to help fill gaps in our communities. Nonprofits: we get the job done. And yet, have you ever wanted to take your work to the next level by addressing these issues on a broad scale? By collaborating with other organizations and sectors in collective impact, nonprofits can transition from providing services to moving the needle on the problems themselves and reaching target goals.

But collective impact projects need support.

Enter the Collective Impact Accelerator, based at the Center for Nonprofit Management. The new programs of the Collective Impact Accelerator – a Catalyst, Learning Community, and Forum – will foster collaborative leadership, facilitate learning, and accelerate progress on our community's complex challenges.

Contact Caitlin Nossett at The HCA Foundation for questions or additional information.
Details for each program of the Accelerator below:


Custom consulting and education to propel existing collective impact initiatives forward. You have your mission, and your collective impact work is underway. We can help you accelerate progress.


  • Selected teams will choose up to six leaders to participate in the Collective Impact Catalyst
  • Team participation is free, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors (listed below)

Selection process:

  • Teams will register for a pre-interview call to determine whether the CI Catalyst is the right fit for their collective impact initiatives
  • Teams will submit a brief pre-call questionnaire
  • Recommended teams will be invited to participate in an interview
  • Selected teams will be notified in July

Time commitment: August 2017 – May 2018

  • Time commitment will depend on the scope of your consulting project -- an estimated 10-15 hours per month, with rolling start dates beginning August 2017
  • Two 2-hour virtual learning sessions facilitated by FSG on topics identified by teams
  • Monthly coaching calls with the Director of Collective Impact and/or FSG
  • Meetings with consultants according to team needs and schedules
  • Informal cohort events


  • Up to 100 hours of consulting on customized projects focused on key initiative goals provided by the Center for Nonprofit Management, with strategic support from c3/consulting and HCA Strategic Resource Group
  • Coaching from national FSG Collective Impact Forum and local Director of Collective Impact
  • Virtual learning sessions with national issues-area experts
  • Opportunities to present initiative and highlights to local funders



Resources and education for emerging and established collective impact changemakers in nonprofit, business, government, and philanthropy. Interested in gaining the skills and know-how to engage in collective impact? Join the community.


  • Individuals participating in existing collective impact initiatives or interested in engaging in large-scale collaboration. Individuals may be nonprofit, government, business, or philanthropic leaders; nonprofit board members; or community leaders.
  • Participation is free, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors (listed below)

Application process:

  • Individuals will complete a short application to assess eligibility.

Time commitment:

  • Quarterly 3-hour sessions beginning late fall 2017 (session dates TBA)


  • Access to issue-area experts
  • Peer-to-peer learning
  • Networking with emerging and established collective impact leaders



Full day experience to learn from local and national experts about key elements of collective impact, gain tools to practice collective impact, and begin a cultural shift towards collective action to make progress on our community's most complex challenges. 

Catalyst and Learning Community participants are encouraged to attend the Nashville Collective Impact Forum as well.


  • Individuals participating in an ongoing collective impact initiative or interested in engaging/joining a large-scale collaboration. Individuals may be nonprofit, government, or business leaders; nonprofit board members; or community leaders.

Registration process:

  • Individual registration on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will be available on www.cnm.org -- stay tuned for details and more information.
  • Registration for the Nashville Collective Impact Forum will require a small fee.

When and where: Lipscomb University, August 9, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm



Click here to access a printable version of this "Which resource is right for you?" flowchart.


The Collective Impact Accelerator would not be possible without the generous support of our funders:

  • The Frist Foundation
  • The HCA Foundation
  • The Healing Trust
  • Joe C. Davis Foundation
  • Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund

And special thanks to Lipscomb University College of Leadership and Public Service.