Collective Impact Certificate

What is collective impact and how are nonprofits in Nashville using it? 

According to Collaboration for Impact, “Collective Impact is a framework to tackle deeply entrenched and complex social problems. It is an innovative and structured approach to making collaboration work across governance, business, philanthropy, nonprofits, and community members to achieve lasting social change.”

The CNM Collective Impact (CI) certificate has been created for leaders interested in amplifying the impact of their mission through the CI framework. This framework has been used as a model to address large social change in areas such as juvenile justice, obesity, and homelessness. Whether you are new to the concept, or ready to start your own CI effort, this certificate will help build a strong foundation for you and your organization.

See below for the list of core and elective workshops to choose from. For the core courses, there is a Spring Cohort, and a Fall Cohort. The CI elective classes are offered twice a year.


Required: Three core workshops and two electives

Core workshops (all three required):

  • Introduction to Collective Impact
  • Implementing Equity Frameworks: Creating Systematic Change
  • Community Engagement: Strategies for Implementation

Cost: $390 for members; $590 for non-members. Electives are priced separately.

Registration for the 2019 cohorts is now closed. Check back for cohorts beginning in 2020.



Elective workshops (choose two):

·         Equitable Evaluation

·         Dynamic Teaming and Managing Group Conflict

·         Systems Change

·         Building Your Equity Lens 


Please note: Electives must be purchased separately from core classes. 


FAQs for the CI Certificate

The requirements for each certificate are different. See below for details about the CI Certificate.


How do I sign up for this certificate?

To enroll in the Collective Impact Certificate, members must enroll in the following courses:

Core: Certificate: CNM Collective Impact (Spring or Fall)

*Once you are enrolled in the Certificate, CNM will register you for the core classes (Introduction to Collective Impact, Implementing Equity Frameworks, and Community Engagement). Registering for the core classes individually does not put you in the certificate.


Elective (chose two):

Equitable Evaluation

Dynamic Teaming and Managing Group Conflict

Systems Change

Building Your Equity Lens


Does signing up here register me for all 5 certificate courses?

No. Signing up here automatically enrolls you for the 3 core classes and into the certificate program. However, you must select your own two electives from the CNM Workshop Calendar and enroll individually.


Can I just take the CI core 3 courses, and NOT sign up for the entire certificate (i.e. not finish the other two elective courses)?

It is your choice to finish the certificate and take the other electives, although we highly recommend completing the certificate series. Participants are disenrolled from a certificate if it is not completed within two years of the first certificate class taken.


Can I take my elective courses before I finish my three core course?

Yes. You can take the certificate courses (core or elective) in any order. However, we do recommend starting with the foundational course, Introduction to Collective Impact.


Can I just take one of the core classes? I only want to attend Collective Impact 101.

Yes. For the Collective Impact offerings, you can just take one course and not be enrolled in the certificate. Sign up for the single course through the workshop website, not for this certificate.


I took one of the courses in the certificate last year. Does it count for the certificate this year?

No. To complete this CI certificate, all participants can only apply classes in 2019.


Is there any financial assistance available to offset the cost of the certificate?

Members from eligible organizations may apply MatchGrant funds to help offset the cost of the certificate program. MatchGrant funds are available to organizations with a budget of $2 million or less until the collective fund is fully utilized. For more information about MatchGrant eligibility, click here.


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