Nonprofit, business, government, and philanthropy all play integral roles in helping solve complex problems in our communities. If you are a community change-maker who wants to accelerate progress and participate in the collective action movement, the Collective Impact Accelerator can help you take your work to the next level.
The Collective Impact Accelerator provides programs and resources designed to accelerate progress on our community’s complex problems, foster cross-sector collaborative leadership, and develop a culture of collective action in Nashville. Whether you are just considering collective impact or are part of an established collective impact initiative, there’s a program for you.
Contact Director of Collaborative Community Impact Brad Palmertree for questions or additional information.


Interested in learning about the tenets of collective impact at your own pace? CNM now offers workshops based on collective impact's core competencies. They are designed for professionals at any level and from any sector. Visit our Workshop Calendar to learn more and register.

To take a deeper dive into this collective impact content and conversation, individuals can also complete a Collective Impact Certificate Program that consists of three core workshops and two electivesClick here for information about the fall cohort.


Collective impact workshops are designed for:

  • Individuals from any sector (nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, etc.)
  • Practitioners at any level; check each workshop description for details

In addition, board education and involvement is a critical piece of collective impact success. CNM's OnBoard toolkit provides several options for collective impact specifically: CNM staff presentations to boards, and education modules that CEOs can present. Contact Brad Palmertree for more information.

Board education offerings are designed for:

  • Nonprofit boards
  • Nonprofit CEOs
  • Government commissions/committees
  • Corporate social responsibility departments



The Collective Impact Practitioners Affinity Group guides systems-thinking practitioners in peer problem-solving conversations. Designed for individuals involved in multi-sector collaborative work, this affinity group creates a safe space for practitioners to share their work and learn from one another. Participants are set for 2019 and the group is not currently accepting new participants; contact Brad Palmertree with any questions.

The Collective Impact Affinity Group is designed for:

  • Individuals already engaged in collective impact initiatives/large-scale collaboratives


The Learning Community is a year-long cohort that encourages community culture shift by introducing technical concepts of collective impact and strengthening peer learning through discussion. To participate in these six day-long sessions, individuals submit an application that is reviewed by a team.



Session topics include:

The Culture and Practice of Collective Impact

Adaptive Leadership and the Equity Imperative

Data-Driven Leadership

Tools for Meaningful Community Engagement

The second Collective Impact Learning Community cohort ended in May 2019. Stay tuned for news about applications for the next cohort in the fall of 2019, with the next sessions beginning in early 2020.

The Collective Impact Learning Community is designed for:

  • Emerging and established nonprofit, business, government, or philanthropic change-makers who are committed to working collaboratively to find solutions for some of our community's toughest problems


Want to propel the work of your collective impact initiative forward? The Collective Impact Catalyst provides custom consulting for existing collective impact initiatives. Initiatives will set key outcomes for their catalyst work (i.e., establishing a common agenda or creating a plan for shared measurement), and CNM will match the group with our team of consultants.


View 2020 Catalyst Information



Any cross-sector collaborative initiative that is committed to utilizing the collective impact framework may be considered for the CI Catalyst. Whether your initiative is emerging or established, we welcome your interest in the Catalyst program. Note: Former Catalyst participants are eligible to apply for an additional year of support so long as your goals and objectives are clearly defined and we are able to meet your needs. However, emerging initiatives will take priority.


Submission Process for the 2020 Cohort

  1. Initiatives must submit a Letter of Interest at this link. Letters of Interest are due Nov. 20, 2019.
  2. Upon receipt of your Letter of Interest, you will complete a self-assessment. 5-7 individuals from your initiative will submit responses online via customized link. Self-assessments are due Dec. 3, 2019.
  3. Four (4) initiatives will be selected to participate in one 2-hour group interview with CNM staff and consultants. Interviews will take place the week of Dec. 9, 2019.
  4. Two (2) initiatives will be invited to participate in the CI Catalyst program. Notifications will be sent the week of Dec. 16, 2019.



Thanks to our generous sponsors, there is no financial cost for initiatives to participate in the Catalyst. However, significant time must be allocated from those involved in your initiative to meaningfully participate in the program.



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