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Social Impact: Planning for Success


Assess your organization's progress and make a plan to create social impact.

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About This Social Impact Course

How can we serve our beneficiaries effectively, sustainably, and at scale? In this social impact course, Shashi Buluswar, CEO of the Institute for Transformative Technologies, explains his nine-part framework for creating social impact. You will use his framework to assess your organization’s current level of success, identify upcoming risks, and make plans to achieve maximum impact. You will also meet a variety of innovative leaders working on social impact programs and learn how they have achieved such stellar success.

Whether your goal is to increase efficiency, scale your model, or spark change in your sector, this course will help you make a plan to get there.

Course Topics

  • Module 1: Introduction to the Nine-Part Framework & Lift
    Refine your organization’s mission statement
  • Module 2: Reach & Efficiency
    Determine the extent and efficiency of your organization’s social impact
  • Module 3: Sustainability, Probability of Success, & Unintended Consequences
    Identify potential risks and unintended consequences of your work
  • Module 4: Scalability, Replicability, & Catalytic effect
    Make a plan to increase your social impact

Who Should Take This Social Impact Course?

This social impact training is perfect for small to medium-sized mission-driven organizations looking to boost their current performance. No previous experience or coursework is required to take this course.

You will need a device that allows you to listen to audio, access course materials, and upload your assignments.


The University is a non-degree, diploma or credit granting initiative. Philanthropy U, Inc. is the concept developer and sponsor of the initiative. Learners are not entitled to earn college or other academic credit.

Learners are eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement for this course through the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley Haas). Berkeley Haas is known for its role in defining a new generation of business leaders with a focus on social impact. Ranked #2 among all business school nonprofit programs in the United States (US News & World Report, 2017), Berkeley Haas inspires and empowers innovative solutions to pressing social and environmental challenges through the work of the Institute for Business and Social Impact (IBSI) and the Center for Social Sector Leadership (CSSL).

To earn a Certificate of Achievement for this course, you need to earn more than 50% of possible points on quizzes and assignments to obtain a passing grade. Quizzes are worth 15% of your total score, while assignments are worth 85%.


© 2018 Philanthropy U, Inc. All use, reproduction and distribution of content in this course is subject to a CC-BY-NC license.

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