Towards Better Stewardship

This paper focuses on the pillar of stewardship that all health systems should embody, according to the WHO. View the Resource Travis P, Egger D, Davies P, Mechbal A.  Towards Better Stewardship. World Health Organization, Geneva, 2002.  Available at

Type: Publications

Topic: Stewardship, Strategy

Toby Eccles: Invest in social change

  Toby Eccles shares an imaginative idea for how to generate the funds to support social programs that keep people out of prison– the Social Impact Bond. It’s an unusual bond that helps fund initiatives with a social goal through private money — with the government paying back the investors (with interest) if the initiatives […]

Type: Videos

Topic: Financing & Investment, Non-health Sectors

The Way We Think about Charity is Dead Wrong

  Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. In this bold talk, he says: Let’s change the way we think about changing the world. He aims to transform the way society thinks about charity and giving and change. View the TedTalk.  Pallotta D.  The Way […]

Type: Videos

Topic: Financing & Investment, Strategy

The Walk in the Woods: A Step-by-Step Method for Facilitating Interest-Based Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

In this article, the authors describe a method they have used to rapidly introduce novice negotiators to the principles and practice of interest-based negotiation: “the walk in the woods.” The walk incorporates much of the principles of interest-based negotiation: fostering self-awareness, cultivating curiosity, and understanding the importance of world view. The walk’s effectiveness is illustrated […]

Type: Publications, Tools

Topic: Stewardship

The Vermont Accountable Care Organization Pilot: A Community Health System to Control Total Medical Costs and Improve Population Health

  This report describes the efforts of three health care provider organizations in Vermont that are planning pilot tests of accountable care organizations, to be launched next year as part of a national learning network. View the Resource. Hester, J., Lweis, J. & McKethan, A. (2010). The Vermont Accountable Care Organization Pilot: A Community Health […]

Type: Publications

Topic: Regional Initiatives, Strategy

The Value Of The Nonprofit Hospital Tax Exemption Was $24.6 Billion In 2011

In this Health Affairs article, Sarah Rosenbaum, David Kindig, and colleagues extend their ongoing inquiry into hospital community benefit. They review trends over the past decade, comment on legal mandates and methodological shifts, and provide a clear summary of major allocations in proportion to total community benefit and total hospital expenditures. View the Resource Rosenbaum, […]

Type: Publications

Topic: Financing & Investment

The sad history of health care cost containment as told in one chart

According to this HealthAffairs article by Drew Altman and Larry Levitt, annual analysis of whether or not a specific approach to curb costs may or may not be flawed often overlooks a larger trend for such targeted approaches to miss the underlying systemic issues that drive health care costs upward. A brief glance at a […]

Type: Publications

Topic: Financing & Investment, Strategy

The Rise of Community Wealth Building Institutions

More people are turning to economic alternatives in which new wealth is built collectively and from the bottom up. View the blog post. Guinan, J. The Rise of Community Wealth Building Institutions. Democracy Collaborative. Assessed from

Type: Blog Posts

Topic: Financing & Investment, Non-health Sectors, Strategy

The Re-Emerging Art of Funding Innovation

  This resource provides insight on how funders have begun exploring how to deliberately reintroduce risk-taking into their processes and portfolios in search of breakthrough change. View the Resource. Kasper G, Marcoux J.  The Re-Emerging Art of Funding Innovation.  Stanford Social Innovation Review.  Spring 2014.  Available from:

Type: Publications

Topic: Non-health Sectors, Strategy

The President Wants You to Get Rich on Obamacare

New York Times writer Adam Davidson profiles the thinking of Tom Scully, former Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who contends that “no matter what investors thought about Obamacare politically — and surely many there did not think much of it — the law was going to make some people very rich. […]

Type: Media Coverage

Topic: Financing & Investment, Strategy