Publications & Thought Leadership

July 2020

Social Impact Framework for Associations and their Members Tool

Posted in Implementation and Integration

Increasingly, trade, business and professional associations will be called upon to re-equip their members to play a stronger role to advance a sustainable, resilient and equitable future – if not already. The Social Impact Framework for Associations and their Members is a tool to help with that.

The Social Impact Framework for Associations and their Members Tool builds upon insights of the post-secondary sector’s efforts to build the capacity of institutions to contribute to a better world, as documented in this Milestone Report.

You may also download a simplified version of this framework here.

The Social Impact Framework for Associations and their Members Tool is a one-page, at-a-glance visual designed for association leaders and boards. It sets out seventeen practices that associations can adopt to engage their members on social impact and sustainable value creation. There are eight internal practices:

  • Consultation
  • Definitions
  • Information
  • Education
  • Operations
  • Practices
  • Tools
  • Collaboration

and nine external practices:

  • Ecosystems
  • Advocacy
  • Standards
  • Public
  • Goals
  • Innovation
  • Stakeholders
  • Leverage 
  • Governance

By pursuing these steps in the Social Impact Framework for Associations and their Members Tool, associations can put their members and society on a sustainable path.

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