Guest Profile

Dan Berelowitz

Founder and CEO

About Dan Berelowitz

Dan founded Spring Impact in 2011 based on his experiences working across a range of social sector organisations, and his frustration at seeing them not scale up. 

 

He believes that great ideas must flourish and that the key to making this happen is developing people, sound strategy and practical implementation.

 

At Spring Impact, Dan has helped scale a range of partners from Oxfam, GlaxoSmithKline, Nike Foundation, Big Society Capital, Population Services International, and Big Lottery to non-profits and social enterprises with huge potential to replicate.

 

Dan is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and a Clore Social Leadership Fellow.   Dan also holds a BSc in Management from Nottingham University, and is a Rothschild Fellow at the Cambridge Judge Business School.

 

Episode Overview

Thinking strategically about scaling up impact.  CEO of Spring Impact, Dan Berelowitz, joins Alberto Lidji to talk about helping charities scale up while ensuring quality and impact.

 

Spring Impact is a registered charity in the UK and a 501(c)(3) in the USA. They help other charities and innovative organisations of various sizes and degrees of experience to scale up, replicate and increase their impact.

 

Dan sheds light on his professional trajectory and highlights how he learned a great deal by observing the likes of McDonald’s and Oxfam.

 

Unlike many commercial advisory firms, Spring Impact is happy to share their intellectual property (IP) so that others can learn from their processes and strategies. They publish a ‘Social Replication Toolkit’ that is publicly available and transfers insight to anyone who’s interested in learning more.

 

Interestingly, Spring Impact often works with organisations that are already well on their scalability journey – not just nascent ventures.  For instance, Dan noted Spring Impact works with several Skoll Awardees.

 

Spring Impact is deploying much attention to drive forward the field of early childhood development (ECD). They have helped many clients in this space and are now looking at how they might be able to create toolkits and processes that would be of use to any ECD organisations looking to increase their reach.

 

Dan explains how they work with charity Boards and CEOs and, also, he notes that often times the funding for their work actually comes from third party Foundations that have identified a specific charity in need of gaining scale and, consequently, they approach Spring Impact and fund their work in support of the charity in question.

 

Dan’s key takeaway: Keeping in mind the current COVID-19 backdrop, he notes that, yes, do think about emergency response and risk but, also, go ahead and hold your head up to the possibilities to really expand and create more impact. Once we’re in recovery mode post-pandemic, you should really think systematically and strategically about scale.

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Additional Resources

Dan Berelowitz - LinkedIn

Dan Berelowitz - Twitter

Spring Impact - Website

Spring Impact - Twitter

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