The endless, destabilizing uncertainty of 2020 that has put all of our lives in turmoil has also brought a gift for forward-thinking philanthropists: We have the opportunity to look at all of our challenges in a different light. 2020 has forced us to question all of our assumptions, and it has shown us again and […]
About Danielle Allen
Danielle M. Allen is Managing Partner at Building Impact. Previously, she was Director of Partnership Development at Mass Insight Education. Danielle performed a wide range of organizational duties to support business development, and strategic and operational goals at Mass Insight. Prior to Mass Insight, Danielle was an Education Pioneers Fellow at NewSchools Venture Fund where she led an exploration of alternative investment strategies and the selection of their fourth geographically based fund. She has also worked in the Office of School Innovation at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) supporting the district’s portfolio of turnaround schools and autonomous schools. Danielle received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Economics with highest honors from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. She also holds an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is a Harry S. Truman Scholar.
Entries by Danielle Allen
In the face of so much inequality and suffering in our world, many funders wrestle with the magnitude of their impact. They search for ways to maximize the impact of every dollar contributed in an effort to reach as many people as possible. But that push to scale up solutions quickly can become an unhealthy […]
The holidays are the perfect time to rest, reflect, catch-up on what you’ve waited to do all year, or get ahead for next year. Whether you’re looking for a break in the chaos or a thought-provoking discourse, pulling up on the beach somewhere or cozying up at home, we hope there’s something on this list […]
Treat the cause, not the symptoms If your phone turns off and you plug it into a charger, most likely, it turns back on. If it doesn’t, you now have to consider other potential issues in order to get it to work again. As human beings, we use linear, event-focused, cause-and-effect thinking as our go-to […]
You may sometimes feel like you’re one of the few – if not the only – advocates for the issue you care about. You’ve shown all your friends (and random acquaintances too) the data about the disparities in public education. You’ve met with elected officials and made public comments at school board meetings. No one […]