Last week the Stanford Social Innovation Review published an article authored by Friends of the Children CEO Terri Sorensen describing how Friends of the Children has been able to scale from five to 20 locations in just seven years. The article highlights lessons learned, including getting buy-in from the local community, investing in performance management, diversifying funds for new chapters to ensure sustainability, and investing in research and evaluation.
The article can be summed up best with this excerpt:
"We like to say that our model works because our secret sauce is love. But that love takes the form of strategy, performance management,
data, planning, investment, and a relentless commitment to improve."