News Roundup – October 2018

31 project teams representing 40 institutions across Cooperative Extension from around the nation joined us at the 2018 Impact Collaborative Summit in Indianapolis, IN this past month to develop, accelerate, and better inform their projects and programs with the help of the Impact Collaborative, our Key Informants, and external partner/supporting organizations.

October 2018 Roundup

Important Announcement regarding eXtension’s Membership Structure.We have revamped our membership structure. There will no longer be two separate levels of membership. No more Premium and Basic members. There will only be one level of membership.

Currently, membership levels are based upon the 2014 assessment levels. For Premium Member institutions, the fee is 75% of the total assessment. Basic Member institutions are 60% of the total assessment. Moving forward, we are eliminating Premium and Basic membership levels and going with a single membership level. The new membership fee will be 65% of the 2014 assessment. Premium members will see a reduction from 75% to 65%; Basic Members will see a 5% increase from 60% to 65%, however, current Basic Members will be grandfathered into their current assessment of 60% for the next two years.

All members will now have full access to the Impact Collaborative including hosting institutional Impact Collaborative events, and having a Facilitator trained in the Impact Collaborative Innovation process at no cost. By adjusting our membership structure, we can now supply more institutions with professional development opportunities through the Impact Collaborative.

Read the full announcement, including information about what eXtension has to offer, here
Collective Impact: From Uncommon Goals to Uncommon Results Webinar. 

As we move beyond the 2018 Impact Collaborative Summit, we look forward to connecting with you about the implementation of your projects as part of the Impact Collaborative Virtual Bridge. The Virtual Bridge is an online co-learning community connecting local and regional Impact Collaborative projects across the U.S. for collective impact and is the “backbone” resource designed to collectively drive innovation and action forward toward real and meaningful impacts.  eXtension is bringing together some of the best people in the nation to talk to you about collective impact as part of our Virtual Bridge including national leaders from the Collective Impact Forum:

Webinar Date/Time: November 15th, 2018; 1-2 PM EDT, 10-11 AM Pacific

What will the webinar cover? The term “collective impact” has become widely used in the social sector. But, what really is the collective impact approach, and how can it help us achieve our goals, especially in Impact Collaborative projects?

This webinar will provide an overview of the collective impact approach from those supporting the national network of those practicing the approach, and will cover topics such as:

  • How the collective impact approach works
  • Why collective impact is a valuable approach
  • The mindset shifts necessary for collective impact to succeed
  • The roles that different organizations, like Cooperative Extension, can play in these collaborations

Register for the Webinar Here. 

2018 Impact Collaborative Summit PitchFest

The eXtension Foundation’s Impact Collaborative Summit, held October 16-18 in Indianapolis, Indiana, united design thinkers from the Cooperative Extension System and partners from organizations confronting the most pressing challenges of our time to shape positive futures for communities.  Three days of co-creating, hands-on learning, and collaborative conversations sparked innovation and creative implementation planning in over 30 projects designed for local community impacts. Summit teams, which included Extension professionals and partners, along with diverse partners from regional and national organizations and businesses explored the processes and practices that enable co-creative approaches to the challenges and opportunities in our communities.

Recognizing the Impact Collaborative Summit is just the beginning, the eXtension Foundation will provide ongoing learning and support to the teams in a variety of ways.  All teams and projects will have the support of the eXtension Foundation’s Virtual Bridge, a timely digital-based platform for interactive workshops, co-creation and networking spaces, and avenues for building synergy by sharing resources, ideas, and successes.

The teams attending the Summit participated in a “PitchFest” on the final day where they each presented the advancements on their projects and the important next steps and investments needed to move forward.  The PitchFest was judged by external partners/investors, Extension leaders, and peer co-creators.  The following projects were recognized and are tapped to move forward with supports tailored to their immediate needs.

A complete list of the award winning teams can be found here

Other Announcements

January 2019 Facilitator Training. The Impact Collaborative will be hosting another Facilitator Training in January, 2019. Since there are no longer two membership levels, the Facilitator Training is available to all member institutions. Members who have committed/renewed their membership for 2019 are entitled to send a Facilitator at no cost to their institution including registration, travel, meals, and lodging. Additional facilitators are welcome to join, but the cost of registration, travel, and lodging will be the responsibility of the institution.Our Facilitators assist the Impact Collaborative at Innovation Kit Workshops and Designathon One events statewide at member institutions, along with their contribution to the Impact Collaborative Summit as a Facilitator or Key Informant. Additionally, the Impact Collaborative process provides them a framework to lead informal workshops and skill-building sessions at their own institutions to help move projects and programs forward. For a complete list of our current Facilitators, please click here.

PSEFMP Reminder. Reminder that the submission deadline for applications for the Pesticide Safety Education Funds Management Program (PSEFMP). The deadline to submit applications is December 1, 2018 at 8 pm EST.

Key Dates:

Application System Opens: October 1, 2018 at 8 am EST
First round of reviews: October 22, 2018
Second round of reviews: November 19, 2018
Remaining applications due: December 1, 2018 at 8 pm EST
Final round of reviews: December 10, 2018
Subaward notifications: December 21, 2018
Funds distributed by: January 15, 2019

If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email

Upcoming Webinars

Check out all upcoming professional development events listed on

  • Informational Webinar about MSU Extension’s Farm Stress Summit  November 9th, 2018 at 12 PM EDT. Learn More or Register
  • Family Finances Series: Raising Financially Responsible Children. November 27th, 2018 at 11 AM EDT. Learn More or Register
  • Water, Trees, and Arid Urban Landscapes. November 13th, 2018 at 4 PM EDTLearn More or Register

This work is supported by New Technologies for Agriculture Extension grant no. 2015-41595-24254 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.