Scale. This is a huge word in the nonprofit sector these days. How do we positively impact the most lives? It is one thing to create social good locally. It is a whole other ballgame to do so nationally or even, internationally.
Organizations like YMCA, LISC, Save the Children and United Way, are all organizations that try to have the biggest impact by utilizing networks. National and/or international offices facilitate communication between local offices that do the on the ground work. This enables easy and quick transfer of best practices, questions, problems, etc., allowing more heads to work on issues leading to quicker and better solutions.
Each organization has their own strategy to scale using networks, however one them holds true and can be summed up in one word: SHARE. Collaborate, share, let ideas meet, mate and grow. Share and scale will come!