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Jason Saul

FOUNDER & CEO

Jason Saul is one of the nation's leading experts on measuring social impact. As the Founder and CEO of Mission Measurement, Jason helps corporations, nonprofits and public sector clients create value through social change. He has advised some of the world's largest corporations, government agencies and nonprofits, including: Walmart, Starbucks, McDonald's, Kraft, Levi Straus & Co., Easter Seals, American Red Cross, the Smithsonian and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Prior to founding Mission Measurement, Jason practiced as a public finance attorney at Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago.

In addition to his advisory work helping organizations measure and improve their social impact, Jason serves on the faculty of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he teaches corporate social responsibility and nonprofit management. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Net Impact and on the CMO Council's Academic Liaison Committee, and was appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to serve as a member of the Budgeting for Results Commission. Jason is the founder of the Center for What Works, a national nonprofit focused on benchmarking and performance measurement.

Jason is the author of numerous books and articles on social strategy and measurement, including: Benchmarking for Nonprofits: How to Manage, Measure and Improve Performance (Fieldstone Press 2006); Social Innovation, Inc.: Five Strategies to Drive Business Value through Social Change (Jossey-Bass, October 2010); and The End of Fundraising: How to Raise More by Selling Your Impact (Jossey-Bass, February 2011).

Jason was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for leadership and public service and was selected as a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow. In 2008, Jason was recognized as one of Crain's Chicago Business “40 under 40” business leaders, and in 2010, he was named by BusinessWeek as one of the Nation's 25 Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs.

Jason holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, an M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a B.A. in Government and French Literature from Cornell University.

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    Rethinking Fundraising for Today’s ‘New Philanthropy’
    Huffington Post | Apr 15 2011
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    Supplicants No More
    Stanford Social Innovation Review | Sep 01 2011
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    Selling Results
    Chronicle of Philanthropy | Mar 20 2011
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    Profit from Doing Good
    Harvard Business Review | Dec 01 2010
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    Beyond Google and Patagonia
    Forbes | Nov 18 2010
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