Creative expression and the arts have provided powerful fuel for social change throughout history. The Civil Rights and LGBTQ movements in America, as well as many others, have been buoyed by a wave of music and written and visual art. So was the fight against apartheid in South Africa and the ongoing effort to combat extreme poverty and famine around the globe. Art provides energy and inspiration through challenging times and helps build the collective outcry and will for change.
Over the last few years, more than ever, we’ve found that New Profit’s community of social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, staff, and other changemakers are making dynamic use of arts and creativity to keep momentum in the fight to break down barriers to opportunity in America. Our community is at the heart of many important social movements that have taken root across the country and art will be an indispensable tool as we continue to build these movements. That’s why we’re launching a new campaign - #SocialCanvas - to highlight the creative expressions of artists and friends of New Profit that we believe are powerful fuel for social change.
Every day with #SocialCanvas, we aim to highlight and inspire dialogue about how creative people in our community and beyond are using arts, music, and creative expression to drive social change. Our focus will be on a few key issues that are top of mind for all of us during this challenging moment in our country: keeping joy in our work, advancing diversity-equity-inclusion, and driving systems-level change. To do that, we will look back at ways that arts and creative expression have helped us tackle these challenges in the past and exploring art and ideas leading our work to address these issues today. Here is a preview of some of the artists and creative pieces that we will share as a part of #SocialCanvas over the next few months:
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Left: Alexandra Bernadotte, Founder and CEO, Beyond 12; Right: Ashley Edwards, Co-Founder and CEO, MindRight.
In 2016, our groundbreaking collaboration with Deloitte made a real difference for social entrepreneurs, organizations, and other problem solvers in our community. Below is a recap of some of the highlights from last year. We are so excited about what's to come in 2017!
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December 15, 2016 (Boston): New Profit, a pioneering venture philanthropy organization working to break down barriers to opportunity in America, is excited to announce three great additions to our community: Michael Canning, Ian Magee, and Trevor Brown.
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The story of the Pathways Fund, which is sunsetting this year, is an extraordinarily important one for the New Profit community. Together with our amazing partners (see above graphic) we built Pathways and helped catalyze the new and growing college-to-career success field, achieving large-scale results for young people from under-resourced communities and creating a learning lab for a collaborative, multi-faceted approach that is crucial to social problem solving. Everything we are doing today at New Profit to break down systemic barriers to opportunity in America is informed by the lessons we learned from Pathways. Over the next few weeks, we are going to be rolling out the story of Pathways, highlighting the amazing organizations that were a part of it, and sharing lessons learned from the whole initiative.
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October 18, 2016 (Boston): Abigail Seldin, a nationally recognized post-secondary education entrepreneur and expert, has joined New Profit, the pioneering Boston-based venture philanthropy fund, as a Partner. In that capacity, she will primarily support New Profit’s Learn to Earn Fund, which seeks to close the career-readiness gap for low-income students.
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June 29, 2016 (Boston) – New Profit, a national nonprofit venture philanthropy fund working to break down systemic barriers to opportunity in America, is investing more than $1 million over the next four years in UnboundEd, a New York City-based nonprofit that provides free resources and immersive training opportunities for teachers and school leaders to help them support students in mastering higher standards.