We are excited to announce that New Profit’s Proximity Accelerator has made one-year unrestricted grants of $50,000 to eight new breakthrough organizations led by visionary social entrepreneurs of color: Aliento, MindRight, MORTAR, Our Voice Nuestra Voz, PAVE, P.S. 305, Station1 and Think of Us.
This is the second Proximity cohort that New Profit has invested in after launching the program in 2016 to address the severe lack of diversity in leadership in the nonprofit sector. Increasing the number of social entrepreneurs and social sector leaders who come from and look like the communities they serve will strengthen our sector's impact. We believe that breakthrough change happens when we invest in leaders with the deepest experiences in the communities we aim to serve who leverage the power of proximity in creating solutions that are responsive to and reflective of the communities they are designed for.
New Profit Partner Yordanos Eyoel, who leads the organization's Accelerator programs, says: “We are thrilled to have such a strong and diverse cohort of leaders and organizations who are pioneering cutting edge models of innovation from education to the arts to workforce development.”
Proximity’s new grantee-partner organizations were selected from a competitive pool of applicants based on the leaders’ deep insights into the problems they aim to solve, innovative solutions for addressing these problems, track-record of success, potential for growth, alignment with New Profit’s support model, and a vision for systemic change.
Like all breakthrough leaders and organizations supported by New Profit, this group will receive unrestricted grants and strategic advice to help them build the capacity of their organizations, collaborate with each other, and take aim at changing the larger systems in which they operate. In addition, the cohort will form a peer learning community that will provide an opportunity for social entrepreneurs to connect, receive and give advice, and participate in an in-person convening structured around tackling key leadership and organizational challenges they face in order to deepen their impact and scale their models.
Learn more about the 2018-19 proximity cohort organizations:
Station1 is a nonprofit that is paving a pathway of opportunity through frontier learning and research at the intersection of science, technology, and humanity. Drawing upon historical foundations, decades of experience and conversations with thousands of students of students, emergent technologies, and discussions with over 300 higher education programs, initiatives, and innovators worldwide, Station1 is addressing these key issues through a new model of higher education which integrates three foundational principles - inquiry, impact, and inclusion.
Think of Us' ultimate goal is for foster youth to successfully transition into a prosperous adulthood. They see this process as a communal endeavor that connects employment, education, and abilities. They envision a future where communities are designed to maximize the development and wellness of maturing youth, so that they can transition into healthy, stable, and thriving adults. Their work to-date has taught them that it is possible to develop a collective impact, not only providing the tools, but also streamlining the systems that help young people utilize the resources at their disposal.