Blogs tagged with Growth business planning

  • Social Impact Exchange staff
    Posted: January 22, 2014

    Last month, eight nonprofit investment opportunities “went out to market” for distribution to a broad funder audience as part of the launch of the Social Impact Exchange’s Scaling Marketplace. The marketplace provides a much-needed new infrastructure for aggregating capital from hundreds of co-funders to finance the scaling of dozens of effective initiatives on an annual basis. It enables funders across the country to join forces and connect easily with one another, and to evidence-based, game-changing nonprofits with the potential to have a major impact in health and education.

    The Exchange’s Funder Working Groups serve as anchors for the Scaling Marketplace and play a key role in nominating nonprofit organizations for review, and then participating alongside Exchange staff in a multi-layered due diligence process on those nominees. Their due diligence focuses on concrete evidence of impact, scalability and financial sustainability, based on evaluation studies and a growth business plan. 

  • Tamara Schweitzer Raben, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: July 11, 2013

    ‘Spotlight’ features nonprofits that are pursuing active growth capital campaigns that will enable them to scale their impact.

    Campaign aims to respond to the record demand for emergency food in New York City.

    In a city known for its vast wealth and dining options, New York City is also home to many people struggling to put meals on the table for their families.  More than 20 percent of New Yorkers are living in poverty, including nearly one in three children under the age of 18.  Food pantries and soup kitchens are stretched thin and the issue of hunger is compounded by limited access to healthy food in many low-income communities, resulting in high levels of diet-related diseases like obesity and diabetes.

  • Social Impact Exchange Staff
    Posted: June 18, 2013
    Two outstanding organizations – The Hill Center and Juma Ventures – were selected as winners of the Social Impact Exchange’s 2013 Business Plan Competition. The award recipients were selected from among three mezzanine-stage and three early-stage finalists who presented their business plans and responded to questions about scaling their initiatives from a panel of expert judges and field leaders.
     
  • Tamara Schweitzer Raben, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: April 11, 2013

    ‘Spotlight’ features nonprofits that are pursuing active growth capital campaigns that will enable them to scale their impact.

    Growth capital campaign aims to reach all low-income communities, classrooms, and children with the books and resources needed to eliminate knowledge poverty.

     

    Having books – at home and in the classroom – is the number one predictor of reading success. But the reality for children growing up in poverty is this: books are scarce. Forty-five percent of children in the United States – more than 30 million kids – live in low-income households. Most of these children have no age-appropriate books at home; neither their parents nor the schools and programs they attend can afford to buy books at retail prices. Studies show that in the areas of deepest poverty, there is only one age-appropriate book for every 300 children.

  • Theresa Schieber, The Whelan Group
    Posted: February 19, 2013

    This is the second post in a three-part series on how to raise growth capital to scale your nonprofit.

    Too often nonprofit leaders, with a good idea and a plan in hand, stumble when it comes to raising the growth capital. There are many reasons this happens. In my last post, I explored the Lone Ranger Syndrome, the daring CEO trying to scale her organization and raise the money on her own. In this post, we will tackle the board.

    Nonprofit boards get a bad rap. They are never around when you really need them. They get distracted by details, when they should be strategic. And of course, they never, ever want to do any fundraising. Admit it, we have all said it. But what are you doing to make it easy for your board to be a partner in crime instead of run from the scene?