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2014 Business Plan Competition Winner

FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN – was selected as this year's winner of the Social Impact Exchange’s 2014 Business Plan Competition. The organization was one of three finalists who presented their business plans (with ReThink Health and Tahirih Justice Center) and responded to questions about scaling their initiatives from a panel of expert judges and field leaders (Theresa Schieber, Suzanne Smith, and Greg Coussa). Read the full press release by clicking here.

 

2014 Business Plan Competition: Round II Results: 3 finalists selected

Congratulations to the finalists in the 2014 Social Impact Business Plan Competition!  These organizations will present at the Symposium on Scaling Impact on June 17 in New York City.
 
  • Friends of the Children
  • ReThink Health
  • Tahirih Justice Center

2014 Business Plan Competition: Round I Results

The complete list of organizations invited to Round II include:

  • Center for Supportive Schools
  • City Connects
  • Foster & Adoptive Care
  • Friends of the Children
  • Green & Healthy Homes 
  • HIPPY-Home Instruction for Parents
  • Interise
  • Larkin Street
  • Pace Center for Girls
  • Rethink Health
  • Tahirih Justice
  • The Walking Classroom
  • Urban Alliance
  • Weigh and Win

2013 Business Plan Competition Winners

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 early-stage and three mezzanine-stage finalists who presented their business plans and responded to questions about scaling their initiatives from a panel of expert judges and field leaders. Read the full press release by clicking here

Six organizations – Friends of the Children, Center for Supportive Schools (formerly known as Princeton Center for Leadership Training), The Hill Center, Juma Ventures, Roca and The WorkPlace– presented their plans before an audience of 250 people at the Symposium on Scaling Impact in June in New York City.

2013 Business Plan Competition Round II Results: 6 Finalists Selected

Congratulations to the finalists in the 2013 Social Impact Business Plan Competition!  These organizations will present at the Symposium on Scaling Impact on June 17 in New York City.

Early-Stage

  • Juma Ventures
  • Roca
  • The WorkPlace

Mezzanine-Stage

  • Friends of the Children
  • Princeton Center for Leadership Training
  • The Hill Center

2013 Business Plan Competition: Round I Results

The complete list of organizations invited to Round II include:

Mezzanine Stage:

  • Friends of the Children
  • Generation Citizen
  • HILL for Literacy
  • Princeton Center for Leadership Training
  • The Hill Center
  • The National Academy Foundation
  • The Oasis Institute

Early-Stage:

  • Centro Latino for Literacy
  • College Forward
  • Durham Economic Resource Center
  • Face it TOGETHER
  • Green Worker Cooperatives
  • Grow Your Own Illinois
  • Juma Ventures
  • Larkin Street Youth Services
  • More Than Wheels
  • NORWESCAP / Arthur & Friends
  • Ounce of Prevention Fund
  • Our Piece of the Pie
  • Reach for College!
  • Roca
  • Solar Energy Loan Fund
  • Tahirih Justice Center
  • Teaching Matters
  • TechTown
  • The Financial Clinic
  • The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition
  • The Workplace
  • Twin Cities RISE!
  • Umoja Student Development Corporation
  • Weigh and Win 

2012 Business Plan Competition

2012 Competition Winners
Round II Results
Round I Results

Press Release
2012 Finalists
 

2012 Competition Winners

Two outstanding organizations – CATALYST KITCHENS and 10,000 DEGREES – were selected as winners of the Social Impact Exchange’s 2012 Business Plan Competition. The award recipients were selected from among three early-stage and three mezzanine-stage finalists who presented their business plans and responded to questions about scaling their initiatives from a panel of expert judges and field leaders. Read the full press release by clicking here.

Six organizations – 10,000 Degrees, F.E.G.S. Health and Human Services System, Green & Healthy Home Initiative, Catalyst Kitchens, College Possible, The Hill Center – presented their plans before an audience of 250 people and responded to questions from a panel of experts. View presentations from the finalists here

Round II Results: 6 Finalists Selected

Congratulations to the finalists in the 2012 Social Impact Business Plan Competition!  These organizations will present at the Symposium on Scaling Impact on June 12 in New York City. 

Early-Stage
10,000 Degrees
F.E.G.S.
Green & Healthy Homes

Mezzanine-Stage
Catalyst Kitchens
College Possible
The Hill Center

Round I Results

The complete list of organizations invited to Round II include:

Mezzanine Stage:

  • AARP Experience Corps
  • Ashoka's Youth Venture
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas
  • Catalyst Kitchens
  • College Possible 
  • Generation Citizen
  • Grameen Foundation USA
  • Mercy Portfolio Services
  • The Hill Center, Inc.
  • Women's Microfinance Initiative

Early-Stage:

  • 10,000 Degrees
  • Arts to Grow
  • Asylum Access
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, Inc.
  • Center for Educational Pathways
  • Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning (Green & Healthy Homes)
  • College Forward
  • Congo Leadership Initiative
  • Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Durham Economic Resource Center (DERC)
  • Embraced
  • F.E.G.S
  • Generation Schools Network, Inc.
  • Larkin Street Youth Services
  • More Than Wheels
  • National Housing Trust-Enterprise Preservation Corporation
  • NC Prevention Partners
  • Next Step Network
  • Project Change
  • Roca, Inc.
  • Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) Center
  • Students Today Leaders Forever
  • Teen Success, Inc.
  • Twin Cities RISE!
  • Wayne State University Research and Technology Park in the City of Detroit (TechTown)

2011 Business Plan Competition

Business Plan Competition Winners
Round II Results: 6 Finalists Selected

Round I Results
Press Release

2011 Business Plan Competition Winners

We are proud to announce that two outstanding organizations – BELL and WINGS for Kids, Inc. – were selected as winners of the Social Impact Exchange’s 2010-2011 Business Plan Competition, held at the Social Impact Exchange 2011 Conference on Scaling Impact, June 15 & 16.

The winners will receive a total of nearly $200,000 in cash and consulting services. Consulting will be provided by The Whelan Group, specialists in financial planning, fundraising and capacity building services to growth-oriented nonprofits and Veris Consulting, a leading provider of highly specialized accounting, financial management and survey research services.

Last fall, dozens of nonprofits entered the Exchange’s Business Plan Competition and proceeded through several rounds of evaluation by 142 qualified professionals from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. All entrants received customized written feedback on their plans.

The mezzanine-stage award recipient, BELL, demonstrates a scalable and sustainable solution for increasing student achievement by leveraging summer time so that students – particularly under-performing students – can return to school in the fall ready to excel. BELL is launching new public/private partnerships with schools and districts to deliver BELL Summer in place of traditional summer school. Its expansion is expected to reach a total of 25,000 students by FY14. “BELL is proud to have been included among a wide range of amazing organizations in the final rounds of the competition,” said BELL CEO Tiffany Cooper Gueye. “We were pleased to have thoughtful, expert feedback on our plan at each round, and most appreciative of the scale-minded philanthropists who take interest in growing what works.”

The early-stage award recipient, WINGS for Kids, provides social and emotional services in a fun after-school setting to elementary school children living in poverty. Since 2008, WINGS has seen a 300% increase in the number of children it serves. By 2015, it plans to grow to four regions and 16 schools, serving at least 2,160 children daily. “The conference and competition were inspiring, motivating and very rewarding,” said Bridget Laird, CEO of WINGS for Kids. “After 15 years of fine tuning our model, we are on the cusp of broad scale-up. Participating in the competition helped us refine and test our growth strategy, and winning gave us instant credibility!” 

Round II Results: 6 Finalists Selected

Congratulations to the finalists in the 2011 Social Impact Business Plan Competition!  These organizations will present at the Symposium on Scaling Impact on June 14 in New York City. 

Early-Stage
10,000 Degrees
LiveWell Colorado
WINGS for Kids, Inc.

Mezzanine-Stage
Admission Possible
BELL
Common Ground Communities

Round I Results

On behalf of Growth Philanthropy Network, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Sanford School of Public Policy, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we’d like to thank everyone who participated in Round I of the 2011 Social Impact Exchange Business Plan Competition.

An impressive group of nonprofits applied to this year’s competition. More than 145 expert judges evaluated their strategy papers and business plans, and in the next few weeks, the Exchange will send customized written feedback to all those that entered the competition. 

Twenty-nine early-stage and seven mezzanine-stage organizations were invited to proceed to Round II. On March 2 and 9, early-stage entrants will receive webinar training on growth business planning from faculty at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

From March through early April, mezzanine-stage entrants will receive three days of one-on-one consulting from experts in the field. All Round II entrants are scheduled to submit their business plans by April 15th, at which time the judges will conduct their evaluations and select three early-stage and three mezzanine-stage finalists. 

The complete list of organizations invited to Round II include:

Mezzanine Stage:

  • Admission Possible
  • BELL
  • Common Ground Communities
  • Operation Reach
  • Reading In Motion
  • Reading Partners
  • The Hill Center, Inc.

Early-Stage:

  • 10,000 Degrees
  • Asylum Access
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Texas
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami Dade
  • Children's Bereavement Center
  • CLCR
  • The Corporation for Economic Opportunity
  • Digital Wish
  • Embraced
  • Families in Transition
  • Family ReEntry, Inc
  • Generation Citizen
  • Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, Inc. - The Green Team
  • Illinois Education Foundation
  • LiveWell Colorado
  • National Center for Arts and Technology
  • NC Prevention Partners
  • NPower
  • Our Piece of the Pie
  • PENCIL Foundation
  • REDF
  • Roca, Inc.
  • Southeastern Network for Youth
  • Students Today Leaders Forever
  • The Financial Clinic
  • Urban Affairs Coalition
  • WINGS for Kids, Inc.
  • Women's Microfinance Initiative

Press Release

Press Release announcing the launch of the 2011 Business Plan Competition

 


2010 Business Plan Competition

Business Plan Competition Winners
Round II Results: 8 Finalists Selected
Consultants to Round II Mezzanine-Stage Entrants
Judges to Round I and II
Entrants Invited to Proceed to Round II
Round I Results
 

Business Plan Competition Winners

We are proud to announce that two outstanding organizations – The Parent-Child Home Program and Rubicon National Social Innovations – were selected as winners of the Social Impact Exchange’s 2009-2010 Business Plan Competition, held at the Exchange’s Inaugural Conference on Scaling, June 17 & 18.

The winners will receive a total of more than $250,000 in financial and consulting services. Consulting will be provided by Public/Private Ventures, a national leader in creating, strengthening and reproducing model programs, and The Whelan Group, specialists in financial planning, fundraising and capacity building services to growth-oriented nonprofits.

The mezzanine-stage award recipient, The Parent-Child Home Program, builds early literacy and language skills in the home in order to develop the social-emotional and cognitive competencies children need to succeed in school.  The program utilizes intensive home visiting to engage families isolated by poverty, limited literacy, lack of transportation, and language and cultural barriers in an evidence-based school readiness, early literacy, and parenting education program.

The early-stage award recipient, Rubicon National Social Innovations, is a laboratory for scaling social enterprise in the U.S., finding, nurturing and scaling businesses that can have a positive and deep impact on big problems affecting low-income people.  Rubicon’s award-winning initiative, Emerge Workplace Loan and Financial Stability Program, replaces predatory payday lending for people living paycheck to paycheck with an online lending and financial education platform.  Emerge’s goal is to migrate low-wage workers to mainstream banking relationships and serve as a scalable catalyst for change on a national level.  

Round II Results: 8 Finalists Selected

Congratulations to the finalists in the 2009-2010 Social Impact Business Plan Competition! These organizations presented at the Inaugural Conference on Scaling on June 17-18 in New York City.

Early-Stage

Benetech
Higher Achievement 
North Lawndale Employment Network 
Rubicon National Social Innovations

Mezzanine-Stage

First Book
Grameen Foundation
Parent-Child Home Program 
ROC USA

Consultants to Round II Mezzanine-Stage Entrants

We are grateful to the consultants who provided their services to 14 mezzanine-stage entrants in the Competition – and are certain their counsel and guidance went a long way towards ensuring the success of these organizations as they move to scale their initiatives.

Josh Baron, Cambridge Advisors to Family Enterprise
jbaron@cambridge-afe.com or (917) 363-2598 (mobile)
www.cambridge-afe.com 
(617) 871-2740 
Josh is a partner with Cambridge Advisors to Family Enterprise, which provides advisory services to families in business and family enterprises. He collaborates with families and their professional advisors to develop and implement philanthropic strategies that meet their personal and social goals, under the premise that philanthropists should be offered the same level of quality and sophistication in their charitable activities as they expect in their financial, tax, legal, and other professional arenas.  

Gayle Brandel, Professionals for NonProfits
gbrandel@nonprofitstaffing.com
www.nonprofitstaffing.com
(212) 546-9091
Professionals for NonProfits (PNP) is the only staffing firm providing temp, consulting, and direct hire staff exclusively to the nonprofit sector in New York, New Jersey, and Washington, DC.

Sara Brenner, Community Wealth Ventures
sbrenner@communitywealth.com
www.communitywealth.com 
(202) 478-6568
Community Wealth Ventures (CWV) is a management consulting firm that emboldens and equips leadership teams to innovate, grow and sustain organizations that build a better world. CWV offers strategy and implementation services to nonprofit organizations and philanthropic foundations, partnering with them to design and implement innovative approaches to growth and sustainability.

Mike Burns, BWB Solutions
mikeb@bwbsolutions.com 
www.BWBSolutions.com 
(203) 508-1462 
BWB Solutions is a consulting firm focused on strengthening organizations committed to social change. BWM leverages its experience in the nonprofit, public and private sectors to bring projects and people together; help clients set goals and move forward; and work with clients to identify issues, address conflicts, and navigate transitions.

Chad Martin, Aperio 
chad.martin@aperio.us
www.aperio.ca
(800) 479-1782 / (973) 624-4230 
Aperio is a management consulting firm based in the U.S. and Canada that works exclusively with the social sector. Aperio’s services include strategic planning, partnerships and social entrepreneurship for non-profit organizations, charities, government agencies, associations, foundations, and social purpose for-profit companies.

Sheila Murphy, Independent Consultant
smurphygb@yahoo.com 
(212) 865-7793
Sheila Murphy is a program management executive with extensive experience in both the foundation and nonprofit organization sectors. Specific expertise includes environmental scans, strategy development, program design/implementation, outcome assessment and critical analysis. Content expertise includes youth development, out-of-school time and education, adult/family literacy and the arts.

Betsy Pace, Spark & Kindling
bpace@sparkandkindling.com 
www.sparkandkindling.com 
(650) 348-7902
A partner at Spark & Kindling, Betsy Pace provides strategic market-driven advisory services to help companies and non-profits fuel their ideas with smart market decisions and successful business results. An accomplished operating executive and consultant, Betsy stands out for "building organizations that work." Whether it is creating a business plan, making key marketing decisions, or developing an executive staff, she is able to help others to see the linkages between strategy and execution, to set goals and priorities, and to achieve results.

Yves Salama, Charity Matrix
ysalama@charitymatrix.org
www.charitymatrix.com 
(212) 501-8872
CharityMatrix helps nonprofits with multiple affiliates use social media to effectively communicate with donors, contributors, volunteers, and affiliates and grow the next generation of members. CharityMatrix provides a single source of information about social media, an online process for managing your team and content, and a collaboration platform for staff, volunteers and advisors to coordinate their efforts.

Suzanne Smith (formerly Steffens), Social Impact Architects 
www.socialimpactarchitects.com 
(214) 256-3579 (office)
(214) 957-0903 (cell)
Social Impact Architects provides management and sector specific services to organizations that address society’s most pressing challenges. The firm uses innovative, market-driven management tools to design cost effective, pragmatic plans for its clients.

Geri Stengel, Ventureneer and Stengel Solutions
geri@ventureneer.com or geri@stengelsolutions.com 
www.ventureneer.com or www.stengelsolutions.com
(212) 362-3088 
Geri Stengel is president of Ventureneer, an online education and support organization for small businesses making a social impact, and Stengel Solutions, a strategic planning and marketing firm. Geri teaches Entrepreneurship, Growing a Small Business and Social Enterprise at The New School in New York City.


 

Judges in Round I and II

*participated in both Round I and II

Johanna Anderson
Rod Aronson
Amy Audetat
Matt Axeen, Accenture*
Cathy Belk, JumpStart Inc.*
Julie Bernard
Raj Bhatia, Carollo Engineers*
Suneet Bhatt*
Mercedes Biggs, Accenture*
Lisa Jacobs Blau, VitalJuice.com
Gayle A. Brandel, Professionals for NonProfits
Maury Wray Bridges, Booz Allen Hamilton*
Sarah Burdick, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Mike Burns, BWB Solutions
John Brothers, Cuidiu Consulting*
Laura Callanan, McKinsey & Co.*
Daniel Cato, Cato Research Ltd.*
Johnny Celestin, Atlantic Philanthropies
Barbara Chang
Jeffrey Collins, Equaterra, Inc. (retired)*
Mark D. Constantine, Jessie Ball duPont Fund*
Brenna Copeland, Center City Public Charter Schools, Inc.
Travis Cossitt, Accenture Management Consulting
Ann Davison, VOX Global*
Malika S. de Silva, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
Michael Elia*
Karen Epstein, Growth Philanthropy Network
Andrea Fernandez*
Greg Ferrante
Norman Friedland, Seachange Venture Philanthropy Partners
Robert Friesen, PerformInsight LLC*
Neil Frye, Accenture
Christopher Gergen, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Andrew Gerschutz, Moore & Van Allen PLLC*
Juan Pablo Giometti, National Hispanic Entrepreneurs' Organization, Inc.*
Norissa Giangola
Ann Graham, Graham Strategic Philanthropy*
James Green, United Way of Greater Triangle*
Linda Hutson Green, Dan River Business Development Center*
Jenny Harms, The Hitachi Foundation
Sue Heilbronner, www.ontimeairfilters.com*
Joel R. Henry
Daniel Hoicowitz
Emily Holleran, www.TaxFix.co.uk
Tory Dietel Hopps, Dietel Partners
Al Huntoon*
Rhonda Hurwitz, Help Me Rhonda! Marketing Solutions*
Younes Jabbara
Amanda Joseph
David J. Kapnick, Table Rock Capital*
Khalilah Karim, Accenture
Judith Katz*
Charles Kauffunger*
Maxime Ko
Tiffany Koch, Trinity '91; Fuqua '02*
Christine Koidin
Matt Koidin
Rick Larson, The Conservation Fund
Charles G. Lief, The Hartland Group*
Rae Linefsky, C3 Consulting
Mark D. Livingston, Strategic Management & Performance Systems, LLC*
Vaibhav Lohiya, Deutsche Bank
Tris Lumley, New Philanthropy Capital*
Yoav Lurie*
Michael MacHarg, Arc Finance
Diane Manning
Michelle M. Mapel, Re-Vision Labs*
Jeff Mason, Social Solutions*
Michael McConnell, ASMBA STAR Foundation*
Mark McKeag*
David Todd Metnick, Accenture
Sandra Mikush
Peiman Milani, Bard Medical
Dorothy Minkus-McKenna, Berkeley College*
Carol M. Monaco, MarketWise Insights, Inc.
Tina Morris-Anderson*
Scott Moy*
Sheila  Murphy
Colin Mutchler, LoudSauce
Matt Nash, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University*
Dwayne Naylor, Langley Federal Credit Union*
Sarah Nunes
Steve Miller
Paul Nunnally, Meridian Point Consulting, LLC
James O'Brien, CIGNA Healthcare
Sara Olsen, SVT Group
Jacqueline Paranzino, Accenture
George Perlov
Tammy Phan*
Georgiana Platt*
Jennifer Lee Pawlowski, Booz Allen Hamilton*
Dr. Ballard Pritchett, Visionary Leadership, LLC
Tammy Ren, Medtronic*
Sara Richards
Corey Riley*
Neena Sachdev*
Tim Scheu*
Theresa Schieber, The Whelan Group, Inc.*
Janice Schoos, Growth Philanthropy Network
Michael Schreiber*
Jason Scott
Michael Seltzer*
Benjamin Shobert, Teleos, Inc.*
Kevin Skurski
Suzanne Smith*
Barr Snyderwine*
Trent Stamp, The Eisner Foundation
Craig Tappel, HUB International*
Jessica Thomas, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-Chapel Hill
Andrew Tulchin, Social Enterprise Associates*
Liliana Valle, Mistti
Brian Walsh, Liquidnet Holdings, Inc.
Chandra Weiss, HumanCentric, Inc.*
Jessica Wittebols*
Erin Worsham, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Gay Young, The New York Community Trust*
Jon Zeitler, Zipcar, Inc.*
Heng Zhou


 

Entrants Invited to Proceed to Round II

Entry-Level Stage

Access Community Health Network
Benetech
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami
Boys to Men
Central Dallas Community Development Corporation
Communities In Schools of Durham
Community Housing Partnership
Digital Wish
EnTeam
Envirolution
Families in Transition
Givology
Global Citizen Year
Higher Achievement
Houston Food Bank
I Challenge Myself
I-Dev International
ISED Ventures
Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit
Lutheran Social Services of Indiana
Mississippi Center for Justice
N Street Village's Education and Employment Center
National Council on Aging
New Lens
North Lawndale Employment Network
Operation REACH
Opportunity International
Pencil Foundation
Per Scholas
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Roca
Rubicon National Social Inivations
The Place of Possibilities
The Shadow Project
The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles
Thinking Beyond Borders
Trade Without Borders
WAGES
Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation
Women's Microfinance Initiative

Mezzanine-Level Stage

Amos House
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
First Book
Grameen Foundation
ISIS
Jumpstart for Young Children
mothers2mothers
National Assembly on School-Based
ROC USA, LLC
The Doe Fund
The Financial Clinic
The Hill Center, Inc.
The Parent-Child Home Program
Upwardly Global

 

Round I Results

On behalf of Growth Philanthropy Network, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Sanford School of Public Policy, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we’d like to thank everyone who participated in Round I of the 2009-2010 Social Impact Exchange Business Plan Competition.

The response to the Competition was extraordinary! There were 190 nonprofit organizations that entered – 139 at the early-stage level and 51 at the mezzanine-stage level. Last month, 40 early-stage entrants and 14 mezzanine-stage entrants were invited to proceed to Round II of the Competition. All entrants will receive customized written feedback from three judges – a team of 118 judges in all.

At the beginning of March, early-stage entrants received webinar training on growth business planning from faculty at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Mezzanine-stage entrants are now receiving several days of one-on-one consulting from experts in the field. All entrants are scheduled to submit their business plans by April 9th, at which time the judges will conduct their evaluations and select 4 early-stage and 4 mezzanine-stage finalists. The finalists will make presentations at the inaugural Social Impact Exchange Annual Conference this coming June in New York City.

The chart below displays statistics on the total number of organizations that entered the 2009-2010 Competition as well as those invited to proceed to Round II – sorted by program area, region of the country in which the organization is based, size of budget and number of years in operation.