2012 Symposium


The 2012 Symposium on Scaling Social Impact took place on June 12, 2012 in New York City. The Symposium brought together nonprofit organizations, funders, professional service providers and academics to:

  • witness the final round of the Social Impact Exchange’s 2012 Business Plan Competition
  • gain insight from nonprofits and their funders engaged together in scaling impact
  • participate in one-on-one consultations to develop knowledge and skills for scaling impact
  • hear about a new cross-sector collaboration: the Initiative for Nonprofit Talent and Leadership
Program Book Speakers Business Plan Competition



Kelly Adams, Senior Associate Consultant 
The Whelan Group, Inc. 
Richard Brown, Vice President 
American Express Philanthropy 
Mike Burns, Partner 
BWB Solutions 
Meghan Duffy, Manager of Special Initiatives 
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) 
Nicole Farmer Hurd, Executive Director 
National College Advising Corps 
Lisa Jackson, Partner Pathways Fund 
New Profit Inc. 
Rafael Lopez, Associate Director 
Annie E. Casey Foundation 
John MacIntosh, Partner 
SeaChange Capital Partners 
Rich Polt, Principal 
Communicate Good 
Yves Salama, CEO 
Charity Matrix 
Mikaela Seligman, Vice President
Independent Sector
Anne Sherman, VP Nonprofit Strategy 
Social Impact Exchange
Geri Stengel, President 
Geri Summerville, President 
Summerville Consulting 
Nicholas Torres 
Education-Plus PA, President 
Social Innovations Journal, Co-Founder
James Weinberg, Founder & CEO 
Commongood Careers 

Videos and Highlights from the 2012 Symposium:

Developing Strong Leadership to Bring Nonprofit Solutions to Scale


2012 Business Plan Competition

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.

Award recipients in the 2012 Business Plan Competition are:

Mezzanine-Stage Award Recipient: Catalyst Kitchens 

Early-Stage Award Recipient: 10,000 Degrees

Finalists Presentations

Mezzanine Stage

Catalyst Kitchens

Summary Business Plan

College Possible

Summary Business Plan

The Hill Center

Summary Business Plan

Early Stage 


10,000 Degrees
Summary Business Plan
F.E.G.S Health and Human Services System
Summary Business Plan
Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
Summary Business Plan