School violence. Bullying. College access. Career readiness. The opportunity gap. Educational inequity. These are some of the most pressing issues facing young people and their families today. And these are the issues our new Next-Gen / Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Funder Collaborative is convening to help address.
The Social Innovation Forum (SIF) anticipates an exciting conversation in early April at the first convening of our next-gen donors and emerging leaders in philanthropy group as we begin to define the sector, the issue area, and the scope of organizations that this new funding collaborative will focus on. In a conversation facilitated by the SIF team, funding partners will have a chance to share what they care about and determine how they will leverage their philanthropic investment together.
This collaborative funding process is a great match for the interests of next-gen and newer donors (of any age) who want to address pressing issues in their own communities, enjoy collaborating with peers, prioritize social impact, and seek deep engagement with the organizations they support. The SIF collaborative funding approach offers donors a unique opportunity to leverage their philanthropic investment and their community impact while learning from one another and the SIF team in the process.
We look forward to partnering with other funders to help effectuate much-needed, impactful change for a nonprofit organization in the greater Boston area who is committed to youth and their families.
“My husband, Michael Goldstein, and I are excited to participate in the Social Innovation Forum’s Next-Gen / Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Funding Collaborative,” said member Allison Picott. “While we have proudly supported a number of Boston-area nonprofits through the Empire Loan Charitable Foundation, we look forward to partnering with other funders to help effectuate much-needed, impactful change for a nonprofit organization in the greater Boston area who is committed to youth and their families.”
Members of the funding collaborative will have the opportunity to work with each other and with SIF on all stages of the evaluation process for SIF’s Social Innovator Accelerator, a 24-month capacity-building program for effective, innovative nonprofits. Together the group will define the topic, review first and second stage applications, interview finalists, and participate in the due diligence process with the goal of selecting one organization as a 2019 Social Innovator.
We are thrilled that so many in the SIF community and the greater Boston area are looking for ways to use their resources and skills to support local organizations and we look forward to guiding and learning from an engaged group of new and next-gen donors. A few spots remain available in the group. If you are interested in learning more or might be interested in participating, please contact Carolyn Shaughnessy at firstname.lastname@example.org.