Last summer I ran a pilot Nonprofit Accelerator with one large local nonprofit (name withheld until they give permission to share :)). Their core business is not education. Yet, over the years they developed a powerful curriculum that worked. They came to me wondering "is this a A) nice program we can slowly expand here in the Valley, or B) something with the potential to impact hundreds of thousands of children around the country and bring in millions of dollars of unrestricted revenue for us?" That was a great question!
We spent six months working through the Lean Innovation curriculum. Their team knew a lot of things, but there was a lot they didn't know... like who was going to pay? How Why would they pay? How much would they pay?
I am proud to share that on graduation day they pitched to their board and a group of potential funders. By the end of the night they had commitments for over $200k to fuel a pilot.
I can't wait to see what our next Nonprofit Accelerator cohort will do!