"How did you go this far in such a short time?"
"I see a lot of presentations. Few are as engaging and informative as these. I want to know more. I want to be involved."
"This pedagogy forces you to share your mistakes with outsiders. Few have the courage to do so. But precisely because you chose to be vulnerable in that way, I have learned so much and want to help."
These are just a few of the comments made by executives from national foundations to the students at the graduation of Innovation Accelerator's Winter cohort.
The Innovation Accelerator is designed to help nonprofits make the most of their limited resources, turning minimal funding into maximum impact (which in turn secures more funding). By applying tried and true principles of entrepreneurship, even the meagerest budget can make big waves in the local or even national community.
This graduation was a special one - all the graduating teams came from Solidago, a national foundation located in Northampton, that works to build movements that promote justice, equity, and sustainability. Elizabeth Barajas-Román, Solidago’s CEO, engaged with Innovation Accelerator to bring entrepreneurial systems and best-practices to the program team, and ensure the delivery of effective, impactful, and needed program delivery to the field of philanthropy. The Innovation Accelerator teaches communication skills, tests assumptions, and builds a a base of outside validation and support, allowing the foundation to attract greater partnership with other funders to invest alongside Solidago, lending much greater weight to the name and the awesome organization behind it.
If this sounds like a good time to you, you will be happy to know that we are recruiting our Fall 2018 cohort now!