Light the City’s Nonprofit Accelerator features 4 sessions designed to increase each organization's visibility and presence in their community, which in turn will boost their funding and impact. After completing the 4-month accelerator, participating nonprofits will receive the opportunity to share their stories, causes and outcomes with an influential audience of prospective friends and funders at a pitch night hosted by LTC.

--- The Application Deadline for our Spring 16’ Cohort is March 21, 2016 --- Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2016.

We base our decision to accept a nonprofit on four things:

  • Relational Capacity

    • How related is your mission to the rest of the cohort?

    • What is your relationship to LTC & the larger stakeholder community?

  • Board Engagement Capacity

    • How involved is your board?

    • Will there be any members in attendance?

  • Community Engagement Capacity

    • What are your levels of service provision?

    • What are your levels of volunteer engagement?

  • Outreach Capacity

    • What platforms, digital or live, have you used to engage your audience?

The Formula 

Each category is assigned a numeric value that is weighted toward the overall success of the group and the individual ability of each applicant to implement the changes discussed throughout the accelerator. Lastly, we look at how the organization has achieved this over the life of its programming. This looks a little something like this:

Total Capacity (Relational + Board Engagement + Community Engagement + Outreach) length of time program has existed.  

You’ve applied, Now what?

Once you’ve submitted an INTEREST FORM we will reach out to each organization in order to gain a better understanding of your needs. Then, an additional ASSESSMENT FORM will be sent out and from there you will be evaluated for fit using the criteria described above.  Lastly, each organization will be notified of their status by the end of March, 2016.

On April 7, 2016, we will announce the entire cohort via press release.