The Nonprofit Accelerator developed by the Light the City (LTC) Network has selected 8 Schenectady-based organizations to join its Spring 16” cohort.
Of the 8 selected, four nonprofits, Working group on Girls, The Center for Community Justice, MeKeel Christian Academy & The Hamilton Arts Center will serve as the core cohort and receive comprehensive support. While two other nonprofits: Renewal Prayer network, and Revive NY will be participating as Associate Fellows. Additionally, local social entrepreneurs, Chris Parsons and Tiffany Dawn have been added to the mix as observing fellows.
The Accelerator, which features 4 sessions designed to increase each organization's visibility and impact in their community, is set to launch on April 21.
“This initiative is a key component of Light the City’s efforts to bring Organizational Health to these local change makers who work to improve the health and vitality of our communities.” said Managing Director of the Nonprofit Accelerator, Johan Matthews. “The Accelerator will not only serve to build and supplement their individual abilities to achieve their missions but will enhance their ability to understand each other’s work across the city.”
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. See pictures from Light the Night Fall 15: HERE.
“We recognized the value in the opportunity to collaborate and network with other organizations in our community. The Nonprofit Accelerator gives us the opportunity to focus on keys areas of growth while gaining access to valuable resources and relationships.” said Guy Deangelis, Development Director at Mekeel Christian Academy, “We are excited to be a part of the program.”
In addition to educational resources around organizational health and strategic clarity, the accelerator provides access to mentorship, funding, ongoing support and technical assistance. Since the accelerator’s launch in Fall of 2015, 7 nonprofits have participated and five programs have been selected for comprehensive support.
“If we are to tackle these great community issues, we need great organizations.” said Executive Director, Dylan Hall. “They’re already doing the work, what we do is come alongside them to accelerate their impact.”
The Spring 16’ Cohort is will serve as the second group to participate in LTC’s Nonprofit Accelerator. To keep up to date on LTC and the work they’re doing in the social and spiritual sectors, follow them online: