The Great Recession delivered a body blow to our country’s financial equilibrium, and only after years of painfully slow recovery have housing prices begun to stabilize and the unemployment rate steadily fallen. But while the economic crisis has abated, it remains a devastating morass for many, especially young adults, ethnic and racial minorities, and lower income families. read more
CareerVillage, a nonprofit that aims to help low-income students better prepare for their future, is teaming up with Dell to produce TechWeek, an online networking campaign from May 16 to 20. Dell is giving CareerVillage $100,000 to aid in its mission, and the tech giant has also committed tens of thousands of its employees to provide advice and encouragement to students participating in TechWeek. read more
More than 1 million users. Sixteen billion monthly page views. Ninety-nine percent user engagement. If these sound like stats from tech companies, you’re right. Except these tech companies are nonprofits. In Steve Case’s new book, The Third Wave, he argues that this next generation of the Internet will transform major industry sectors and become integrated into everything we do. We are already seeing the tremendous impact of software and the Internet transform one of the least discussed areas — the nonprofit sector. read more
In a recent Brookings paper on social mobility, Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine illuminate an intangible, yet severe, consequence of income inequality: economic despair. In cities or states with wide disparity between the low- and middle-income brackets, high school students, particularly boys, appear more likely to drop out of school. read more
...The strategic social investing strategy also includes identifying unique innovations aligned with the Foundation’s goals. As part of this work, the first Lumina Social Innovation Prize was awarded to CareerVillage, an online platform where students ask career questions that are answered by real people sharing their experiences. read more
Unlike typical accelerators, Fast Forward doesn’t focus on stock options, venture capital, or the yachts that participating executives will buy after an initial public offering. Rather, the curriculum mixes the usual workshops about marketing and product management with lessons about grant writing, how to assemble a board of directors, and measuring impact in terms of helping people. read more
Points of Light
Winner, NCVS Innovation Awards 2013: National Conference on Volunteering and Service.
Social Innovation Award, 2016: Won a clean sweep of Lumina Foundation's first ever Social Innovation Awards at ASU-GSV 2016 in San Diego, CA.
1st Place, Social Impact: Picked from a pool of over 2,300 applicants to participate in MassChallenge 2014, from whom we were awarded the top prize in the Social Impact category.
1st place, Give It Away Award: Selected by a large panel of young people from a highly competitive pool of nonprofits.
Selected to participate in the world's first accelerator program exclusively for high tech nonprofit organizations.
College Knowledge Challenge
Selected for this program run by College Summit and sponsored by the Gates Foundation to improve college knowledge.
Incubated through the Technology Underwriting the Greater Good program in Boston, MA.
Invited to serve as a startup in residence at the iLab in Spring 2012 where we first launched our platform.