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Helping National Organizations Adapt Their Model For New York

To an outsider, New York City can be intimidating. And it’s hard to effectively help young people from underserved communities unless you intimately understand the context of their lives. The folks at Genesys Works, a well-regarded national organization that helps low-income students, let us know that they were considering bringing their unique workforce development model to the Big Apple. They sought us out to provide their New York City outpost with the kind of  hands-on support that would ensure long-term success. And we agreed to help.

Genesys Works New York is a big success. We were pleased to help the out-of-towners become tried and true New Yorkers.
Helping National Organizations Adapt Their Model For New York

Working closely with the newly appointed New York executive director, we helped him think through programming and staffing needs, find locations and events spaces, connect with area funders, and build bridges to other nonprofits. It’s a tough town, but it’s a town with a big heart. Genesys Works New York is a big success. We were pleased to help the out-of-towners become tried and true New Yorkers.

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Helping National Organizations Adapt Their Model For New York

To an outsider, New York City can be intimidating. And it’s hard to effectively help young people from underserved communities unless you intimately understand the context of their lives. The folks at Genesys Works, a well-regarded national organization that helps low-income students, let us know that they were considering bringing their unique workforce development model to the Big Apple. They sought us out to provide their New York City outpost with the kind of  hands-on support that would ensure long-term success. And we agreed to help.

Genesys Works New York is a big success. We were pleased to help the out-of-towners become tried and true New Yorkers.
Helping National Organizations Adapt Their Model For New York

Working closely with the newly appointed New York executive director, we helped him think through programming and staffing needs, find locations and events spaces, connect with area funders, and build bridges to other nonprofits. It’s a tough town, but it’s a town with a big heart. Genesys Works New York is a big success. We were pleased to help the out-of-towners become tried and true New Yorkers.

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Helping National Organizations Adapt Their Model For New York

To an outsider, New York City can be intimidating. And it’s hard to effectively help young people from underserved communities unless you intimately understand the context of their lives. The folks at Genesys Works, a well-regarded national organization that helps low-income students, let us know that they were considering bringing their unique workforce development model to the Big Apple. They sought us out to provide their New York City outpost with the kind of  hands-on support that would ensure long-term success. And we agreed to help.

Genesys Works New York is a big success. We were pleased to help the out-of-towners become tried and true New Yorkers.
Helping National Organizations Adapt Their Model For New York

Working closely with the newly appointed New York executive director, we helped him think through programming and staffing needs, find locations and events spaces, connect with area funders, and build bridges to other nonprofits. It’s a tough town, but it’s a town with a big heart. Genesys Works New York is a big success. We were pleased to help the out-of-towners become tried and true New Yorkers.

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Helping Organizations Grow a Network Around A Good Idea

Quill.org, a small organization, was selected to join the EGF Accelerator because of a game-changing idea: create free, open-sourced online tools to make sure everyone, including low-income students, could learn to write and write well. The EGF Accelerator staff began to connect the leaders of the organization with educational researchers and classroom teachers. In the first year, a clear blueprint for the product began to take shape. Thoughtful foundations executives, many of whom keep close tabs on the EGF Accelerator organizations, began to show interest and initial support.

Getting a nonprofit off the ground is incredibly challenging – it doesn't happen overnight – and the EGF Accelerator's commitment to multi-year funding provides early-stage organizations with the support they need to take that leap and grow.
Helping Organizations Grow a Network Around A Good Idea

The EGF Accelerator staff connected the organization with potential board members, prominent in their respective fields, who offered guidance. The online product gain traction as teachers talked about it at conferences and on Twitter. More foundations and philanthropic individuals got involved. Budgets expanded. As more staff came on board, the organization began to roll out more advanced tools, and the blueprint for future tools grew larger and more ambitious. The organization is now reaching millions of low-income students and played a significant role in supporting tens of thousands of schools. We were pleased to be able to help this great organization build their network. Says Quill.org’s  executive director, Peter Gaul, “When we joined the EGF accelerator, we were a team of four people with a dream to help every kid in America become a strong writer. The EGF Accelerator staff made this dream real - they gave us our office, made time to coach us through our challenges, and connected us with a network of nonprofit peers to learn and grow with. Getting a nonprofit off the ground is incredibly challenging - it doesn't happen overnight, and the EGF Accelerator's commitment to multi-year funding provides early-stage organizations with the support they need to take that leap and grow. We're honored to be among a stellar cohort of organizations dedicated to equipping young people with the thinking and reasoning skills needed to succeed in high school, college, and in their careers.”

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Helping Organizations Grow a Network Around A Good Idea

Quill.org, a small organization, was selected to join the EGF Accelerator because of a game-changing idea: create free, open-sourced online tools to make sure everyone, including low-income students, could learn to write and write well. The EGF Accelerator staff began to connect the leaders of the organization with educational researchers and classroom teachers. In the first year, a clear blueprint for the product began to take shape. Thoughtful foundations executives, many of whom keep close tabs on the EGF Accelerator organizations, began to show interest and initial support.

Getting a nonprofit off the ground is incredibly challenging – it doesn't happen overnight – and the EGF Accelerator's commitment to multi-year funding provides early-stage organizations with the support they need to take that leap and grow.
Helping Organizations Grow a Network Around A Good Idea

The EGF Accelerator staff connected the organization with potential board members, prominent in their respective fields, who offered guidance. The online product gain traction as teachers talked about it at conferences and on Twitter. More foundations and philanthropic individuals got involved. Budgets expanded. As more staff came on board, the organization began to roll out more advanced tools, and the blueprint for future tools grew larger and more ambitious. The organization is now reaching millions of low-income students and played a significant role in supporting tens of thousands of schools. We were pleased to be able to help this great organization build their network. Says Quill.org’s  executive director, Peter Gaul, “When we joined the EGF accelerator, we were a team of four people with a dream to help every kid in America become a strong writer. The EGF Accelerator staff made this dream real - they gave us our office, made time to coach us through our challenges, and connected us with a network of nonprofit peers to learn and grow with. Getting a nonprofit off the ground is incredibly challenging - it doesn't happen overnight, and the EGF Accelerator's commitment to multi-year funding provides early-stage organizations with the support they need to take that leap and grow. We're honored to be among a stellar cohort of organizations dedicated to equipping young people with the thinking and reasoning skills needed to succeed in high school, college, and in their careers.”

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Helping Organizations Grow a Network Around A Good Idea

Quill.org, a small organization, was selected to join the EGF Accelerator because of a game-changing idea: create free, open-sourced online tools to make sure everyone, including low-income students, could learn to write and write well. The EGF Accelerator staff began to connect the leaders of the organization with educational researchers and classroom teachers. In the first year, a clear blueprint for the product began to take shape. Thoughtful foundations executives, many of whom keep close tabs on the EGF Accelerator organizations, began to show interest and initial support.

Getting a nonprofit off the ground is incredibly challenging – it doesn't happen overnight – and the EGF Accelerator's commitment to multi-year funding provides early-stage organizations with the support they need to take that leap and grow.
Helping Organizations Grow a Network Around A Good Idea

The EGF Accelerator staff connected the organization with potential board members, prominent in their respective fields, who offered guidance. The online product gain traction as teachers talked about it at conferences and on Twitter. More foundations and philanthropic individuals got involved. Budgets expanded. As more staff came on board, the organization began to roll out more advanced tools, and the blueprint for future tools grew larger and more ambitious. The organization is now reaching millions of low-income students and played a significant role in supporting tens of thousands of schools. We were pleased to be able to help this great organization build their network. Says Quill.org’s  executive director, Peter Gaul, “When we joined the EGF accelerator, we were a team of four people with a dream to help every kid in America become a strong writer. The EGF Accelerator staff made this dream real - they gave us our office, made time to coach us through our challenges, and connected us with a network of nonprofit peers to learn and grow with. Getting a nonprofit off the ground is incredibly challenging - it doesn't happen overnight, and the EGF Accelerator's commitment to multi-year funding provides early-stage organizations with the support they need to take that leap and grow. We're honored to be among a stellar cohort of organizations dedicated to equipping young people with the thinking and reasoning skills needed to succeed in high school, college, and in their careers.”

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Investing in People To Grow An Organization

When staff of Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics, a small nonprofit that helps build strong math minds among low-income students, moved into the EGF Accelerator, they no longer had to worry about rent and utility bills. Instead, the executive director, Dan Zaharopohl,  turned his attention to deepening the program and laying the groundwork for expansion.

Growth, though, brings new challenges. Workloads were getting bigger, and staff (and budgets!) were increasingly stretched. Like many nonprofit leaders who are shifting their organizations from start-up to growth mode, Dan found himself at a tricky crossroads. He needed more staff, but hiring and training new people takes time and money.  A growing staff needs good supervisors, too. Without thoughtful managers intimately connected to the program and the mission, it can be hard to maintain fidelity to an effective program model.

We can not overstate the role that the EGF Accelerator staff has played in our success,” says Dan. “The opportunity to learn from the EGF Accelerator staff and other nonprofit leaders in the Accelerator was invaluable and the tactical advice and support we received helped up become a national organization.
Investing in People To Grow An Organization

With our coaching, Dan came to understand the value of professional  development for building and sustaining the organization. He nominated a staffer for some EGF Accelerator-funded intensive professional training. The staffer enrolled in the NYU Senior Leaders Fellowship for nonprofit professionals engaged in reshaping education. The staffer, who attended the eight-month program, called it “life changing.” It was transformative for the organization, too, as she was able to step gracefully into an important leadership role and keep growth on track. As the program grew stronger, it attracted a new tier of funders, which in turn fueled more growth. The EGF Accelerator staff was pleased to be able to provide ongoing consulting and tactical support in ways that had exponential downstream returns for low-income students. “We can not overstate the role that the EGF Accelerator staff has played in our success,” says Dan. “The opportunity to learn from the EGF Accelerator staff and other nonprofit leaders in the Accelerator was invaluable and the tactical advice and support we received helped up become a national organization.”

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Investing in People To Grow An Organization

When staff of Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics, a small nonprofit that helps build strong math minds among low-income students, moved into the EGF Accelerator, they no longer had to worry about rent and utility bills. Instead, the executive director, Dan Zaharopohl,  turned his attention to deepening the program and laying the groundwork for expansion.

Growth, though, brings new challenges. Workloads were getting bigger, and staff (and budgets!) were increasingly stretched. Like many nonprofit leaders who are shifting their organizations from start-up to growth mode, Dan found himself at a tricky crossroads. He needed more staff, but hiring and training new people takes time and money.  A growing staff needs good supervisors, too. Without thoughtful managers intimately connected to the program and the mission, it can be hard to maintain fidelity to an effective program model.

We can not overstate the role that the EGF Accelerator staff has played in our success,” says Dan. “The opportunity to learn from the EGF Accelerator staff and other nonprofit leaders in the Accelerator was invaluable and the tactical advice and support we received helped up become a national organization.
Investing in People To Grow An Organization

With our coaching, Dan came to understand the value of professional  development for building and sustaining the organization. He nominated a staffer for some EGF Accelerator-funded intensive professional training. The staffer enrolled in the NYU Senior Leaders Fellowship for nonprofit professionals engaged in reshaping education. The staffer, who attended the eight-month program, called it “life changing.” It was transformative for the organization, too, as she was able to step gracefully into an important leadership role and keep growth on track. As the program grew stronger, it attracted a new tier of funders, which in turn fueled more growth. The EGF Accelerator staff was pleased to be able to provide ongoing consulting and tactical support in ways that had exponential downstream returns for low-income students. “We can not overstate the role that the EGF Accelerator staff has played in our success,” says Dan. “The opportunity to learn from the EGF Accelerator staff and other nonprofit leaders in the Accelerator was invaluable and the tactical advice and support we received helped up become a national organization.”

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Investing in People To Grow An Organization

When staff of Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics, a small nonprofit that helps build strong math minds among low-income students, moved into the EGF Accelerator, they no longer had to worry about rent and utility bills. Instead, the executive director, Dan Zaharopohl,  turned his attention to deepening the program and laying the groundwork for expansion.

Growth, though, brings new challenges. Workloads were getting bigger, and staff (and budgets!) were increasingly stretched. Like many nonprofit leaders who are shifting their organizations from start-up to growth mode, Dan found himself at a tricky crossroads. He needed more staff, but hiring and training new people takes time and money.  A growing staff needs good supervisors, too. Without thoughtful managers intimately connected to the program and the mission, it can be hard to maintain fidelity to an effective program model.

We can not overstate the role that the EGF Accelerator staff has played in our success,” says Dan. “The opportunity to learn from the EGF Accelerator staff and other nonprofit leaders in the Accelerator was invaluable and the tactical advice and support we received helped up become a national organization.
Investing in People To Grow An Organization

With our coaching, Dan came to understand the value of professional  development for building and sustaining the organization. He nominated a staffer for some EGF Accelerator-funded intensive professional training. The staffer enrolled in the NYU Senior Leaders Fellowship for nonprofit professionals engaged in reshaping education. The staffer, who attended the eight-month program, called it “life changing.” It was transformative for the organization, too, as she was able to step gracefully into an important leadership role and keep growth on track. As the program grew stronger, it attracted a new tier of funders, which in turn fueled more growth. The EGF Accelerator staff was pleased to be able to provide ongoing consulting and tactical support in ways that had exponential downstream returns for low-income students. “We can not overstate the role that the EGF Accelerator staff has played in our success,” says Dan. “The opportunity to learn from the EGF Accelerator staff and other nonprofit leaders in the Accelerator was invaluable and the tactical advice and support we received helped up become a national organization.”