Now, more than ever, philanthropy must invest in organizations serving those who have been historically marginalized and underserved, ensuring they have the resources needed to reduce inequities and create thriving communities.
Together with Premera Social Impact, Innovia spearheaded a $55,000 investment in the Network for Good Jumpstart Program to increase the fundraising capacity of nonprofits serving communities of color, rural communities, people impacted by health disparities and other historically underrepresented groups within the region. This year participating nonprofits included the Carl Maxey Center, Community Resource EnVision Center, Heritage Health, Feast World Kitchen, Friends of Stonerose Fossils, Mujeres in Action and Rural Resources Community Action.
Paired with a personal fundraising coach and equipped with individualized technology support, Jumpstart helps the participating nonprofits expand their outreach and broaden their network of donors.
“Jumpstart has helped us identify opportunities to share our story and encourage potential donors to take action,” says Ana Trusty, Program Coordinator and Policy Advocate for Mujeres in Action. “This program has really helped us jumpstart our fundraising strategy.”
As the first organization in the Spokane region dedicated to serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence within Latinx communities, Mujeres in Action saw staggering fundraising growth through their participation in Jumpstart with a 345% increase in their donation volume and a 240% increase in their donor portfolio.
Mujeres in Action is not alone. The program generated growth for nearly every participant, sustaining each nonprofit in improving the lives and communities of those they serve. Collectively, the initial $55,000 investment in the program transformed into $111,000 of net new nonprofit impact.
"We have so much to celebrate ," says Jack Murphy, Director of Impact for Network for Good.
“Despite numerous pandemic-related challenges, this year’s Jumpstart cohort yielded positive, and for some, transformational outcomes.”
The third forum taking place in spring 2022 will serve as a kick-off event to bolster community and school district engagement around a community driven and supported promise scholarship program.