Charity Entrepreneurship (CE) Incubation Program 2023 (Fully Funded, Seed Grants & Allowances US$2,000 Per Month)
The 2023 Charity Entrepreneurship (CE) Incubation Program is now open to help you start a high-impact nonprofit. Prepare to start an effective charity with the two-month, cost-covered, intensive training designed by founders for founders.
- During the Program
- They provide:
- Stipends to cover your living costs during the Incubation Program (e.g., rent, wifi, food, childcare). The stipends are around $2,000 per month and are based on participants’ needs and adjusted accordingly.
- Travel and board costs for the 2 weeks in person in London.
- They provide:
- After the Program
- If for any reason you will not be able to start a charity they provide:
- Career mentorship (their track record for connecting non-founder participants to research grants, related jobs, and other pathways to impact is near 100%).
- Two-month stipends to provide a safety net during the period of looking for alternative opportunities.
The training is divided into two stages:
- Part 1 (5 weeks): Matching with a co-founder and a charity idea.
- You will work in pairs with other participants on projects that teach you important skills for starting a charity, and allow you to test out your compatibility with potential co-founders and charity ideas.
- Part 2 (3 weeks): Working with your co-founder to build your charity proposal
- You will craft and submit a real proposal for funding and get ready to launch. They don’t just teach you about starting a charity, they make sure you have the tools and confidence to actually do it.
- 400-page Handbook and over 100 video lectures prepared by experienced founders. Learn the fundamental principles of managing high-impact organizations, including:
- Cost-effectiveness Analysis
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Fundraising and Operations
- Strategic Decision-making
- Work 8 hours a day developing relevant skills in real-world partner projects
- Is your charity cost-effective? Prepare a Cost-effectiveness Analysis (CEA)
- Where do you operate? Draft a Geographic Assessment Framework
- How do you begin implementation? Outline a One-year Plan
- What is your impact? Prepare a Monitoring & Evaluation Plan
- How much funding do you need? Draft a Budget
- How do you best fundraise? Prioritize potential funders
- How do you work with your co-founder? Come up with a Founders’ Agreement to facilitate your collaboration And many more
- Receive extensive group and individual feedback, ready-made templates (e.g., sample budgets, one-year plans), and one-on-one discussions about your progress.
- Learn from the best:
- Hear from experts who have excelled in the nonprofit world as they share their perspectives on entrepreneurship, give advice, and provide valuable feedback.
- Participate in a streamlined co-founder and charity idea selection process by:
- Providing weekly feedback on your project partners and preferred ideas
- Meeting with senior staff members for 1:1 mentoring
- Enjoying individual social calls with all potential co-founders
- Having constant access to a highly-qualified research team
- Joining a network of previous founders that are happy to share experience and advice
- Getting final pairing advice from senior staff members to help you find the best fit.
What they Offer?
- You will graduate the program with:
- A co-founder
- A high-quality charity idea
- and plan for implementation
- A robust funding proposal
- They offer you:
- A seed grant of up to $200,000 (not guaranteed, but 80%+ of projects in recent years have received funding)
- Operation support
- Get professional operations and HR support from the CE team that will help you to set up your organization quickly.
- Start with a US charitable fiscal sponsorship, allowing you to accept tax deductible donations.
- Further learning
- Weekly ‘getting started’ sessions for the first 4 weeks
- Regular emails with further videos and resources that are relevant to you later in your charity journey (e.g., on hiring, or charity registration)
- Monthly mentorship meetings with the CE team
- Access to a broad network of mentors and potential funders
- Coaching from external topic experts (e.g., on co-founder relations or M&E)
- Support in WIX website design
- Join a Slack group of over 100 charity founders and effective charity employees
- Enjoy weekly London socials and annual gatherings
- Tap into the knowledge and template base of their network of incubated charities
- CE accepts candidates of all ages from a wide range of backgrounds.
- Experience is helpful but not necessary. They train people with over a decade of expertise alongside those with little to no work experience or formal education.
- Fact 1:
- 50% of their most successful founders from previous years didn’t even think they should apply. Don’t doubt your potential.
- Fact 2:
- Nobody comes onto the program qualified to start a charity. That’s what the course is for!
- Fact 3:
- The base traits that make a good charity entrepreneur include grit, intelligence, resourcefulness, a focus on outcomes, and commitment to making a real difference.
- Fact 4:
- For most people, the highest-impact time to start a charity is right now.
Application Deadline: 12-Mar-23
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