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NCG Members Join PropelNext California Partnership

Monday, January 12, 2015

NCG members The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Sobrato Family Foundation join the Weingart Foundation and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation to pilot the PropelNext California Partnership and help youth-serving organizations in the state boost their impact on young peoples’ lives.

PropelNext, an initiative of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, helps leading nonprofits gain the mastery to collect, use and apply data for ongoing improvement and learning. The five foundations will partner to deliver the PropelNext program to 12-16 California nonprofits eager to transform their passion for helping disadvantaged youth into data-driven insights and practices that will help them deliver even stronger results.

PropelNext will offer grantees an integrated program that couples unrestricted funding (up to $400,000 per organization) with an equal investment in expert coaching, group learning sessions, and a peer learning community over three years so they can enhance their program models, implement strong performance management systems, and develop organizational cultures that practice ongoing learning and evaluation. As a result, grantees will be able to set strategic priorities informed by data and improved decision-making, measure and track performance and impact, and use evidence to increase support for their work. In the end, the five foundations believe the life prospects of disadvantaged youth in California will be improved by even smarter, stronger organizations.

“No one does a better job supporting youth development than EMCF,” said Larry Kramer, President of the Hewlett Foundation. “We are thrilled to join the PropelNext California Partnership to expand Hewlett’s support of Bay Area organizations focused on strengthening outcomes for disadvantaged youth.”

“We are excited to partner in this collaborative and to invest in the increased effectiveness of local youth development organizations. We believe that stronger organizations will lead to greater outcomes for the youth in our region,” Stated Mara Williams Low, Program Director of the Sobrato Family Foundation.

“We are excited to work with the Edna McConnell Clark, Hewlett, Sobrato, and Weingart Foundations to help strengthen youth-serving organizations in our communities,” said Carol Larson, President and CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. “By joining colleagues to bring PropelNext to California, we increase our ability to impact the groups dedicated to transforming the lives of youth, ultimately making the future of our communities brighter for all.”