The PropelNext California Partnership announced that 15 nonprofits have been selected to receive PropelNext grants and join its first California grantee cohort. The cohort is made up of five foundations including three NCG members–the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Sobrato Family Foundation as well as Weingart Foundation and the McConnell Clark Foundation. The PropelNext program is specifically focusing on local nonprofits serving economically disadvantaged youth in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California.
Each California PropelNext grantee receives a combination of unrestricted funding along with expert coaching, group learning sessions, and a peer learning community so that grantees are able to strengthen their ability to collect, use and apply data for ongoing improvement and learning. Each organization will receive up to $400,000 in funding over 3 years from one of the four California-based funders (noted in parenthesis below). EMCF will invest an equal amount in tailored coaching and consulting, facilitated group learning sessions and an online learning community.
Through the initiative, the 15 nonprofits will enhance and sharpen their program models, implement strong performance management systems, and develop organizational cultures that facilitate and practice ongoing learning and assessment.
As a result, the five foundations believe the life prospects of disadvantaged youth in California will be improved by even smarter, stronger organizations, as they will be better 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.