PropelNext Launches Third Cohort 

PropelNext is excited to announce that 12 nonprofits have been selected to join its Northern California 2021 grantee cohort.

The Heising-Simons Foundation is joining the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF) and three other foundations from PropelNext’s California Partnership – the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Sobrato Family Foundation – to deliver the PropelNext program to a new group of nonprofits, this time concentrated  on organizations serving disadvantaged youth in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Each member of the Northern California 2021 cohort receives a combination of unrestricted funding and capacity-building supports over three years from one of the four Northern California-based co-investors (noted in parentheses in the list below) and EMCF.

This support consists of $200,000 in direct grants and an approximately equal amount in services, which include one-on-one coaching and consulting from sector experts, facilitated group learning sessions and a peer learning community. EMCF delivers the program and coordinates the resources and services provided through PropelNext.

PropelNext will help the 12 nonprofits enhance and sharpen their program models, implement strong performance management systems, and develop organizational mastery for ongoing learning and improvement. 

These investments will improve the life prospects of disadvantaged youth in the Bay Area by making the organizations that serve them even smarter and stronger. The PropelNext program will boost their ability to set strategic priorities informed by data and improved decision-making, and to measure and track performance and impact, so they can serve more youth more effectively and generate greater resources for their work.

The 12 organizations in PropelNext’s Northern California 2021 cohort are:

These organizations were selected through a comprehensive selection process that began in January 2018 with more than 60 candidates invited to apply.