Last week we celebrated our birthday. It’s been five years since our co-founders filed the paper work to start DC Social Innovation Project. And what a ride it has been propelled by our extremely lean staff and YOU. Our supporters and volunteers.
What started as a small idea has turned into a movement in DC that you have helped create. We’ve supported 13 early-stage projects and entrepreneurs through our unique social capital grants that provide $25,000 in seed capital, pro-bono services and expertise. Your gifts of time and expertise have been pooled to contribute more than $325,000 to tackle poverty right here in our City. That’s a lot of green.
Earlier this month, we were OVER THE MOON, when our current grantee, Street Sense, was featured in a long-story piece on PBS Newshour. National attention, most certainly deserved, for their work to re-invent themselves to more effectively tackle poverty, an initiative we are proud to support.
Stories of reinvention and new solutions have come out of the woodwork in the past eight months. Our impact can be read all over. Whether it was the CNN Money piece on leading start-ups in DC tackling poverty that featured our grantees Young Doctors DC and Food For Life, the Washingtonian article on why we think social enterprise is booming in DC, or the Washington Post article about hyper-local sensation DC UrbanGreens and countless others—our grantees are getting the recognition for pushing the innovation envelope.
We are gearing up to announce our next grant cycle to invite a new generation of innovators to join the DC Social Innovation Project family. But we can’t do it without you. Please make a small gift today to become a Community Investor and ensure we can keep the lean, green start-up machine going to tackle poverty. Just three coffees a month can help power leadership and new solutions to tackle poverty. You won’t find a better more delightful deal in the District.