Looking forward to seeing these 5 innovative nonprofits pitch live and online! 3 Levels of Greatness Adaptive Sports Connection ARC Industries, Inc. CRC - The Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center Columbus Music Commission

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The program is provided in partnership with United Way of Central Ohio and the generous support of the American Electric Power, The Columbus Foundation, and IGS Energy.

Strategic partners CauseImpact LLC and the United Way of Central Ohio are proud to announce the 2021 Innovation Catalyst Cohort members.

The nonprofits, selected for the fifth Columbus cohort through a competitive application process include:

• Adaptive Sports Connection

• ARC Industries

• Clintonville/Beechwold Community Resources Center

• Columbus Music Commission

• 3 Levels of Greatness.

The program is provided in part through the generous support of the American Electric Power Foundation, The Columbus Foundation, IGS Energy, and the United Way of Central Ohio.

Innovation Catalyst, or iCat, is a dynamic program built to help nonprofit organizations develop new initiatives that improve their sustainability and mission impact. Over a nine-month process nonprofits work together and individually to develop an effective pitch, business plan, and complete financials through integrated group training, consultation, and individual coaching based around social venture development.

CauseImpact is team of nonprofit consultants and coaches that help clients drive greater change through entrepreneurship, innovation, and strategic focus. Our proven innovation services help organizations “Do Good. Better.™”

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United Way of Central Ohio is still accepting applications for Innovation Catalyst. A limited number of grants are still available!

Innovation Catalyst is an intensive 10-month program that provides training, coaching and capacity-building consultation for nonprofit organizations in central Ohio. This program is made possible through generous support from the AEP Foundation, The Columbus Foundation, IGS Energy and United Way of Central Ohio. Innovation Catalyst Grants: Organizations selected to participate in Innovation Catalyst will be supported through a limited number of grants of $12,750 each, to provide for the development of more sustainable, impactful programs and ventures. These grant dollars will be applied directly to program costs.

This competitive grant process is open to any registered 501(c)3 nonprofit in central Ohio that wishes to develop programs or social enterprises that generate new revenue while creating meaningful social impact.

Requirements: To be considered for one of these grants, your organization will need to:

1. Provide matching funds of $4,250 toward the program costs.

2. Commit to full participation in the Innovation Catalyst immersion program. This is an intensive 10-month process that integrates group training and consultation with individual support. Over the course of the Catalyst program, each organization will build an Impact Team, participate in regular group sessions with the entire cohort, and work to craft and present a complete business plan that is ready for launch.

3. Submit a complete application here by November 23rd!

We hope you will give serious consideration to this great opportunity to drive greater impact and financial sustainability in your organization.

If you have any questions please reach out to Matt Lewis at Causeimpact:

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